The Leeds United dressing room contained a “mix of emotions” following the Whites’ 2-2 draw against high-flying Brighton at Elland Road on Saturday.
So says defender Junior Firpo, a player who has been enjoying something of a renaissance after managing to reclaim the left-back position as his own in the Leeds XI.
Leeds managed to come back from being behind twice during Saturday’s match to claim a point which could prove vital come the end of the season.
The mood wasn’t completely harmonious at LS11 during the contest, however. Before Patrick Bamford’s deflected strike pulled the Whites level following Alexis Mac Allister’s opener, the atmosphere was threatening to turn sour.
Another leveller courtesy of a Jack Harrison wonder strike after he scored an own goal earlier in the second half saw Leeds emerge with a point – one which they were arguably lucky to get on the balance of play.
Despite this result, Javi Gracia’s side sunk to 19th in the table as results elsewhere went against them.
Speaking to LUTV, Firpo revealed that the atmosphere in the dressing room was just as mixed as it was in the stadium.
“It’s a mix of emotions. Going down two times in the game maybe you can be happy with a point because it’s better than nothing,” he said.
“Now the points are getting more important every single week but it is what it is. We played against a really tough team and we had our chances.”
He was also quick to praise the character of his teammates in battling to restore parity twice, and even claimed that the Leeds could have finished the game with all three points had they taken some of their chances.
“Obviously they create a lot and they played really well but I think we played a good game.
So we did a really good thing coming back in the game and maybe the second goal was a bit unlucky because we were the better side in the second-half at that point, but it’s what this league takes and we’ll keep fighting.”
Leeds travel to Molineux to face Wolves this coming Saturday in another relegation six-pointer seeking a victory to boost morale before the March international break.