Disappointment on social media at back-to-back defeats, more criticism for BPF, apologies from Forshaw and Douglas for less than impressive games at Forest and Kalvin Phillips for getting an early bath for a badly timed challenge. Lots of calls for most of the team on duty versus Forest to be given the weekend off and give the rest of the squad and some under 23’s an opportunity against QPR in the FA Cup on Sunday.
David Watkins reviews the Forest game and blames a poor defensive display that gifted the home team a much needed win.
Thank you David.
Barry Douglas: “It’s a kick in the teeth!”
Thanks to Leeds United
Steve Bruce appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday and will take over on February 1st. It’s his second stint in Sheffield, he previously was Sheffield United’s manager in 1998.
Huddersfield Town lose for the eighth time in a row, Burnley beat them 2-1 at The John Smith’s Stadium. The first time in their history that the small dogs have lost so many games on the trot. Long may it continue!!
It’s that date again!
manutd v Leeds FA Cup 3rd Round.
Leeds have made the second-most shot attempts on-target in the Championship this season (135) behind Norwich (137). More interestingly, Leeds have made 169 attempts off-target, only Wigan have made more (170). We're only the fifth-highest scorers in the division (44).
Thanks to @LUFCDATA.
Champions 2 Challengers 1.
Citee end Liverpool’s unbeaten Premiership run.
Highest average marks per appearances.
Marcelo Bielsa on the FA Cup and it’s history: “It’s a known competition of English football and for those who have been watching English football, they know about the FA Cup and they know what it’s about. The FA Cup has a history, I don’t have to make any summary of it and of course I will respect this competition. Either if the rules oblige me to respect the competition or not, I will respect it.”
He also revealed Leeds’ starting line-up for QPR clash and reveals fresh Barry Douglas injury concern.
Thank to the YEP
Injury update: Liam Cooper will play for the under 23’s on Monday in the hope he will be ready to face Derby County on the 11th. Berardi and Dallas will train this month, Brown needs under 23 games but could be ready mid February. Bamford has similar injury to his previous one, but not as serious.
Bielsa insists his squad is good is enough to “finish” the season without recruits but indicated that the club are looking to bring in a goalkeeper and a winger.
The Head Coach said: “It’s if the club can get players who are better than the ones we already have come and in the position where we suffered some injuries. For example Samu Saiz left, Pablo now plays as a playmaker and we need a winger. The injury of Jamal Blackman has not been covered by another player.
“These are the two positions that were solved at the beginning of the competition and now we’re trying to find another one. If players come, it would be better. And if nobody comes we will finish the season with the players we have and we trust all of the players we have. From what I know the position of the club is that if we bring a player in, it must has to a player that improves the group.”
Tyler Roberts on his season so far: "There's been a couple of ‘niggles’ keeping me away, but I'm 19, I'm working with a world class manager, playing with some great players, and I'm learning all the time, so there's not much to complain about"
"I just have to be patient and keep working hard which is what I've been doing. Obviously I got in the team a few months ago and tried to take my chance as best as I could and that's all I can do really.”
Leeds United Football Club will pay tribute to the lives we lost in 2018 during the Sky Bet Championship fixture against Derby County on Friday 11 January. The tribute will play out on the big screen ahead of kick-off at our first home game of the New Year to remember fans, former players and others associated with the club.
Fans have been invited to submit names by the 8th of January.
In the FA Cup Cup Division One Gillingham beat ‘Colin’s’ Cardiff City 1-0.
We’ve played them in the FA Cup before.
QPR 3 Leeds 1 January 1932 Leeds 2 QPR 1 February 1987.
QPR v Leeds FA Cup 3rd Round.
Team News: Six changes for Leeds. Four changes for QPR.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Shackleton, Ayling, Halme, Davis, Forshaw(c), Baker, Clarke, Roberts, Alioski, Harrison.
Leeds United’s Match Report as the club fail to pass the 3rd round of the cup.
Aapo Halme celebrates his first goal for Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa: “I’m never happy when I lose a game, no matter if the consequence are positive or not. In the last two games in the league, in spite of the mistakes we made, the positive things made us think we deserved to win. I can’t say the same for today. “
“I can’t say I’m not satisfied because our offensive play was good enough but when we look at the dangerous situations of the opponent, they had a common factor: that we lost the ball trying to make offensive passes.”
“When you have to explain what you deserve or don’t deserve it’s complicated, especially when we as head coaches explain losses. A lot of the things we say look like excuses but in the last two Championship games I’m convinced not only that we didn’t deserve to lose but that we deserved to win. In today’s game we made too many mistakes.
We deserved to lose.”
Steve McClaren: “I thought it was a great game of football, it was a good advert for the game. They made it a very open game and it was up to us. We created a lot today. We could have had more goals but overall I’m delighted with the performance – not just the experienced players; it was Grant Hall’s first game in a long time and some of the youngsters coming in.”
What a day of FA Cup 3rd Round shocks!!
Fulham 1 Oldham Athletic 2
Preston 1 Doncaster Rovers 3
Sheffield Utd. 0 Barnet 1
Newport County 2 Leicester City 1
Two views of the cup game at QPR
David Watkins reviews the under 23’s defeat in the third round of the FA Cup, good from BPF but not much to take from the game.
Thank you David.
Heidi Haigh on a very early start, the ‘problems’ of the ticket allocation for Stoke, a winning mentally and her blog of the game at Loftus Road.
Thank you Heidi.
Friday night versus Derby County looms large in the thoughts of most Leeds fans. Three defeats has caused concern, even if one was the cup that in most cases doesn’t cheer anymore. Gillingham, Oldham, Barnet and Newport County may disagree mind you because of their stunning successes over higher league clubs.
Twenty of the most important games in recent history face Leeds to determine if this season is a success or a failure. Let’s hope everything possible is done to help the Head Coach and the players to make our dreams become a reality.
FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.
By Keith Ingham