On this day in 2005;
70 minutes: Southampton 3 Leeds 0
86 minutes: Southampton 3 Leeds 4
Liam Miller celebrates the winner.
Leeds United to attend Villa Park summit tomorrow after EFL agrees a five year deal with Sky.
Thanks to the YEP.
Leeds United announced details of the proposed tour of Australia:
“Following the announcement of an Australian tour next summer, we are delighted to confirm the on sale dates for all Leeds United fans looking to attend the game against Manchester United in Perth on Wednesday 17 July 2019.
Tuesday 27 November 2018: (2am UK time) Leeds United Season Ticket Holders and Members will be sent a link to purchase tickets via email.
Wednesday 28 November 2018: (2am UK time) Non Season Ticket Holders/non Members will be able to purchase tickets from this date.
Tickets prices will start from £40 each. Supporters will be able to buy up to 20 tickets per transaction.
More information on travel packages, which will include guaranteed tickets for the game in Perth and any other games we play on the tour, will be released in the coming weeks.”
Championship clubs have vowed to “fight on” after a meeting of clubs today. A statement from them said as follows: "Nineteen clubs from the league wrote to the EFL asking them not to sign the proposed deal and to engage in meaningful discussions. This was ignored.”
“The clubs discovered that in the space of 15 months, without our knowledge, material changes had been made to this draft agreement. When the EFL board presented the new version of the deal, it gave more games and rights for less money and damaged the ability of clubs to control the decision to stream games and its pricing.”
“Our issues are not with Sky, who we respect and value, but with the way in which the proposed agreement has been negotiated and explained to clubs. We remain convinced that any solution to the broadcasting of EFL competitions can only be on the basis of protecting attendances and securing the financial position of all our 72 clubs. There is a calm determination within Championship clubs to ensure the matter is not left here.”
‘Izzy’ Brown gave Marcelo Bielsa some welcome news on the injury situation at Elland Road. The midfielder is primed to play a full ninety minutes next week for the under 23’s, if the Chelsea loanee comes through unscathed he will be in line for a first team squad place soon after.
The 21-year-old said “It’s happening. I played my first 45 the other day and I’ve got 90 minutes to play on Monday, that’s the plan so far. After the 90 minutes on Monday I should be ready for selection. I always thought I’d be getting there and then there would be a setback but I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel now.
“I’m training every day with the boys, doing double sessions and basically part of the team. I’ve heard before that I’d be back in a month and then it would take longer than it was supposed to so I don’t ever really get my hopes up but this time I’m excited because I can see that I’m near the end.”
Mallik Wilks appeared at Leeds Crown Court charged with assault and violent disorder. The offence took place at the West Indian Carnival in August 2017. He was given bail and will go on trial at the same count on July 1st 2019. He pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Leeds United gave the following statement following his court appearance: “Leeds United are aware of the criminal charges received by Mallik Wilks following an incident which occurred in August 2017.”
“Mallik has vehemently and consistently maintained his innocence and has pleaded not guilty to those charges. The club will monitor the progress of the case before making further comment. Wilks is currently on loan at Doncaster Rovers were he will remain until the agreement expires.”
Kalvin Phillips. Player of the Season so far.
Leeds United show support for Rainbow Laces.
An extended interview with ‘Izzy’ Brown: Back on the pitch, Blackman injury and life at Leeds.
Thanks to the YEP
Patrick Bamford brought a reaction from his Head Coach when he scored this ‘blinder’ in training.
Marcelo Bielsa has more injury worries for the game with Bristol City as both goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell (muscular injury) and Pontus Jansson(foot)were ruled out of the game.
Bielsa also admitted that if Jamal Blackman had not been injured playing for the under 23’s he would have started and Peacock-Farrell would have been dropped. Leeds must decide by Friday morning if they are to bring in an emergency loan goalkeeper or play either England under 20 international Will Huffer who has no first team experience or Polish international Kamil Miazek who has had a brief appearances in the Polish League a couple of years ago. Kalvin Phillips or Aopo Halme will deputise for Pontus Jansson.
Bielsa on Jamal Blackman: “Even if it doesn’t have any value, it’s good that people know that Jamal Blackman reached the goal he had when he came to Leeds. Regarding the impact of this information on Farrell’s mind, I could have avoided telling Bailey that he lost his position as a starter but when you go from a starting position to a substitute it can have a positive impact.”
“I say that Blackman is the best English young goalkeeper, not because I made this conclusion myself. I’m repeating the opinion of specialists on the subject. The fact that Farrell was a starter during 17 games while having Blackman as a second goalkeeper shows I trust him. You can’t become a great goalkeeper if you don’t lose your position and win it back.”
“I’m very sad for him. He’s a great person, a great goalkeeper. He made a huge effort to do what we asked him to do. To give you an example, he lost 12 kilos. This indicates his level of application as a professional. When he won the opportunity to start a game he got injured. I’m sad for the team and the club but I’m especially sad for him because destiny is unfair on him.”
Leeds announce a partnership with Sports Interactive who produce Football Manager 2019. Paul Bell, Leeds United’s Executive Director, said: "Sports Interactive and Sega have a fantastic history of working with clubs to promote Football Manager around the world, and we are delighted to work with them in finding new ways to engage with our passionate fan base.”
We’ve met before.
Leeds 2 Bristol City 2 Feb 2018
Leeds 2 Bristol City 1 February 17
Leeds 1 Bristol City 0 January 16
Leeds 1 Bristol City 0 January 13
Leeds 2 Bristol City 1 Sept 2011
All Championship games.
Leeds return to Championship action with a game against mid table Bristol City who have lost their last three games.
Marcelo Bielsa’s ‘deck’ is missing key cards, three first choice defenders are now missing as well as the first choice goalkeeper. Bielsa must choose between two inexperienced goalkeepers now that Peacock-Farrell is out and Blackman back at Chelsea because of injury.
It will be a strange looking back line that Leeds line up with, Kalvin Phillips may be forced into playing at centre half or Bielsa could give Aapo Halme his first debut at centre back with Pontus Jansson absent with a foot injury.
City know that Leeds are weaker than they have been all season and will try their best to stagnate the attacking prowess of their hosts and hope to exploit them at set pieces and breakaways.
Despite the absences Leeds should hopefully still have enough in their line up to start an important week with a much needed three points. Leeds 2-0.
Bielsa on Bristol City: “In the Championship it’s hard to imagine that you will have any easy game, because the teams that are at the top of the table don’t have the same performance. The teams in the middle of the table are getting closer to the top table or the end of the table and the teams at the bottom of the table always make surprising results. So you can’t imagine you will have any easy games.”
Leeds v Bristol City
Team News: Will Huffer(13)makes his debut in goal and Aapo Halme(52)comes in for his debut at centre back. Jack Clarke replaces Tyler Roberts on the bench.
Team: Huffer, Cooper(c), Phillips, Halme, Dallas, Douglas, Klich, Hernandez, Forshaw, Alioski, Roofe.
My review of the game
Marcelo Bielsa: "As far as I know I don't remember anything of note that they created. It was a very comfortable debut for our goalkeeper today.”
"That we played with one player more made it easy for us. But that wasn't the only reason we won. We did not dominate the end of the first half or the start of the second half but we were dominant from that point on. I am pleased with the performance and the win today. I thought were were very good when we had the man advantage and really created plenty of chances."
Lee Johnson: "I thought they (Leeds) were lucky today. I thought they got away with it. We were the side who looked like going on to win the game until the red card.”
"The referee took the easy decision in front of a big crowd. The referee wants to run the show these days. There were decisions that we didn't get but I don't care about the refs because they do it to us every week. We have had some poor refs the last few weeks”
David Watkins on the importance of the win over Bristol City but wonders why Samuel Siaz is now a ‘bit part’ player.
Thank you David.
Nice touch by the players showing their support for Jamal Blackman.
Plenty of positives from yesterday, the two youngsters who debuted yesterday receiving plenty of positives, Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw also mentioned. The one thing a lot of fans are wondering is if Samuel Siaz will continue on the bench, after his introduction in the last few games the team has visually improved and the last three goals that Leeds have scored he’s been directly involved in the build up for them.
Will Huffer on his debut: “I’m lost for words, it was great, it couldn’t have gone any better. I got goosebumps walking onto the pitch, I get goosebumps just sat in the stands when ‘Marching On Together’ comes on, so to just walk out was an absolute dream come true.”
“There’s nothing like it. I joined the club when I was eight, so I just want to pay a big thanks to all the coaches that have got me here to be honest.”
Heidi Haigh on Alexis ‘big day’, tribute to Edna, how superb the Bremner square looks, Birthday boy Phil Beeton and her blog of the game with Bristol City
Thank you again Heidi for taking our photograph and your blog. Please remember most of Heidi’s books are on sale on Amazon. Great Christmas presents.
Leeds have arranged a second friendly for the tour in Australia. They will play Western Sydney Wanderers three days after the game with manutd.
A much needed win to put behind the disappointment of the trip to WBA behind them. I’m hoping that the visit of Reading will give Leeds the chance to get another three points and maybe it’s just the type of game that Marcelo Bielsa will give Samuel Siaz a start, the Spaniard has made an impression in all the games he’s being introduced into.
Never forgotten. Seven years ago.
Leeds v Reading
Team News: Two changes; Peacock-Farrell returns in goal, Lewis Baker comes into midfield and Kalvin Phillips moves into the defence. Aapo Halme and Will Huffer drop to the bench.
Four changes for Reading.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Douglas, Cooper(c),Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Forshaw, Baker, Alioski, Hernandez, Roofe.
My review of the game
Marcelo Bielsa: “We dominated the game and had more chances to score than Reading. If you take all that into account, yes we deserved to win the game.”
"The most significant thing of this Championship is that each game is very difficult. You can't expect to play an easy game any week."
Paul Clement: "I think we would've warranted a draw. I'm absolutely proud of the way the players played, they did everything I asked of them.”
"Leeds were hanging on at the end, they were hanging on for the win. It was a really good game, both teams were really at it, there was a lot of intensity and some interesting tactical things for both teams."
David Watkins on how ‘Karma’ can work for as well as against you
Thank you David
Plenty of positives out of last night’s victory that took Leeds second. Plenty made skipper Liam Cooper MOTM with Kalvin Phillips and Bailey Peacock-Farrell not far behind them. The young keeper, who took an immense about of ‘stick’ for his mistake at West Brom but redeemed himself with a save that kept three points on the board instead of one.
By Keith Ingham