As you'll have been aware from our Twitter feed, I was given the opportunity to watch last nights game against QPR in the press box. Something that I can only thank our readers for their support. Without your continued support I'd still be dreaming of an opportunity like that.
After entering and helping myself to a coffee I got the opportunity to speak to people like Noel Whelan, Phil Hay, Thom Kirwin and Adam Pope, who all said they'd seen the site and who will all be pitching in with a 'my first game' article in the future.
The game wasn't fantastic, but it started brilliantly with Leeds attacking straight away down the right forcing two corners in the first three minutes. Leeds then got a glorious opportunity as QPR centre-back Gabrielle Angella fluffed a back pass and Chris Wood stole the ball before it being snatched by the on rushing Alex Smithies.
A couple of minutes later and Stuart Dallas almost put the stadium into raptures with an amazing effort from the left that was cruising into the top corner, until Smithies once again denied us.
The game then fizzled into an end to end game of missed passes and long balls until Chris Wood sent a fantastic ball into the 6 yard box that fizzed all the way across goal and out for a goal kick on 31 minutes.
Debutant Peacock-Farrell then showed his handling skills by stopping a shot by Junior Hoilett on 38 minutes.
As the second half started, the game felt like the epitome of 'don't go to bed just yet' as Leeds controlled possession and attack after attack gave the ball away in the final third. The illustrious final ball seems to be eluding us at the moment, proving we still need some creativity and focus in midfield.
However, it did start just as well for Leeds as Chris Wood was slotted through on goal before being judged offside, a regular occurrence in the game.
As we headed into the final third of the game, Luke Murphy turned hero as he put in a wonderfully weighted cross that dropped just before QPR keeper Alex Smithies and Chris Wood was there to slide the ball in. At that point I'd jumped out of my chair and showed there's no neutrality when it comes to reporting for the whites. 1-0 Leeds.
Two minutes later and Wood was through again after a beautiful pass by Wood, only to be judged offside again.
In the 73rd minute elation became anticipation as QPR brought on 'speculation teams' Chery after getting a freekick just outside of the box. BPF then showed his skills by partying the ball well out of harms way.
A roll of substitutions saw Dave and Coyle replace Dallas and Murphy, who received a standing ovation from fans around the ground.
Then it happened, and when I mean it, I mean Bellusci. Although replays show he did get the ball, he also got his man in the area in the 87th minute to once again give a team a chance at stealing points away from us. Sub Chery stole the ball and calmly smashed the ball in the top corner. 1-1 and that sinking feeling crept in.
In the dying seconds a wicked ball from Mowatt from the left caused quite a stir in defence and Chris Wood was judged offside as the ball cannoned off the keeper and could have given Leeds a dramatic winner. Although I haven't seen it, Evans was adamant that the player was 2 years onside.
The time then came for a move downstairs and eagerly awaiting the entrance of both managers.
Entering the Press room first was former Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasslebank, the QPR boss seemed bemused by the result and first claimed that Evans decision to field 5 players in midfield had shocked him.
He said; "I was shocked with the formation and we were expecting the head coach to field two strikers up front, like he has done all season. Their formation made it difficult for us and we couldn't be as fluid as we had hoped."
JFH said he was disappointed that his players hadn't tested debuted keeper Bailey Peacock Farrell in the first half but always expected his side to come back into the game in the last 15 minutes. He was also disappointed to have conceded to a cross his defence should have dealt with.
Hasslebank was sure that the ref had got the right decision on the penalty and was impressed that substitute Chery tucked the ball away in spectacular fashion. He was also impressed the forward took the initiative to take the ball straight away.
Speaking on the final 15 minutes, Hasslebank said; "we finished the game the stronger side and should have gone on to score a second. We want to finish this season strong and positive."
The Dutchman also claimed that plenty of his squad are fighting for their future at the club and need to perform.
Then came Steve Evans, who seemed primed and ready to get the press conference over with and get home. Straight away he claimed that only one side should have won that match and that his side bossed the game from start to finish.
Speaking on the penalty decision, Evans said; "it was definitely a penalty, but I should mention the foul on Coyle beforehand." The head coach then brushed off his comment by saying that there was no excuses.
However, he did add that if the decision was awarded then Wood should not have been flagged offside at the death, claiming the striker was at least two yards onside.
Evans was full of support for out of luck defender Guideppe Bellusci, who has made two clear errors in the past two matches, resulting in Leeds dropping points.
Speaking on the defender, Evans said; "He's a man, he came straight into the dressing room and apologised. I have to be supportive of all the players in my squad. He's a very good players and I'm 100% behind him."
He also admitted that the decision to play Bellusci was helped by Sol Bamba's apparent illness.
Speaking on the impressive performance of recently returned striker Chris Wood, the Scotsman said; "the big man had a good game but he needs better service. He made the right runs and was all over the pitch today. We need to get him firing so he can be ready for next season, he's a big part of our plans and he'll only get better."
He also had some praise for debutant Bailey Peacock Farrell, stating he thought the support the kop gave the keeper at the start of the game was fantastic before joking explaining that he'd told the youngster off for not saving the penalty.
Evans was then asked what the futures were looking like for forgotten players Lee Erwin, Jordan Botaka and Kalvin Phillips, replying; "you only have to look at our bench today with the likes of Alex Mowatt and Antenucci on the bench, if they want to play then they have to try harder and play better."
The conversation then fell to his own future at the club and when asked if he expected to keep his job, he claimed that his job wasn't done yet. The head coach was brought in to save Leeds from relegation and although we are 12 points off the bottom three, anything can happen.
Evans said; "I love this job and this club. Our sole focus is to finish well and challenge for promotion next season. The fans deserve a good season and it's up to us to get that for them."
Hopefully you enjoyed our live tweets and like this article. This is something that could become regular very soon so hopefully it's as enjoyable for you as it was for me!
By Ryan Ingham
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