Healy heroics boost Leeds
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Healy's last-gasp goal gave Leeds a dramatic 2-1 win over Preston.
David Healy's last-gasp goal gave Leeds a dramatic 2-1 win over Preston at Elland Road.
The Northern Ireland international continued his recent rich vein of form in front of goal with the winner in the final minute against his former club.
Brett Ormerod gave Preston an early lead, but Robbie Blake cancelled out the opener early in the second half before Healy struck the winner for Leeds in the dying seconds.
Preston started brightly and could have taken the lead after just two minutes, but England new boy David Nugent drove his volley wide.
The visitors broke the deadlock on five minutes when Danny Pugh sent Ormerod clear on goal past and the former Leeds loanee clipped his shot past Casper Ankergren.
Leeds tried to rally after the goal and Lubomir Michalik saw a goal-bound deflected wide before Blake drove just side from the edge of the box.
Ormerod was denied his second goal of the night on 23 minutes when he again sprung the Leeds offside trap, but his shot was kept out by the legs of Ankergren .
Healy fashioned an opening for himself on the half hour mark when he worked a neat corner routine with Blake only to drive his shot well wide of the target.
Leeds threw everything into attack at the end of the first half and Matt Heath and Healy both went close to scoring before the break.
The home side levelled matters six minutes after the break when Richard Cresswell crossed to the back post and Blake was on hand to slide the ball home from close-range.
Nugent should have restored Preston's lead five minutes later when he latched onto a mistake by Matt Heath to go clear on goal, but with only Ankergren to beat the normally deadly striker hit his shot straight at the keeper.
Former Leeds misfit Michael Ricketts missed a golden opportunity to fire Preston in front on 77 minutes when he saw his close-range shot come off the top of the crossbar and over the top.
The game looked set to end all-square until Healy capitalised on a mix-up in the Preston defence to bundle the ball home with his head from close-range to send Elland Road into raptures.
The win moves Leeds off the bottom of the table, while Preston remain in fourth spot.