Liverpool lose only their second game of the season when they lose 1-0 at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Erling Haaland scores again for Dortmund as they beat PSG 2-1. The 19 year old has scored 11 goals in 7 games since signing for the German club.
Kiko Casilla’s ‘trial’ begins, he has a number of players including ex loanee Eddie Nketiah who will speak in his defence. A decision is expected before Saturday’s game with Reading.
Liam Cooper in a defiant mood, as the Leeds skipper puts a few wrongs ... RIGHT! No tiredness, just ambition to get promoted.
Leeds United shutting out the noise as Liam Cooper rubbishes 'tiredness' claims | Yorkshire Evening Post
Thanks to the YEP.
Marcelo Bielsa ... pre Reading.
On who plays in goal on Saturday: "It’s a situation we have to resolve," said Bielsa, asked how Casilla's hearing had affected preparations this week.
“It’s correct we adapt ourselves the way they decide to resolve this situation. Meslier is the option if Kiko doesn’t play. In this situation or in others.”
Bielsa also said he has the same outfield squad as last Saturday(versus Bristol City)to pick from.
Leeds United under 23’s draw 1-1 with Wolves. Bobby Kamwa with United’s goal.
Fulham close the gap on second placed Leeds to two points after a 1-1 draw with Derby County at Pride Park.
Leeds vs Reading
Team News: Leeds starting X1 unchanged; Casey on the bench in place of Berardi. Reading make two changes; Pele returns to centre back and Olise was a late replacement for Ejaria, injured in the warm up.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper(c), Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Hernandez, Costa, Harrison, Bamford.
My review of the game.
The Spanish ‘magician’ scores the winning goal.
Marcelo Bielsa: "It was a similar match to what we are used to playing. Generally we created more chances than the opponent, we had more possession than the opponent and today was this situation. There was a situation in the last minute for them, the number six became a striker and that created confusion that maybe we could have solved from the bench.
"This player had a clear chance and it was a very important save by Kiko Casilla. For some time we were better than the opponent and the save had a big impact. We had to make adjustments when Kalvin Phillips went off in the first half. We moved Ben White into a different role and he held the team together. Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich helped play the ball out well and that replaced the ball distribution of Phillips.
Reading's Mark Bowen: "Leeds look strong, they have always looked strong. Leeds produce excellent possession stats each week, they have lost games by errors here and there, but I didn't see them as a team out of form.
"They are a well-oiled machine and I am sure they will stay in the top two. We came here with a game plan, it was difficult and we will take it on the chin."
Two views of yesterday’s game at Elland Road.
David Watkins on why ‘nerves of steel’ may be needed in the last 12 games of the season and why a malt whisky is a vital post match drink before retiring up the wooden hill.
Thank you David. Hope the little lady enjoyed her trip to Leeds 11 and you enjoyed your late night malt.
Jacob Ainscough gives his thoughts on Readings efforts.
For a Reading fan the game was lackluster and repetitive.The same old tactics and players making little to no chances and not showing any fight or passions.
Leeds quick press and high defensive line made it difficult to play on the counter as the strikers would either get called offside or no ball would be played due to a lack of time to make the decision.
Reading never looked like scoring until the end with that final chance unfortunately falling to our centre back, we struggled to deal with the relentless pressure and high Leeds -intensity and inevitably paid for.
Leeds quality was overshadowed by the referee’s poor performance. However Readings own performance and lack of attacking ability were the main reasons for the defeat.
If you look at social media today it’s pretty unanimous that another eight or nine victories for Leeds will see them promoted to the Premiership. With most of their rivals at least playing one or two of the top six it is likely or certain that they will take points of each other so it might mean less wins are needed.
Pablo Hernandez, Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich were most people’s MOTM but the importance of Kiko Casilla’s save in the last minute of the game was also given plenty of mentions. All in all a pretty happy read of the comments fans made.
How things and opinions can change in a matter of weeks!
Ben White “I’d win 1-0 every week”
Thanks to the YEP.
Heidi Haigh on not being well(know the feeling!), welcome photos with the opposition and her superb blog of the 1-0 win over Reading.
Thank you Heidi. Hope your feeling better soon.
As I’ve said earlier and probably more than once a week is a long time in football, two weeks seems a lifetime as defeat at Forest seemed to cause a meltdown.
Two weeks on we’ve drawn at Brentford, had back-to-back wins over Bristol City and Reading by a 1-0 scoreline plus we now have a five point gap to third. We now have two away trips to teams that are struggling for results, but you can bet your last penny both Boro and Hull City will be ‘up’ for the games with Leeds and in their position they need to be!
Hopefully Kalvin Phillips will be fit to play both games after coming off against Reading. He seemed ok at the final whistle as he ‘pumped up’ the fans in the South Stand. He is so integral to the team and was missed when he was suspended.
Are Leeds that good? Bowyer, Parker and more think they are but Bielsa believes they are “human’s not machines”.
A very interesting article from Graham Smyth.
Thanks to the YEP.
Jon Bon Jovi on TalkSport radio said that Patrick Bamford uses Bon Jovi songs for inspiration. The New Jersey front man of the band joked: “Patrick – I’m holding your next game cheque! You score, you get it… you don’t score, you don’t get it. How’s that for motivation!”
Thanks to @Radebe_Leeds
Middlesborough v Leeds
Team News: One change for Leeds; Gaetano Berardi comes into the starting X1 as Phillips is out injured. Ben White moves to defensive midfielder. Jordan Stevens on the bench but no Augustin(hamstring injury)the 18. Boro make three changes; Clayton, Tavernier and Coulson come in.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, Berardi, Cooper(c), Dallas, White, Klich, Hernandez, Costa, Harrison, Bamford.
Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 1 - Mateusz Klich lifts Whites to battling win at the Riverside | Yorkshire Evening Post
Thanks to the YEP.
Leeds MOTM. Liam Cooper, superb in defence alongside Gaetano Berardi. Midfield also worked hard with good work from Klich, Costa and Harrison ‘busy’ especially in the first half. A pretty good team performance.
Luke Ayling and Mateusz Klich celebrate the winner at Middlesborough.
Marcelo Bielsa: "The team fought a lot, very aggressive, they made a lot of effort, when it was necessary the whole team defended. We attacked well, better in the first half than in the second half, with more chances in the first half.
"The match was very tough, a lot of fight in the match, I think Middlesbrough were above their level regarding the previous matches they've played.
"Today the team protected the result a lot, we played well in different moments of the match, the team didn't lose calm, they made few faults, in general we managed well all the different situations in the match.
"Maybe in some moments in the second half Middlesbrough created some danger for us but in general we had three times more chances than them. Today was a match that if we lost a little bit of focus or didn't keep the intensity or effort, maybe we could have risked the result. There was a lot of fight in the match. We resolved well the absence of Kalvin Phillips. We were compact and tough to play. Scoring is the most difficult thing in football and more efficient teams do better."
Bielsa and co celebrate Klich’s clincher.
Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate: "Miles better than the last two games, light and day between the performances. If we play like that we will be fine because everything was there - work ethic, determination. We were OK, at times on the ball we were poor but I thought we matched them really well. It's the same as when we went to Leeds, it's the last 20 seconds of the half. All you've got to do is turn and put it in the corner and he's played a square pass.
"The save gets blocked, they go down the other end and they score. That's the frustrating thing. By the way I thought we should have had a penalty from Lewis Wing's free-kick, I thought it was a clear handball, it didn't get given so you move on. They are going to be disappointed in there; I expect them to be disappointed no matter what if you lose games, but they are still there and they are still fighting and they'll keep on fighting. It's tight, it's even tighter now isn't it but I concentrate on our team, that's the best thing to do."
The nervous energy is there but Leeds are grinding out three points in games they’d have come away with zero only a month ago.
We march on to Hull and the KCOMM stadium, another ground we famously find hard. Bielsa’s boys look up for a fight for this stretch so let’s get behind them.
By Keith Ingham