Leeds v Cardiff City
Team News: Leeds unchanged. Three changes for Cardiff.
Team: Casilla, Ayling(c), White, Berardi, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Hernandez, Costa, Harrison,
Leeds fall to late draw after taking the lead.
Thanks to the YEP
Costa gets number one, Bamford celebrates his first, then puts away a penalty to make it three.
Marcelo Bielsa: "I did not get the preparation right because I knew about Cardiff City's strengths and we didn't resolve it. We knew how dangerous they are in the air and from set-pieces. Set pieces are crucial in this division and Cardiff made us pay in that area today.
"Some of our attacking play was the best I have seen from Leeds and It is difficult to explain the result. There is no way we should have drawn that game. l felt the substitutes were OK, we needed to take Bamford off to freshen things up a bit.
"We wanted to give Stuart Dallas more help down the left and to get more height out on the pitch. I don't look back on the subs and think I got it wrong. I felt that we were defending OK and even at 3-2 the team was calm. Defensively we were not that bad, but they have exploited us for the third goal."
Cardiff's Neil Harris: "Leeds are a great side, the energy they have, the ability they have and the forward runs they have make them a great side. They are as one of the best sides I have seen in the Championship in years. They were better than us, but we gave them a leg up, we gave poor goals away and their penalty was debatable.
David Watkins on worrying aspects return after some ‘scintillating’ football which gave Leeds a lead they really should have not let go.
Thanks David. Some very important games coming up starting with Fulham next Saturday.
Despite the superb sixty odd minutes in which Leeds dominated and scored three goals the frailties of the defence was there for all to see from the minute Cardiff got their first goal. They struggled to deal with Cardiff from that moment and standing in the East Stand I could see what was happening but couldn’t believe what my eyes were showing me.
Most if not all fans on social media were like me still in disbelief as they saw Leeds throw away a three goal lead. The positives out of the game were the performances of Helder Costa and Stuart Dallas who performed admirably throughout the game. Praise too for two-goal Pat Bamford who’s two goals took him to nine for the season. The striker is the first line of defence and as soon as he left the field United struggled to keep the ball in the Cardiff half of the field.
Heidi Haigh on getting parked up early, LUFCTrust meeting at the splendid Centenary exhibition in the Merrion Centre plus a trip to the German Christmas market for bratwurst plus her marvellous blog from the game with Cardiff City.
Thank you Heidi. Glad you got to the game on time after being late for the Hull City game.
Patrick hopes Eddie extends his stay for the rest of the season.
Thanks to the YEP.
Eddie himself has been impressed by Bielsa’s methods and being at Leeds: "It’s been a new experience," Nketiah told Gaffer magazine.
"You get to see the level of detail and preparation which he (Bielsa) puts in on a day-to-day basis. He’s really passionate about football. Above all else, he just loves the game. It’s been good to learn from him. It’s still very early stages, but hopefully I can continue to learn from him to get a bigger run of games and use his advice to help me in my career.
“I wouldn’t say there’s been many surprises (coming to Leeds). Obviously, it’s a new culture, so it’s interesting to see how people approach training. It’s different to Arsenal. But, it’s something which I needed to do. I needed to move out of my comfort zone. The one thing which isn’t surprising is the size of the club, everyone in this city lives and loves the club. It’s been good for me to get away from London and experience a new culture, a new city. I feel like I’ve already developed a lot.
"Being away, I’ve got to learn a lot about myself by coming out of my comfort zone and dealing with life on your own. I feel like I’ve matured personally. Leeds is a nice area. I live quite close to the city centre so it’s a great life. I’m really enjoying myself. Playing for a big club in a new city has been a lot of fun."
I was gutted that Leeds did not extend the winning run against Cardiff but sensible enough to know that following Leeds for as long as I have you know that when things are going really well you always know just around the corner there is something that will ruin it or bite your a#%e.
Even Neil Harris admitted they were lucky to drive out of Elland Road with a point, but they did and Leeds will know that they will have to close our games out when in such a healthy position.
Some difficult games coming up, Fulham starts it this Saturday, followed by games against Preston at home, Birmingham away and start the New Year with a trip to The Hawthornes to face probable league leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Tough games, but this is a tough league but Leeds have shown already they have the personnel to beat anybody they face. If you would have told me in August Leeds would be ten points ahead of the team third place in the middle of December I would have taken it and probably would most Leeds fans.
Bolton Wanderers under 23’s 1 Leeds United under 23’s 5. United’s scorers: Alioski, Clarke, Nketiah(2), Gotts. It was United’s fifth win on the bounce.
Kalvin Phillips attends an LUFCTrust Q and A event at the Centenary Exhibition in the Merrion Centre.
Gaetano Berardi: Happy and enjoying life at Leeds: "This year is really good like I think last year. Like the team, the club is still improving. They are doing a great job and we just need to wait to the end of the season and see what we do.
"I don't know what the plan of the club is, but we will have to talk and of course I am enjoying it. When I play I am enjoying it and even when I am not playing it's difficult to be out but it's good to be in this team and to see the lads winning games."
Liverpool’s starting line up in the Quarter Final of the Carabao Cup at Aston Villa 🤔
The key is in their squad numbers. Liverpool’s first team is in Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup which starts tonight. Liverpool play their Semi-Final tomorrow against Monterrey. Aston Villa won the tie 5-0.
Ray from Channel 4 TV programme ‘TheUndateable’s’ meets his heroes.
Leeds captain Liam Cooper is back training and is available for Saturday’s game at Fulham. Jamie Shackleton is also hoping to be fit for selection for the Boxing Day game with Preston. Shackleton said: "I had some problems with my hamstring after the West Brom game," he admitted and I came back in probably a bit too soon. I’ve felt it again in training, but we are looking at being back for Boxing Day hopefully."
Barry Douglas, Liam Cooper, Kiko Casilla, Luke Ayling, Stuart Dallas and Pablo Hernandez visited @cashforkidsaire to donate gifts and find out more about the charity that’s helping local people this Christmas
Marcelo Bielsa ... pre Fulham
Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton both fit to start training next week.
Leeds United’s first-team squad delivered some festive cheer to Leeds Children’s Hospital on Thursday afternoonwhen the players made their annual Christmas visit. The players, which included Mateusz Klich, Gjanni Alioski, Eddie Nketiah, Illan Meslier and Jack Clarke, headed straight to the local hospital following training on Thursday to visit youngsters and their families currently receiving care on a number of the busy wards.
They spent time handing out some special Leeds United goody bags, which included calendars, teddy bears and sweets as well as chatting to the young patients and their loved ones, helping to lift the spirits of those who have spent much of the festive period in hospital and may have to continue doing so for Christmas Day itself.
Heartbreaking News. Former Leeds Rhino’s skipper and legend Rob Burrow revealed that he has Motor Neurone Disease. The 37 year old Dad of three young children is the Head Coach of Leeds Rhino’s under 18’s and all fans of the sport of Rugby League have come out in support of one of the games true greats.
We wish ‘Beep Beep’ all our best and ask our readers to contribute to a trust that has started to help Rob and his family.
Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich has won the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month for November.
Klich's second goal against Middlesbrough at Elland Road saw him curl a fine strike into the top corner following a set piece and the midfielder has now been crowned with the monthly award after receiving 75 per cent of the public vote.
On the award, Klich said: “I am delighted win the award - I think a lot of Leeds fans voted, so I’d like to thank them. We had worked on short corners in training and I’m glad that the hard work paid off."
Last time we met
Fulham 2-0 Leeds
Last victory away 2015 3-0.
Fulham v Leeds
Team News: One change for Leeds; Liam Cooper returns in place of Gaetano Berardi. Fulham make two changes; Reid and Reed come into their starting eleven.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper(c), Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Hernandez, Costa, Harrison, Bamford.
Whites handed first league defeat since October
Thanks to the YEP.
Patrick Bamford celebrates his tenth goal of the season at Fulham.
Scott Parker(Fulham): "The most overriding feeling I have at this moment in time is pride. I spoke to the players before the game and said: 'You're not getting judged today on technique or what a good football player you are. There are 20,000 coming here today and people are judging you, and me, on what you are like as a man. Can you stand up when the chips are down because the chips at this moment are down?
"Your eyes often don't lie in football. That's what people told me. Today I saw a team that was on the front foot, aggressive and determined to make a statement. A team that showed passion and desire. One man's strength is never greater than a team of players. The team represented me and it represented what this football club is about. That's what made me the happiest."
Marcelo Bielsa: "We play against one of the most powerful opponents in the league. We defended well. I didn't see Fulham unbalance us today If you analyse the statistics, it is clear that Fulham is the best team in the Championship. They play well on the counter-attack, but today they didn't damage us or create chances.
"They scored from a corner and from a penalty. They had just one more chance. We had seven or eight chances to win the match. We defend very well because we played against great attackers. The only thing that's a shame after the match about our team is that after we scored we conceded possession in our half more, so it was more what we allowed them to do than what they did for themselves. That was important because this was the moment to win the match. But if you analyse the full match, it's a little detail."
Liverpool become only the second English club to become World Club Champions after beating Flamenco of Brazil 1-0 After Extra Time. Bobby Firmino with the winner.
David Watkins reflects on another defeat in London and another poor performance by the man in the middle who ‘did us’ earlier in the season at Millwall.
Thank you David for all your superb blogs that you’ve been kind enough to let me use your blogs. Wishing you and that beautiful woman you go on your trips with a very Merry Christmas.
The LUFC Trust Centenary Exhibition in the Merrion Centre closed it’s doors for the last time today. Congratulations to all who helped make it such a success with their fantastic memorabilia of 100 years of this wonderful club that means so much to so many.
My ‘moment’ at the exhibition.
Heidi Haigh gives Christmas wishes after a tough year, talks Centenary Exhibition and Rita getting the send off she deserved plus her excellent blog of the trip to Fulham.
Thank you Heidi for all your wonderful blogs you have kindly let me use. I wish you and your all the best for the Christmas period and hope that 2020 is a much better year for you.
Marcelo Bielsa ... pre Preston North End.
Pablo Hernandez out for a month, Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton back training. Stuart Dallas will play in central midfield against Preston.
Tough seven days for Leeds, letting slip a three goal lead then once again beaten in London, this time by Fulham. Questions are being asked of the owners after the recent ‘blip’ in results.
Surely there must be a sensible amount of investment in the new year and rumours are around that Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah may return to their parent clubs in January. If they do it would be folly not to replace them with at least a couple of signings.
Wishing all our readers and contributors a very Merry Christmas.
By Keith Ingham