Leeds denied vital win
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leeds were denied a win after Cardiff converted a controversial penalty.Leeds United were denied a vital victory as they conceded a second-half penalty to draw 1-1 with Cardiff.
The Elland Road outfit went ahead through 17-year-old Simon Walton, only to be pegged back after Peter Thorne converted a controversial spot kick.
Following the withdrawal of Sebastian Sainsbury's proposed take-over Leeds are facing the prospect of administration, and the 10-point penalty that would incur.
For this reason they need every point possible to avoid a potential relegation, and Neale Barry could have dealt their hopes a hammer blow with his vital decision.
Leeds started the brightest after a run of three wins in four league games and forced Cardiff keeper Tony Warner into action twice in the first five minutes.
Healy failed to convert both of the early chances and Gary Kelly also went close with a 20-yard drive.
United took the lead when youngster Walton started and finished a slick move involving Aaron Lennon and Healy.
However the real drama occurred in the second half when it appeared as though Cardiff winger Richard Langley (pictured) dived under Neil Sullivan's challenge to win the spot kick.
Referee Barry deliberated for a while and then allowed Peter Thorne to equalise for the Welsh side.
The Leeds players were infuriated with the decision, and it could indeed have important repercussions for the crisis club as they seek to achieve survival in more ways than one.