West Ham ended their five-game losing streak with an earned run in a 2-2 draw at Leeds.
Wilfried Gnonto scored in the opener just before the half-hour mark for his first Leeds goal before Lucas Paqueta opened his account for West Ham with a penalty awarded by VAR moments before the break.
The Hammers were playing for the first time since the death of co-chairman David Gold earlier on Wednesday, and a bouquet of flowers was placed in the directors’ box in Elland Road where he would have sat alongside David Sullivan.
His former side found themselves ahead 45 seconds after the restart when Brendon Aaronson’s poor pass was picked up by Gianluca Scamacca, who folded in a superb second past the helpless Illan Meslier.
Leeds bounced back and deservedly equalized through Rodrigo, who scored his 10th goal of the season 20 minutes from time with a clever finish.
The hosts pushed for a late winner but were forced to settle for a point, while West Ham finally ended their losing streak – but are still in search of their first victory since October 9.
Leeds face Cardiff in the FA Cup third round in South Wales on Sunday; kick off 2 p.m. They are then back live on sky sports with a trip to Aston Villa on January 13 from 7:30 p.m.; kick off 8 p.m.
West Ham travel to Brentford – seeking revenge for their December 30 defeat – in the FA Cup third round on Saturday; kick off 5:30 p.m. They then return to the Premier League with a trip to Wolves on January 14; kick off 3 p.m.
David Gold: ‘An incredible man who loved West Ham’
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“Gold was the last of its kind. Now in the Premier League a lot of owners are foreigners and don’t go to games regularly. Maybe they buy clubs for financial reasons rather than emotional ones. He was totally on the contrary, he was a fan of West Ham, who adored the club.
“He used to go to every home and away game, even when times were tough and he was being abused by West Ham fans, he was ready to take that on not just in person, but also on social networks.
“To deal personally, he was someone who always spoke to you. If you went to Premier League meetings where there would be owners or managing directors of all the clubs there, it was obvious that after the meeting, David Gold would be one of the few people who would talk to the media, maybe not always on camera, but he would take the time to talk to you.
“He was a visible presence on the West Ham training ground. I remember before they moved David Gold’s chopper was there quite regularly. He was a very active owner.”