Leeds United v Birmingham City
Team: Green, Ayling (debut), Bartley, Bamba, Taylor, Sacko, Vieira, Hernandez, Mowatt, Antonnson, Wood.
Retiring Chairman of the Leeds United supporters club honoured by the club for his service. He led out the teams.
Back to back Championship defeats for Leeds as Birmingham City punished yet again poor defending, City went in front after fifteen minutes following a break away. Leeds levelled just before the half hour mark through Sacko and were the dominant side with Mowatt pulling the strings in midfield. The second half was totally forgettable and City again punished non-excusable defending when Morrison got the winner on fifty five minutes.
Hadi Sacko with Leeds' equaliser.
The fans that booed at the end must be frustrated that their hopes have come crashing down so early in the season, I have no doubt that if another central defender of a higher level than we have does not come in Leeds United face a uphill battle to even survive in the Championship, never mind challenge for the top six.
Man of the Match: Luke Ayling, impressive debut.
Monk: "I’ve been told that there’s been a bit of softness here over the years. I saw that today, which I didn't like. It's not acceptable" and he added "Not acceptable, It's a man's world and I'm not here to put cotton wool around anyone. The players need to realise how serious this is. You've got to be willing to die and kill in every single game."
Strong stuff and rightly so !
Gary Rowett: Very happy
As usual Andrew Butterwick, now fit after injury gave his verdict on the game versus Birmingham City
Thank you Andrew, silk purse out of a sow's ear.
Most of social media was filled with differing line ups for Tuesday and criticism for the uninspiring Leeds centre forward Chris Wood, he really needs to turn up if he is indeed picked ahead of Roofe vs Fulham, his Championship displays aren't up much so far.
Dare Gary Monk drop the New Zealand international?
Lewis Cook made his Premiership debut for Bournemouth in the game with that team from Salford and Max Gradel came on as a substitute for him, pass me the tissues.
A light after a gloomy weekend is always Heidi Haigh's look at the latest game.
Noel Whelan: "We need a horrible centre half and a horrible midfield player that is going to ruffle feathers." Excerpt from Noel Whelan's excellent column in the Yorkshire Evening Post, couldn't agree more.
Away from Leeds, Dalian Atkinson the ex Aston Villa player has died after he was involved with a incident with police in Telford, the well known striker won the 'goal of the season' in 1992/93 for his effort against Wimbledon.
He also played for Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Fenerbahce, Metz and Manchester City (on loan).
He ended his career in Saudi Arabia and South Korea, retiring in 2001.
Gary Monk's look ahead at the Fulham game on Tuesday; Apart from Berardi (out for 4 to 6 weeks) he has a full squad, still has faith and confidence in the players, Wood will have to live with criticism but he's a talented player that will come good, NO COMMENT on transfers out or in, on the start to the season "It's two games, we're talking about two games. That's the reality of it".
A defiant Gary Monk.
The end of the 'Bridcutt saga' looks like it will end in the next twenty four hours, but don't hold your breath!
After the long wait, Liam Bridcutt finally puts pen to paper and agrees a two year deal with Leeds.
Leeds v Fulham
Team: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Cooper, Taylor, Dallas, Phillips, Hernandez, Roofe, Antonnson, Wood
Leeds fought back from a goal down to equalise through a Chris Wood over-head kick in stoppage time, it was well deserved as no way should they have lost the game.
Fulham came into the game in third place and although Leeds were bright early on, the away side were quick on the break and only a post denied them.
Leeds though should have been one nil up earlier when Antonnson found himself with only Button to beat but as in the QPR game he put his effort wide of the post. Scoreless at the break.
Both sides continued to try and break the deadlock but for Leeds the final ball wasn't just good enough and for Fulham ex Leeds striker Matt Smith saw his effort come back off the upright. With the goal looking like ending scoreless, a break in midfield moved Fulham just outside the Leeds penalty area and former ex Leeds scholar Tom Crairney saw his effort fly past Green in the Leeds goal, recently Leeds struggled to come back but they were spurred on by the crowd and Wood had a excellent chance to equalise but his header bounced down and over the bar from three yards.
With the game in stoppage time Bartley's header found Wood in the penalty area and he acrobatically hit the ball into the net to send the fans home a little happier. A great finish by the under fire New Zealander.
The first point of 2016/17 was wildly celebrated by the faithful.
Chris Wood's superb equaliser and he certainly celebrated it, ear cup and all!
Man of the Match: Kyle Bartley, solid.
Monk: "I was very pleased for the players, and for everyone really. We played against a side who were very confident and he added "I thought it was a very even game. The most pleasing bit was the last 10 minutes. We could easily have felt sorry for ourselves." He was quick to praise the Leeds goalscorer "I’m especially happy for Wood, he missed a chance just before that, he could have felt sorry for himself.
He epitomised the spirit of the team."
Slaviša Jokanović: “We’re unhappy after conceding a goal in extra-time, but my team played the best game of the beginning of the season,” Jokanović said in his post-match press conference. “We had everything under control, we created the chances and added “I can be satisfied with many, many, many things that my team showed today here in Leeds. These things can happen, the Championship is very famous for these last few minutes, and we paid an expensive price today.”
A look at yesterday's game through the eyes of the author David Watkins.
Thank you @DaveLUFCWatkins
Rumours are about that Leeds are to make it ten signings with the acquisition of Swedish international centre back Pontus Jansson from Torino, he was picked for this summers tournament and at six foot five will add much needed height into the defence, the twelve month loan deal should be completed in the next twenty four hours after his medical is complete.
The tenth signing of Gary Monk's revolution was confirmed this morning. The unusually named Pontus (it's probably well known in Sweden) Jansson has joined for the minimum of twelve months and with a option to buy if he plays twenty games for Leeds.
The centre-back is well known to Leeds' assistant coach Pep Clotet, they were both worked together at Malmo in 2010. If his international clearance comes through he should go straight into Saturday's squad.
Gary Monk's look ahead to the Sheffield Wednesday game; Only player not available is Berardi, expects both Bridcutt and Jansson to be involved against Sheffield.
On Jansson he said; "great experience and will add quality." Still looking for other players to add to the group, very positive after Tuesday's late leveller, no problem with Wood's reaction after he scored as it shows he's motivated, players who aren't at the moment in the squad may be moved on, wasn't to be drawn on how long he has to do the job, that is for other people to decide, he was a Wednesday player (played fifteen times) when they were in a relegation battle, on loan from Southampton thirteen years ago.
A positive and relaxed Mr Monk.
Liam Bridcutt on his return to the club, he's still ambitious and wouldn't have come back if he thought the club weren't of the same mindset. Could have gone elsewhere because the transfer dragged on but Leeds were always his first choice club to move to.
Alex Purver, the under 23 midfielder is joining Guiseley on loan until January 2017.
Leeds United under 23s 5 Coventry City under 23s 2. Goals from Mulhern, Stokes (2), Oduor and Wilks.
In the YEP, Liam Bridcutt said one of the main reasons for coming back to the club was Gary Monk, I hope a certain Italian is listening to him. Rumours circulated by your media 'friends' do nothing to instil confidence in either the man you gave the job to or the players who came because he was in the job.
Rome wasn't built in a day, both supporters and owner need to realise that something worth doing might just take a little more time than four bloody games!
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