As always after a Championship game, Heidi Haigh reflects on the three points gained at St Andrews
Thank you Heidi, as always a superb read, this time on a Sunday.
This day a game that long live in my memory, the opponents Anderlecht, the year 1975.
On a foggy evening under the floodlights of Elland Road Leeds beat the Belgium Champions 3-0 in the 3rd Round of the European Cup. I remember during the game a chant came up "Eee I angio who scored the goal. Classic!
Talisman: A lucky charm or something/someone that brings good fortune.
Need I say more?
Chris Wood was named in the EFL Championship team of the week.
Leeds have won 20 games in the @SkybetChamp this season, the most in a single campaign since 2005-06 (21).
Thanks to @LUFCDATA
Fulham vs Leeds
Last five games
Fulham 1 Leeds 1 Champ Oct 15
Fulham 0 Leeds 3 Champ Mar 15
Fulham 2 Leeds 0 Premier Mar 04
Fulham 1 Leeds 0 Premier Dec 02
Fulham 0 Leeds 0 Premier Dec 01
Leeds face, in my opinion the best side I've seen at Elland Road this season, Leeds grabbed a late equaliser through Chris Wood to claim a point back in August.
Leeds weren't playing well but Fulham were, so this game is probably the toughest game we've played away since our visit to Huddersfield.
Garry Monk must decide if Kalvin Phillips and Alfonso Pedraza deserve a start after they both impressed as second half substitutes at Birmingham.
I'd settle for a point and I think we'll get one. 1-1
Leeds vs Fulham
Team News: Five changes, Taylor, Phillips, Sacko, Roofe and Pedraza replaced Ayling, O'Kane, Hernandez, Dallas and Wood.
Team: Green, Berardi, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor, Bridcutt(c), Phillips, Sacko, Roofe, Pedraza, Doukara
Leeds suffered an injury time heartbreak when Fulham's Cairney scored with a superb shot from outside of the box to salvage a point for them, Leeds will wonder where the referee found over six minutes of injury time from.
Fulham started well, but it was Leeds who took the lead, Ream deflecting Kyle Bartley's long 'punt' into his own net. After the goal the home side laid siege to the Leeds goal but could not find a way past a resolute defence, although Leeds had a huge slice of luck when Kebano's effort hit the ball and it looked to have bounced over the line. Pedraza at the other end had a chance to put Leeds two up but his shot was blocked by Button, 1-0 at the break.
The second half followed a similar pattern, lots of possession for the home side with Leeds standing firm and when they did get behind they found Rob Green in superb form, Leeds could and should have put the game out of Fulham's reach but Pedraza's shot came back off the foot of the post. With time nearly up Kalvin Phillips was sent off for picking up his second yellow card of the night, Rob Green then saved Leeds with a incredible save at the foot of the post in injury time, but Fulham would not be denied and it was left for the ex Leeds trainee Tom Cairney to have the last word with his sublime effort.
Defensively stubborn but without Chris Wood they struggled at times to trouble the Fulham rearguard and when they did find the room they weren't clinical enough.
A hard earned, good point against a very good team.
Pontus Jansson celebrates the opener.
Man of the Match: Rob Green, at least two superb saves to keep Leeds ahead.
Garry Monk: "I thought we were excellent and I was really proud of that performance, I guess if anything we just needed that second goal. The chance where Pedraza hit the post would probably have sealed the game for us."
He added; "It's another performance towards where we want to go and another point towards what we want to do. Their goal was a fantastic strike and all in all I have to be very happy with the result. A tough result to take when into the last seconds of a game, thanks for the great support."
An upbeat Monk
Slavisa Jokanovic: "I am really proud of my team, how we played football, how we fought with confidence, how we defended with the Fulham press. My team was really competitive, and we found this kind of compensation in the last moment of the game.”
Kalvin Phillips will be banned for two games instead of one because it was his second dismissal for two yellow cards this season, he misses the games with QPR and Brighton.
David Watkins look at the game at Craven Cottage
Thank you David, so close yet so far. Shows how far we've come when we're disappointed with a draw at a team that is on a superb run and are still the best team we've played this season, twice.
Birmingham City under 23's 1
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Lewis Knight scored the equaliser in the second half after Donaldson had given City the lead with a first half penalty.
Garry Monk on the game with QPR on Saturday: Ayling and Wood fit for Saturday, Green makes his 600th appearance on Saturday "It's a fantastic achievement, something himself and his family should be very proud of", on the top two places; concentrate on ourselves and letting the rest take care of themselves, not looking past the next game against QPR, likes Holloway a lot and he has got them playing very well.
Leeds seem to play teams that are in form every week, On goal line technology coming in next season, it's there (from next season) problem solved, "Saturday is a good opportunity to see where we are from the way we started the season."
Last on the agenda....his contract "I'm not going to talk about that situation, I don't need to and it would be selfish if I did. Right now it's about these players, this football club and trying to win games. If I've any information you (press) will hear it first, but that will only happen when I've sat down and spoke to the club."
A very happy and confident Monk.
Ian Holloway: "We are playing a Leeds side that has steadily improved and improved. They are a massive club with huge support."
Last five games QPR at Home
Leeds 1 QPR 1 Champ Apr 16
Leeds 0 QPR 1 Champ Aug 13
Leeds 2 QPR 0 Champ Dec 10
Leeds 0 QPR 0 Champ Feb 07
Leeds 2 QPR 0 Champ Feb 06
QPR visit Elland Road with a impressive recent run of results, four wins out of five and Ian Holloway has turned around the disappointing start to his tenure at the club.
This is a different team that will face Leeds on Saturday than the one that started on day one of the 2016/17 season, some have left and ex Leeds striker Matt Smith from Fulham and others have been recruited in January and they have what looks like a top ten squad on paper.
Garry Monk will have the services of Chris Wood and Luke Ayling back in his match day squad and both are expected to be in the starting X1, the difficult decision is how occupies the wide positions in the front midfield three, Dallas and Pedraza are my choices as both Hadi Sacko and Mo Barrow didn't do enough at Fulham for either of them to start. I expect Pablo Hernandez to return in preference to Kemar Roofe.
A tough game, as every other one for the remainder of the season will be, Ian Holloway knows the Championship better than most and he will try and stop Leeds playing their natural game.
I still expect Leeds to win by two goals.
Alex Neil of Norwich City became another 'casualty' of the Championship manager merry-go-Round, axed for a extremely poor run of results, the last being a 1-1 draw at relegation favourites Bristol City. The Suffolk club were many people's favourites to at least be in the 'mix' for a top six place this season.
Not many Championship clubs now have the same manager they started the season with, one is still at Leeds United FC and that in itself is credit to the man who has steered Leeds into the superb position they are now.
Well done Garry Monk.
Leeds vs QPR
Team News: Four changes, Ayling, Berardi, Hernandez and Wood replace Taylor, Phillips, Sacko, Doukara
Team: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Bridcutt(c), Vieira, Roofe, Hernandez, Pedraza, Wood.
The first half was a case of mixed opportunities for the away side, Green saving marvellously at the feet of Connor Washington and Matt Smith heading a good chance well wide. Leeds' only real half chance fell to Kemar Roofe but his effort was deflected wide of the goal. Lots of endeavour from the home side but as in a few recent games falling short of the standards the fans hoped that the team could accomplish. Luke Ayling picked up a harsh booking that takes him to ten and will be banned for two games.
0-0 at the break.
It was more of the same in the second half with neither team having the imagination to get past two resolute defences, chances were at a minimum and Garry Monk used all three substitutes to try and conjure a winning goal but it wasn't to be and the match ended goalless.
Garry Monk: "We were below the standards we have set, especially at Elland Road. The positives are that we kept another clean sheet and we got another point on the board. It extends our unbeaten run (6 games) and although we didn't hit the standards we have set it wasn't through lack of effort. This group will always respond, we win and loose together. There will always be ups and downs.
He added; "We always respond and we will do that in that in the coming games, we have nine games to play and we need to be at a higher level next week."
A disappointed but defiant Monk.
Ian Holloway: "I'm so pleased with that performance, a point was the least we deserved. The boys were brilliant against a very good side. We had the better chances and our game plan was to counter attack and take the game to them and we did that. Apart from taking the chances, we did everything we could to win the game."
Andrew Butterwick's review of a frustrating ninety plus minutes at Elland Road
Thank you Andrew, enjoy India.
Steve McLaren was sacked by Derby County for the second time in two years, his team's recent results (one win in nine), a decline in team unity and morale were the reason given for his dismissal.
It was his sixth managerial position since 2010.
Heidi Haigh's Monday look back on a disappointing performance and result against Ian Holloway's QPR.
Many Thanks as always for the use of your superb blog.
Wigan Athletic have sacked Warren Joyce after only four months in the job. Wigan sit twenty third in the Championship after thirty seven games.
Two draws in the week, one a very good result despite the lateness of their equaliser, the other a disappointing performance against an inform QPR team.
Still unbeaten in six games so it's very hard to criticise, but better is expected next Saturday at Elland where Brighton are the visitors.
By Keith Ingham