By K.G. Bailey
The game itself up until Wednesday scored was a bit drab, besides the handball in the box by Becchio that everyone saw except the referee. Wednesday's goal was typical Leeds defending from soft crosses, that needs to be addressed asap. Our equalizer by Tonge was great, but it wont be remembered in this game.
There were so many things wrong with Security Friday I dont know where to start & I'll probably forget some things.
Let's start with before some of us got in, the game had kicked off and stewards were taking their time patting people down before letting us in. I managed to get in 8 minutes after the game kicked off. Not acceptable when you pay full price for a ticket.
In the ground there seemed to be a lot of police & stewards but I'm sure they were there purely for decoration because they were as useful as a chocolate teapot.
I am not defending the idiot that slapped Kirkland one bit, he's done nothing but bring unwanted attention to the club, but it shouldnt have got that far, he should have at least been spotted by one of the many stewards standing around by the goal to see someone had ran past them and got onto the pitch.
The incident there was sour and now the club will now wait & see what punishment we get. I would hope just the individual is punished and not the club but I cant see that happening with this being linked
to Leeds United. Alan Smith got Punched by a Huddersfield fan, not slapped but punched after a game, but I do not remember that being talked about as much.
Regarding the hit on Kirkland, myself and people around me had no idea what happened, we thought Kirkland had another one of his shoulder injuries after diving for Tonges shot, I didnt know Kirkland got hit until I got on the tram and was informed by Wednesday fans.
Chanting is usually just banter, as it was up until Istanbul (thats two people that died, non football related) was mentioned, thats when things got heated. The thing about banter is its usually just quickfire statements ie "so & so is a _____" etc.. which is brushed off every week by many players & managers (our very own Neil Warnock for example) Neil even had it at this game, so why did Dave
Jones take the chant towards him so personally? If he was innocent then surely you just not react?
Make no mistake about it, his "vile animals" statement after the game had nothing to do with Kirkland getting slapped, that was just a perfect smokescreen for him to use, he was talking about the chants towards him being accused of child molestation, which were dropped.
I find it hard to believe that Dave Jones told Neil Warnock off about clapping the away fans at the end when Dave Jones himself clapped his Wednesday fans that abused Neil Warnock & Paddy Kenny during the game in addition to a Wednesday support that threw a flare onto the pitch. Double standards? I think so. There is blame on both sides.
Leeds fans are being slaughtered for reacting to Istanbul chants but you just know if anyone ever tried to chant anything to Liverpool fans regarding their tragedy that the opposing support would be getting slated and people would "understand" why Liverpool fans got so emotional.
Once again, I'm not saying Leeds are innocent in this, but I was standing with a father and his son, behind was a father and his daughter, they were certainly not acting like vile animals, they were there supporting the team and doing that only.
After the game on the tram back into Sheffield, both sets of supporters crammed on one train, whos idea was that? After what happened shouldnt they have separated the fans like they do for Sheffield derbies? Held the away support back like they have done in the past? Nothing done, police & stewards there for decoration. I haven't heard of anything sour happening after the game so hopefully everybody got back safely.
On a lighter note, a Wednesday fan questioned his own supporter who threw the flare to ask "why did he throw a red flare? Of all the colors, it makes no sense!" That broke a lot of tension on that tram, good man.
Everything that has happened will certainly put a big spotlight on the return match in April and if Dave Jones is still manager for Wednesday (again he didn't win a game which this was another good smokescreen for that fact) it will he interesting to see what the reception is like with 20K+ "vile animals."
One day soon, the club will get back to just talking about matters on the pitch, not takeovers, tunnels brawls & an idiotic fan, whom in all fairness to our support has been named on social media sites and passed onto Police.
I cant wait for this day.
K G Bailey