Happy Days. manu are knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla, the Spaniards win 2-1 in old farmyard to progress to the Quarter-Finals.
Leeds United offer Season Ticket holders the opportunity to ‘bring a friend’ for free to their Good Friday game with Bolton Wanderers. The offer is a Thank You for the support the club has had this season.
In a poll conducted by the YEP a massive 83% voted that Andrea Radrizzani was right in criticising the players in public.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell call up by Northern Ireland under21 squad for the forthcoming European qualifiers with Spain and Iceland
Mark Hughes is confirmed as new manager of Southampton, his contract runs until the end of this season.
Chelsea crash out of the Champions League, they lose 3-0 to Barcelona at the Campe Nou to go out 4-1 on aggregate. Liverpool and Manchester City are the only remaining English teams left in the competition. The draw for the quarter finals takes place on Friday.
Caleb Ekuban vows to improve: ”It’s been tough but it’s all about learning and growing up. I had a couple of injuries that, let’s say, killed the season for me personally, but now I’m back and I’m trying to find my rhythm.
“I’ve had quite a lot of opportunities to play and I just hope to get the momentum going, the more you play as a striker the more you feel confidence. That’s what I’m searching for and, hopefully, I can score one or two goals and have more confidence in myself.”
The scenes of snow falling on the Elland Road pitch at half time may have looked pretty, but the final whistle had a different story for our 31,000 fans.
A game against a team so far transitioned from last years Playoff birth (in place of us) looked like three points and a boost in confidence for Paul Heckingbottom‘s side.
What we got come final whistle was a sigh of despair and another loss that should not have happened.
Sheffield, a piss poor side with a lack of attacking intent stole three points from Leeds in a game the home side had triumphed in many areas.
Leeds came right out of the blocks and were in control of the game from kick off. Chance after chance was bundled through into the area with positive play with Caleb Eluban who was put through on goal with a freekick fresh from the training ground.
Prior to the chance for the Whites Adam Reach reassured any fans that Bailey Peacock-Farrel is the right chance forcing the young stopper to pull of some brilliant saves.
Wednesday had the goal in the back of the net seconds before the half but Sam Hutchinson’s header was questionably ruled out for offside.
Both sides swapped glimmering chances after the snowy break with Berardo and Nuhiu missing with curling efforts.
The deadlock was broken in the 72nd minute when a mad scramble in the box forced the ball to hit the post and Nuhiu was there to bundle it in from 2 yards out.
Leeds took control of the ball reacting to going a goal down and the urgency of the first half to create chances returned to the home side. Eventually a deflected effort fell to Pablo Hernandez who’s cross found a statuesque Jay Roy Grot who nodded the ball in the net under pressure. A nice moment for the youngster who’s waited 18 appearances to pick up his first senior goal for the club in a game he’d actually made an impact.
However, in typical Leeds fashion defensive heads turned off and the side were once again left in a heap as a wayward through ball was gathered up by Nuhiu who had shrugged off Pennington and calmly curved it past an onrushing BPF.
Another game, another piss poor result in 2018, placing Leeds bottom of the form table after 14 games and only 1 win.
If Leeds are unable to turn this round we will see the end of the majority of this Leeds squad in the summer and in turn another new head coach come July.
A team with no luck is punished on a bad day, but if you can’t bury your chances this is what will remain until the end of this downturn of a season. Leeds are circling the drain.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United are still feeling the hurt from the kong term injury to star full back Luke Ayling, but now they have other issues.
The club have confirmed that Kemar Roofe will join Ayling on the long term injury list after two conflicting scans gave hope to a dwindling Leeds side, only for it to be snatched away.
Roofe, who’s calf injury was sustained in the 2-2 draw with Derby County could now be set for a longer spell on the sidelines that previously expected.
Hardly prolific in front of goal but still a very big threat in the Leeds squad, Roofe had been somewhat a saviour during his spell as Leeds’ main striker, scoring 12 goals for the club.
A spell without Roofe proves somewhat frustrating with Leeds now playing the rest of their games in preparation for a better season next year. Giving the skilful winger more time to hone in on his ability as a forward could have give Leeds a few questions to ask come summer when Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s loan deal expires.
Joining Roofe on the sidelines for tomorrow’s fixture against Sheffield Wednesday is Andy Lonergan, Liam Cooper, Conor Shaughnessy and new striker Tyler Roberts who is yet to make an appearance for the club.
With confidence suspect from Radrizanni’s radio comments and a severe lack of form, is there any light at the end of a long season?
By Ryan Ingham
The inclusion of foreign talent in Leeds’ youth ranks could be a brilliant move in the future, but could also be very costly.
Leeds are renowned for allowing youth prospects trained through to academy to star for the first team, with players like Peacock-Farrell, Phillips, Vieira, Denton and most expectedly Lewie Coyle next season all in the first team picture.
However, with the influx of new additions from around Europe, the potential of home grown talent coming through may be stunted by such moves.
One example is that of Moise Kroma, a 17-year old forward who was heralded last season for the under 18’s as a future star due to his blistering pace and eye for goal.
However, the club have now informed the Ivorian national but still English prospect that he will not be offered any extended terms hen his scholarship is concluded in the summer.
This has caused Kroma to look elsewhere and the young forward is now set to join Premier League side Burnley on trial to prove his worth.
Losing young talent is inexcusable and hopefully the development staff have made the right call on Kroma’s development and it’s simply not a case of signings coming before an academy star.
By Ryan Ingham
Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday, Keith Ingham spoke with Lee Siddons a family friend and my old boss.
Can you describe your First match for us?
Gunny one this, over 35 years ago so actually can’t remember lol!! Best early memory was going to see Weds v Newcastle in Division 2 as it was back then in 1983. Both teams promotion contenders but Newcastle title favourites ( Kevin Keegan, Terry McDermott, Peter Beardsley and Chris Waddle in the starting line up!!) Over 41,000 there and the Owls won 4-2 in one of the best attacking games of football I’ve ever seen.
Which players stood out that day?
Waddle was amazing for Newcastle for the right reasons, Keegan stood out as a cheat, playing the ref at every opportunity- on the Weds side Bannister and Pearson were fantastic on that day.
If you could turn back time, who would you want back at Wednesday?
Probably Hirsty for his goals and firepower or Sterland for his passion (much needed this season!)
Both our respective teams have had poor seasons looking back, is it poor coaching or players to blame?
I think Carlos should have gone at the end of last season, I think he’d lost the plot at Hillsborough however I think the main issue for us this season has been long term injuries- we’ve had a full first team out at times.
Carvalhal is a success at Swansea City after loosing his job with Wednesday, good coach or lucky because the players at Swansea are better?
I think Carlos has done well at Swansea as the players there have reacted well to his tactics and he has gone in with a new enthusiasm.
What’s your opinion of new Head Coach Jos Lukakay?
Lukukay- honestly not impressed, our form has worsened since his arrival!
Your two teams to reach automatic promotion this season?
Wolves and Cardiff
Your prediction for the playoff final?
Villa beating Fulham
Three to go down this May?
Burton, Sunderland and Birmingham hopefully!!
Your prediction for Saturday’s game?
2-0 to Leeds unfortunately, no idea who will score for you!!
I’d say good luck but I wouldn’t mean it- WAWAW!!!
We’d like to thank Lee for taking the time to answer our questions and wish him the best of luck for the remainder of what has been a poor season in Yorkshire.
By Keith Ingham
Birmingham sack another manager - Cotterill goes after 26 games in charge of which 14 were defeats. If memory serves me right he’s fifth manager in 18 months, incredible.
Ex-Leeds Head Coach Garry Monk was confirmed later in the day as their new manager on a three and half year deal, his backroom staff from his time at Leeds(Clotet, Beattie and Flahaven) will join him there. His first game in charge of City will be at home to Middlesborough on Tuesday.
Tweet from Leeds United.
The thoughts of everyone at @LUFC are with the friends and family of @acffiorentina captain Davide Astori following the sad news of his sudden passing #FootballFamily.
Absolutely heartbreaking news that the captain of Fiorentina had passed away in his sleep. An autopsy will determine the cause of his death.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
On this day in 1972: Still one of the best displays of football ever seen in the history of British Football. “It’s almost cruel” Barry Davies BBC MOTD.
Leeds 7 Southampton 0
Heidi Haigh on the disappointing trip to the Riverside, the bad weather doesn’t stop Sky televising a game or most of the Leeds fans that intended to go
Thank you Heidi.
Eunan O’Kane on the Middlesborough game:”If we continue to play like that then we’re miles away but if we can pick ourselves up and get back to the performances like we had (against Brentford) last Saturday then maybe we’re not so far. The only way we can put it is that we were second best for the whole night, we deserved to be beaten and maybe they could have scored a few more goals. It was a very deflated performance from us and we got what we deserved in the end, which was nothing.”
Appreciate the honesty, but O’Kane is one of number of players that recently have fallen well below the standard Leeds fans expect and pay a bloody lot of money to watch them play. ‘Talk is cheap’ comes to mind, it would be better if he and a few other let their feet speak more than their mouths.
Paul Heckingbottom on Wolves:”They are the best team in the league so far, a big crowd, and a big atmosphere. There is no reason why you wouldn't be 100 per cent up for this game and excited about it. It's one of the games you would love to be play”
PH; Expecting a response after the Boro defeat:”I'd expect a response and if there isn't one, it'll answer a lot of questions. We will see on Wednesday night, when things are going well it's easy.
PH; Wiedwald:”If you want to be successful in football especially, especially at a big club, you have got to challenge yourself. Everyone suffers a loss in form.”
PH; Injuries: Roofe and Lonergan out for the Wolves game, Hernandez back training and will be considered for the game.
As depressing as it is to report, Leeds United were given a footballing lesson by a team destined for the Premier League.
The gulf in class is obvious, but the way Leeds gifted them the two goals is so galling. Time after time this defence has failed to do the job they are very well paid to do, bloody defend! It’s back to the drawing board for Paul Heckingbottom, but at least that’s the tough start to his Leeds tenure out of the way.
Hecky gave Bailey Peacock-Farrell the start many fans have been asking for since last Friday’s heinous display by Felix Wiedwald.
Two more changes to the team that played without conviction at Boro were Hadi Sacko and Adam Forshaw for Eunan O’Kane and Ezgjan Alioski who were dropped to the bench.
Leeds started brightly but found Wolves in a resolute mood, slowly the team at the top of the league upped through the gears and Peacock-Farrell had saved excellently from Cavaleiro. Jota and Bonatina both had chances before the opener came from a corner, Siass heading in Douglas’ corner with the Leeds defence in complete disarray. Leeds lost captain Liam Cooper through injury, Mathew Pennington replaced him.
Wolves split the Leeds defence time after time and only bad finishing and Peacock-Farrell kept the score to one, he again saved brilliantly from Bonatini, when the player was through one on one with the youngster. A second goal was coming and it arrived just on half time, another corner found Batth’s head, his effort crashed back off the bar but Boly headed in the rebound with the Leeds rearguard again flat-footed. 2-0 to Wolves at the break.
Leeds brought Pablo Hernandez on after the break in place of Hadi Sacko, the Spaniard was surprisingly left out despite being fit to play. Bonatini was proving to be a constant danger and his header was somehow kept out of the goal by a desperate Leeds boot off the line. The only response Leeds offered was a Stuart Dallas effort that didn’t trouble Ruddy.
Jota shook the bar as Wolves continued to press Leeds, they did get the third their display deserved after Jota sent a through ball over the Leeds defence and substitute Benik Afobe lifted the ball over the onrushing Peacock-Farrell and into the net. Game over.
What did we learn from this display? It’s pretty simple, this Leeds side is not good enough and this season is effectively over. The playoffs are gone, only pride is left to play for.
It will be interesting that now the tough six game start for Heckingbottom is over how he now deals with the team’s that are either fighting to stay in the division or, like Leeds the ones that are treading water in mid table. It is hoped there is enough desire left in this mediocre squad to at least give the supporters something to shout and cheer about in the remaining games of the season.
Man of the Match: Bailey Peacock-Farrell, stood tall whilst older and more experienced players hid away.
By Keith Ingham
Paul Heckingbottom on training and the game with Derby County: “With us having three games in six days, there is not too much we can do on the grass, on Monday we had a split group with some boys recovering and some on the grass and on Tuesday we had everyone out, but it was light and a bit more tactical, reinforcing messages and building on what we have been doing.
“We have more or less a full squad now, I’ll name the team on the day of the game, as when you have a quick turnaround, it is important to see how everyone recovers. The lads who coming back from suspension have been working hard and we’ve given them quite a bit of attention.They have been topping up their fitness and been given a bit of individual information, but it is a big jump to go straight into first team, especially in this league.
“Derby are one of the teams I have seen a lot of and I think their result against Sheffield Wednesday was a blip, they have good personnel and since Gary(Rowett)has gone in there, they have been so difficult to beat.They have been really strong, they have a lot of pace and an attacking threat at the top end of the pitch.
“We are all looking forward to the game, we want to play in big games and not shy away from it.”
Hernandez on his future: ”I don’t know, I don’t receive anything new from the club. I can’t tell you anything about this, I prefer only to focus on the next games and give 100 per cent for the club. I can’t talk about this.
“Yes, obviously. I’m very happy here. I feel the fans and my team-mates, all the people, would like it if I stay here but it depends not only on me.”
Gary Rowett on his team to face Leeds: ”You could argue whether six (changes) was maybe too many but there were some players I wanted to get back into the team, whether that's for the long-term or not.
“Because we've got such a strong group, I think we can pick certain players for certain games. That's what we've done probably over the past 20 games and it has served us pretty well.It's always tempting and easy to keep the same team - and I've done it before.”
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