Lambert settles for Elland Road point

Paul Lambert admitted he was happy with the point gained by his battle-weary troops at Elland Road.

City went into the game without centre-half Leon Barnett – who has now been joined by Chris Martin and Simon Lappin on the sidelines.

Lappin was rushed to hospital the night before the game with an appendix problem, while Lambert said Martin would be missing 'for some time' with a hamstring problem.

If there was any compensation n it was leaving the home of one of their nearest rivals with a point.

'It was first class,' said Lambert. 'I thought the game itself and the atmosphere generated by both sets of supporters was excellent.

'I think a point was fair, a fair result. I think we could have nicked it and Leeds could have nicked it at the death.

'This is a hard, hard place to come, with the crowd they have got behind their backs. Put it this way we gave as good as we got.'

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The result leaves City in fifth, a point off second-placed Nottingham Forest, but Lambert isn't thinking beyond Tuesday's home game against Doncaster.

'I don't really think about the table at this minute because I know how many games there are to go, but what we have done has made it exciting for everybody connected with the club,' he said.

'I am over absolutely over the moon with what has happened in the 18 or 19 months I have been here. It's been a huge rise for the football club after the disappointment of it being relegated and the hurt that it caused and what we have done has been terrific.'

Leeds boss Simon Grayson believed his team did enough to win the game.

'I am going to be biased, but I think over the course of the first half and the opportunities and chance we deserved to be two or three up,' he said. 'I thought we dominated the first half.

'It was a great game for both sets of supporters to watch.'