Leeds United extended their unbeaten run in the league to five games, drawing 0-0 with Hull City at the MKM Stadium. Leeds looked the more likely of the two teams to score in the first half, but after Joe Rodon was dismissed on the hour mark, the momentum shifted and Leeds had to settle for a draw.
The game started in very similar fashion to the Millwall one for Leeds. They struggled to establish control of the game as the hosts started brightly, but Hull were unable to produce anything to threaten Illan Meslier’s goal.
Leeds again managed to soak up this pressure and had a glorious chance to take the lead midway through the half. Substitute Crysencio Summerville, who replaced the injured Willy Gnonto earlier in the half, played a magnificently weighted ball into the path of Georginio Rutter, who found himself through on goal, but he was denied by the outstretched leg of Ryan Allsop in the Hull goal.
Allsop was called into action again a few minutes at his near post to deny Summerville. The winger made a darting run inside the box from the left, before unleashing his shot at the near post, but a strong hand from Allsop kept the score level.
Summerville continued to pose problems for the Hull defence cutting in the from the left-hand side. He played the ball into the feet of Rutter on the edge of the box. Rutter managed to flick the ball back into his path allowing Summerville to strike a powerful half-volley towards goal that forced another fine save from Allsop.
Leeds had another opportunity at the start of the second half when Luke Ayling cut the ball back to Dan James, but his shot was blocked by Alfie Jones. The ball then fell into the path of Summerville but some more heroic defending from Cyrus Christie saw that shot blocked too.
Then on the hour mark, Joe Rodon was shown a second yellow card after a late challenge on Aaron Connolly and Leeds were reduced to ten men.
After the sending off, Hull began to build some more momentum of their own, but were still unable to register a shot on target.
This should have changed in the games dying minutes when substitute Adama Traore had a moment to forget in what is sure to be a miss of the season contender.
Substitute Ozan Tufan split the Leeds defence open with a ball through to Connolly. Connolly was then able to square the ball across to Traore who had an open goal to aim at, but his shot rattled off of the post.
Leeds manager Daniel Farke described the result as a “good point” under the circumstances but insisted his side should have already been in the lead by the time of Rodon’s dismissal.
Farke was also full of praise for the way his side defended when they were reduced to ten men as Leeds recorded their third clean sheet in a row, the last time Leeds kept three consecutive clean sheets in the league was July 2020.
“I’m pleased with many things, that was our third clean sheet in a row so if we keep going like this it will be happy days but we could have been a bit more efficient and a bit more clinical with our finishing” Farke said.
Leeds United are back in action on Saturday when they welcome Watford to Elland Road.