Carlisle error sinks Leeds
By Patrick Goss. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
A dismal day for Leeds saw them gift Brighton a 1-0 win through a Clarke Carlisle own goal and have two players sent off in the closing stages.
Brighton scored when Carlisle diverted a Darren Currie free kick past Neil Sullivan, before Matthew Kilgallon and Paul Butler were both dismissed for second bookings late on.
Dean Hammond had forced Sullivan into an early save but Michael Ricketts and on-loan Brett Ormerod both had chances for Leeds.
Leon Knight drew another save from Sullivan, but it was Currie who was guilty of the worst miss of the half when he fired wide from close range with the goal at his mercy.
Leeds had started the second half strongly, and Brian Deane's header was only narrowly wide before Albion took the lead.
Currie's clever free kick panicked Carlisle and he slid into his own net under pressure from makeshift striker Adam Virgo.
Knight should have grabbed a second for Brighton but put his header wide, but both Sean Gregan and Danny Pugh failed to take chances at the other end.
Leeds' frustrations started to show as the game to a close and both Kilgallon and skipper Butler saw red after receiving their second bookings.