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Unsung Heroes: Stuart Dallas saves Leeds United from Luton defeat

Unsung Heroes: Stuart Dallas saves Leeds United from Luton defeat - Leeds United News

Leeds United had Stuart Dallas to thank for the 1-1 draw with Luton Town on Tuesday evening as they remained top of the Championship table. We’ve taken a closer look at the Northern Irishman’s display in our latest edition of Unsung Heroes.

With Marcelo Bielsa’s side sitting top of the table heading in Tuesday evening’s game, the tie against Luton provided the Yorkshire club with a perfect chance to further enhance their title and automatic promotion credentials.

However, they came up against a side in Luton who are doing all they can to avoid a drop to League One, stretching their run of six games without defeat with the draw.

With the game fairly even, the visitors took the lead through Harry Cornick just after half-time with a goal that would have stunned the Elland Road faithful had the game not been played behind closed doors.

Responding by bringing on Spaniard Pablo Hernandez, Leeds looked better going forward and it was a goal from the £2.16m-valued Dallas just after the hour mark that ensured a share of the points.

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The left-sided defender, who is in his fifth season with Leeds, having joined them from Brentford back in 2015, played a superb game throughout the 94 minutes he played.

In what was his 40th Championship game this term, the Northern Ireland international not only got himself on the score sheet and earned a point for his side, but he also produced some defensive statistics that will delight Bielsa moving forward.

Attempting a total of 6 duels with opponents during the game, Dallas won 5 of those, handing Luton’s right sided players in Ryan Tunnicliffe, Danny Hylton and James Bree a tough time.

Dallas also won his one and only header of the night, whilst also making four important clearances for his side. He was also excellent going forward and as well as scoring had a total of four shots including two on target, which ultimately helped him gain a match rating of 7.9 out of ten.

The 29-year-old was simply outstanding and will seemingly have a long-term future in Bielsa’s starting eleven, having played for the most part this season and he will undoubtedly be relishing the chance to test his ability in England’s top flight next term, if they get there.

His performance against Luton may go under the radar when the season comes to an end, but it could be a point like this that ensure Leeds are champions and go up via the automatic promotion route.

How did you rate Dallas’ performance, Leeds fans? Let us know below…

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