Stuart Dallas has posted on Instagram after scoring for Leeds United against Newcastle United during Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Toon – claiming he closed his eyes before heading into the back of the net from Mateusz Klich’s cross. Plenty have responded, including ex-Leeds midfielder and Dallas’ Brentford teammate Jonathan Douglas.
Leeds finally put a bad run of form behind them, with the Whites picking up just one win in their previous six games. However, Marcelo Bielsa’s men netted five goals at Elland Road, with Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo Moreno, Dallas, Gjanni Alioski and Jack Harrison all finding the back of the net.
It was the Northern Ireland international’s second goal of the season but perhaps the first one he meant – with his first coming against Leicester City in what was a cross. His header against Newcastle was certainly meant, as he verged forward from right-back to get on the end of Klich’s cross and head past in-form Toon goalkeeper Darlow.
Dallas, who was signed from Brentford for £1.3million (Sky Sports), now has 205 Leeds appearances to his name and turns 30 in April. But he remains absolutely pivotal to Bielsa’s side – being able to play in numerous positions. Posting on Instagram, Dallas claimed he closed his eyes and “hoped for the best” when heading in.
Douglas – who played for Leeds for three years between 2006 and 2009 – responded, applauding his old Brentford teammate and stating “you can’t beat a back stick header.” Luke Ayling also replied, stating he has some catching up to do with Dallas now on two – and youngster Sam Greenwood labelled Dallas a “baller”.