Sporting Life 2/12/06
LINESMAN COST US WIN - WISE
By Mark Walker, PA Sport
Leeds manager Dennis Wise claimed linesman Karl Evans had cost his side all three points after the Yorkshire derby with Barnsley ended 2-2 at Elland Road.
On-loan central defender Matt Heath appeared to have given Leeds a 3-2 lead midway through the second half when he headed home Ian Westlake's corner at the near post.
Referee Kevin Wright saw nothing wrong with Heath's effort, but his assistant Evans drew his attention to an infringement and the effort was ruled out.
"It was the linesman this time wasn't it?" Wise said after goals on their home debuts from both Tresor Kandol and Ugo Ehiogu cancelled out two fine individual efforts from Barnsley striker Daniel Nardiello.
"I don't know what he's seen. I've just shown him it and he doesn't know what he's seen, but he's still making out he's seen something, some kind of foul.
"I don't know what the foul was, I really can't work it out. There were no complaints from their players.
"He (the linesman) made a mistake just before that when he flagged for offside before the corner, maybe he's making up for it.
"I'm disappointed he couldn't turn round and have the decency to say he'd made a mistake. There was nothing from their goalkeeper. It was a fair goal."
Wise was full of admiration for his players for twice fighting back to level despite a nervy start in a thrilling first half.
"It was a massive game for us. We were a bit nervous and after conceding a goal so early I was pleased we got back into it twice and we looked like the team that could win it.
"We had enough chances to win the game, good chances and it's disappointing."
Wise was full of praise for new loan signing Kandol, who made his first start for Leeds since arriving from League Two side Barnet.
"You've seen what he's about. He can be a bit laid back sometimes, he knows he can do better when he's got the ball, but you can see what a threat he is and he's going to score goals.
"He's a handful, he's a big lad and wins a lot of headers, has a very good touch and is a very decent player."
Leeds remain in the bottom three after their first draw under Wise, but the former Swindon manager is confident his side will begin to move clear of danger.
"We're okay, we're doing alright. We've got some good games coming up and if they keep playing the way they've been playing they'll be fine."

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