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QPR 1-0 Leeds 29/2/19 (C)
Leeds face back-to-back home games for the first time this season as they face QPR and Blackburn Rovers in the next seven days.
Marcelo Bielsa may have to change his starting eleven as there are doubts over Patrick Bamford, Gjanni Alioski and Barry Douglas. Liam Cooper could return to the defence and fit again Pablo Hernandez also could feature in midfield. If Bamford misses the game, Eddie Nketiah should start his first Championship game for Leeds.
QPR have three players with six goals and have looked impressive in some games, but in others, like the midweek home game with Brentford have looked distinctly ordinary. They are the classic ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ side and will be no pushovers.
Leeds, despite the changes will hopefully start an important seven days with a win.
Mark Warburton on the game with Leeds: “I’m expecting a high-energy performance in front of a packed Elland Road, which is a fantastic football stadium. Leeds will be at home and keen to deliver a performance in front of their own supporters.
“We go there as apparent underdogs but we have gone to tough places this year and have shown that we can win games of football; we’ve shown we can control games of football. We prepare well for it and we go there with absolute respect for our opposition.
“They’re a very tough opponent with a very good squad but it’s about us going there and being confident in what we do. We need to maintain our concentration and focus and understand all of the implications of playing in a tough away venue.”
Leeds United have banned the fan who held their new-born baby up in the air at the last home fixture from home and away matches until March, pending an investigation of the incident.
The picture was taken by a fan in the South Stand during the Centenary match against Birmingham City.
Fantastic mural in Holbeck.
Artist Shane Green’s impressive artwork. He said of his work: "I was born about a mile away from here so it's sentimental as well as a great location - you can see it from everywhere - you can pretty much see it from Elland Road.
"I was on my way to a match at towards the end of summer and I just said to my mates 'they could do with a Leeds mural there. They told me to 'get on with it then' so the next chance I got - I did."
Stoke City sack Nathan Jones, he leaves with his back room staff of ex Leeds centre half academy coach Paul Hart and first team coach Joaquin Gomez. Jones was appointed in January 2019, he won only six games out of the thirty eight games of his tenure.
Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge for the game against league leaders West Brom on Monday night.
The Daily Snail is reporting that Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla is to be suspended for eight to twelve games for an ‘incident’ during the game with Charlton Athletic. The Spaniard was accused of racially abusing Jonathan Leko. A formal announcement is expected on Wednesday
The FA responded to the rumours that emerged about Kiko Casilla last night with a comment to the YEP that investigations are ‘ongoing’ and would give no further details.
England’s hopes of World Cup glory end when they are well beaten by South Africa.
Leeds v QPR
Team News: Two changes for Leeds; Captain Liam Cooper and Tyler Roberts come in for Gaetano Berardi who drops to the bench and Gjanni Alioski who is injured. Eddie Nketiah not in the eighteen due to an injury he picked up in training yesterday. Pablo Hernandez returns to the eighteen. QPR make three changes to their starting eleven.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper(c), Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Roberts, Costa, Harrison, Bamford.
Ryan Ingham’s review from the press box.
Match Report: Leeds take charge at home - weallloveleeds.co.uk
Tyler Roberts celebrates number one. Jack Harrison gets the second.
Marcelo Bielsa: "For all of us, it makes us happy. We were more calm and if we win by one goal and you have five minutes left, then everybody is nervous in the stadium.
"So we hope that match to match we don't have more of this feeling. And we try to pass this kind of match where we are winning 1-0, more relaxed, more calm."
Mark Warburton: "It's a tough place to come and Leeds are a very talented team. We probably didn't create enough in the first half. In the second half we started well and at 1-0 with 20 minutes to go we had a big, big chance.
"They're the fine margins at this level. We didn't quite have that belief to really go and get something out of the game."
David Watkins ‘very un-Bielsa’ but a effective performance from Leeds.
Thank you David can’t argue with much of your excellent review.
Leeds have the meanest defence in the Football League conceding only eight games in the fifteen Championship games played so far.
The defence is mentioned in praise for the 2-0 win over QPR on social media but the most plaudits go to Tyler Roberts for his excellent goal and performance yesterday. Jack Harrison might not be everybody’s ‘cup of tea’ but he has four assists in recent goals and two goals.
Unlucky Pat Bamford. His ‘goal’ should have stood.
Preston go to the top of the Championship after their 1-0 win at Charlton Athletic. They have a better goal difference than Leeds(1) on twenty eight points.
Heidi Haigh on Thanks from ‘Stix’ and a surprise phone call from Marcelo Bielsa plus her superb blog with pictures of the clash with QPR.
Leeds United v QPR 2nd November 2019 at Elland Road - Follow Me and Leeds United
Thank you Heidi and her book ‘Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United: Leeds United 2018/19’ is now available from the good lady herself if you contact her before games and on Amazon.
The FA have charged Leeds United goalkeeper with racially abusing Jonathan Leko. If found guilty the minimum ban would be six games with could rise on ‘additional aggravating factors’
Leeds released this statement after the FA statement:
“Leeds United Football Club acknowledges the charge from the FA today relating to Kiko Casilla and an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 during our Sky Bet Championship match with Charlton Athletic at The Valley in September.
“Kiko strenuously denies the allegation and has proactively worked with the FA during their investigation to date. The next step of this process will be a personal hearing, in the meantime Kiko will remain available for selection.”
Saturday proved that Leeds can win without too much style but can do it through pure hard graft. Some game you’ve got to do this and hopefully a mix of the ‘style’ and graft could be a recipe for success in the upcoming games in November and December.
Next up Blackburn Rovers on Saturday at Elland Road. It’s never an easy fixture and who could forget the 3-2 ‘thriller’ last season. 2-1 down in injury time but still had enough ‘in the tank’ to grab all three points thanks to Kemar Roofe’s header deep in injury time. Fantastic.
By Keith Ingham