Kiko Casilla nominated for the PFA Bristol Street Player of the Month for October.
Saturday’s goalscorer and many people’s MOTM Tyler Roberts is included in Wales squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with Azerbaijan and Hungary. Liam Cooper also selected by Scotland for their games with Cyprus and Kazakhstan and Mateusz Klich selected for Poland’s games with Israel and Slovenia.
Will it be long before Kalvin Phillips to be selected for England by Gareth Southgate? There surely isn’t a better English holding midfielder in either the Premier League or the Championship.
Jack Harrison named in the sky bet EFL team of the week.
chelsea draw 4-4 with Ajax at Stamford Bridge after being 4-1 down. Liverpool struggle to get past Belgian side Genk, the Premiership leaders win 2-1 at Anfield to stay top of their group.
Eddie Nketiah was treated for a ‘twisted testicle’ 😳 and is expected to be out for approximately four weeks Ouch!!
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With 527 games, 115 goals and countless trophies to his name, we're wishing Leeds United legend Johnny Giles a very happy 79th birthday 🎉
Ben White on the recent praise for his displays since joining in the summer on loan from Brighton: “There is attention and praise and it’s really nice to see and hear it, but I know that I just have to keep focusing on making sure I’m the best I can be every time I step out onto the field.
“People keep saying how well I’m doing but I know I have to keep my head down and continue working hard for the team to make sure we get the results we need to achieve our aim at the end of the season.
“Playing alongside Liam (Cooper)has been great too, he’s been really good for me. His experience is really important for the side and he’s helped me to fit in with the team and will keep pushing me on to perform in the best way I can. We’ve kept our form strong and I’m delighted with how it’s gone so far, we’re doing really well.
“The hard work we put in during the week is showing in our results, as well as the things we did during pre-season before a ball was kicked.The manager’s attention to detail has been massive, I’ve said it before in interviews but it was different to what I was used to and I had to work hard before the season started - now it’s about doing what he wants from me on a consistent basis.”
Stuart Dallas has been named in Northern Ireland’s squad for their Euro2020 qualifiers against the Netherlands and Germany.
Leeds boxer Nicola Adams quits the sport in an open letter in the YEP. The Olympic double gold medal and WBO Championship belt winner is leaving the sport over fears that if she continues she could lose her sight. Nicola said: “I’m immensely honoured to have represented our country — to win double Olympic gold medals and then the WBO championship belt is a dream come true.
‘It has been an honour to compete on the global stage, and it has been a privilege to fight against such remarkable athletes. Whilst I am proud of my achievements, the unwavering belief from everyone in my corner, is something I will appreciate for the rest of my life.”
Manchester City use three goalkeepers in their Champions League game in the San Siro against Atlanta. First choice keeper Ederson was subbed at half time, Bravo his substitute was sent off late in the second half. Kyle Walker usually City’s right back came on for Mahrez and went in goal for the last minutes of the game which ended 1-1. Galascum lose 6-0 at Real Madrid.
On this day in 2015:
Leeds won 3-0 away at Huddersfield Town with goals from Antenucci, Wood and Mowatt.
Shots on target this season:
Top five teams
Stat by @Champstat
Elland Road will host the Rugby League international between England and Australia on 7th of November 2020(2.30pm). The first game in the three game series will be staged at Bolton 31/10/20(2.30pm) and the third at Tottenham Hotspur’s Stadium 14/11/20(5.30pm)
Andrea Radrizzani attended the Champions League game between Paris SG and Bruges on Wednesday night as a ‘guest’ of Nasser Al-Khelaifi, PSG's president who also runs Qatar Sports Investment.
French outlet L'Equipe ran a story earlier this week suggesting talks between the parties, over potential investment at Elland Road, were slow but ongoing. QSI interest in the Whites was first rumoured in the summer.
Third in the Championship versus sixteenth. Leeds just outside of the automatic promotion places by virtue of goal difference. Blackburn Rovers six points above the bottom three. One win out of their last six league fixture.
Eddie Nketiah likely to be out with a lower abdominal injury. Adam Forshaw, Jamie Shackleton and Gjanni Alioski also doubts for Saturday. Barry Douglas should be available for the game. United seeking fourth home win on the trot.
What Marcelo Bielsa said ... pre Blackburn Rovers:
Blackburn Rovers WLLDLD
Leeds unchanged from QPR(H)
Blackburn unchanged from Sheffield Wednesday(H)
Leeds continued their winning ways as they followed up last weeks victory over QPR with another home win over Blackburn Rovers,
Leeds now go into the international break with only one defeat in seven games. I must say the respect shown during the minutes silence for those who we lost in conflict was superb and credit to all the fans for observing it.
Leeds players remember the fallen.
The home side weren’t dominant in the opening minutes, it looked as they were working out what system their opponents were using and adapted to it before getting into their stride. To be honest it was a very scrappy first twenty minutes when both teams gave the ball away far too much.
The first good opportunity came to Leeds, Stuart Dallas strode through a static Rovers to unleash a powerful shot, unfortunately it sailed over Walton’s bar and probably warmed the hands of a fan in the South Stand.
On twenty eight minutes Leeds were awarded a penalty, Tyler Roberts delightful chip into the path of Luke Ayling ended with the Leeds defender upended in the box. The crowd held it’s breath as sometimes maligned striker Patrick Bamford strode, ball in hand to the penalty spot, placed it down and sent the ball into the other side of the goal as Walton dived in the other direction.
1-0 Leeds and the relief on the striker’s face told it’s own story. Fair play to him for having the mental strength to take it after his barren run that goes back to Stoke City back in August.
Five minutes later Leeds doubled their lead, Kalvin Phillips played a superb ball from midfield that found Patrick Bamford, he took one touch to control it then passed the ball to the on-rushing Jack Harrison who put the ball pasted Walton via a post.
Last time we met
QPR 1-0 Leeds 29/2/19 (C)
Leeds face back-to-back home games for the first time this season as they face QPR and Blackburn Rovers in the next seven days.
Marcelo Bielsa may have to change his starting eleven as there are doubts over Patrick Bamford, Gjanni Alioski and Barry Douglas. Liam Cooper could return to the defence and fit again Pablo Hernandez also could feature in midfield. If Bamford misses the game, Eddie Nketiah should start his first Championship game for Leeds.
QPR have three players with six goals and have looked impressive in some games, but in others, like the midweek home game with Brentford have looked distinctly ordinary. They are the classic ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ side and will be no pushovers.
Leeds, despite the changes will hopefully start an important seven days with a win.
Mark Warburton on the game with Leeds: “I’m expecting a high-energy performance in front of a packed Elland Road, which is a fantastic football stadium. Leeds will be at home and keen to deliver a performance in front of their own supporters.
“We go there as apparent underdogs but we have gone to tough places this year and have shown that we can win games of football; we’ve shown we can control games of football. We prepare well for it and we go there with absolute respect for our opposition.
“They’re a very tough opponent with a very good squad but it’s about us going there and being confident in what we do. We need to maintain our concentration and focus and understand all of the implications of playing in a tough away venue.”
Leeds United have banned the fan who held their new-born baby up in the air at the last home fixture from home and away matches until March, pending an investigation of the incident.
The picture was taken by a fan in the South Stand during the Centenary match against Birmingham City.
Fantastic mural in Holbeck.
Artist Shane Green’s impressive artwork. He said of his work: "I was born about a mile away from here so it's sentimental as well as a great location - you can see it from everywhere - you can pretty much see it from Elland Road.
"I was on my way to a match at towards the end of summer and I just said to my mates 'they could do with a Leeds mural there. They told me to 'get on with it then' so the next chance I got - I did."
Stoke City sack Nathan Jones, he leaves with his back room staff of ex Leeds centre half academy coach Paul Hart and first team coach Joaquin Gomez. Jones was appointed in January 2019, he won only six games out of the thirty eight games of his tenure.
Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge for the game against league leaders West Brom on Monday night.
The Daily Snail is reporting that Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla is to be suspended for eight to twelve games for an ‘incident’ during the game with Charlton Athletic. The Spaniard was accused of racially abusing Jonathan Leko. A formal announcement is expected on Wednesday
The FA responded to the rumours that emerged about Kiko Casilla last night with a comment to the YEP that investigations are ‘ongoing’ and would give no further details.
England’s hopes of World Cup glory end when they are well beaten by South Africa.
Leeds v QPR
Team News: Two changes for Leeds; Captain Liam Cooper and Tyler Roberts come in for Gaetano Berardi who drops to the bench and Gjanni Alioski who is injured. Eddie Nketiah not in the eighteen due to an injury he picked up in training yesterday. Pablo Hernandez returns to the eighteen. QPR make three changes to their starting eleven.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper(c), Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Roberts, Costa, Harrison, Bamford.
Ryan Ingham’s review from the press box.
Match Report: Leeds take charge at home - weallloveleeds.co.uk
Tyler Roberts celebrates number one. Jack Harrison gets the second.
Marcelo Bielsa: "For all of us, it makes us happy. We were more calm and if we win by one goal and you have five minutes left, then everybody is nervous in the stadium.
"So we hope that match to match we don't have more of this feeling. And we try to pass this kind of match where we are winning 1-0, more relaxed, more calm."
Mark Warburton: "It's a tough place to come and Leeds are a very talented team. We probably didn't create enough in the first half. In the second half we started well and at 1-0 with 20 minutes to go we had a big, big chance.
"They're the fine margins at this level. We didn't quite have that belief to really go and get something out of the game."
David Watkins ‘very un-Bielsa’ but a effective performance from Leeds.
Thank you David can’t argue with much of your excellent review.
Leeds have the meanest defence in the Football League conceding only eight games in the fifteen Championship games played so far.
The defence is mentioned in praise for the 2-0 win over QPR on social media but the most plaudits go to Tyler Roberts for his excellent goal and performance yesterday. Jack Harrison might not be everybody’s ‘cup of tea’ but he has four assists in recent goals and two goals.
Unlucky Pat Bamford. His ‘goal’ should have stood.
Preston go to the top of the Championship after their 1-0 win at Charlton Athletic. They have a better goal difference than Leeds(1) on twenty eight points.
Heidi Haigh on Thanks from ‘Stix’ and a surprise phone call from Marcelo Bielsa plus her superb blog with pictures of the clash with QPR.
Leeds United v QPR 2nd November 2019 at Elland Road - Follow Me and Leeds United
Thank you Heidi and her book ‘Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United: Leeds United 2018/19’ is now available from the good lady herself if you contact her before games and on Amazon.
The FA have charged Leeds United goalkeeper with racially abusing Jonathan Leko. If found guilty the minimum ban would be six games with could rise on ‘additional aggravating factors’
Leeds released this statement after the FA statement:
“Leeds United Football Club acknowledges the charge from the FA today relating to Kiko Casilla and an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 during our Sky Bet Championship match with Charlton Athletic at The Valley in September.
“Kiko strenuously denies the allegation and has proactively worked with the FA during their investigation to date. The next step of this process will be a personal hearing, in the meantime Kiko will remain available for selection.”
Saturday proved that Leeds can win without too much style but can do it through pure hard graft. Some game you’ve got to do this and hopefully a mix of the ‘style’ and graft could be a recipe for success in the upcoming games in November and December.
Next up Blackburn Rovers on Saturday at Elland Road. It’s never an easy fixture and who could forget the 3-2 ‘thriller’ last season. 2-1 down in injury time but still had enough ‘in the tank’ to grab all three points thanks to Kemar Roofe’s header deep in injury time. Fantastic.
By Keith Ingham
Against QPR: WWWLL
At Home vs QPR: LDDWW
Leeds: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper,Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Roberts, Costa, Harrison, Bamford
Subs: Meslier, Davis, Gotts, Berardi, Bogusz, Hernandez, Clarke
QPR: Kelly, Rangel, Leistner, Hall, Wallace, Manning, Ball, Eze, Chair, Wells, Hugill
Subs: Lumley, Kane, Pugh, Amos, Scowen, Mlakar, Osayi-Samuel
Leeds United got back to winning ways with an astounding 2-0 victory over QPR in front of a packed Elland Road.
The whites nearly started the game with a 1-0 deficit as the visitors caught Leeds on the break, with Nahki Wells’ cross just missing an outstretched Jordan Hugill. The home side then countered and Mateusz Klich spurned a perfect opportunity free in the box.
Leeds forward Patrick Bamford’s luck in front of goal continues to be a major concern and his decision making when through on goal didn’t alleviate any stress when deciding to round an on-rushing Liam Kelly before losing the ball.
The struggling striker then continued his bad luck when spurning a tap in after some beautiful work from Jack Harrison driving into the box before laying it on plate three yards out, only for Bamford to mishit the ball against a defender.
It took until two minutes before the break for Leeds to break their home scoring duck, with Jack Harrison continuing his rich vein of form driving into the box and setting up Tyler Roberts for a placed finish past Kelly.
David Watkins on why dire finishing and not domination may cause Leeds problems in the not too near future.
Thank you David. Know how your feeling!
An outpouring of ‘Eddie, Eddie’ on most social media. The young striker has staked his claim to start on Saturday with a goal ratio of one goal per seventy seven minutes, this is compared to Pat Bamford who is eight games without a goal.
Most if not all think now is the time to give a leading role to the young striker, dropping Pat to either a number 10 role(I’m not convinced)or the bench. Another player who most think deserves a starting role is Tyler Roberts, the young striker/midfielder impressed when coming on as a substitute in the games against Birmingham City and Preston.
Garry Monk on the latest week, Leeds and his time there: “What a tough week we've had and we want to try and finish the week well. Leeds were fantastic last season and were unlucky to miss out as they did. I've said it many times, I'm proud of the work I did there. I enjoyed my time there but the focus is on trying to win.
“The players were scared to play at Elland Road because it was such a demanding ground. But we connected all that together. That was not just me; that was everyone. I think we gave that spirit back to the club. That is what I am proud of most.”
Leeds’ festive fixtures against Preston North End at Elland Road and the New Years Day’s game with West Brom at the Hawthorne’s have been picked for Sky TV with 17.15 kick offs. Nice one Sky! 🖕🏻
Tonight’s Championship results
Bristol City 2-1 Charlton
Derby 1-0 Wigan
Fulham 3-2 Luton
Huddersfield 0-0 Middlesbrough
Nottingham Forest 1-2 Hull
Ahead of today’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday, we spoke with Jim Pickering about all things Owls.
How long have you followed Sheffield Wednesday and why did you choose them as your team?
Supported weds all my life. 1st game in 1969 age 6. Due to my father coming from Sheffield.
What’s your favourite moment as a fan? Season, game or anything other occasion or mention any other football related event you’ve witnessed
Rumbellows cup final win against Manchester United 1991. Sheridan scoring the winner
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of a shirt, if you didn’t is there one you wished you would have?
What’s your most memorable match playing against Leeds United?
6-0 - 2014
Are you happy with your dealings in this summer transfer windows so far? Is there any player you’d love to bring into your starting eleven? (Messi and Ronaldo cannot be considered!) and who you think is the best signing a Championship club have made.
Happy with who we brought in. Would love Mo Salah.
Fulham got Michael Hector from chelsea. Best signing for me.
What’s your hopes for this season? Top six or do you think you can make the top two with the squad you have
Would love love to go up as champions. With leeds 2nd. Get us both back to where we belong
Who are your three for the drop?
Barnsley. Stoke. Boro.
Who are the teams you consider will be in the top six of the Championship in May? Please name you top six in any order.
Weds. leeds. West brom. Bristol city. Preston. Fulham.
Who’s your danger man?
Can you tell us about a rising star in the youth ranks?
Jack Stobbs. Currently out on loan. Will come back next year. Hopefully break into 1st team.
Prediction and scorers for the game?
Lets hope for a good game.
We’d like to thank Jim for answering our questions and wish him the best for the season.
By Keith Ingham
Pep Clotet on returning to Leeds: “I loved it at Leeds. Probably everyone who works at that club loves it. But it was special for me, my son was born then, that’s always part of the image. I realised how big that club is when I was there - I realised as well how big this club is when I came in here.
“The city has nothing else other than Leeds United when it comes to other clubs and everybody backs it. At the same time, despite how well I was there, I am happy, happier even, here [at Birmingham]. When the game starts it is about the game, it will have no effect. We just want to beat them.”
What Marcelo said... Pre-Birmingham
Last time we met
Birmingham City 1-0 Leeds 6/4/19 (Championship)
Leeds hope to continue their Centenary celebrations with a win over Birmingham City at a packed Elland Road. The club which passed a milestone on Thursday will present ex players to the game before the kick off.
City sit in middle table and have caused a few upsets already this season under Pep Clotet. The ex Leeds assistant coach will be hoping to spoil Leeds’ party atmosphere. Birmingham did the double over Leeds last season.
Party hats at the ready and Leeds will have enough to get past Birmingham. Leeds 2-0.
Leeds v Birmingham City
Team News: Leeds unchanged. Birmingham City unchanged.
Team: Casilla, Ayling(c), Berardi, White, Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Costa, Harrison, Bamford.
My Review from the press box
Birmingham City: WLLLW
Team News: Leeds and Birmingham City unchanged.
Leeds went second in the Championship after they beat Birmingham City 1-0 to complete a fantastic few days of Centenary celebrations.
Leeds, as in most games at Elland Road this season took the game to their opponents and nearly every minute there was plenty to keep the highest attendance this season on their feet. As early as the seventh minute they created a chance for Eganni Alioski but the lively full back/winger’s effort was well saved by Lee Camp.
A tremendous rendition of “Gary Speed” echoed round the ground on nine minutes leaving a tear falling from this particular Leeds fan’s eyes, I can guess I wasn’t the only one to do so as we remembered one who was not there to celebrate our special anniversary. There are others who also were absent, Albert, Billy, Don and Paul to mention just a few. We will always remember you boys!
Klich set Bamford away but the striker was a fraction too early with his run and the linesman flagged him off for offside. Alioski was involved in most moves and his shot on twenty two minutes didn’t trouble Camp. Leeds had an excellent chance to open the scoring just before the break, Bamford drove into the area but instead of shooting he set up Costa who’s effort was blocked by a defender. The rebound found Klich, who in turn found Dallas but Camp denied the Irishman with a smart save. 0-0 at the break.
Marcelo Bielsa brought on Eddie Nketiah after the break and the striker was upended just on the edge of the penalty area, it looked a penalty but the referee was having none of the pleas from the crowd and the Leeds players. Alioski’s free kick disappointingly went wide. For Birmingham, Colin had a shot that had Casilla scampering across his goal-line as the ball went just wide.
Nketiah had another opportunity but it didn’t trouble the City keeper, at the other end Ben White thwarted a City player by diving to block a goal bound effort. Leeds brought on Tyler Roberts to try and get the all important first goal. By doing this Leeds had Costa, Nkeitah, Harrison and Roberts as a front four, it left the midfield short of numbers and Birmingham, who had upped their game in the second half plenty of possession.
The winning goal came on sixty five minutes, Harrison took advantage of a Birmingham defensive mistake and ran into the area to slide it into homegrown Kalvin Phillips who slid the ball past Camp. Cometh the hour, cometh the local hero! The ground exploded as the Leeds players and crowd celebrated as one.
Alioski should have doubled the lead with twenty minutes to play but he blasted the ball high into the Kop from six yards. City though didn’t wield and Casilla was forced to punch a Bellingham shot to safety, the Leeds keeper also wandered outside his penalty area as Birmingham tried to salvage a point. Most Leeds fans held their breath but City didn’t take advantage of Casilla’s foray. Douglas came on late as Leeds ran the clock down to claim a very important three points on a very special day.
Man of the Match: Kalvin Philips, maybe it was just in the stars that a local lad got the goal on such a special occasion.
Proud to be Leeds
By Keith Ingham