Incredible and so moving. Leicester City fans pay their heartfelt tribute to Vichai.
Adam Forshaw “We can handle the pressure”
Thanks to the YEP.
The Leeds United legend is 78 Today.
Leeds United launched a third kit which will be worn for the first time against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorne’s on Saturday. The shirt is mainly yellow with blue and white on the cuffs, shorts are blue with yellow socks with blue and white tops.
A clever way by the club to boost the clubs funds just before Christmas. Myself I love it as yellow to me has been my favourite colour to be the change strip. I had the yellow away kit by Admiral in 1975 and I wore it ‘to death’ for most of that season. I still have the 1977/1978 version that is still popular in the club superstore.
My thoughts on the return of a favourite of mine and how one Christmas was made so special. http://www.weallloveleeds.co.uk/latest/and-it-was-all-yellow
Kemar🔥Roofe interviewed in the Birmingham Mail said if he scored against Albion it would be “Just another goal”. Leeds’ leading scorer was at the club from the age of six, he went through the academy but didn’t make an appearance for the senior squad. He left to join Oxford United in 2015 and Saturday will be the first time he has returned to play there.
Today in 2000 a certain former Liverpool centre half scored a pretty good goal in an Italian stadium.
Marcelo Bielsa on West Brom: “I think the best offensive players in the Championship play for West Bromwich, they might not have the best players in each position, but if we take as a whole the 10, 15, 19 and 16 (Matt Phillips, Harvery Barnes, Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle) they are the best offensive players. If you take those players as a collective, you won’t find any players better than them.The exam we are going to face this coming Saturday in the defensive segment is an exam which will strengthen our conclusions.
“It is also very important for us to keep our offensive identity though, even if we have to take in the capacity of the offensive actions of the opposition. It is often said the best form of defence is attack and in order to attack you have to have the ball and we will try to have the ball.”
“In order to strengthen this concept, it is important to prevent the opponent from counter attacking. Possession is important, but only if you prevent the opponent from counter attacking.”
Injuries: Berardi, Ayling out long term(next year), Better news on Bamford and Brown who are stepping up their training. Apart from these four Bielsa has a full squad to pick from for the game with Albion.
December/January fixture changes 🤬 for Sky.
Aston Villa v Leeds Sunday 23rd of December. Kick off 13.30. Nottingham Forest v Leeds January 1st 2019. Kick off 15.00 Leeds v Derby Friday January 11th 2019. Kick off 19.45.
A little more from Bielsa: “When clubs are owned by private people, results are more important than anything. But the most attractive thing in football is the beauty of the game. But people who invest in football should take precautions because when a team plays bad, you have less fans who want to watch them. A coach like Guardiola, he plays well and wins and he increases the value of the club where he works and the players he has."
"The fact that we are not taking care of the planet, our children will pay the consequences. With football it will be the same because we're destroying football and in the future we'll see the negative effects. Those who have power are responsible for it."
Bielsa thinks signing players in January will be "difficult" and says with Bamford, Brown, Ayling and Berardi back around the turn of the year, he's happy with his squad. But said the club might think they need strengthening in certain areas and he'll listen if they do.
Bielsa about the Copa Libertadores final which starts between River Plate and Boca Juniors in Argentina this weekend (he managed Newell's in the final in 1992). Says it's "the dream game - a game you aspire to win."
Pablo Hernandez on his recent form and if it is it the best of his career: "I don't know but it's one of the best, sure. I have confidence now, I score, I assist, I help the team. The team being top of the league is a good moment. I know my age but I try to push every day in training and in my life. I eat good food, I have good rest. It's not the same like when I was 23, 24. But I feel good and I feel young."
In terms of injuries, Hernandez says he knows he can't push himself as hard as he did 10 years ago but still feels that his physical condition is good. Was on the end of a lot of heavy tackles against Wigan but says he's got to be ready for that as an attacking player. Hernandez spoke about the ‘baby boom’ up here. He said footballers are indebted to their families for the way picking up the slack when players are on the road, away from home.
Tyler Roberts and Tom Pearce turn on the Leeds Christmas lights.
Tyler Roberts on returning to West Bromwich Albion: “I'm excited, obviously, it's going to be a bit strange being back at the club that I grew up, but I want to get the win and I'm hungry to score a goal.”
We’ve met before
WBA 3 Leeds 1 FA Cup 3rd Round January 2007
WBA 4 Leeds 2 Championship Sept 2006
WBA 1 Leeds 2 Premier League Aug 2002
WBA 2 Leeds 1 Division 2 November 1989
WBA 2 Leeds 1 Division 2 March 1989.
Leeds travel to the Midlands on a ‘high’ after last Sunday’s impressive 2-1 win at Wigan. Much has been made of the defensive performance, especially the defensive charge in the second half that saw a Wigan forward outnumbered by pack of Leeds players. On Saturday that defence will be definitely be tested at The Hawthorn’s.
West Brom started the season in fine form and have already topped the Championship this season. The have superb attacking options too, Dwight Gayle Jay Rodriguez and Harvey Barnes have all been amongst the goals and the Leeds defensive unit of Dallas, Cooper, Jansson and Douglas will need to be ‘on the ball’ from minute one. In their defensive ranks, Kyle Bartley will return from suspension and face the team he played for not long ago. The centre back was a fans favourite in his time at Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa is expected to keep the same starting eleven that started a week ago, with Dallas having a good game at right back. The Northern Ireland international has the opportunity to make the position his own following injuries to Ayling and Berardi. Kemar Roofe and Tyler Roberts return to the club where they started their careers and Roofe especially will be keen to get a goal against a team he started at the age of six.
West Brom have gone four games without a win, but have been without key players. If Leeds travel back to Yorkshire with a point they might be happy with that but they have it in their ‘locker’ to get three. Leeds 2-1. Expect a cracker!
West Bromwich Albion v Leeds
Team News: Unchanged starting eleven, Lief Davis (number40) starts on the bench. WBA make one change; Rodson-Kanu starts and Gayle on the bench. Bartley not in the WBA eighteen.
Team: Peacock-Farrel, Dallas, Cooper(c), Jansson, Douglas, Phillips, Klich, Hernandez, Forshaw, Alioski, Roofe(100th appearance for Leeds)
Leeds fell to their third defeat of the season at The Hawthorne’s. The 4-1 defeat might have surprised many after West Brom had failed to win in their last four games.
With the same X1 on duty it was expected that Leeds would carry on their impressive display at Wigan, but the hosts had other ideas as they penned back Leeds for most of the first half, they so nearly went in front when Matty Phillips’ effort came back off the bar with Peacock-Farrell well beaten. Leeds despite a good share of possession didn’t trouble Johnstone in the Albion goal. Scoreless at the break.
The second half was very forgettable for Leeds as Robson-Kanu opened the scoring on 51 minutes, a minute earlier Leeds were denied a penalty when Roofe seemed to be pulled back by Dawson in the penalty area, Albion broke away and scored straight from that incident.
From then on Albion dominated a strangely nervous Leeds defence, Matty Phillips beat Peacock-Farrell from distance on 67 minutes, the Leeds goalkeeper will know he should have done better in trying to stop the shot. Worse was to follow when Barnes made it three on 82 minutes, benefitting from woeful Leeds defending. Substitute Gayle rubbed salt in the wounds with a cheeky back-heel a minute later to make it a rout. In injury time Leeds substitute Samuel Siaz played in Hernandez who beat Johnstone with a looping header for the visitors consolation goal.
Leeds drop to third after this disappointing defeat.
There isn’t much, if anything positive to come out of this game. Most players in yellow and blue looked ‘leggy’ and it will be seen if Bielsa decides that a couple of key personnel will change. Peacock-Farrell will get ‘dogs abuse’ for the second goal but he wasn’t alone in letting a packed away end down.
A bloody bad day at the office!!
Marcelo Bielsa: "The opponent deserved to win but I think the score was a little bit exaggerated. The project of the opponent's play required us to lose the ball in our own half and they could counter-attack. We knew that was their main weapon.”
"The kind of game we played was the one we were trying to avoid and when this happens we have to oppose the project of the opposite team. We couldn't neutralise them but we knew their kind of features and that's why I feel responsible for the kind of way we played."
Darren Moore: "Today was about performance, we just wanted the performance. It was just three points that were available but the biggest thing for me was the performance and the boys [gave me] that today, right from the first minute to the last.”
"We always felt that(we could achieve a result like that) if we continued to work. Not having a midweek game allowed us to put in some good quality work on the training ground and we utilised that to great effect today."
100 years today the guns fell silent at the end of the 1914-18 war. Today we remember their sacrifices.
Two reviews of yesterday’s clash:
David Watkins on Leeds’ failure to turn possession into goals but righty mentions third isn’t a bad place to be with Christmas around the corner.
Thank you David.
West Brom fan Dean Walton is far more happy with the result than David, changes were needed and it brought the desired result but bemoans their failure to keep a ‘clean sheet’.
“Well, I never expected that! After 3 defeats in the previous 4 games and 4 pathetic performances, Albion did the unexpected!
Fair play to Big Dave (Darren Moore) he acknowledged that three at the back wasn’t working so he changed back to a good old fashioned 4-4-2 and we were suddenly back to scoring goals for fun. I personally thought it was a great game of football between two attack minded teams. I think Albion just shaded the first half, but no complaints at the break, even if we had gone in losing, the crowd would still have appreciated a much improved performance.
In the second half, The ‘Baggies’ took control and simply blew Leeds away with some clinical finishing. Although in fairness Leeds could and proably should have put a couple of their chances away. I was dreading Kemar Roofe coming back to haunt us, but he was fairly inefective and was replaced by another ex-Albion youngster Tyler Roberts. Good to see a couple of our Academy graduates now playing first team football. A great result for the Albion, which keeps us in touch with the top 2, but we still can’t keep a bloody clean sheet!”
Thank you Dean.
Social Media wasn’t in an forgiving mood as BPF and Alioski were taken ‘over the coals’ for their displays yesterday. The more reasonable amongst the faithful reminded the critics that third in the Championship isn’t a bad place to be and I agree totally.
The weekend got a little better
Citee 3 scum 1
Heidi Haigh on another early start, late coaches, a six foot scarf and her blog of the game at The Hawthorne’s.
Thank you Heidi. Please remember to put Heidi’s excellent new book ‘Back to Reality. Leeds United 2017/18’ on your list to Santa.
After the dust has settled after the defeat at WBA I took stock of the season so far now we’ve another two weeks without proper football. We’ve seen some superb performances(Derby and Norwich) and others that have fallen short of the high standard we set in the early weeks of the season.
We still sit quite comfortable in the top six, that in itself is remarkable considering the amount of injuries the first team has endured. Players who have come in have done well and the emergence of Jack Clarke, another from the academy has also been very pleasing. After the break the team face a hectic period until the New Year and without doubt there will be ‘Ups and Downs’ but as always you and me will be right behind Bielsa’s Boys.
I’m pretty sure that if the purse strings are slackened just a little in January and a couple of players come in, this squad can at least compete for a place in the top six, maybe even the two automatic places if we get a little luck with injuries.
Keep the Faith.
By Keith Ingham