Leeds United Women extend their unbeaten run to eight, as an Emily Cassidy strike seals a 1-0 win over Chorley.
On this day in 1968 and it was a pretty special one too.
Leeds United left back Terry Cooper with the winner as
Leeds United win their first major trophy defeating Arsenal 1-0 in the League Cup Final
The ‘caronavirus’ that has already interrupted the Six-Nations rugby tournament could now do the same to other sports including football where large amounts of people mix if the outbreak increases significantly. Games could also be played behind closed doors.
Somehow you knew that something would happen to try and stop Leeds getting out of the bloody Championship!
Tyler Roberts was voted Quest EFL Footballer of the weekend for his performance at Hull City. The striker received 71% of the votes cast by fans.
Saturdays 4-0 win at Hull meant we recorded our best ever return in terms of points in the month of February since 3 points for a win was introduced in 1982.
Statistic provided by @lufcstats
Danny Cowley on the upcoming game with Leeds and preparations before it: “It is a great game, we know how important it is for the club and our supporters. It is good to have a clean week, but we will certainly not be having any time off. We have to prepare and build and keep working."
“For us, it is not about one-off success, but about having sustained success, the better you do, the harder you work and that has always been how we have lived and the mantra we have gone by.”
WhoScored.com Team of the month of February. Luke Ayling and Leeds captain Liam Cooper named in the X1.
Middlesborough draw 2-2 with Nottingham Forest to further add worries of relegation to under pressure manager ex Leeds defender Jonny Woodgate.
Boro were actually leading with only four minutes to play, but Grabban equalised with a goal that was ‘hotly’ disputed by Pears in the Boro goal. The draw meant Forest closed the gap on second to eight points.
FA Cup 5th Round: Arsenal beat Portsmouth 2-0 at Fratton Park. Eddie Nketiah scoring the second goal.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: Right now, we do not recommend the cancelling of mass events(football matches etc)and schools as well should not be closing unless there is a positive case and the schools have the advice to close.
“There maybe things we have to do down the line that we don’t want to, but we will need the powers to do that hence proposing emergency legislation." Scary Times.
Tickets for Luton Town on the 21st of March went on sale today and 90 minutes later the only ones left for sale are in mustard. Incredible support!
Leeds United’s under 23’s game at Barnsley has been postponed. New date is next Monday 9th of March. The fixture was originally scheduled for the 28th of February but called of because of the weather.
Roberts Reborn. Striker tells of joy at scoring, how he hopes to continue in the side and the long, long road to get fit.
Thanks to the YEP.
The FA have published the written reasons in the Kiko Casilla racism case for which the Leeds goalkeeper was banned for eight games.
The full FA statement.
Further the the FA statement the YEP’s football writer Graham Smyth explains what is alleged to have happened at Charlton on the 29th of September and why the FA believe “the charge was proved to the required standard” and that Casilla was guilty of using the n-word in the direction of Charlton’s player Leko.
Thanks to the YEP.
A sad, sad thing to have happened in a season that Leeds made the headlines for all the right reasons.
Liverpool’s poor run of form continues as they are beaten 2-1 by Chelsea in the 5th Round of the FA Cup, West Brom lose 3-2 to Newcastle at The Hawthorns and Reading lose 2-1 at home to Sheffield United AET.
Leeds’ game with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park has been selected for Sky Sports and will now kick off at 7:45pm on Friday 3rd April. Cheers Sky 🖕🏻
Marcelo Bielsa praises ‘Jacky’ Harrison. One of the most improved players of this season.
“He crosses better and he finishes better, in the last season, he used to cross worse and he used to finish worse than in this season.
“He has progressed a lot and it’s down to him, his progress.He is a very professional player, he works a lot. He is always looking at every detail and he is improving clearly.”
Vinnie Jones backs Leeds to go up like they did in the 1989/90 season. He said: “Marcelo Bielsa is the manager to take Leeds back up to the big time and his team are one of the best footballing sides in the country.
But, It’s funny. I watched the Middlesbrough game with the lads in LA. It wasn’t the greatest game of football I’ve seen, but Leeds won one-nil away - and I also remember beating Boro away when we won the old Second Division in 1989-90.
Sometimes you just have to win ugly – something I might have done one or two times in my footballing career.
Vinnie celebrates winning the Division Two title with Chris Fairclough.
Mervyn Day was in goal and I was alongside David Batty in the middle. Gordon Strachan was out wide and we had a young Gary Speed on the bench. Boro played with Peter Davenport and Stuart Ripley up front - they weren't a bad team.
It was a tough game at the old Ayresome Park, but we came through it. Hopefully it’s deja vu for this Leeds team after the game at the Riverside, then winning at Hull. It gives Bielsa and the boys a real chance to win the league, just as we did.
Come on Leeds!
Vinnie writes a weekly column Easyodds.com unsurprisingly called ‘By The Balls’ every Tuesday.
Ex Leeds midfielder and now Sky Sports ‘anchorman’ David Prutton tips West Brom and Leeds to be promoted.
Prutton said: “From what I've seen, and the general consensus when you listen to other players and managers is that West Brom and Leeds are the best in the division on their day, so it is not too far beyond comprehension to predict they are going to win more than they have.
"The blip they both had didn't catch us so much by surprise, but it certainly lasted longer than we though it would, and maybe that's where the discrepancy lies in terms of how many more points I have given them.
"I probably didn't see Sheffield Wednesday's slump coming and being as drastic as it has, but it is Hull City that have caught me most by surprise in this table.
Prutton’s Championship table using his predictions. Some major differences at the top and bottom of the table.
The actual table after 36 games.
Jonathan Leko has made his thoughts public after the Kiko Casilla verdict. He was critical of the PFA and Kick It Out and of the time taken for the case to be resolved. Adamant - as he was in his evidence - that he was racially abused.
Full statement is linked below.
Jonathan Leko statement following FA verdict - News - West Bromwich Albion
Italy has ordered all sporting events to take place without fans until 3 April, including their Six Nations match against England, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Premier League has also wrote to all clubs advising them to raise hygiene levels at stadiums and training grounds.
After Spurs had lost 3-2 at home on penalties to Norwich City in the 5th Round of the FA Cup their midfielder and England international Eric Dier went into the crowd to confront a fan and had to be escorted out by stewards.
The game had ended 1-1.
It is alleged the Spurs star had climbed into the lower tier of the West Stand to confront a fan who had been having a ‘heated’ argument with Dier's younger brother.
His manager Jose Mourinho said post game: “Because when somebody insults you and your family is there and you get involved with the person that is insulting you, in this case a younger brother, I think Eric did what we professional we cannot do.
“But I repeat, probably everyone of us would do. I repeat, we professionals we cannot do, but I repeat I am with the player and I understand the player.”
The FA Cup quarter-final draw:
Sheffield United v Arsenal
Newcastle v Man City
Norwich v Derby/manure
Leicester v Chelsea
Marcelo Bielsa is one booking away from a touchline ban and since the introduction of cards for coaches, every member of his staff has been cautioned.
Marcelo Bielsa ... pre Huddersfield Town.
Marcelo Bielsa says he will have an unchanged squad for the visit of Huddersfield Town.
The Kiko Casilla 'fallout’ continues with a statement from the ‘Kick it Out’ organisation which criticises the length of ban as been lenient but have offered help to both Leeds and Casilla.
Thanks to the YEP.
Lee Bowyer’s thoughts on the timescale of the case against Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla: "I don’t think it’s been fair on both clubs and for all the players involved for it to have gone on for as long as it did."
Last time we met
Huddersfield Town 0-2 Leeds (Alioski, Hernandez)
Leeds take on improving Town in a West Yorkshire derby on Saturday. ‘The Terriers’ were struggling before the appointment of Danny Cowley but have moved up the Championship thanks to back-to-back home wins over Bristol City(2-1) and Charlton Athletic(4-0).
United have also had a good run of five unbeaten with four straight wins and four clean sheets. The game gives them also a chance to complete another ‘double’ as they previously beat Town 2-0 back in December.
Illan Meslier had a comfortable first Championship start but will probably have a lot more to do on his home debut. Bielsa will pick from the same players that were on duty at Hull City and most likely, Patrick Bamford will once again be preferred in attack with two goal(against Hull)Tyler Roberts on the bench.
The games between the two teams have had goals in them. Leeds beat Town 5-1 on the weekend that saw Brian McDermott sacked before the game then reinstated on the Monday after it by former owner Massimo Cellino in 2014 and also beat them 3-0 at home and 2-1 away the season after. Before Leeds’ win this season Town had won the three previous games.
With both teams needing the points for different reason’s it could be a close game and it might take a piece of brilliance or a mistake to separate the two teams.
If Leeds can get an early goal most would expect another win for the ‘Whites’ but saying that it could still be a nervy encounter. Leeds 2-1.
One man his my dog. ‘Jacky’ Harrison his Leeds supporting dog. Really needed something light after a pretty intense news week for the club.
By Keith Ingham