Bolton v Leeds
Team News: No Liam Bridcutt, Souleymane Doukara or Marcus Antonsson in the travelling Leeds squad to Bolton.
Wiedwald, Pennington, Alioski make their full debuts for Leeds. Anita, Siaz, Klich and Ekuban start on the Bench.
Team: Wiedwald, Ayling, Pennington, Cooper(c), Berardi, O'Kane, Phillips, Roofe, Hernandez, Alioski, Wood.
Subs used; Anita for Berardi (36), Shaughnessy for Pennington (64), Sacko for Alioski (85)
An early goal from Kalvin Phillips helped Leeds to their first opening away win in nearly ten years. Chris Wood doubled the advantage as Leeds dominated their opponents in the first half.
Madine pulled a goal back when he found himself marked by Kemar Roofe at a corner kick, within minutes Leeds had their third when Wood was played in by Hernandez, cleverly and unselfishly the New Zealander found Phillips and despite being under pressure from a Bolton defender the young midfielder still found the net.
The only 'blip' was the injury to Gaetano Berardi, after a goalmouth scramble. He was carried from the pitch on a stretcher in obvious discomfort, Vernon Anita replaced the Swiss defender after a lengthy stoppage. 3-1 Leeds at the break.
Bolton attacked Leeds from the outset of the second half put rarely tested the debutant Leeds keeper, just after the hour Leeds suffered another injury blow when, after a challenge in midair Pennington fell awkwardly on his ankle, up to then he'd looked a quality addition to the squad.
Connor Shaughnessy replaced the Everton loanee and just after the hour the youngster was involved with Madine who seemed to 'tuck' his head into his shirt. The referee gave a penalty which LeFondre despatched past Wiedwald.
Hernandez so nearly extended Leeds' lead but his superb shot found the angle of post and bar and bounced over Wood's head as the striker tried to put the rebound away. Try as they may Bolton couldn't find a equaliser and Leeds claimed a hard fought, if somewhat costly away win.
Phillips celebrates his second.
Very impressed with Ayling, O'Kane, Phillips and Anita but all fourteen deserve credit for the win. It has to be seen if Berardi and Pennington face a lengthy time out of the side.
Man of the Match: Kalvin Phillips, two goals and a composed display in midfield.
Thomas Christiansen: "We played the football we wanted to, knowing how Bolton play. It was good and we created good opportunities and controlled the situation of the game. I want us to create and score but don't like to see concede the goals we did. But the opponent had good things about them too and one of them was strength. They had tall players and we aren't the tallest side, but my players were strong and when you give that you can equalise that. It was the game I expected, a tough game against a good opponent. We got the result I'd dreamed of."
Phil Parkinson: "In the first-half we have to be disappointed and we know we could have done better. The goals we conceded were disappointing, in particular the third one. We reacted well in the second-half. I thought we showed a lot of character, there was a lot more quality on the ball and we mixed our game up better" said the Bolton manager, adding: "We got back to 3-2, but couldn’t find that moment of quality to get us a point."
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson joins Leeds for a season long loan, the left back will be in contention to start against Port Vale on Wednesday. His loan move has upset quite a number of fans in Salford and London.
Heidi Haigh's look at the opening win at Bolton
Thank you Heidi. Great to have you still onboard.
Tyler Denton joins Port Vale on a season long loan to the second division club. The move is to guarantee him first team football and aid his development.
Andrew Butterwick reflects on Sunday's past and a great win at the Macron Stadium
Thank you Andrew. Fantastic to have you still with us.
On this day in 1993
Leeds lift the Charity Shield at the old Wembley stadium beating old rivals Liverpool 4-3
Gaetano Berardi signs a three year deal to keep him at the club until 2020. He becomes the latest player to sign a new contract with the club in the last seven days, following Kalvin Phillips and Tyler Denton.
Love this guy! The only name I'd consider putting on the back of my shirt.
Last time we met
Port Vale 3 Leeds 3 Division One 08
Leeds 3 Port Vale 0 Division One 07
Leeds v Port Vale
Carabao Cup Round 1
Team: Wiedwald, Anita, Ayling(c), Shaughnessy, Borthwick-Jackson, Vieira, Klitch, Sacko, Siaz, Dallas, Ekuban.
Subs used: Siaz for Sacko, Bridcutt for Klitch, Gomez for Ayling.
Leeds brushed aside Michael Brown's Port Vale with a debutant goals by two of the summer signings, a superb hat-trick by Samuel Siaz and Caleb Ekuban in the 4-1 win at Elland Road.
Leeds produced a superb second half performance to claim a place in the next round of the Carabao Cup.
Thomas Christiansen made nine changes to the team; Anita, Shaughnessy, Borthwick-Jackson, Vieira, Klitch, Sacko, Siaz, Dallas, Ekuban all starting their first game of the season.
Leeds were ahead early when Stuart Dallas' shot came back off the bar and found Siaz to put the ball past the Vale keeper, more goals were expected as Leeds kept up the pressure but it was the visitors who drew level through 'old boy' Michael Tonge. 1-1 at the break.
Leeds went ahead in the second half when Siaz finished from a tight angle, the game changed with the introduction of Alioski and Liam Bridcutt just before the hour mark, both players were instrumental in a much improved second half display. Alioski set up Siaz to score spectacularly for his hat trick and Ekuban finished the game just before the end, again set up by the impressive Alioski.
Gunning for Port Vale was sent off for two bookable offences with time almost up.
Notable mentions: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, class at the back, SUPER Siaz, the first player to score a hat trick on his debut since Carl Shutt in 1989 and the first to get a 'three-some' since Ross McCormack in 2014, Alioski, Vieira and Bridcutt in midfield, some intelligent running by Ekuban, could be a asset as a impact player.
Christiansen on Saiz: "We know what he’s able to give and this is a small taste of what he's able to do."
Michael Brown: "I think the boys lost focus a little bit. The guy who scored three goals spits in Joe Davis's face on the 40th minute and it is very hard to take. So that certainly knocked us off balance. We asked their staff to take him off, they ignored that and he scored three goals. That is why it was getting a bit heated down in the technical area."
Humble as always Mr Brown!
David Watkins view of the Carabao Cup
Thank you as always DW
Leeds are drawn against Newport County in the second round of the Carabao Cup. The Whites are drawn away but the fixture will be held at Elland Road due to Newport having their ground resurfaced.
Last time we met
Preston 1 Leeds 4
Leeds 3 Preston 0
Leeds will hope to continue their impressive start to the campaign at home to Preston on Saturday. The Lancashire side had a good 1-0 opening day win over Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.
Thomas Christiansen must choose to keep the majority of the players that played so well at Bolton or include the hat trick hero Sammy Siaz and the impressive Ronaldo Vieira. Last year's club captain also helped his chances of a recall by a impressive thirty plus minutes when used from the substitutes bench against Port Vale.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson should make his Championship debut alongside the returning (from suspension) Pontus Jansson.
Leeds 2 Preston 0
Contract news: Leeds have extended both Liam Cooper and Eunan O'Kane's deals by an additional four years. This will keep the pair at Elland Road until 2021.
Marcus Antonsson joins League One side Blackburn Rovers on a season long loan in a bid to gain first team experience.
Leeds have rejected a £12million offer from Burnley for 30 goal forward Chris Wood. The club are also linked with Hamburg forward Pierre-Michel Lassoga.
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