Leeds boss is aggrieved by equaliser

AUDIO: Simon Grayson left Carrow Road happy with a point – but insisting that City used foul means to equalise.

The Leeds boss was adamant that City striker Chris Martin had pushed goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel just before Leon Barnett headed home David Fox's corner in the second half.

As City celebrated, Schmeichel was chasing referee Mick Russell – although he didn't appear to have too much obvious support from his team-mates.

'He was blatantly pushed by Chris Martin, which was missed,' said Grayson. 'He ended up on his backside. If he had been stood up he would have caught the ball and we wouldn't have conceded. But we will praise the referee that he gave a good advantage when we scored our goal and so I am happy with that. Some of the decisions were strange at times, but they miss these things so I am not going to criticise the referee – but it was a blatant foul.'

Gradel's opener had a touch of controversy, with Luciano Becchio looking to have handled in an aerial challenge with Elliott Ward. The City defender appealed, but on the edge of the area there was plenty going on. Becchio got up, Barnett fouled him but the referee played advantage and Gradel shot past Russell Martin – who he tormented for most of the first half – and keeper John Ruddy.

'That is what Max can do at any time,' said Grayson. 'He has got a willingness to run at people, he's got a willingness to work hard for the team. He can frustrate you at some times with a little bit of quality, but he is a good lad to have in the team and he showed a lot of quality and I'm delighted with his performance. We just needed to capitalise a little bit on those good areas we got into in the first half to try and put the game to bed with a two-goal advantage if possible. It's a difficult place to come, we know they are a good team, I think that was proved with the game today.

'We played very well – we would have taken a point before we came here. I thought first half we were dominant. We played very well, got the goal and we just needed that extra bit of quality or to pick somebody out in that final third when we got the opportunities to get the second goal because I felt that we had got them on the back foot and the crowd were a little bit anxious with them.

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'But we knew that they were going to come out and it was probably a compliment to us I suppose that they changed the system at half-time to combat how we were playing.

'We knew Norwich have got some good players, we knew there would be a lot of balls into the box testing us and I thought we coped with it. When we got the chance to play we certainly passed the ball around well and looked a good team.'

'I thought it was a fantastic game, a great advert for two teams coming up from League One.'