Stuart Dallas alongside Leeds United greatest after historic goal

It was a memorable afternoon for Stuart Dallas, who scored in his 250th appearance for Leeds United to help his side to a 3-1 win over Burnley at Elland Road on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman scored the Whites’ second goal, coming in from the edge of the box after Maxwel Cornet equalized for the Clarets just after half-time.

Jack Harrison and Daniel James scored the other goals as Leeds registered their first win in four matches and moved eight points away from the relegation zone heading into the second half of the season.

It was an impressive performance from Marcelo Bielsa’s side and Dallas embodied everything they did well, pressing from midfield and controlling the game when in possession.

He started the game promising and nearly opened the scoring in the 17th minute as he stepped into the penalty area and landed a low shot to the bottom corner, but Wayne Hennessey did well to clear the ball away.

Dallas had another chance halfway through the middle of the second half after hanging on to a long ball but couldn’t get a shot until Hennessey came in to close it.

However, the 30-year-old scored his goal when Mateusz Klich rolled the ball into the Dallas path and he touched before leading a wonderful finish past the Clarets keeper and into the corner of the net.

Meanwhile, Dallas has only become the sixth Leeds player to score in their 250th game for the club, joining perhaps the two greatest players to ever don a Leeds shirt during the achievement.

Billy Furness was the first to achieve this record, scoring a clash with Bolton Wanderers in 1937, before Welsh legend John Charles scored a goal against Leicester City in 1955.

Meanwhile, iconic Billy Bremner and Mick Jones are also on the roster and it’s safe to say Dallas is among the elite companies after what the previous five achieved in the Whites. Rod Wallace was the last player to achieve this when he scored against Birmingham City in 1998.

Wallace has been a vital part of the Leeds squad for seven seasons and Furness has scored 66 goals in 257 games for the club, while Charles is still the second-highest scorer in White history.

Bremner made more than 750 appearances for the West Yorkshire side during an illustrious 16-year spell in the 1960s and 1970s and Jones scored more than 100 goals during his time at the club.

Dallas, who played a pivotal role in promoting Whites to the Premier League and ninth place last season, could be vital in their hopes for a positive second half of the campaign.

Leeds will be next in action in the FA Cup third round next Sunday as they travel to West Ham United.


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