Only Lower West Stand seats remain as the club use beneath where the away fans are situated for the first time against Brentford.
Problems persist at troubled Division One club Bolton Wanderers who were forced to postpone tomorrow’s game with Doncaster Rovers.
Leeds United under 23’s who included Illan Meslier, Gjanni Alioski, Helder Costa, Jamie Shackleton, Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah in the starting eleven beat Millwall under 23’s 3-2 with goals from Pascal Struijk, Eddie Nketiah and an injury time(96mins)strike from Mateusz Bogusz.
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Brentford 2-0 Leeds 22/4/2019
Pontus Jansson returns with his new teammates tomorrow and you can bet he will be out to prove that his past paymasters made a big mistake in selling him. It will be interesting if the home supporters give him a hero’s welcome.
Leeds are unbeaten in all competitions and have played some superb football in all four games they have played so far this season. Nine goals scored and only two conceded is pretty impressive from United.
Brentford started the season with a loss at home to Birmingham City(0-1) then impressively beat Middlesbrough away 1-0. They are out of the Carabao Cup, losing to Cambridge United on penalties
(5-4) after the game had ended 1-1. Last Saturday they drew 1-1 at Griffin Park with Hull City.
Unless injuries have happened since Saturday, Leeds are expected to name an unchanged starting eleven with Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah once again on the bench.
If Leeds can get an early goal it should be a home win but it wouldn’t surprise anybody if Jansson gets a goal for the ‘Bees’. Leeds 3-1.
Thomas Frank on Jansson’s return to Leeds 11: “I think he's all up to it and looking forward to that game massively. Of course, he hopes, and we all hope, that we can write a nice fairytale. That we go up there and win and he scores the winning header, that would be beautiful. It's not often going to be like that but he's up for it, we're up for it, but it's just like another game.
We know that they(the fans)will probably be on him every time he has the ball or something like that but it's football. The funny thing is when you're at the game you sometimes don't listen to the fans. You hear that there's a lot of sound but it's just there, and if it's higher or lower then you don't notice in a way unless you lose your focus. That's when they can get into your head, but if you're in it it's just like another game.”
Every word of Marcelo Bielsa... pre Brentford
Leeds v Brentford
Team News: One change. Ejanni Alioski comes in for the injured Barry Douglas. Costa and Nketiah again on the bench. Jack Clarke once again omitted from the eighteen because of the loan ruling of only having five players in the match day squad. One change for Brentford, Pontus Jansson captain’s the ‘Bees’.
Team: Casilla, Dallas, White, Cooper(c), Alioski, Phillips, Forshaw, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Bamford.
My review of the game from the press box
Ian Wright’s happy with Eddie’s winner!
Radio Leeds summariser and ex Leeds player getting just a little excited when the goal was scored. Geeetttiiinnn!
Thanks to Radio Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa: "I think we deserved to win the game, we dominated the game. We didn't create a lot of goal chances, but enough chances to make a difference. It was a physical and demanding game and the best moment we took.
“It was lucky (the substitutions) because only sometimes these things can happen, because the skill of the coaches is not making the decision of the players who make the last pass or score the goal."
Thomas Frank: "We know Elland Road is always a difficult place to play, especially with Bielsa and the way they press, not only high intensity but the different way of doing it.. First half I think we play a top away performance, pressing high and causing Leeds problems, having good opportunities. An even game.
“Second half, for whatever reason, they stepped up and we couldn't keep the level of intensity. We lost the ball too easy and didn't run at them as much as we did in the first half. Defensively, it was a top defensive performance, but for one moment."
David Watkins blog of the hard earned three points and wonders how long Bielsa will keep EK on the bench.
Thank you David, good to see you Wednesday in the Pavillon.
Good reaction to yesterday’s 1-0 win over Brentford, most on social media agreed that Forshaw, Phillips, White and Cooper had good games. The poser most are wondering is could Bielsa use the pace of Eddie and the much improved Pat Bamford as two upfront. Time will tell if the Argentinian finds room in the starting eleven for last night’s match-winner.
Eddie Nketiah on opening his Elland Road goal account in his first Championship game: “To get the three points and to finally get out there at Elland Road and play in front of the fans, it was a dream come true. It’s a dream come true to have the fans take to you so early on, and I’m going to continue to give my all to this club, so hopefully they’ll appreciate that.
“It was great to get the three points, but to mark it off with a goal I couldn’t be happier. In the games I’ve played so far I feel like I’ve done well and scored in both so that’s all I can do. The atmosphere was really good, as soon as you walk out of the tunnel you can hear the fans shouting and screaming, I think it’s really good for the players, it urges us on especially when we need a goal and it gives us that extra energy.
“It was nice to get into the action straight away, for the goal I just wanted to keep up with the play and get myself into the right area. Helder(Costa)played a great ball and all I had to do was tap it in and I think it’s great we have these relationships early on in the season.
“The team are doing well so far, we all know our targets and aims so it’s important we keep our momentum going.”
What Marcelo and Jack said... Pre Stoke City.
Thanks to the YEP.
Nathan Jones on the game with Leeds: “It's probably the best game we can have really, they are as good as a side there is in the league. In how they go about their job, in how they go about in everything they do.
“It's a tough game, but it is one that whets the appetite a little bit. We have to be far better in terms of certain basics that we did [against Preston] and then hopefully we will develop from there."
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Stoke City 2-1 Leeds 19/1/2019
Leeds are unbeaten this season and take a trip to the Potteries to play Stoke City at the weekend who are rock bottom of the Championship.
Bielsa’s boys are buoyed by Tuesday’s late win over Brentford, the same night Stoke were on the end of a 3-0 defeat by Preston, a game Jack Butland will want to forget very quickly as he gifted the home side two early goals. His manager has come out in his support but the England international will know he will have to play much better if he is to get back into the England squad, he was dropped this week for the forthcoming internationals.
Knives have already been sharpened for Nathan Jones and many expect his tenure to end if the poor results continue. Last season Stoke, then also on a poor run surprised many by beating Leeds 2-1, ex Leeds centre half Pontus Jansson getting two yellows and a red to complete a bad day for Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa has already mentioned that Stuart Dallas and Liam Cooper are major doubts for the game, Jamie Shackleton and Gaetano Berardi are expected to replace the pair if they are ruled out. Both Dallas and Cooper have had impressive starts to the season and could be missed. Bielsa did not say if Eddie Nketiah will start his first Championship game alongside Pat Bamford.
Top v Bottom games can often spring surprising results but Leeds recently have been playing so well a point is the least they will expect to bring home to Leeds 11. Draw 1-1.
Ipswich Town under 23’s 0 Leeds United under 23’s 1. Ryan Edmundson with United’s goal.
Bury are saved in the final hour! It looks like the club will finally lose the horrid ownership of Steve Dale looks set to be over.
An 11th hour bid from a London co sorting has said to have been agreed, with the group set to now complete the owners and directors test, should be too hard with a tax evading sociopath being and a bank who had no money both passing it to take over our beloved Whites.
A story full of hope for a club on its knees, we hope the Bury faithful get through this and kick on for the remainder of the season.
By Keith Ingham