Ahead of today’s clash with Derby, we spoke to Andy Buckley-Taylor who’s now in his 50th season being a Ram.
What’s your most memorable moment against Leeds?
My favourite clash was the 3-2 win where Francis Lee and Norman Hunter had a lunch up. The most important fixtures between us was last season due to the prize on offer should the winners go through and be successful at Wembley. I actually get a real ‘buzz’ when we beat Leeds due to the old Clough v Revie clashes.
What are your thoughts on last seasons dramatic playoff semi-final?
The Playoff Semi final last season; After we went down 0-1 in the first leg, I stated that we were definitely not out of the tie. I think the Leeds we saw looked tired as opposed to the one that was full of energy during the regular season.
The second leg I believed we would pull it off as soon as Jack Marriott scored that first goal. I think a combination of things paved the way for victory. Leeds defence looked nervy, they looked confused by the switch to the diamond and individual errors contributed too! I think the neutrals would have loved the matches as a spectacle and they certainly were a brilliant showcase for the Championship. I’m an older fan and remember the rivalry we had in the 70’s! I don’t mind admitting I went mental when Marriott put that fourth in.
The Play off Final; I had originally predicted Villa to win the play offs and went to Wembley with my son with hope rather than expectation. I think they had too much quality in their squad and they had finally found some form after underperforming for months. Disappointing but I’m glad we were there.
What’s your opinion on losing Frank Lampard to Chelsea?
I understand why and wish him luck. The thing that annoyed me though was the complete lack of respect shown by the media. In my opinion he has moved too early. It’s a massive job and his hands are tied due to an embargo. I think Chelsea will struggle to attain top six. A lot of their fans have a sense of entitlement, but they have to give him a chance. He’s already proving that Mount, Tomori and Abraham can perform at the top level.
Is Cocu a good replacement?
I think this is a longer term project. He is known for blooding young talent. We had the best Under-18 side in the country last season and already Jason Knight is showing promise.
Can you name a prospect currently in the youth ranks?
I believe prospects like Alex Sibley and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson will get their chance very soon and of course there’s some chap called Rooney joining in January.
Who is your top six come May?
very difficult I’d expect Leeds, Fulham and Forest to be amongst the top half dozen (That hurt) our red neighbours have a very good squad and us expect them to be the surprise package.
Who’s your favourites for relegation?
difficult again! I’d still expect Stoke to pull clear, but Barnsley and Wigan I think will find it tough going.
What are your thoughts on VAR?
Its like more correct decisions but I hate the the way the flow of the game us affected. It will come in though for all EFL divisions.
Prediction for this weekend?
Unfortunately I cannot see beyond a defeat for us. I hope we can at least give a decent account of ourselves.
Leeds 3-1 Derby County
Bamford, Costa(2) Waghorn
We’d like to thank Andy for answering our questions and wish him the best of luck for the season.
By Keith Ingham
Jordan Stevens gets a six week ban from all football activity and a fine for illegally betting on games last season, very harsh but hopefully the youngster will learn from this error in judgement.
Kalvin Phillips signs a five year deal that hopefully keeps his admirers at arms length. The best news the fans had waited all summer for. His contract takes him to one of the highest earners at the club. Well deserved too.
What Marcelo and Kalvin said ... pre Barnsley
Thanks to the YEP.
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Leeds 2-1 Barnsley 21/4/2018
Top two in the Championship lose at home. Charlton 1-0 to Birmingham City and Swansea 1-0 to Forest. Leeds need a win tomorrow to climb over their nearest rivals and go top.
Norwich City stun last season’s Premier League Champions Manchester City by winning 3-2 at Carrow Road.
Barnsley v Leeds
Team News: One change to Leeds; Jamie Shackleton comes into the starting eleven in place of Adam Forshaw(Hip injury). Tyler Roberts included in the eighteen for the first time this season. Alex Mowatt, Aapo Halme and Mallik Wilks start against their former club for Barnsley, Clarke Odour also ex Leeds starts on the bench. One change for Barnsley, Mowatt captains Barnsley.
Team: Casilla, Dallas, White, Cooper(c), Alioski, Phillips, Shackleton, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Bamford.
Leeds leave it late to secure Yorkshire Derby win
Thanks to the YEP
Eddie gets another goal.
Daniel Stendel: "I'm proud. We played as well as we can. When you created so much against Leeds it's a really good game. Not easy, but you need to take your chances in the right moment. Not happened today. Second half the pressure came from Leeds, but we had big chances too. Ten minutes missed to take one point. You can see why they have ambitions to win promotion this year. Disappointed, but this is how we need to play every week and score(goals)."
Marcelo Bielsa: It was a match we deserved win, but could have lost and drawn. Very good opponent, we have to say it. A young team. They ran a lot, Always trying to play. I think the team is better than the addition of each player they have. Congratulations to their manager and players as well. An honest team. Honestly, it's incredible this league. It's so special to me that one team like this is at the bottom of the table.
After Leeds reclaimed ‘top spot’ in the Championship David Watkins wonders when Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah will be be ‘un-leashed’ and start. Hard to argue with the valid points the Leeds United author makes.
Thank you David.
Impressive, hard working, determined and deserved victory at a place we’ve only recently started getting good results there. Hard to pick out single players, because it was a team effort that brought the three points back home to West Yorkshire.
Myself watching it via an iPad in Portugal thought Casilla pulled off a couple of much needed saves when called upon, White and Cooper were decent, Phillips was excellent once again and like my friend DW says it can only be a matter of time that Helder and Eddie are starting games instead of finishing teams off when called from the bench.
A bloody good win. Four outings in the grey and pink shirt and five away wins in total. Just need the home form to pick up now.
Celebrating at full time in Portugal
Gaetano Berardi, Barry Douglas, Mateusz Bogusz, Jack Clarke, Eddie Nketiah, Tyler Roberts and Luke Ayling all featured for Leeds U23s vs Watford U23s at Elland Road. Leeds won 6-0 with goals from Struijk, Nketiah(2), Roberts(p), Gotts, Ayling.
Adam Pope Tweeted that the BBC has had this statement from the security firm employing the stewards at Barnsley FC: “We are aware of several incidents that took place on Sunday and are in the process of investigating these in partnership with the club and South Yorkshire.
“Unfortunately we cannot comment on individual incidents, suffice to say that we take all incidents involving ours staff extremely seriously."
Heidi Haigh on a slow-moving, rainy journey to South Yorkshire but the day brightened up with a hard fought win over Barnsley
Thank you Heidi.
Unbeaten and winning all our opening away games and sitting top of the Championship virtue of scoring more goals than Swansea. Eddie Nketiah is knocking loudly on Marcelo Bielsa’s office door with goals in nearly every game he’s played in a white or grey/pink shirt. Sunday’s goal was followed by a brace against Watford in the under 23’s on Monday.
My advice to Bielsa, if I may be so bold. UNLEASH THE BEAST!
Bring on Derby County.
By Keith Ingham
Ahead of this weekends Yorkshire clash with Barnsley, I got to speak to a pal of mine about all things six fingered.
How long have you supported Barnsley?
I have Supported Barnsley since around 3 or 4 years old when my dad took me to my first game.
What’s your favourite moment as a fan?
Definitely Winning promotion to the premier league, that has to be top of my list.
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of your shirt, if not. Who would you have liked to?
This has never changed, always has been and always will be Redders, the first time i saw Redfearn play i was hooked and as soon as the ball left his foot, if it wasn't going in the net it was in your best interest to move out of the way lol.
152 games, 85 goals and forever a part of Leeds United history. Everyone at the club wishes former striker Jermaine Beckford a very happy retirement.
Beckford say’s goodbye
Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has been named in @ScotlandNT’s squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and Belgium next month.
Rich reward for some stand out displays from the skipper.
Team News: Eight changes for Leeds; Douglas, Davis, Shackleton, McCalmont(debut), Clarke, Bogusz(debut), Costa and Nketiah come into the starting eleven. Nine changes for Stoke City.
Team: Casilla, Douglas, Berardi, Davis, Shackleton, Phillips, McCalmont, Clarke, Bogusz, Costa, Nketiah
Leeds United 2 - 2 Stoke City(Stoke win 5-4 on penalties)
Three substitute appearances, three goals for Eddie🔥Nketiah.
Marcelo Bielsa: “For us it was very important to stay in this competition, being eliminated creates a disappointing feeling in us. In the second half the team played better, I cannot say we improved the team by the changes.
“The team played better in the second half than the first. We cannot say the first half was a bad (performance), it didn't create a disappointing feeling. The difference was the collective of the team, not individuals."
Nathan Jones: “I’m proud of them tonight, I thought first half we were really excellent, structured and we had a real threat, especially on the counter.
We could have done a bit better with some opportunities with a bit more cutting edge and belief, especially with young Tyrese (Campbell) we could have extended that lead before half-time. Second half I think a few of them ran out of steam because there’s a lot there that haven’t played.
Leeds WDWWW (1)
Swansea WDWWW (2)
Leeds bring Liam Cooper in for Gaetano Berardi. Swansea unchanged from their game with Birmingham City.
Sometimes it’s just not your day, Saturday was one of them. Despite an abundance of possession(once again) Leeds failed to turn it into goals and Swansea picked their pockets with a slapdash winner at the ‘death’.
Leeds started once again on the front foot with Phillips, Forshaw, Klich and Hernandez dominating the midfield. They were ably assisted by Jack Harrison on the left wing, as time after time he took on the bemused Swansea right back but could not deliver a ‘killer’ final ball.
The first shot on Swansea’s goal came from their own player, unluckily for Leeds it was stopped by Woodman. The keeper then was alert to Alioski’s spectacular ‘bicycle kick’, the Leeds wingback had earlier blasted on in the South Stand as Leeds penned back Swansea. The all-action Leeds man also found himself in the referee’s book for a ‘challenge’ in midfield.
Stuart Dallas sent a superb ball into the box and it was headed wide by Patrick Bamford from a good position. Swansea came in the game and former Leeds man Matt Grimes was just wide with free kick, he also called Kiko Casilla into action, the Spanish keeper putting out the ball for a corner. Leeds’ best chance came on the stroke of half time, Cooper heading a corner against the bar and putting the rebound over the bar. How Leeds weren’t ahead was down to bad finish and a lack of Lady Luck smiling on them. 0-0 at the break.
The second period started the same as the first, Leeds with a lion’s share of possession but not making it pay. Bamford heading a decent chance into the side netting. Pablo Hernandez warmed the hands of Woodman with a shot from outside the box and was just over with another attempt. In an effort to get the opening goal Bielsa made the first change, Eddie Nketiah replacing Pat Bamford around the hour mark. The Arsenal loanee was involved immediately and provided much needed pace up front
Swansea had their best part of the game with twenty five minutes to go, they worked the channels but the Leeds rearguard stood firm with White being superb as he brought the ball forward from defence. Helder Costa joined the fray with twenty to play, he replaced Klich much to the annoyance of the Polish international who stormed off, hitting the dugout on his way off.
With the game in the last ten minutes Leeds made their last change sending on Barry Douglas on for Ejanni Alioski. Leeds continued to threaten but couldn’t get a shot on target, Costa’s barnstorming runs were worrying Swansea and the winger found Nketiah at the back post but the striker’s header unluckily went into the side netting not the goal.
With time going into injury time Leeds gifted Swansea one last chance, Forshaw not clearing his lines and giving the Swans a corner, from it the ball bobbled in the area before being played out to the wing where it was returned and met by Routledge who shot past Casilla and the Swans celebrated like they had won the Championship. Bloody robbed!
It just seemed that Leeds could have played until midnight or beyond and still not scored. Good displays by White, Phillips who gamely carried on despite an injury that restricted his movement and Stuart Dallas who never stopped running and trying to create a chance.
Man of the Match: Stuart Dallas, all action display from the Northern Ireland international.
By Keith Ingham
How long have you followed Swansea and why did you choose them as your team?
I’ve followed the Swans since I was a kid really! My mums from Swansea and my Dads from Anglesey so growing up it was either Swansea or Bangor Town
What’s your favourite moment as a fan? Season, game or anything other occasion or mention any other football related event you’ve witnessed
😂favourite moment as a fan was probably beating Cardiff 3-0!
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?
Favourite player on the shirt would definitely have to be Magic Daps aka Lee Trundle as the guy was a magician!
What’s your most memorable match playing against Leeds United?
Most memorable match against Leeds would probably be the first game I watched at Elland Road last season! Long old trip but it was a cracking game and brilliant atmosphere!
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.
Considering the mess the club has been in with transfers recently I think we did really well with the additions we made and keeping Ayew and Borja in the squad could be massive for us!
If I could bring any player into the Swansea team it would have to be Gylfi Siggurdsson the guy was an absolute genius for us!
What’s your hopes for the next season? Top ten or do you think you can make the top six with the squad you have
Being realistic I’m hoping for a play off run!
Who are your three for the drop?
My 3 for the drop are Hull, Birmingham and Barnsley!
Your thoughts on the upcoming EFL season and 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.
My top 6 is-
3rd- West Brom
Who’s your danger man?
Danger man would have to be either Borja or Ayew but in terms of creating goals I’d go with Bersant Celina!
Can you tell us about a rising star in the youth ranks?
Although he’s not in the youth ranks anymore Matt Grimes is going to be a sensational player and can definitely see him moving to a bigger club in the future!
Prediction and scorers for the game?
I’m going for 2-2 Borja and Celina for Swansea and then Hernandez and although I don’t rate him in the slightest Patrick Bamford!
We’d like to thank Charlie for answering our questions and wish him the best of luck for the season.
By Keith Ingham
In our latest review of a Rival Paul Ruane gives his thoughts on a convincing 3-0 win against a struggling Stoke.
Another disappointing afternoon for the Potters. Nathan Jones rung the changes; six were dropped after the Preston debacle and he switched to a back three and a more compact midfield. The league leaders were contained for the first half an hour, with Federici only called into action once. There seemed to be too big a gap between the Leeds defence and attack, which allowed the Potters to close down and prevent any dangerous attacks.
Following a shot from his own half by Hernandez, which even Charlie Adam would have felt embarrassed by, Leeds started to find more gaps. The break though game came with a sweet pass from Hernandez and a confident finish by Dallas. The Potters were applauded off by the majority of home fans at the break. However, confidence took another blow five minutes after the break when following some excellent interplay, Bamford put the ball on a plate for Alioski. Two became three a quarter of an hour later as Bamford was clinical following a Federici save.
The Potters finally got a shot on target in the 77th minute from Tom Ince, to ironic cheers by home fans. Another attempt from the same player two minutes later was our final on target. A couple of good saves late on saved the rock bottom Potters from further embarrassment on the pitch. Off the pitch, a small section of “supporters” embarrassed the Club by singing about events in Turkey.
Nathan Jones has previously stated that we have several leaders in the squad. The only leadership I witnessed was from 18 year-old Potters captain Nathan Collins. The lack of any creativity was worrying.
The visitors fully deserved the win. On this showing, their Nationwide tour may finally be coming to an end
As for the Carabao Cup match on Tuesday, I haven’t a clue what side or formation we’ll put out. I’d like to see Nick Powell behind Tyrese Campbell, with Thibaud Verlinden and Tom Ince on the wings. This would be a departure from the Nathan Jones philosophy, but he needs to find a winning formula soon.
By Paul Ruane
Only Lower West Stand seats remain as the club use beneath where the away fans are situated for the first time against Brentford.
Problems persist at troubled Division One club Bolton Wanderers who were forced to postpone tomorrow’s game with Doncaster Rovers.
Leeds United under 23’s who included Illan Meslier, Gjanni Alioski, Helder Costa, Jamie Shackleton, Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah in the starting eleven beat Millwall under 23’s 3-2 with goals from Pascal Struijk, Eddie Nketiah and an injury time(96mins)strike from Mateusz Bogusz.
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Brentford 2-0 Leeds 22/4/2019
Pontus Jansson returns with his new teammates tomorrow and you can bet he will be out to prove that his past paymasters made a big mistake in selling him. It will be interesting if the home supporters give him a hero’s welcome.
Leeds are unbeaten in all competitions and have played some superb football in all four games they have played so far this season. Nine goals scored and only two conceded is pretty impressive from United.
Brentford started the season with a loss at home to Birmingham City(0-1) then impressively beat Middlesbrough away 1-0. They are out of the Carabao Cup, losing to Cambridge United on penalties
(5-4) after the game had ended 1-1. Last Saturday they drew 1-1 at Griffin Park with Hull City.
Unless injuries have happened since Saturday, Leeds are expected to name an unchanged starting eleven with Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah once again on the bench.
If Leeds can get an early goal it should be a home win but it wouldn’t surprise anybody if Jansson gets a goal for the ‘Bees’. Leeds 3-1.
Thomas Frank on Jansson’s return to Leeds 11: “I think he's all up to it and looking forward to that game massively. Of course, he hopes, and we all hope, that we can write a nice fairytale. That we go up there and win and he scores the winning header, that would be beautiful. It's not often going to be like that but he's up for it, we're up for it, but it's just like another game.
We know that they(the fans)will probably be on him every time he has the ball or something like that but it's football. The funny thing is when you're at the game you sometimes don't listen to the fans. You hear that there's a lot of sound but it's just there, and if it's higher or lower then you don't notice in a way unless you lose your focus. That's when they can get into your head, but if you're in it it's just like another game.”
Every word of Marcelo Bielsa... pre Brentford
Leeds v Brentford
Team News: One change. Ejanni Alioski comes in for the injured Barry Douglas. Costa and Nketiah again on the bench. Jack Clarke once again omitted from the eighteen because of the loan ruling of only having five players in the match day squad. One change for Brentford, Pontus Jansson captain’s the ‘Bees’.
Team: Casilla, Dallas, White, Cooper(c), Alioski, Phillips, Forshaw, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Bamford.
My review of the game from the press box
Ian Wright’s happy with Eddie’s winner!
Radio Leeds summariser and ex Leeds player getting just a little excited when the goal was scored. Geeetttiiinnn!
Thanks to Radio Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa: "I think we deserved to win the game, we dominated the game. We didn't create a lot of goal chances, but enough chances to make a difference. It was a physical and demanding game and the best moment we took.
“It was lucky (the substitutions) because only sometimes these things can happen, because the skill of the coaches is not making the decision of the players who make the last pass or score the goal."
Thomas Frank: "We know Elland Road is always a difficult place to play, especially with Bielsa and the way they press, not only high intensity but the different way of doing it.. First half I think we play a top away performance, pressing high and causing Leeds problems, having good opportunities. An even game.
“Second half, for whatever reason, they stepped up and we couldn't keep the level of intensity. We lost the ball too easy and didn't run at them as much as we did in the first half. Defensively, it was a top defensive performance, but for one moment."
David Watkins blog of the hard earned three points and wonders how long Bielsa will keep EK on the bench.
Thank you David, good to see you Wednesday in the Pavillon.
Good reaction to yesterday’s 1-0 win over Brentford, most on social media agreed that Forshaw, Phillips, White and Cooper had good games. The poser most are wondering is could Bielsa use the pace of Eddie and the much improved Pat Bamford as two upfront. Time will tell if the Argentinian finds room in the starting eleven for last night’s match-winner.
Eddie Nketiah on opening his Elland Road goal account in his first Championship game: “To get the three points and to finally get out there at Elland Road and play in front of the fans, it was a dream come true. It’s a dream come true to have the fans take to you so early on, and I’m going to continue to give my all to this club, so hopefully they’ll appreciate that.
“It was great to get the three points, but to mark it off with a goal I couldn’t be happier. In the games I’ve played so far I feel like I’ve done well and scored in both so that’s all I can do. The atmosphere was really good, as soon as you walk out of the tunnel you can hear the fans shouting and screaming, I think it’s really good for the players, it urges us on especially when we need a goal and it gives us that extra energy.
“It was nice to get into the action straight away, for the goal I just wanted to keep up with the play and get myself into the right area. Helder(Costa)played a great ball and all I had to do was tap it in and I think it’s great we have these relationships early on in the season.
“The team are doing well so far, we all know our targets and aims so it’s important we keep our momentum going.”
What Marcelo and Jack said... Pre Stoke City.
Thanks to the YEP.
Nathan Jones on the game with Leeds: “It's probably the best game we can have really, they are as good as a side there is in the league. In how they go about their job, in how they go about in everything they do.
“It's a tough game, but it is one that whets the appetite a little bit. We have to be far better in terms of certain basics that we did [against Preston] and then hopefully we will develop from there."
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Stoke City 2-1 Leeds 19/1/2019
Leeds are unbeaten this season and take a trip to the Potteries to play Stoke City at the weekend who are rock bottom of the Championship.
Bielsa’s boys are buoyed by Tuesday’s late win over Brentford, the same night Stoke were on the end of a 3-0 defeat by Preston, a game Jack Butland will want to forget very quickly as he gifted the home side two early goals. His manager has come out in his support but the England international will know he will have to play much better if he is to get back into the England squad, he was dropped this week for the forthcoming internationals.
Knives have already been sharpened for Nathan Jones and many expect his tenure to end if the poor results continue. Last season Stoke, then also on a poor run surprised many by beating Leeds 2-1, ex Leeds centre half Pontus Jansson getting two yellows and a red to complete a bad day for Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa has already mentioned that Stuart Dallas and Liam Cooper are major doubts for the game, Jamie Shackleton and Gaetano Berardi are expected to replace the pair if they are ruled out. Both Dallas and Cooper have had impressive starts to the season and could be missed. Bielsa did not say if Eddie Nketiah will start his first Championship game alongside Pat Bamford.
Top v Bottom games can often spring surprising results but Leeds recently have been playing so well a point is the least they will expect to bring home to Leeds 11. Draw 1-1.
Ipswich Town under 23’s 0 Leeds United under 23’s 1. Ryan Edmundson with United’s goal.
Bury are saved in the final hour! It looks like the club will finally lose the horrid ownership of Steve Dale looks set to be over.
An 11th hour bid from a London co sorting has said to have been agreed, with the group set to now complete the owners and directors test, should be too hard with a tax evading sociopath being and a bank who had no money both passing it to take over our beloved Whites.
A story full of hope for a club on its knees, we hope the Bury faithful get through this and kick on for the remainder of the season.
By Keith Ingham