This Diary is dedicated to the 96 fans who were unlawfully killed at Hillsborough in 1989. Their families still wait for JUSTICE for their loved ones.
Paul Heckingbottom on the rumours of him being sacked: “I think that surprised everyone, nothing has changed. I came in here in February with slim hopes of the play-offs and we were chasing that down. That was the first goal - let’s not let this season die out quickly - but it did die out quickly so we were straight onto the second phase of what we wanted to do, which was to start looking at players and getting our plans laid down for next season.”
“We’re going to have to work hard because we’ve seen the calibre of players who are in this league, the calibre of clubs, but it doesn’t mean we can’t do it if we’re all on the same page, over-achieving and building a hungry, competitive squad. That’s the stage where we’re at now, make no mistake about it, it’s all going to be on results next season, without a doubt. That’s what we should be judged on.”
Who’s not available for the game with Aston Villa: Pontus Jansson is out, along with Eunan O'Kane (groin), Matthew Pennington (calf), Adam Forshaw (calf), Liam Cooper (torn thigh muscle), Laurens De Bock (hamstring) and long term absentees Luke Ayling (ankle), Conor Shaughnessy (ankle) and Tyler Roberts (shin).
Hugo Diaz, a second half substitute for Jansson is primed to make his full Leeds debut alongside Paudie O’Connor in the centre of defence, Heckingbottom considered recalling on loan Liam Kitching from Harrogate Town but the 18 year old is injured.
We’ve met before
Aston Villa 1 Leeds 1 Champ Dec 16
Aston Villa 2 Leeds 0 Prem L Feb 04
Aston Villa 0 Leeds 0 Prem L Oct 02
Aston Villa 0 Leeds 1 Prem L Apr 02
Aston Villa 1 Leeds 2 Prem L Jan 01
Paul Heckingbottom takes a very depleted Leeds squad to Playoff contenders Aston Villa at Villa Park in front of the Sky Sports TV camera’s. Villa are another side that didn’t start life in the Championship well, but like Fulham have come with a good run and in Steve Bruce have an experienced manager who knows how hard it is to get out of the division. He has an expensively assembled squad and they look certain to contest for the third promotion spot, via the Playoffs.
Aston Villa’s recent form: LLDWLW
One to watch: Robert Snodgrass, the ex Leeds winger is in fine form.
I can’t see Leeds getting anything from their trip to the Midlands, in fact if Villa get an early goal they might be on the end of a heavy defeat.
On This Day 1991: Leeds v Liverpool
A Lee Chapman hat trick in defeat
Leeds Utd 4-5 Liverpool(1990/91) One of the greatest game’s at Elland Road I’ve had the pleasure to witness, even though we’d lost.
Martin Tyler commentates on the game.
Liverpool draw Roma in the Champions League Semi Final, Real Madrid face Bayern Munich.
Aston Villa v Leeds
Team News: Three changes; Matthew Pennington, Tom Pearce and Ezgjan Alioski come in. Anita and Grot drop to the bench.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Dallas, Pennington, O’Connor, Vieira, Phillips, Alioski, Hernandez(c), Roofe, Ekuban.
David Watkins reviews the 1-0 defeat and despite the tenth away game without a win still finds positive things in the defeat.
Thank you David.
Man of the Match: Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Paul Heckingbottom: “We've got to play without fear, especially when we've got a young side. We did ok in the first half without the ball, but with the ball, we were a threat on the counter but we were loose. No disrespect to Villa, but that gave them their best opportunities.”
"At the start of the second half we were much better but we have to play with that freedom because you can't be intimidated coming to places like this, regardless of whether it's your first or second game, go and enoy it - we are trying to take the pressure off the players. They can take the credit from that, but not the result."
Steve Bruce: “We did enough and sometimes you need to your fifth game in 13 days to be a 1-0. I always thought we were comfortable and we just needed that second one; we've had one or two opportunities but in the end I think both teams have run their race. We're delighted. A 1-0 win is decent and we've done it without pulling up too many trees.”
"The one thing we've tried to do all season is to try and get the ball in the box from a wide area and we've been quite successful. We didn't have many but that cross from Grealish in the end was the deciding factor. That little bit of quality he possesses, good cross, great header and it's won us the match."
Carlos Corberan is justifiably proud of the under 23 players that have broken into the first team and have been involved in recent Championship games: "I am really happy when I see our players can be there, one of our objectives is to help the first team every time. We are here to create future players for Leeds United but if they have to play now and they have to be a present player then it is fantastic for us too.
“We have a fantastic relationship with Paul Heckingbottom and before that with Thomas (Christiansen).This is my job, to have my players ready to help the first team. It is one of my objectives but at the same time I want to achieve this because we are Leeds United. We are a big club, we want to win games and dominate to show we have the future of Leeds right here. Our relationship is always very close and this is key to producing the players for the club."
Wolverhampton Wanderers are promoted to the Premiership thanks to Brentford scoring an injury time equaliser against Fulham.
Cultural Leonesa v CD Tenerife
Final substitution made by Cultural Leonesa means Ideguchi will once again fail to get a game. Since his move on the 9th Jan he has played just 108 minutes (in 5 games), started just 1 game and effectively ended his World Cup dream. Has there ever been a stranger move in football? Bloody madness to me!
Leonesa won the game 3-2.
Liverpool F.C. Tweet
“29 years ago today, 96 children, women and men lost their lives at Hillsborough. We will never forget them. Our thoughts are with the families, survivors and all those affected by the tragedy.”
We remember you today and every day.
Manchester City win the Premier League following man utd’s 1-0 home defeat to almost relegated WBA.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell on his run in the first team and his hopes for next season: “I don’t feel out of depth and I’m enjoying the moment. In my opinion I can do it. But it’s up to the gaffer for next season, who he decides to play. Obviously there’s room for improvement in all my performances, but I’m happy to keep the shirt and keep the number one spot and hopefully I can finish the season and play the rest of the games.”
“I think as a young player, sometimes you just need to get thrown in the deep end. You sink or swim and I think I’ve been swimming recently. Sometimes you just need to wait for your chance.”
Heidi Haigh on meeting Harriet who filmed her at Villa Park for a Fan Girls Documentary and reviews the defeat at Aston Villa
Thank you Heidi.
Gaetano Berardi apologised for his three red cards this season, but said in a interview on LUTV that he will find it hard to curb “the fire inside me” that has seen his season end prematurely. Berra said: “If I’m here now it’s because I want to say something. I want to say that I’m sorry about it and apologise for my mistake. If I’m here it’s because I respect my teammates, I respect the staff, the club and the fans. I have to come here and say something. Every time. I’ve had a few red cards so every time I recognise it. I don’t like it, it’s not good, but when I’m on the pitch I don’t think about it. I just think about the game. I want to win the ball, I want to win the games, I want to give everything and give my best. If I want to give 100 per cent then this can happen.
“It’s not an excuse but it’s part of the game. It’s a big mistake, I will stop making mistakes when I die I think. There’s a big fire in me and without it I can’t play football. If I remove this fire I just go home and find a job. That’s all I can say.”
The Leeds United Player of the Year awards: The Nominees
Player of the Year: Ezgjan Alioski, Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe, Samuel Saiz and Toby Nye.
Young Player of the Year: Paudie O’Connor, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Tom Pearce and Ronaldo Vieira.
Goal of the Season Award: Gzgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez both have two efforts nominated for the Goal of the Season Award, also nominated are Pierre-Michel Laosgga and Leeds United Ladies star Bridie Hannon.
The ceremony will take place on May 4th in the Centenary Pavilion at Elland Road.
Lewis Cook Tweet after being included in the EFL starting XL that has gone from the Football League to the Premiership. The Bournemouth midfielder also made his England debut versus Italy last month.
“Massive honour to receive this award, a big thankyou also goes to @LUFC who helped me get this far ⚽️😃”
ON THIS DAY: In 2001, Leeds qualified for the Champions League semi-finals after a 3-2 aggregate win over Deportivo La Coruna. It was the first time Leeds had reached the semi-final of Europe's main club competition in 26 years.
Danny Mills and Nigel Martyn celebrate
Thanks to LUFCDATA
FULL TIME: Leeds United U18’s secure their spot in the play-offs with a 3-0 win over Ipswich and keep alive their hopes of winning the league on Saturday. First-half goals from Theo Hudson, Nohan Kenneh and Niall Huggins set United up for a straightforward win over Ipswich and Leeds are due to wrap up their regular season away at Bolton Wanderers on Friday. A victory over Bolton could see Jackson’s side top the division.
Accrington Stanley are promoted to League One! Billy Kee's two goals fire them into the third tier of English football for the first time in their history. What a fairytale!
Fleetwood Town can confirm an agreement has been reached for @Joey7Barton to become the club's new Head Coach as of June 2nd.
Not many saw this one coming! Hopefully Lewie Coyle with be back in Leeds by the time Mr Barton is in town, don’t want our Lewie corrupted by the likes of him.
It was rumoured that an extended two year deal has been offered by Leeds to Pablo Hernandez, no official confirmation as yet.
Remember these beauties made by Admiral for the 92/93 season, the yellow one worn was used for the first time in the Nou Campe for the third game with Stuttgart and was used as a third kit. The blue away kit was considered to be unlucky.
Win ratios since Grayson
Neil Warnock - 36.5%
Brian McDermott - 37%
Dave Hockaday - 33.3%
Darko Milanič - 0%
Neil Redfearn - 33.3%
Uwe Rösler - 16.67%
Steve Evans - 36.9%
Garry Monk - 47.2%
Thomas Christiansen - 45.5%
Paul Heckingbottom - 15.4% (up to and including Aston Villa)
Stats by @LUFCstatistics.
Heckingbottom on his departure from Barnsley: “I didn’t speak about it too much then and I’m not going to speak about it too much now but it was bang out of order some of the things they said, they know that but they just wanted to save face I suppose. It upset me, usually I don’t pay attention to social media or what’s written, things like that, but it affects your family in a negative way.”
“You get trouble caused by people trying to protect themselves and not being big enough or brave enough to just admit what’s gone on. That was disappointing but it doesn’t bother me now.”
On Pablo Hernandez: "I've had chats with Pablo in terms of football, himself, us as a club and everything was positive, Pablo is driven by football rather than money. He's driven by his heart, he likes it here and he's settled, I think things like that are positive.
“But there could be other people turning his head as well speaking in those terms with him and trying to capture his heart at other clubs. That's just the position we find ourselves in because of his contract situation.”
We’ve met before
Leeds 2 Barnsley 1 Champ Oct 2016
Leeds 0 Barnsley 0 Champ Dec 2013
Leeds 1 Barnsley 0 Champ Oct 2012
Leeds 1 Barnsley 2 Champ Nov 2011
Leeds 3 Barnsley 3 Champ Feb 2011
Barnsley are in the bottom three for a reason, they have won only eight games so far this season and one in the last six games. They did get a much needed point in a relegation
‘six-pointer’ with Bolton last Saturday.
Leeds beat Barnsley 2-0 earlier in the season at Oakwell and will be hoping to complete a double over their South Yorkshire rivals.
Eunan O’Kane could be fit and offer an alternative to either Ronaldo Vieira or the much criticised Kalvin Phillips. The Irishman(O’Kane) has his critics but Heckingbottom is very complementary of the player. Paudie O’Connor and Tom Pearce played well enough at Villa to keep their place in the starting eleven, Pontus Jansson or Matthew Pennington could partner O'Connor at centre back. Adam Forshaw and Liam Cooper have trained this week but it is not expected that they will be involved in the game with Barnsley.
It’s a game Leeds should win but with their form so poor and Barnsley’s need of points so desperate it will go down to which set of players want the three points the most. Heckingbottom needs a win to quieten down the growing unrest since his appointment and a woeful run of results.
The season is winding down and to be honest it can’t end soon enough for me. It could have been so different if the earlier season form could have continued, the overhaul in the summer looks like being even bigger than the previous one after the 🐍 left.
By Keith Ingham