On the road with the Keighley Whites.
Today it's an 'away day' with a superb bunch of supporters.
Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds
Team: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Cooper(c),Taylor, Mowatt, Bridcutt, Vieira, Sacko, Antonsson, Wood.
A superb performance by Leeds and a very much deserved win, stand put performances by the back five to keep a clean sheet and Liam Bridcutt in midfield adding much needed 'metal' in that department, especially noticeable when Ronaldo Vieira received a bloody harsh yellow card, even when he'd won the ball.
He spoke to him and calmed him down, speaking volumes for his experience and in my view leadership, also Hadi Sacko who ripped the left back to pieces, every time he had the ball he was direct and such fantastic pace. He gave Antonsson the easiest goal the Swedish striker will score all season with a superb bit of link up play with Ayling near the penalty area.
All credit though to all involved with the team performance.
Onwards and hopefully Upwards and a great day out!
Men of the Match: Bartley and Cooper, rocks at the back.
Garry Monk: "We had a game plan and we followed it, attacked them down the flanks because going through the centre of midfield wouldn't have worked". About talk about his future beforehand was 'outside nonsense."
Small steps going forward, start of a journey, he ended by saying "My focus is my team. That's all I care about. I don't focus on outside nonsense. It means nothing to me. That'll always be the way."
Carlos Carvalhal: "I don't like excuses but the balance of this team is not 100 per cent. Our team didn't play at the level we usually play." He added that the impetus was to get the first goal, when Leeds got it they went for the second.
Andrew Butterwick (Travels of a Leeds fan) gives his thoughts on the excellent win at Hillsborough.
A very happy man too.
Many Thanks @MOTForever
Some positive words on social media for the promising youngster Ronaldo Vieira about his performance yesterday at Sheffield Wednesday, most said he gave the midfield balance. Myself I thought he had a decent game, only blemish was a very harsh booking for a challenge when he actually won the ball off the player.
With the 'spring' still in our step, Heidi Haigh gives her match day blog of the 2-0 win over Wednesday at Hillsborough below
Many Thanks again to @FollowMeAndLUFC
Garry Monk's look at Luton Town in the EFL Cup; only player still injured is Berardi, Stuart Dallas is in contention but is behind schedule due to the Euro's in the summer and is working on his sharpness, expects him to be back to his best after the international break.
Silvestri picked ahead of Turnbull due to his efforts in training so made the bench versus Sheffield, reiterated that Charlie Taylor will be still at Leeds after the transfer window shuts, about chances of making the playoffs this season said he'd rather 'leave that to other people' to think about, Doukara did well when coming on as a substitute and has 'potential' and can contribute to the season, both the Luton game and Nottingham Forest games are important because it's important to carry momentum into the first international break.
Last comment was about pressure on his job: "This is the job, the sport and the life we lead. We listen to ourselves and trust ourselves."
A extremely upbeat Garry Monk and rightly so after the weekend. Manager of the week, no less.
Liam Cooper and Liam Bridcutt not included in the 'World class' Scottish international squad. There loss not ours ! Neither was Villa's Ross McContract, didn't realise they had such a multitude of strikers to pick from.
Cardiff City under 23s 2 Leeds under 23s 1. Frank Mulhern with the Leeds goal.
EFL Cup 2nd Round
Luton v Leeds
Team: Silvestri, Coyle, Bamba (c), Jansson, Denton, Dallas, Murphy, Grimes, Hernandez, Roofe, Doukara.
Leeds progressed to round three of the superbly named EFL Cup thanks to a debut goal by left back Tyler Denton, the youngster's thunderbolt was worthy of winning the final itself.
Despite so many changes to the team, Leeds had enough chances to triple the 1-0 score line, Luton Town on the other hand will rue the 'golden chances' passed up in the second half, although there were some outstanding saves by Marco Silvestri to deny them in his first game this season.
Onward and Upwards, Forest next up.
Man of the Match: Tyler Denton, superb strike won the tie.
Keep an eye on this one, "quality player" says his agent, former Leeds player in the nineties and naughties Ian Harte and he should know a good left back when he sees one.
Garry Monk: Thought the players that had played at Hillsborough hadn't fully recovered so made use of the squad, said Leeds were 'worthy winners' of the tie, Denton's goal "What a great goal. That's a debut goal you'd never forget.", the youngster has deserved to be brought into the first team squad set up, Jansson not injured but taken off as a planned substitution, not bothered who Leeds face in round three, focusing now on the Championship game with Forest.
Nathan Jones: “I thought we were excellent, so yes, we’ve lost the game, but one, that will give them a load of heart and two, I’m just proud of them".
This emerged overnight a 'unscheduled' fans interview with the quiet and ever so retiring owner of Leeds United on the way back from the Luton game via British Rail.
Have a look at @Will080808 Twitter feed for the full video.
Stuart Dallas called up for the Northern Ireland squad for the game with the Czech Republic on September 4th, a little confusing that Monk says he's not 'up to speed' for Leeds but considered OK for his national side. Let's hope he comes back 'up to speed' on his return to the club.
Pontus Jansson was also called up to the Swedish squad for their game with Holland on September 6th.
Leeds will be ball eleven in tonight's EFL Cup third round draw. They drew Blackburn Rovers at home, date to be arranged.
Garry Monk's look ahead to the Nottingham Forest game; Berardi again the only player not fit for the weekends game, at least two weeks away from fitness, with the transfer window a week from shutting he expects 'fringe' players to move on but is still hopeful of adding to the squad, he would rather the 'window' shut at the beginning of the season, the present way suits the bigger clubs, he has been impressed by Forest and Leeds will have to be good defensively on Saturday, closed the 'presser' with the news that Charlie Taylor will be back at left back for the game with Forest.
A very good week for the Head Coach.
LeedsFansUtd released a Tweet on their Twitter timeline saying this;
'The results of the shareholder vote - 87% want us to continue pursuing our objective of achieving a fan voice & financial stake in our club. Like them or loath them, it looks like they are here for a while longer'.
Forest v Leeds: A look back
19/8/66 4-0 and 29/11/11 4-0 (The Gary Speed game)
Last Leeds win
29/11/11 (GS game)
In the 2011/12 season both clubs won by a four goal margin, Leeds at the City Ground, in that never to forgotten game there. It was the first time the club had played a game after the tragic death of Gary Speed and on eleven minutes the Leeds fans started singing his name and on the minute they stopped Robert Snograss scored the first goal. Uncanny!
The game at Elland Road was unforgettable for another reason despite Leeds going ahead in the game, Forest won 7-3 with McCleary scoring four goals.
Full record: Forest v Leeds
Forest victories 32
Drawn games 32
Leeds victories 29
A very good six days for Leeds.
By Keith Ingham