Match Centre: Leeds United 0-0 Ipswich Town - Grayson frustrated by referee

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Leeds United were unable to give their promotion bid a boost as they ended a frustrating afternoon at Elland Road with a 0-0 draw against Ipswich.

Manager Simon Grayson was frustrated with a number of refereeing decisions following the draw.

Neither side could break the deadlock as the home side’s Max Gradel tested goalkeeper Marton Fulop on numerous occasions and Lee Martin went close for Ipswich.

Grayson said: “He (Darren Deadman the referee) told me he felt his decisions were right and that I was wrong. Referees frustrate you at times. We had a really strong penalty claim.

“One of their lads had his hands down by his side but when Andy O’Brien had a shot the lad’s arms came up to prevent the ball being goalbound.

“Refereeing is a difficult job but they have to be strong because it is a difficult place to referee at this club.

“(Ipswich manager) Paul Jewell will be happy and we were frustrated by a few of the decisions.

“We passed he ball well and defended well but we didn’t get the breaks in the 18 yard box.”

Swansea’s defeat at Derby meant Leeds could have moved up to joint second in the table with a win but the hosts were frustrated by a host of wasted chances.

Billy Paynter, in particular, missed a host of opportunities and Town keeper Marton Fulop twice denied Max Gradel.

Lee Martin had Ipswich’s best chance, the midfielder denied from close in as Town dug deep to snatch a draw.

It could prove a precious point for the visitors, too, as it moves them 12 points clear of the drop zone with 10 matches to play - but for Leeds it will certainly be considered two points dropped after they dominated much of the match and almost the entire second half.

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