Leeds vs Millwall
Team News: One change, Conor Shaughnessy for Liam Cooper
Team: Wiedwald, Ayling (c), Shaughnessy, Jansson, Anita, O'Kane, Phillips, Alioski, Siaz, Hernandez, Lasogga.
Subs Dallas for Hernandez, Roofe for Hernandez (45), Grot for Siaz (72)
Leeds United suffered their first defeat under head coach Thomas Christiansen, as Aiden O’Brien’s effort secure Millwall three points at The Den.
Millwall threatened inside three minutes, former Leeds striker Steve Morison struck wide on the half volley from long range.The home side had the ball in the net four minutes later, Conor McLaughlin struck from distance and Wiedwald couldn’t hold it and Morison tapped home, but Leeds were saved by a late offside flag. Millwall then played a good ball across the face of goal and Morison was again denied, this time by Conor Shaughnessy on the line. Leeds struggled to muster a chance and were limited to a long range effort through Samuel Saiz.
Wiedwald was again called into action just before the 30 minute mark, he got a vital touch on O’Brien’s cross, to stop Shaun Williams from heading home. Wallace was next to go close, he smashed just over the bar from just inside of the Leeds box. Wallace then looked to turn provider, when he put a neat ball across the face of goal, but Morison was unable to prod home. Williams struck free-kick from 35 yards which deflected just wide, before Wiedwald was forced into saves by Morison and Byron Webster before the break, to keep the scores level.
The second-half picked up where the first left off, with Wallace's deflected cross being palmed behind by Wiedwald. The 'keeper was called into action once more on 50 minutes as Shaun Hutchinson's goal-bound effort was well stopped. Wallace was causing Leeds untold problems and nearly got his reward shortly before the hour-mark, but his strike crashed against the foot of the post.The Millwall pressure was relentless as the final third of the afternoon approached - Morison almost had his first goal of the season, but his header was hooked off the line.
On 71 minutes, the search continued, but once more Wiedwald was equal to Morison's drive. Two minutes later, after a dominant display over the League leaders, Millwall deservedly took the lead through O'Brien, Morison laid the ball off to Wallace, who crossed into the penalty area where three unmarked Millwall players were waiting.
The Irishman was the one tasked with finally beating Wiedwald with a low drive. As a frantic final period set in, Millwall could have had a second after Wiedwald was caught wondering outside his penalty area, but indecision allowed Leeds to take the ball in search of an equaliser, that didn't arrive and Millwall inflicted a first League defeat of the season on one of their bitterest rivals.
Thomas Christiansen: "The ideas for this game were clear; we knew that it would be a direct play, an aggressive game, with fast transitions to attack, but we were not able to stop that. “We had to stop it and go into the battle with the same intensity as Millwall did. I want to see a reaction after a defeat. We have to learn from our mistakes and bring it to the next game.
"I cannot complain (about) the players for anything because if we are in the first position, still now, it’s because of them, so I will not complain for one loss in a very bad game. We didn’t do the things right during the 90 minutes and everyone has the right to make mistakes. I’m of course not happy with the result, but we have to face the fact that we didn’t play a good game and Millwall deserved this win.”
Neil Harris: "We’ve played in a lot of games this year where we’ve been as good as that and not got the points, so it’s very pleasing to play that well and get the three points."
Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City and Michael Brown at Port Vale both loose their jobs. Redknapp's record was P11, W3, L7, he is the third manager in eleven months to be shown the door at struggling Birmingham. Brown's record this season was even worse, only one win in his eight games in charge. Previously, he'd been a player and caretaker manager of Vale last season.
Andrew Butterwick reflects on the first defeat of the season
Thank you Andrew.
A little negative was social media's reaction to the first defeat, a little unfair because this was the first time the opposition had dominated play and you don't become poor players just because you lost one game.
Pontus Jansson's injury (he left the field late in the second half) could be a hamstring injury but Christiansen will asses the injury in the next few days, he is likely to miss the Burnley cup tie.
Heidi Haigh's travel blog of her visit to deepest Bermondsey
First defeat but we 'march on!'
Thank you Heidi.
Last five games at Burnley
Burnley 2 Leeds 3 Champ Dec 2010
Burnley 1 Leeds 2 Champ Nov 2011
Burnley 1 Leeds 0 Champ Nov 2012
Burnley 2 Leeds 1 Champ Mar 2014
Burnley 1 Leeds 0 Champ Apr 2016
Leeds will hope to bounce back from their disappointing trip to London but have major injury worries at centre back, Jansson and Cooper look certain to be ruled out, whilst Mathew Pennington is still only light training. Ayling and Shaughnessy may have the job of looking after a certain ex Leeds centre forward, Expectant father Pierre-Michel Lasogga may be also absent from the eighteen.
Thomas Christainsen nearly changed the team totally for the games against Port Vale and Newport County so the same can be expected on Tuesday night. Stuart Dallas, Jay-Roy Grot, Pavel Cibicki and Ronaldo Vieira may get at last a much needed seventy plus minutes run out, Andy Lonagan could make his second debut for the club as he takes the goalkeeper's jersey for this game.
The Carabao Cup is not the biggest priority for Christainsen, but with the ex Leeds contingent in the Burnley squad lining up against them, pride will be an important ingredient in the cup tie. I see this going all the way to penalties.
Score after extra time 2-2
Stuart Dallas on Wood: "There's more to life than Chris Wood. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way." Very happy to have signed a new deal that keeps him in a place he loves and his family are settled, he's expecting a great season with club and country. Northern Ireland look to have guaranteed at least a playoff 'spot' for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia next year.
Thomas Christiansen looks at the Burnley cup tie, starting with possible changes "I have thought about it (making changes), perhaps there will be some, bringing in (Andy)Lonergan is one of the possibilities in the team.
On Cooper, Jansson and Pennington "Liam is doing very well, Pontus it's nothing really important and Matthew Pennington trained for the first time with the whole squad today so it's positive." He added though that none of the first choice centre backs will travel to Burnley.
He expects a 'response' after the first defeat of the season. "All games should be taken seriously, there are no small games. There are priorities but I want to pass to the next round.
Leeds vs Burnley - Carabao Cup 3rd Round
Team News: Nine changes for Leeds, Lonagan, Berardi, Shaughnessy, Borthwick-Jackson Klitch, Vieira, Dallas, Cibicki, Grot come into the starting eleven.
Team: Lonagan, Berardi, Ayling(c), Shaughnessy, Borthwick-Jackson, Roofe, Klitch, Vieira, Dallas, Cibicki, Grot. (4-4-2)
Scott Arfield forced an early save from Lonergan, the goalkeeper palming away a 20-yard drive in the fourth minute of his second debut for Leeds, while Kevin Long sent a free header wide from a dangerous Charlie Taylor free-kick. Burnley should have opened the scoring after 35 minutes, Arfield slipping Sam Vokes into the box before diverting the return ball wide with his first-time shot.
The Premier League side continued to work the better openings after the interval and Ashley Westwood's firm strike was pushed away by Lonergan after 79 minutes. That save proved to be a massive moment as Leeds, quarter-finalists last season, immediately took the lead at the other end, with former Leeds left-back Taylor caught out of position well up the pitch, Hernandez sent fellow substitute Sacko racing through on goal and he drilled a fine shot through Pope's legs.
Pablo Hernandez almost added a second with a free-kick that cleared the crossbar, but Burnley were handed a late chance to level when Gaetano Berardi was adjudged to have brought down Long, it was Wood who stepped up to score from the penalty spot, the striker recording his third goal since a club-record move from Elland Road.
But there was even more drama to come, referee Darren Bond awarding another dubious penalty for Tarkowski's holding of Kemar Roofe, with Hernandez converting, incredibly Robbie Brady's picture-perfect free-kick in the sixth minute of injury time forced an extra 30 minutes, during which neither side could find a winning goal at Turf Moor.
Andy Lonergan's penalty save from James Tarkowski sent Championship leaders Leeds United into the fourth round of the EFL Cup after a dramatic 2-2 draw at Burnley on Tuesday. Burnley skipper Tarkowski was the only player to fail from 12 yards in the shoot-out, which used the new ABBA system, and Stuart Dallas blasted home the decisive kick for a 5-3 victory on penalties
What a superb victory earned through hard graft and some clever substations by Thomas Christiansen, Pablo Hernandez was outstanding when coming on and Hadi Sacko scored Leeds' opener. Credit to all concerned, Leeds through to the forth round.
Man of the Match: Conor Shaughnessy, cool and very confident.
Thomas Christainsen: “It says a lot about my squad, that I have a lot of players to choose. This gives me more headaches, it was a tough and long game but we came here with the intention to pass to the next round. There was too much (drama) in the last 13 minutes but that’s football. Anything can happen, this was one of those days.”
Sean Dyche: “It's a strange business, football. Twenty-odd million they've made for a club (in transfer fees) and they get slaughtered. The rest of it, I was quite pleased with a lot of the aspects of the performance. During the 90 minutes, apart from the goals, I was very pleased.
"We dominated a lot of the game and created more than enough chances to finish the game but didn’t of course. We got in some fantastic areas and some of the moments we were in a position where we should do better. I think it was their first shot on target to go 1-0. But I’m not knocking Leeds for that, they kept at it and that’s what you have to do. We’ve had to do it ourselves in the the past.”
David Watkins blog on the superb game at Burnley last night
Thank you David, superb win
After the win last night, social media celebrated the win (Woody, Taylor what’s the score !) and most of the nine players were rightly applauded, only Cameron Borthwick-Jackson seemed to be singled out as one that didn’t play so well. Many, including myself hoping that Stuart Dallas gets a starting place on Saturday, he is without doubt in fine form.
A week that brought a win, a disappointing defeat and a win on penalties. Character is not one thing that some Leeds teams have had previously, but this team has it in abundance.
Conor Shaughnessy is rewarded for some very impressive displays with a contract that runs until 2021. The four year deal is another example of the new owners keeping the excellent young talent contracted long term, how things change !
“Delighted to have signed a new 4 year deal @LUFC. Exciting times ahead at this massive club! #MOT” was the youngsters reaction on his Twitter page.
EFL club’s are expected to follow the Premier League in ending the Transfer window before next season starts. There will be a vote in February
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Leeds 1 Ipswich Town 0 Champ Sept 2016
Ipswich Town 1 Leeds 1 Champ Feb 2017
After Tuesday’s heroics in the Carabao Cup Leeds focus on their main priority, Promotion from the Championship. They face a Ipswich side that started the season really well but lately they’ve had mixed results but still sit in a good position. Leeds fan Mick McCarthy will no doubt play a game not dissimilar to how Millwall stifled Leeds’ midfield and blunted a attack that had previously scored goals aplenty.
Thomas Christainsen should have, minus Caleb Ekuban a full squad to pick from, Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper, Mathew Pennington and Conor Shaughnessy in contention for the two centre back positions. Shaughnessy might be the unlucky one to miss out, but he is a outstanding defender and he’ll get his chance in the games to come.
I’d like Stuart Dallas to be given a start this Saturday, the Northern Ireland international seems to be flourishing under the new Head Coach, Kemar Roofe or Pablo Hernandez may miss out if he is included.
There aren’t many games between the teams when there are goals aplenty and I think Saturday’s game will be a tight affair with Leeds winning by the odd goal in three. Leeds 2-1.
Gaetano Berardi on his playing attributes and position in the team: "In every session I try to go hard because that's my style. If not, I can't play football. I can play everywhere, left or right back it's not a problem, everyone just wants to play."
Thomas Christiansen on his squad for the game versus Ipswich: “The only one (injury) we have is Caleb Ekuban, when asked about what injuries his squad were carrying. The rest are all fit.” Asked if Jansson, Cooper and Pennington would be fit enough to start, Christiansen said: “This is also one of the questions that we have.
“Pontus comes from a small muscle problem and Pennington comes back after several weeks out and I also have Liam who has come back and is okay and Connor (Shaughnessy). Everyone comes in their circumstances to this game and I have to choose and see who will be from my point of view the best option for this game.”
On the next three games “I believe that there is three very important games, Ipswich, Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday. I believe these three games will mark how our season goes. It will be very tough because we have a lot of games in a few days and we have just come from 120 minutes in the cup, but I am comfortable and happy with the squad that I have and the new players who came in against Burnley have shown that they have the right to be a possibility in the squad.”
On Ipswich: “It’s a good team and a good coach and course the season is very long and anything can happen in the games, but I believe that with their coach and with the players they have in their squad, they will have possibilities to stay there.”
Mick McCarthy: “As everybody knows, I was a long-term supporter as a kid, growing up through the Norman Hunter and Johnny Giles era and Alan Clarke and that era. It was wonderful, I used to love that team. I am no longer a supporter of them of course, but I have to be honest, if I wasn’t in football then I would be, I’d still want Leeds to do well.”
Leeds v Ipswich Town
Team News: Conor Shaughnessy replaces Pontus Jansson
Team: Wiedwald, Ayling, Shaughnessy, Cooper(c), Anita, O’Kane, Phillips, Alioski, Siaz, Hernandez, Lasogga.
Leeds burst out of the blocks and immediately got a packed Elland Road roaring them on. With some clever movement and quick interchanges in the final third it looked only a matter of time before they would break the deadlock.
That moment arrived in the 13th minute when Conor Shaughnessy’s defence-splitting pass from deep sent big German striker Lasogga in the clear and he produced a firm, low one-on-one finish. At that stage, it looked as though the Blues could be in for a long afternoon. They did weather that early storm though, gradually got a foothold in the game and started to force mistakes from a Leeds defence that took risks at the back.
McGoldrick headed home Grant Ward’s dead ball delivery from the right to equalise on the half hour mark, he was given the freedom of the penalty area by the Leeds defence. Town had a golden chance to frustrate the home players and crowd, but they were level for less than two minutes. Samuel Saiz just beat Luke Chambers to a high ball in the box, with the alert Phillips nipping in to round keeper Bartosz Bialkowski and squeeze home a finish from a tight angle. 2-1 at the break.
New Dad Pierre-Michel Lasogga gets the opener.
After the break McGoldrick played Tristan Nydam into the box, but Cooper made a great sliding block to deny him from levelling the scores. Just before the hour mark, Ipswich McGoldrick nearly equalised for a second time, he met Ward’s low cross at the back post, but luckily for Leeds, his effort deflected over the bar, at the other end, Eunan O’Kane put a good cross into the box and Jordan Spence almost headed into his own net, with his clearance going just wide.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga then cushioned the ball to send Saiz into the box, but Chambers made a last ditch tackle to stop the Spaniard, United’s German forward Lasogga then found Alioski and sent him into the box on the right, from a narrow angle, he shot at goal, with his effort going inches wide.
The Whites went further in front in the 67th minute, Pablo Hernandez’s corner was on target and Bialkowski spilled the ball over his own line and goal-line technology confirmed Leeds now had a two goal cushion. Four minutes later however, the visitors hit back, Felix Wiedwald could only palm Dominic Iorfa’s cross into the path of Garner who tapped home, to reduce United’s advantage, Ipswich threw the kitchen sink at Leeds in the closing stages, but the Whites held out and Saiz could have made it more comfortable for United in stoppage time, but his curling effort from inside of the box, went just wide of the top corner.
The win was Leeds’ fourth in succession at Elland Road in all competitions and got the Whites back to winning ways after last week’s defeat at Millwall.
Thomas Christainsen: "It was an intense game that had everything. During the 90 minutes, we were in front and immediately after the 1-1 goal we managed to score, then in the second half we should keep the result, trying to control the game a little better, but we suffered at the end, the most important thing is we got the three points.”
Looking ahead to the top of the table clash with Cardiff City: “A top team again, as it was today. Ipswich were only two points away from us, so we knew it was a six-point game that we had to face today. The response (after Millwall) was good and the result was better. We will have time to work on Cardiff, not too many days, but a few days will be enough.”
Mick McCarthy: “I’m always disappointed to lose, but I’m even more disappointed today because of how well we’ve played. I’ll forgive Bart because he probably kept us in the league last year and has been brilliant. My aim every season, always, is to p**s all those people off who write me off!"
One game when the points earned were more important than the performance, grit and determination the basis for a win that keeps Leeds on top of the Championship.
By Keith Ingham