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