Keith Ingham gives us his final diary of a Leeds fan for what has been a season of so many highs and lows. WALL would like to thank him for his tireless efforts during the season to make sure we were updated with footballing news not just from LS11, but around the world.
Remembering the 56 people who died in the Bradford City fire.
34 years ago today.
Aston Villa come from a goal down to beat West Brom 2-1 in their Playoff Semi Final First Leg at Villa Park. West Brom’s goal scorer Dwight Gayle was later sent off for two bookable offences.
Playoff Semi Final. 1st Leg
Derby County v Leeds
Team News: Leeds make one change; Gaetano Berardi comes in for Pontus Jansson.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, Berardi, Cooper(c), Dallas, Phillips, Forshaw, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Roofe.
Derby County 0-1 Leeds United; Leeds take the lead in Pride Park with a spirited performance.
Thanks to Leedsunited.com.
Kemar Roofe gives Leeds a one goal lead to take to Elland Road for the second leg. Superb move and deadly finish from United’s top scorer.
Marcelo Bielsa: "We fought a lot, we were very focused and we defended and attacked according to the needs of the game. I thought we were mature.
At the beginning of the game, Derby dominated a little bit and then, for the last 35 minutes of the first half, we dominated. Our idea was to keep dominating to seal the win at the beginning of the second half.
We had chances to score both before we scored and after we scored, then we had 10-15 minutes where we suffered. At the end of the game it was a balanced game and we controlled the ball.”
Frank Lampard: "I'm not sure if it's a penalty - I think it's one of those you can get or not get. The referee gave it, but the linesman has decided it was clear enough to not be a penalty. It's like human VAR, but with the actual VAR, the only way they turn decisions, as you hear from the rules, is if it's a clear and obvious challenge. It wasn't. I can't understand it.
“I don't think we did enough. I thought, in the early parts of the game, we were good, created a couple of chances and we were positive. When I spoke before the game, I said that Leeds were favourites because of where they are in the league and because they are experienced.
Five games ago we were five points off the play-off positions and the lads have accepted that challenge and got into the play-offs. It's now up to us to show the true team that we are."
David Watkins reviews the impressive win at Pride Park.
Thank you David and I hope and pray the lads can finish the job on Wednesday night.
The amazing Premier League title race ended on the South Coast of England with Manchester City claiming it for the second successive season. Their 4-1 win at Brighton(after going behind)was enough to beat their rivals Liverpool by one point.
Liverpool’s total of 97 points would have won the title on seventeen out of eighteen recent season’s.
City won their last fourteen games and Liverpool also went into double figures as they traded win for win. An amazing, enthralling battle between the two clubs.
City’s title celebrations.
Heidi Haigh on nails and fellow fans, sadness in the family and remembering the Bradford City fire victims and young Ian Hambridge.
Thank you Heidi. My sympathies for your families loss.
Kemar Roofe: “we’re confident” about the second leg.(Shame he won’t be playing!)
Thanks to the YEP.
Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed that Chris Hughton has left the club with immediate effect. Hughton’s assistant Paul Trollope and first-team coach Paul Nevin have also left.
Shocker, didn’t see that one coming, a very capable manager who kept Brighton up twice and took them to this year’s FA Cup Semi Final. Football’s mental.
Marcelo Bielsa on injuries(and there is a few!) and the second leg of the tie with Derby: “Adam Forshaw won’t be available, Pontus Jansson tomorrow will try to work normally and we will see how he is. Kemar Roofe won’t be available either, Kemar’s problem is more simple than Adam’s, but still he won’t be available for Wednesday’s game, it is a calf problem.
“The absence of Kemar Roofe comes with the availability of Bamford after suspension. Tyler Roberts and Ezgjan Alioski won’t be available for Wednesday’s game and I couldn’t tell for the future.”
Bielsa on the second leg: “We know that there is a long path to reach our goal, we have just played the first part of the duel and we have the second part to play now, the difference is only one goal and the idea is to increase this difference and prevent the opponent from reducing it.
“We know that this is a difficult task, as difficult as it was for the first game. The first game we just played was not simple for us and we are sure the next game won’t be. We won the last game with one goal of difference and the one before that with two.
In the very first game (in August) we were the same team we are now, but Derby were a lot inferior to what they are now, so we should be careful about the analysis. We would like to have the same performance as the last two games with Derby, but we know it is going to be very hard.”
The luck with injuries shows no sign of abating.
Liam Cooper on the second leg: “I don't like to ever be over confident, it can affect the way you play and your form. We have got to have 18 players ‘on it’ come match day.
We are not stupid, we know the prize and we know it's there but we are 1-0 up, it's not comfortable at all. We will be going to win the game and the best team will go to the final.”
Cooper on Bamford and his ban for simulation: “Pat came straight in an apologised to me and the staff. Sometimes in the heat of the moment you make stupid decisions, but for the last 10 days he's work hard. We all know what he can do, he’s got this unbelievable confidence in him."
Bolton Wanderers have confirmed that the club has officially entered administration. The EFL have confirmed that Bolton will start next season with a minus 12point deduction after going into administration.
A tragedy that things were allowed to get to the situation the club finds itself in.
Frank Lampard: “If we work hard and play as we have done over these past weeks, we've still got a chance. We just have to worry about ourselves, we don't have to go crazy. We've come back well from losing situations in games this season. This will be our biggest test yet on that front, we have to believe until the very last minute.
“It's a strong atmosphere. It's a stadium of history, it will be tough but the players need to rise to that. There's pressure for us but there's also pressure for them. All I see is a 1-0 game that needs to be turned around. Can we get to Wembley I’d say yes.”
Ex-Leeds midfielder, now at Derby Bradley Johnson: “It is a great stadium to play in, I played there for four years throughout my career, I have been there in full houses and they do get behind the team. We are going to go there, we have experience in our team and a few young lads, I’ll be telling them what it is like to play in front of the Elland Road crowd.
“If we go there on the front foot and put our stamp on the game, then the fans might turn and that’s something we would hope to do.
“We have got to go there and take the emotion out of the game and not let the fans dictate the way we play and just play our game. Like us, they are a good footballing side. We have got to go there and out-battle them and out-play them and hopefully get the win.”
Home Playoff Results
Leeds 1 Oldham 0 Division 2 1987
Leeds 1 Preston NE 1 Div. 2 2005
Leeds 1 Carlisle Utd 2 Div.1 2008
Leeds 1 Millwall 1 Div.1 2009
It’s 32 years since Leeds have won a Playoff Semi Final home leg and I was there!
Leeds v Oldham P/O S/F 1st Leg. 1987
West Brom beat Aston Vile 1-0 in the second leg of the playoff semi final to level the tie 2-2 on aggregate. Extra Time didn’t bring a winner so the tie went to pentalties. Vile going through 4-3 to reach Wembley for the second season in succession.
On this Day: In 2008, 19-year-old Jonny Howson's dramatic 90th-minute winner sends Gary McAllister's Leeds to Wembley for the League One play-off final at the expense of Carlisle United(Agg3-2) at Brunton Park.
Howson sends Leeds to Wembley
Playoff Semi Final 2nd Leg
Leeds v Derby County
Team News: 1st leg goalscorer and Leeds’ top marksman Kemar Roofe is out(bruised calf), Patrick Bamford returns from his two game suspension to lead the line.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, Berardi, Cooper(c), Dallas, Phillips, Shackleton, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison.
Leeds United 2-4 Derby County
Thanks to Leedsunited.com
Man of the Match: Stuart Dallas, two goals and head and shoulders above the rest in white. O
Marcelo Bielsa: "It's a painful situation and we are very disappointed. It's not necessary to analyse, during the season the games that could have allowed us to find a solution to all possibilities we couldn't make a different for those games for the same reason as today.
“In the first half we should have finished with two goals more, but we finished (level) and in the second half it's a game that broke immediately. The chances of the opponent ended in goals and ours not. It's meaningless explaining that we had as many chances as the opponent in the second half and in the first we made more, it should have made a difference."
Frank Lampard: "We were 1-0 down, I said to the lads everyone had written us off. It's 1/8 for them to go through or something, everyone says they've beaten us three times, but we made a little tweak, and it worked brilliantly but you need bravery on the ball and the lads showed it.
“The workrate through the year, players coming in, we're not there yet, I watched Villa do this, but the players deserve it. The performance tonight, we were the better team over two legs, we should have had a penalty, but it was a brilliant performance from the lads.
“There's work to do, this isn't the end, we're underdogs again and we'll have a tough game against a brilliant Villa team, but we're there."
David Watkins on Leeds ‘doing a Leeds’. Playoff heartbreak once again.
Thank you David for all your kind comments and keeping me going when I was in the depths of depression after certain games.
Izzy Brown says goodbye.
So the season ends in heartbreak once again for the long suffering Leeds fans, but I’ll not forget the highs that this team we love so much took us to this season.
Top at Christmas and looking certain to kick on but it all went ‘tits up’ around February and although there were bright moments in the games against WBA, Millwall at home and Preston away it fell around our ears.
We should have gone up automatically but we didn’t so the playoffs offered us hope and we started so well away at Derby but it all went terribly wrong at Elland Road and it wasn’t fat Frank crying his eyes out it was us. The pain in my sons eyes broke my heart as his tears fell down his cheeks. I’ve been there and it hurts and it hurts writing down my last thoughts on the 2018/19 season.
I’ll be back, we’ll all be back because this club is in our blood. Love you Leeds but goodness me you break my heart so many times.
Before the game. Myself, JB, Ryan.
See you after the summer but keep an eye out for more articles in the forthcoming months.
By Keith Ingham