I woke up on a fine Boxing Day morning excited for the match to begin i got to the Pirelli with a really good feeling that we might win a make it 3 wins in a row.
It was 3 o'clock and so the game began. It was an end to end first half and I thought we had really good Chances to go in front and we did Lucas Akins scuffed shot and Tommy Naylor was there at back post to put the brewers 1-0 up.
We kept creating chances to score the second and we had a counter attack with Jamie Allen on the break with Lloyd Dyer on the wing but unfortunately it went wide and I think if we scored that would of been game over.
I also think it would of been three great points but we lost the intensity and Tom Flanagan fouled just outside the box giving Leeds a chance to equalise and Pablo Hernandez scored a really good free kick.
Leeds were going for the winner and we lost the flow of the game and we couldn't get hold of the ball and Leeds went on the break and Roofe scored a second to put Leeds in front and we pushed them back as much as we could but I thought we didn't have the quality to score a second, we did however deserve something out of the game.
Burton’s performance was decent I think Leeds will get play offs and do well I think we need to get some decent players in the January transfer window, a striker is needed as well as a creative midfielder to show the quality when we need to most to stay up
All the best Leeds good look for the rest of the season.
By James T Speedie
Heidi Haigh meeting up with a face from the past, an American fan and much more in her superb match blog of the Norwich City game.
May I wish you and yours a fantastic Christmas and a prosperous 2018. Thank you Heidi.
Whisper it ever so quietly but a certain centre half from a club in Wales may be returning in January and let’s be clear it’s not Sol Bamba!
Five years ago: Leeds played Chelsea at Elland Road in a Fifth Round League Cup tie. Leeds even had the audacity to score the first goal through Luciano Becchio and led at half time, Chelsea eventually went through 5-1.
A few of the names of players linked to Leeds United today;
Aleandro Rosi (Defender)
Ryan Kent (Winger)
Josh Brownhill (Midfielder)
Alfredo Ortuno (Striker)
Declan John (Midfielder)
Ben Woodburn (Winger)
There will be more, I think that Leeds were linked to around fifty players or more during the summer, so expect the same when January comes around.
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Gaetano Berardi told BBC Radio Leeds’ Adam Pope that; ‘They need a better player’ when asked if the club should acquire a left back in the January transfer window. He also said he’d play anywhere he was asked to be TC, even ‘at a push’ midfield. That might be worth the price of a ticket by itself!
Ahead of today’s clash away at the Pirelli Stadium, Keith Ingham spoke to Burton Fan James T Speedie.
How long have you supported Burton Albion?
I have supported the brewers since the age of 7
What’s your favourite moment or era as a Burton Albion fan?
My favourite moment as a brewer was when we got promoted into the championship it was unbelievable.
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of a shirt, or do you not wear a ‘player’s’ shirt?
The player I have always liked was Nasser el Khayati
What’s your most memorable moment playing against Leeds? Kind of guess I know the answer for this one.
My favourite moment was beating the big team Leeds because we are such a small team and to beat a big team like Leeds was unreally
Who or what position do you need to strengthen in the transfer market?
A good striker if possible
What’s your realistic aim for the season? Is staying up enough?
For the size of the club staying up again would be amazing.
Who are your two to go up automatically and one from the playoffs?
Wolves and Cardiff
Three teams in danger of dropping into League One this season?
Bolton Birmingham Barnsley
Who’s your danger man and your thoughts on how Luke Murphy has performed so far this season? the midfielder just didn’t perform constantly for Leeds, although a couple of his goals were pretty special whilst wearing the white.
Our danger man is Lloyd dyer he is really quick and is a threat I think Luke Murphy has fitted in really well and suited our style of play so overall a good addition.
Can you tell us about a rising star in the youth ranks?
The rising star has to be joe sbrra he is a really good talent and I can see prem clubs wanting him
Prediction and scorers for the game?
I predict the score to be 2-1 to burton the scorers will be Akins and sordell and sàiz for Leeds.
We’d like to that Jamie for taking the time to answer our questions and wish him the best of luck for the season.
By Keith Ingham
Leeds registered their fifth win out of seven with a 1-0 win over their Humberside neighbours Hull City.
Just like the previous home game with Norwich, it was more the result that counted than the performance. The win leapfrogs Leeds up to fifth place in the Championship.
It was Hull that threatened to put a dint in the recent upturn in defensive performances, Grosicki forcing a superb save from United’s German keeper and the Humberside side continued to put Leeds on their back foot by dominating the midfield area, the home side inability to keep possession of the ball.
The Game’s pivotal moment came just after the half hour mark, Hull keeper McGregor made a complete hash of a clearance which went to Pablo Hernandez, the Spaniard cooly lobbed the ball over the keeper and into the unguarded net.
Alioski nearly doubled the lead when a superb move down the right hand side ended in Cibicki heading down a cross to Alioski, but McGregor made amends for his mistake by saving the winger’s shot. One nil at the break.
The second half was a unremarkable and despite a lot of ‘huff and puff’ from both teams and neither threatened to increase the scoreline. Leeds sent on Lasogga for Roofe to try and introduce fresh legs into their attack, but even that couldn’t conjure up a second goal. Hull fired a few efforts across the Leeds penalty box but all of them didn’t worry Wiedwald.
Without Samuel Siaz the midfield struggled to impose themselves on their opponents and without McGregors mistake and Wiedwald’s excellent save in the first half the game could have ended 0-0.
Leeds move on to Burton Albion on Boxing Day in a confident mood, they need to be mindful of their opponents as they beat Reading 2-1 away on Saturday.
Man of the Match: Felix Wiedwald, important early save.
By Keith Ingham
Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Yorkshire rivals Hull City, I spoke with Jordan Marsh. A man that once used to destroy me in five a side who’s now making his own steps into football management.
How long have you supported the Tigers?
Ive supported Hull City since I was 9 years old. My first ever game was my ninth birthday which was the last ever game at Boothferry Park.
What’s your favourite moment as a Hull fan?
My favourite moment has to be our play off final win against Bristol City in 2008, to see us reach promotion to premier league for first time in our history was an incredible feeling.
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of a shirt, even if you didn’t?
Proud to have Ian Ashbee on back of my shirt. True leader and legend. Only person ever to captain a team from the bottom division to the top, oh how we miss someone like him now!
Leeds are continuing to scout potential wonder kids and have set their sights on another in Josh Eppiah.
According to ESPN, the Whites look set to lock horns with a host of Premier League clubs to sign the talented forward, with noted interest from West Ham and Everton.
According to the report, Everton no.2 Craig Shakespeare has recommended the forward to Sam Allardyce having spent time at Leicester City as the Head Coach.
Current Football Manager goldmine side RB Leipzig are also keeping an eye on the Belgian strikers progress.
Leeds, who are still looking to improve both the senior team and youth ranks are said to be in hot pursuit of the forward as they look to bolster their attacking lines after the questionable injury to Pierre Michel Lassoga and the news of Caleb Ekuban’s latest setback until February 2018.
Eppiah is said to be a versatile forward who can play in the centre of the park or as an attacking winger, giving Leeds options as they enter the business part of the season.
The 19-year old has made over 25 appearances for the Under 23 Leicester side this season and has a couple of goals and assists to his name along with some brilliant displays.
Whether or not this is a non starter or not, it clearly shows that the work on the pitch is not being matched off the green as Leeds continue to look for improvements.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United are assured to be looking at defensive options when the January transfer opens in a few weeks time.
The club may be on the up but defensive frailties and lack of real quality caused the side to fall to 7 defeats in 9 games and Thomas Christiansen will be wanting to plug any gaps if he is to reach his preseason goal of the top six.
One player Leeds could now be set to sign is Tobias Figueiredo. The portuguese centre back was touted as a potential signing for Leeds and now a deal looks set to go ahead.
According to HITC, Leeds sounded out an offer for Figueiredo and were advised that his current club Sporting Lisbon would allow such a deal to go ahead.
It’s now been claimed that Leeds are willing to meet the £2.5million asking price and the centre back could be a White as of January 1st.
Figueiredo has been a stop/start Player during his time at Sporting having only featured in a meagre 15 appearances for the club. This is part and parcel due to the fact he does not feature in manager Jorge Jesus’ plans.
Standing at an impressive 6’2 and being both strong in the air and on the deck, Figueiredo is touted as a very good centre back who just needs to reinvigorate his career and where better than Leeds?
The Whites do have defensive reinforcements in Matthew Pennington and Conor Shaughnessy but if they are to continue in the playoff hunt, a backup who can challenge for a starting spot is needed.
Whether Leeds take the deal or look elsewhere is still to be determined but the model of signing young talented foreign players has so far been a move in the right direction for Leeds and long may it continue.
By Ryan Ingham
Heidi Haigh, a couple of days after doing a radio show with Kevin Markey and other’s on the anniversary of Billy Bremner’s sad passing, she set off very early, on a cold morning, dressed for the seasonal weather. Her thoughts on the three points gained after the 3-1 win at QPR.
Thank you Heidi, another superb blog. Remember to look out for Heidi’s new book, out now!
Leeds United have agreed to sign Japan international midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi from Gamba Osaka. He will join in January for a deal worth £500k, including add-ons. He will be loaned out abroad for the remainder of this season to help with his international clearance, he is seen as an addition for the next season.