On this day in 2005;
70 minutes: Southampton 3 Leeds 0
86 minutes: Southampton 3 Leeds 4
Liam Miller celebrates the winner.
Leeds United could be tempted to add bonus firepower in January as they target a National League forward.
According to Team Talk, the Whites are targeting on fire forward Macauley Bonne to add more competition for places leading the line at Elland Road.
Bonne has been in scintillating form for Leyton Orient as they continue to tear up the National League, contributing 16 goals in 21 appearances this season.
The 23-year old now has 38 goals in 65 appearance for the O’s having been a major part of the club’s return to form and potential challenge to return to the Football League.
Leeds are said to be keeping tabs on the forward, who is also being monitored by several Championship clubs including Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City, a team he has spent time at during his youth days.
Bonne started his career at Ipswich Town before moving to rivals Norwich and finally ending up at Colchester United. He then made 75 appearances before making the move to Leyton Orient.
Although many fans will be surprised of the calibre of forward Leeds are keeping tabs on, both Kemar Roofe and Jermaine Beckford came from teams in divisions below and both have shown their talent follows them to the Championship level.
Do you think that Bonne could help fire Leeds to promotion or should the club focus on other positions? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds went second in the Championship thanks to a solitary Stuart Dallas goal and a stunning penalty save by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The youngster certainly answered his critics with the save that guaranteed Leeds’ second win in four days.
Marcelo Bielsa recalled fit-again Peacock-Farrell and brought in Lewis Baker to midfield, Kalvin Phillips moved into the defence. Will Huffer and Aapo Halme dropped to the bench.
Leeds started strongly and should have been in front in the first minute, Barry Douglas latched on to a deflected Pablo Hernandez shot but his header went wide much to the dismay of over 27,000 fans.
The eleventh minute brought fans to their feet and many with tears steaming down their faces remembered the late Gary Speed who died seven years ago. Myself I remember the goal he scored against Sheffield United when the commentator said “Go on Gary Speed, get one yourself!”
I felt incredibly proud of seeing nearly every fan clapping, singing his name, his memory will always live on in our hearts.
Victor Orta has endured a tumultuous time during his two years at Elland Road, often lambasted for his moves in the transfer market.
However, with the Spaniard taking heed of the Leeds faithful warnings over the summer for his first window frolicking for quality and not quantity, the club have been able to bring in top level calibre players to support an already talented squad.
One continued concern by fans had been Orta’s insistence on signing young foreign talent to boost the academy system that has already bared fruit for years before his arrival.
Although the concern had been that this could dilute the current crop of talent in the youth ranks, this had not been apparent with the emergence of young stars like Josh Clarke and Ryan Edmondson to name but a few.
The recent goalkeeping crisis at Leeds of both Blackman and BPF gave youngster Will Huffer his first start for his boyhood club and a good performance cane with it.
However, it’s the debut for Aapo Halme that has given many a fan a boost of confidence in the Spaniard, with Halme being a personal purchase for the Head of Football.
Leeds came back from the international break with a bang, beating a lacklustre Bristol City in front of an amazing 34,000 at Elland Road.
My granddaughter Abi, who has yet to see her team lose.
Leeds maintained their push for a place in the Premiership with a unspectacular but important win over mid table Bristol City.
The turning point in the game, the sending off of Brownhill causing Lee Johnson to loose his temper at the post match interview. His comment that “Leeds got away with one” was wide of the mark as his side offered little to trouble the two debutants in the Leeds rearguard. Leeds stay third in the Championship.
Marcelo Bielsa brought in debutants Will Huffer and Aapo Halme into the defence because of injuries to Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Pontus Jansson. Jack Clarke replaced Tyler Roberts on the substitutes bench, surprisingly Samuel Siaz was again omitted from the starting eleven.
In a very forgettable first forty five minutes Leeds struggled to their their possession into an opening goal, Alioski passed up a good opportunity but at least he tested out the hands of the City keeper. Kemar Roofe so nearly gave them the lead but his deflected effort agonisingly went just past the post, Bristol offered little at the other end.
During the break Leeds legend Eddie Gray summed the half up in the ‘rest room’ with the comment “Too slow” as usual the winger was spot on. The likeable Scotsman is a pundit for LUTV and his honest assessment must have been echoing round the stadium.
The game was evenly balanced in the first ten minutes of the second half, then Brownhill upended Kemar Roofe in midfield and was rightly shown a second yellow card and that was the end of his afternoon. From then on Leeds moved up a gear, with Kalvin Phillips in excellent form they laid siege to the Bristol goal and it was only the brilliance of Maenpaa in the Bristol goal that denied Barry Douglas.
Leeds brought on Samuel Siaz and he was instrumental in the two goals that won the game, first he was part of the move that ended with the ball at Mateusz Klich’s feet, the Polish midfielder’s ball into the box found Pablo Hernandez who shot towards goal and top scorer Kemar🔥Roofe finished it off.
The second with only minutes left was a beauty, Samuel Siaz delightfully finding Pablo Hernandez who netted his third goal in three games. A deft header akin to the one at The Hawthorns.
Kemar🔥Roofe celebrates the opener.
The goal finished off the game as a contest and brought the thirty four thousand plus to their feet, included in those was Josh Warrington, ‘The Leeds Warrior’ with his Dad filming a documentary on him. Sometimes when you meet your heroes they can disappoint but not JW a lovely bloke who is ‘Leeds’ through and through. Pleasure to meet you both.
Just a word or two about the two debutants, Will Huffer and Aapo Halme, they had decent debuts and didn’t look out of place in the first team. Well done lads👏🏻
Huffer and Halme
Leeds have looked a little ‘leggy’ in recent home games and the pace has disappeared, hopefully it will return on Tuesday night when lowly Reading are the visitors.
Man of the Match: Kalvin Phillips, He’s here, he’s there, he’s f****** everywhere.
Marching on Together’s YouTube highlights of the game.
By Keith Ingham
17 games into the season and we Leeds fans really have no idea whether we’ll be in the mix for a challenge come next May or not!
On a good day we are very confident we will be but on a bad day it looks to be a fair old challenge to keep our current squad, largely the squad we saw fail last season of course, in amongst those top six places. Saturday at the Hawthorns for example was a bad day, a very bad day.
It is a tad perplexing though as to why. In the early weeks of the season pretty much the same group of players destroyed teams like Stoke, Derby and Norwich and yet we really did come unstuck against West Brom, and a West Brom that had seemingly gone off the boil too after a run of four poor results including a 1 – 4 home trampling by Derby, pretty much the same Derby that we in turn beat 1 – 4 at their own place!
Such is the Championship of course! But the conversations in the gents at the Hawthorns after the game suggested that many Leeds fans have been expecting a big defeat, “It’s been coming ain’t it?” a bloke stood next to me muttered, “we’ve not been at it for weeks”. By “not at it” I suppose he meant we hadn’t really thrashed anyone since that day at Carrow Road when we put Norwich City to the sword – the same Norwich City that now sits proudly on top of the Championship by the way, having lost only one game since we beat them and that has just won five on the spin! We have beaten teams of course – we’ve won four of our 12 games since Norwich – but we’ve not really hammered anyone in that early season manner.
Incredible and so moving. Leicester City fans pay their heartfelt tribute to Vichai.
Adam Forshaw “We can handle the pressure”
Thanks to the YEP.
The Leeds United legend is 78 Today.
Leeds United launched a third kit which will be worn for the first time against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorne’s on Saturday. The shirt is mainly yellow with blue and white on the cuffs, shorts are blue with yellow socks with blue and white tops.
Our latest interview with a Rival is with Deano the Baggie who’s gives us the lowdown ahead of our Saturday evening clash with the West Brom.
How long have you supported West Bromwich Albion?
Season ticket holder since 1967 but supported since birth (1960)
What’s your favourite moment as a ‘Baggies’ fan. Season, game or anything other occasion.
Valencia away in the UEFA Cup 1978 – my first time on a palane and first time seeing Albion abroad.
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.
Jeff Astle is my all time hero (The King)
What’s your most memorable match playing Leeds
First game of the season 1976/7 at Elland Road 2-2. Absolute chaos after the game.
Are you happy with your dealings in this summer’s transfer market?
Not really, we desperately need a midfield general and a decent centre half.
What’s your realistic aim for the season?
Top six at best
Who in your mind is going to be promoted this season?
Derby, Leeds and Norwich
Can you name your three for relegation this year?
Rotherham, Hull, Ipswich
Who’s your danger man?
Can you tell us about a rising star in the youth ranks?
Sam Field – he’s just breaking into the first team.
Prediction and scorers for the game?
1-1 Gayle and Roofe
By Keith Ingham