We’ve met before
Hull City 0 Leeds 0 January 2018
Hull City 2 Leeds 2 April 2016
Hull City 2 Leeds 0 December 2012
Hull City 0 Leeds 0 March 2012
Hull City 2 Leeds 2 February 2011
Leeds last won at Hull in 2007, Heath and Thompson with the United goals in a 2-1 victory for the Whites.
Hull City v Leeds
Team News: Leeds unchanged, fifth game in a row. Substitutes as Friday. One change for Hull City, Kingsley replaces De Wijs. Hull had no substitute goalkeeper on the bench.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Douglas, Cooper(c), Jansson, Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Siaz, Harrison, Roberts.
Leeds climbed back to the top of the Championship after a 1-0 win at Hull City, it may be brief as West Bromwich Albion play Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Wednesday. A win would take them back to the top of the table.
Marcelo Bielsa stuck by the eleven that played so well at Hillsborough. Many expected at least one change to freshen up the team.
The game was one of those that showed that Leeds can get the points even if they aren’t playing that well. Once again Leeds could and should have been ‘out of sight’ but the chances created were once again spurned, Douglas having the best of these late in the first half but he slipped as he was about to shoot and the chance was gone. Scoreless at the break.
Early in the second half both Pontus Jansson and Luke Ayling went close before Leeds took a deserved lead on fifty one minutes, Tyler Roberts picked up the ball outside the box, wriggled free of a Hull defender and from outside of the box he unleashed a superb low shot past the despairing dive of Hull keeper Marshall. There were calls for a Leeds penalty when Phillips’ shot was blocked by a hand of a City defender in the penalty area but the referee would have none of it.
The win was deserved and to be honest Hull were very poor.
Man of the Match: Pontus Jansson, superb at the back alongside Liam Cooper.
Tyler Roberts scores the winner, Liam Cooper and the team show support for Toby Nye.
Marcelo Bielsa: “We will have to demonstrate that we can stay top of the league. We'll have to demonstrate that we deserve (to stay there). Taking into account the last two games, we should have had three more points. The ranking doesn't illustrate what you deserve, but what you've got.”
"We were not efficient enough (up front). When (there is) just a one-goal difference there is always the possibility of conceding a goal. This made the game more complicated than it was. Until the last 10 minutes we controlled the game, controlled possession, controlled the field."
Nigel Atkins: “We've probably played against one of the best teams in the Championship I've seen in many years. They are going to take teams to the cleaners this season. If you think we are on a level playing field, we're not.”
"It was very disappointing to concede a goal from so far out, and that's given them the game. I'd have liked us to have passed the ball better. The quality we were after probably wasn't quite there.
"They've had a few opportunities, but we've given ourselves an opportunity right until the very end."
David Watkins reviews the 1-0 victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium.
Thank you David.
The central defence partnership of Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper were righty praised after last nights victory, despite playing deeper in the earlier parts of the game Mateusz Klich still received good marks for his performance in midfield. Funniest comment was by @LeedsUnited_Mad who reminded people that Tyler Roberts is only 19 and he has shirts in his wardrobe that are older than him!
An interesting statistic from yesterday concerning the Tyler Roberts goal, 23 seconds, 5 passes, one goal.
Steve Bruce is sacked as Aston Villa manager, last night a cabbage was thrown in his direction before the 3-3 draw with Preston North End. He had been in charge at Villa Park since October 2016, Villa have only won once in the last eight games.
Phil Hay of the YEP puts the spotlight on Mateusz Klich: From Zero to Hero.
Thank you Phil.
West Bromwich Albion missed the opportunity to go top of the Championship by only drawing at Sheffield Wednesday, they had trailed 2-0 at half time but fought back to get a 2-2 draw. Sheffield United join Leeds and Middlesborough on twenty two points after a 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers, goal difference separates the three teams.
Marcelo Bielsa’s pre Brentford thoughts, injury news: Bielsa will be forced to make one change on Saturday, Barry Douglas is out with a hamstring injury, Stuart Dallas or Tom Pearce will deputise at left back.
On Nigel Atkins(Hull City manager) praise of the team after the game on Tuesday:
“The recipient of these words should not be me, it should be the players, but I accept them and I’m grateful. When you reject good words you can make think people you are falsely modest. I hate false modesty because you want people to think the opposite of what you are saying.
“I only wish we will deserve the same good words at the end of this championship because we have many things to prove and to demonstrate. That has not happened so far.”
“You could say with the same players here this head coach is having better results,” he said. “This is not true, but we always have to be thankful to people who say nice things, even more so when it’s an experienced head coach like the one of Hull.”
On Referee’s: “I like the hard way the referees work here in England. The tempo of the games is linked to the fact English football is noble. I say English football and not English players because we have many foreign players here in England. Obviously, the fans don’t celebrate speculation and people trying to cheat. That’s why the football player reads this message and he doesn’t simulate. It’s a lot easier for the referee not to have to evaluate any simulation. He has the conditions that allows him not to doubt when he sees an action. I always think if the referee takes the right decision or the wrong decision, the referee always needs to be supported by the those who are actors in football because their job is very difficult.”
“They deserve respect when they take the right decision and they deserve consideration when they make a mistake. Those of us who take an opinion on the referee’s job, we have more resources to judge the situation than they have when they have to take a decision.”
On Brentford: “It’s a team that needs the ball. You have many teams that feel more comfortable without the ball than with the ball and this is not a criticism. Brentford wants to have the ball, they know what to do when they have the ball. They want to play, they don’t want to lose time. When we don’t play it’s not a good thing for their style because the best thing Brentford does is to play football.”
“If I said they have a style similar to ours, after having described the opponent’s style as I just did, it would be pretentious for us. I describe their style, but I don’t take the virtues I mentioned about Brentford’s football for us.”
Stuart Dallas on Promotion ‘talk’ and training under Bielsa: "We don't talk about that. We're not even at Christmas time so we don't, I'd be lying to you if I said we did, we don't talk about it. Everybody knows that in the Championship if you take your eye off the ball all of a sudden you can be five or six points outside the play-offs. We've just got to keep working hard every day, keep listening and learning and keep moving forward. We'll take it one game at a time and next is obviously Brentford.”
"If you play for Leeds you know the expectations of the crowd, you guys (the press)and the pressure that comes with it. There's no denying we're at a massive club and you've got to have big shoulders. You've got to take criticism when it comes your way and it works the other way if you get praise as well so it comes with the club. As the season goes on I hope there is more pressure because it means we're doing something good."
On (Bielsa’s)new training methods: “It is different from what we were used to but just get your head down and get on with it, keep working hard and hopefully at the end of the season it will all be worth it. We’ve always been fit, I think as a professional athlete you have to be, but he’s come in and the fitness side of things has been different from what we’ve done before.”
“The way we’ve gone about our aerobic running and high intensity running, I think if you look at our stats throughout the games we’ve played – our running is through the roof. It’s statistically shown that if you overrun teams you’ll have the majority of the ball and most of the time it comes out with a positive result. We’ve just got to keep working hard, we know what we want to achieve and it will all be worth it. Coaches who can get their players running through brick walls are lauded in English football and Bielsa has certainly got United ticking in his short time at the club.”
Dean Smith (Brentford manager): “They've had a fantastic start to the season under new management and they're playing a really entertaining brand of football. With us going there, it makes for a really exciting game of football, it’s the one that we're certainly respectful of, but not fearing. I think they're the markers at the moment. They're top of the league, but they're also joint-top. There's an awful lot of teams out there who are very tightly bunched together, and I would include us with that as well.”
We’ve met before
Leeds 1 Brentford 0 February 2018
Leeds 1 Brentford 0 December 2016
Leeds 1 Brentford 1 September 2015
Leeds 0 Brentford 1 February 2015
Leeds 1 Brentford 1 Division One March 2010
Marcelo Bielsa will be forced into making his first change in six games, Barry Douglas limped out of the Hull City game in midweek with a leg injury and is out injured for the game with Brentford. Tom Pearce or Stuart Dallas will deputise for a player who has performed superbly since his arrival from Wolverhampton. None of the injured players(Roofe, Hernandez and Berardi) are expected back until after the international break.
Brentford will be a tough game without a doubt, the Londoners are playing extremely well and sit in the top six on merit. In midweek they drew with Birmingham City, in a game that saw City down to ten men and Garry Monk was sent to the stands as well for arguing with the referee. They have a decent squad with some quality players and strangely go under the radar when people talk about teams they expect to be top six this season.
I see a tight game with Leeds winning by the odd goal in three. Leeds 2-1.
‘Izzy’ Brown is expected to make his Leeds United debut in the early weeks of January, the midfielder is currently recovering from an ACL injury. Angus Kinnear confirmed in the match day programme that the Leeds medical staff are working with Chelsea “to ensure an optimised and robust rehabilitations process”.
Kinnear also said “The financials of the deal are structured accordingly with our club only making a material monetary contribution when Izzy is fit and fighting for a first-team place. It shows how highly our technical staff rate Izzy, and the impact we believe he can make in the back half of the season.
Leeds v Brentford
Team News: Stuart Dallas as expected comes in for Barry Douglas at left back, Ryan Edmundson comes into the eighteen. Brentford make four changes.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Cooper(c), Jansson, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Siaz, Harrison, Roberts.
Ryan Ingham reviews the game.
Pontus Jansson: “It (the result) is shit to be fair. This was a robbery from the referee so it feels bad. Do you think it should be happy? No chance.”
Marcelo Bielsa: Pleased with the result? “I think so, yes. I think it’s a fair result. We could have won the game and we could have lost the game, but it wouldn’t be fair to say we were close to winning the game. That wasn’t the case.
Was it a penalty? “When you can look at the video and make your opinion, my opinion becomes useless. We can’t go through football without thinking the referee will ever make a mistake.”
Pontus Jansson’s performance: “He is playing his best football, but not because I’m his head coach. I don’t think we should take my opinion seriously because I don’t know his whole history, but we can say he’s at a high level.”
On Jack Clarke: “I’m particularly happy for his performance because he answered a question very difficult in the game. He didn’t have any personality problem to express himself. We give a lot of credit to what the academy brings to the first team, so I would like to thank the academy for all of the good players they are bringing. He’s 17 and a good player. He has very good skills.We can see how good he is.”
On Brentford: “It’s very hard to play against Brentford. Not because of their defence. They defend well, but it’s how they use the ball whenever they have it because all the players of the opponent were at ease with the ball.”
On the performance: “We started well. Thirty minutes in the middle where it was hard for us to play. We didn’t dominate the game. We were not dominated either. The game had many unpredictable situations.All the unpredictable situations were in the favour of the opponent and many free balls, many 50-50s for each of us, the opponent got these and we didn’t. When you want to build the game you need the ball. We had less ball than we wanted, to attack. The necessity to impose our style made us take excessive risks at the beginning when we built from the back.”
Comment on the referee: “The most important for me is to know if my team played well or not and I never resolve the analysis. I never say the referee is responsible for our performance.”
The support of the crowd: “I’m always thankful when people support me. One of the best feelings you can have is when you know people love you. At the same time I don’t give a lot of importance to these expressions because they stimulate the vanity and vanity does not make us better people. I’m thankful, but deep inside I don’t take this too seriously.”
Dean Smith: “I thought we were very good today, first half we were very good. I can't remember Leeds having too many opportunities in the first half, they had a couple in the second half as it became an end-to-end game and opened up a little bit. In the first half I thought we were aggressive, and we forced a very good team into a lot of mistakes today and should have probably made more of our opportunities.”
"I was really pleased (with Maupay). The way Leeds play, they go man-to-man and try and make it very difficult when you have the ball and I felt we linked off him really well. I thought it was a penalty, he (Watkins) has taken it past the goalkeeper and he's took him out."
David Watkins look at a the well earned draw with Brentford.
Thank you David.
Pontus Jansson on his goal, his teammates and apologises for his post match interview when he swore on camera. He Tweeted “This team made me realise what a real teammate means. I love you guys and the goal was for all of you! Now home to my wife and probably my little princess will arrive soon!
And also SORRY for the bad words on TV after the game, was a lot to take in and couldn’t control my self!”
Lots of positives from yesterday’s game on social media but still criticism for certain players which disappoints and annoys me, also a little debate on who’s the best option at left back if Barry Douglas is out for a while. I suggested Alioski(and was ‘caned’ for doing so) but most think either Stuart Dallas or Tom Pearce are best suited to fill in. With Luke Ayling out through suspension after the international break it is hoped Gaetano Berardi is fit, the defender is primed this week to return to training along with Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe.
Nigel Atkins backed Leeds, Sheffield United and Middlesborough to be Promoted this season. His team have faced all three recently, the last being a 1-0 defeat at Bramall Lane on Saturday. He said this after the defeat “We’ve had three close games, Middlesbrough who we drew with, lost to Leeds United on Tuesday, and Sheffield United today. They are three teams who I think will get promoted this season. Three good sides. Why those three? The three teams all play different ways and it shows there’s different ways to play football and win games.”
“Middlesbrough are well equipped in what they go and do. Leeds, whether they can keep everyone fit is the other side of it, but some of the football they play is really good. and Sheffield United are now well equipped. They have an excellent manager, an excellent group of players and are going to be able to deal with injuries. They have all got a real passionate support who will get behind them.”
Heidi Haigh on another early start, spreading the word in France, meeting friends from the South and her review of the Brentford game.
A little reminder that Heidi’s new book is available on Amazon. It’s called ‘Back to Reality’ and is well worth reading.
Thank you Heidi.
Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper have been nominated for the EFL Championship team for September. Both have been in outstanding form.
Well after twelve games we sit third in the Championship and for the last six games we’ve been without some key players. Without doubt they’ve been missed but the players who have come in have weighed in with a few goals and have showed that when needed they are worthy of a first team shirt. Jack Clarke, who made his debut against Brentford also showed that he is also ready to step up from the under 23’s. I saw him in pre season and he looked quality, another to come out of the fantastic academy we have at Thorpe Arch.
Very impressed with the start of Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure at the club and I’ve said previously I think that with a couple of additions in January this could well be the season when all our dreams turn into reality.
See you after the international break.
By Keith Ingham