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No goals, no penalty, no perfect 10. Leeds may have nudged themselves back into the automatic promotion places but this was not a night for celebration.

Frustrated from start to finish by a Sunderland team that worked themselves to a standstill, Leeds huffed and puffed but should have been given the opportunity to decide a contest that left their fans howling from 12 yards. Where was VAR when they needed it?

As it was, referee Tim Robinson failed to see a handball by Sunderland skipper Luke O’Nien in the 76th minute and, with that, Daniel Farke’s men were denied the possibility of extending their relentless winning run at home to a tenth match.

Stadiums don’t come more inspirational than Elland Road under the lights but, equally, stadiums don’t come with more demands than when a Leeds crowd is impatient and it was clear early on that Farke’s team were going to walk a fine line.

Had their early pressure paid off, this old place would have been shaking but, instead, all the short, sharp passes Leeds wanted to play ended up being blocked off by Sunderland’s hard-working and well-organised ensemble.

Leeds missed out on the chance to claim top spot but their point moves them up into second

Leeds missed out on the chance to claim top spot but their point moves them up into second

Patrick Bamford cuts a dejected figure after missing a chance in the first half at Elland Road

Patrick Bamford cuts a dejected figure after missing a chance in the first half at Elland Road

MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE

LEEDS UNITED: (4-2-3-1) Meslier; Gray (Roberts 83), Rodon, Ampadu, Firpo; Gruev, Kamara (Gnonto 72); James (Piroe 82), Rutter, Summerville; Bamford (Joseph 83)

Subs not used: Darlow (GK); Cresswell, Cooper, Anthony, Byram, Fernandez

Goals: None

Bookings: Kamara (69), Firpo (70)

Coach: Daniel Farke

SUNDERLAND: (4-2-3-1) Patterson; Hume, O'Nien, Ballard, Pembele; Ekwah, Neil; Rigg (Roberts 60), Styles, Clarke; Bellingham (Semedo 90+3)

Subs not used: Bishop (GK); Mundle, Ba, Aouchiche, Hjelde, Alese, Dack

Goals: None

Bookings: Ballard (21), O'Nien (46), Rigg (58), Bellingham (62)

Coach: Mike Dodds

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

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