Burton Albion v Leeds
Team News: Three changes: Charlie Taylor, Ronaldo Vieira and Souleymane Doukara replace Gaetano Berardi, Liam Bridcutt and Alfonso Pedraza. Marcus Antonsson on the bench.
Team: Green, Ayling, Bartley(c), Jansson, Taylor, Vieira, Phillips, Roofe, Hernandez, Doukara, Wood.
One win in six games has probably ended Leeds' chances of a top six place, the 2-1 defeat at Burton Albion virtually guaranteed that next season we will again be in the Championship.
Our luck was out as replays showed that a first half goal by Chris Wood showed have stood, it was ruled out for offside, despite a Burton player on the line when it crossed the line, Leeds had other chances, Hernandez the guiltiest player missing the clearest opportunity, Ayling, Jansson and Roofe also had chances but they went wide or over the bar.
Leeds will look back at defeats at Barnsley, Brentford and here as part of the reason why they fell short this season. Two second half goals by Sordell and Knighly in a two minute spell were enough to claim the three points, although Leeds pulled one back through Bartley it wasn't enough.
Kyle Bartley scores Leeds' goal
Two games to play and only a horrendous couple of results by Sheffield Wednesday or Fulham will give Leeds a slight glimmer of the top six, in reality we know it's gone already.
Down and Dejected: Luke Ayling.
Garry Monk: "I think it is an extremely unfair result on my players to be honest, second half there was only one team on the front foot. We started it extremely well and we were pushing and looking the most dangerous team, their (first) goal came right against the run of play and it was a mistake from ourselves and they got the goal from it. From there we lost our composure a bit, I think it was the shock of them scoring when we were on the front foot. They got a second in that short period and we had to fight right to the end, we perhaps didn't have the right quality in certain situations today but we didn't deserve to lose that game."
Nigel Clough: "We have had a few big results recently with the win at Huddersfield and bouncing back at Birmingham and this one today. This result is right up there - to get us to 51 points in the Championship and with the amount of pressure Leeds put us under in the last 10 minutes to see it through means this has to be right up there. To get the first back-to-back wins in the 44th game with Leeds going for the play offs again shows how the players have pulled it out of the bag at times incredibly."
Andrew laments on our journey to Burton and the prospects for the last two games
Superb as usual, just a shame that we've hit a bad patch just at the wrong time of the season.
This day in 1975 Leeds United draw 1-1 in Barcelona and progress to the European Cup Final in Paris 3-2 on aggregate.
Trevor Cherry remembers the game
Thanks to the YEP.
Lionel Messi hits a late winner, his 500th goal for Barcelona in the 3-2 win at Real Madrid.
Barca lead Madrid in La Liga on goal difference.
Heidi Haigh's tries to lift the mood with her blog of a rare visit to Burton Albion. We'll be back next year!
Thanks Heidi, always lifts my spirits.
The deadline for season ticket holders to claim back a refund for not reaching the playoff positions will be moved back from the 30th of April. There is a mathematic chance that Leeds could still be involved in the 'hunt' when they play Wigan on the last day of the regular season. Further details will be released next week, after the final home game.
The Premier of the film: "Do you want to win?' is staged in Leeds. Guests included; Howard Wilkinson, Vincent(Vinnie)Jones, Eddie Gray and Gary McAllister.
The film celebrates the the rise of 'Sgt Wilko's' team, including Promotion year 1989/90, 1990/91 and the the Last Champions of Division One in 1991/92.
Vinnie and Eddie.
Newcastle United are promoted to the Premier League after beating Preston 4-1. One place left!
Ivan Bravo has been appointed as a 'consultant' to the board of Leeds United FC. He previously worked at Real Madrid as director of strategy from 2003 to 2010. After that he was director general of the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellent in Qatar.
On joining Leeds he said "Leeds is a club steeped in prestige with a extremely proud fan base, I'm thrilled to be joining it's board of directors. I hope my experience gained in the game will add value for the club, I look forward to working with the ownership, management and the whole team to take Leeds United forward, on and off the pitch."
ON THIS DAY: 1992. We were crowned Football League Champions. A 3-2 win at Sheffield United on a memorable Sunday lunchtime was followed by Liverpool beating Manchester United 2-0 later in the day to ensure we were crowned champions with one game remaining...
Brian Gayle's incredible own goal seals the win for Leeds.
Newcastle United MD Lee Charnley arrested, HMRC say several men working in professional football arrested for suspected tax fraud. West Ham United are another club that has been investigated.
Points deduction? Likely not.
David Moyes charged by the FA for a remark made to a female journalist, he was heard saying he'd "give her a slap' in response to a question she had asked.
Not a good day for the North East!
Meeting the heroes of 1992
Chris Whyte, Steve Hodge, Mel Sterland, Jon Newsome, Rod Wallace, Tony Dorigo, Lee Chapman, Gary McAllister, Howard Wilkinson.
Superb evening meeting the Champions, a great bunch of people that still love the club they served so well. A great event.
Garry Monk looks at the last game and the Norwich City speculation:
“It’s the same type of rumours there have been over the past few months with the players as well. It’s not my focus,” he said. “I have not spoken to the club about anything at all. The club said they want to sit down and talk in June and that’s fine. I have to respect the club. We’ll need to sit down and agree on plans to move forward. Overall it’s been a really successful season. The disappointment has been the last few games. But I am incredibly proud of the group. There’s no getting away from it, we were hurt after Burton. But we still have a chance and we have to try and grasp it with both hands. Our job is to take care of our own(game)."
Pontus Jansson: "I don't sit here and talk shit, I believe we will get in the play-offs and the other teams will shake a bit."
On his future: "My future is in Leeds. I have a contract which starts in July."
Elland Road stages a reunion of the 1992 Championship squad, Andrea Radrizzani in attendance.
Might be a good time to have a word with Bill Fotherby on how to run a club properly.
Andrea Radrizzani In the presence of legends.
We've met before
Leeds 2 Norwich 2 AET (3-2, on penalties) EFL Cup 4th Rd Oct 16
Leeds 0 Norwich 2 Champ Apr 15
Leeds 2 Norwich 2 Champ Feb 11
Leeds 2 Norwich 1 League 1 Oct 09
Leeds 1 Norwich 0 Champ Aug 06
Leeds stand at the 'last chance saloon' on Saturday against a resurgent Norwich City side, only a win will do and then hope that Brentford and Ipswich Town do Leeds a favour in their games against Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday.
Garry Monk must decide on changing the side that lost at Burton or give them another outing, the later seems unlikely as both Phillips and Vieira had games they'ed rather forget, I'm not blaming them for the defeat at Burton as most of the team that day, except a few didn't do the team's playoff hopes any good.
Liam Bridcutt is out of the game through injury, Eunan O'Kane and Stuart Dallas may get a rare opportunity in the starting eleven.
We know the maths and it's a little out of our hands but it would still be positive to win our last home game, it's been a good season, so nearly a great one too and I think Leeds will win. To take it to the last game at Wigan Athletic would be a bonus.
Leeds v Norwich City
Team News: Three changes, Gaetano Berardi, Eunan O'Kane and Stuart Dallas replace Charlie Taylor, Kalvin Phillips and Souleymane Doukara.
Team: Green, Ayling, Bartley(c), Jansson, Berardi, O'Kane, Vieira, Roofe, Hernandez, Dallas, Wood.
Leeds started well and it put Norwich on the back foot, but as in a few games recently it counted for nothing as the away side glided through their gears and it wasn't long before Naismith, Oliveira (2) had given them a three goal lead in the last twenty minutes of the first half, to say they dominated Leeds in this period is a understatement. My notes at the point said 'SEASON OVER!' but as in a few games this season Leeds dusted themselves down and in first half injury time Chris Wood scored his 29th goal of the season. Many fans were making their ways to the exits when the Half Time whistle was blown.
The second half summed up the season for me, so near but so far. They tore into Norwich and it was no surprise they added a second within minutes of the re-start, Kyle Bartley getting the final touch after a goalmouth scramble following a corner.
Doukara and Pedraza replaced Dallas and Ayling as Leeds took siege on the yellow backline, but as in the first half Norwich were dangerous on the counter attack, Green impressively blocking the dangerous Oliveira's effort on goal. Pontus Jansson went into the 'fussy' referee's pocket book just after the hour, the booking means he'll miss the Wigan game and the first two games of next season.
With just over ten minutes to play Leeds were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Norwich area, Hernandez sent the ball over the wall and into the top corner sending Elland Road into orbit. Naismith was then sent off for a late challenge on Ronaldo Vieira, Fulham were drawing but Sheffield were ahead and try as the might Leeds couldn't force that all important winner.
Bartley went the closest in the dying moments of injury time with a goal bound flick, but his effort went high and wide.
Pablo Hernandez celebrates the equaliser.
So near, so far is a something that seems apt for a season that started disappointingly, became superb but ended with tears in my eyes at the final whistle.
We'll be back, hopefully with Garry, Pep and James still there, with this year's experience in the job under their belts and hopefully a few more quality/experienced players in the squad.
Man of the Match: Eunan O'Kane, industrious and kept Leeds' midfield in the game when Norwich threatened to run away with the game. Why wasn't he played more?
Monk: "I've got one more game left and, you know me, I will be focussed on that. But like I said in the week, the club have said when they want to speak so I have to respect that and even when that point comes, it will be a case of us both agreeing on the right way to go forward. Of course, for me, I know clearly how I would take it forward and take the club forward and the squad forward and the club will have their views as well. That's all to come, that's been said for a number of weeks now. There are really solid foundations now for the club to build upon and take this club forward.
"We'll see how that happens. But that will be in the discussions that I have when the club are ready and when that comes the club will have their views and I will have mine and we have to come an agreement. But that's all a natural process and when that happens, it will happen. The recruitment, the squad, all of those things - there will be a way of thinking about the summer but that's for me to sit with the club with and understand what their views are to go forward and then understanding my views on how I think it should go forward and what's needed to build and what's already been done this season.
That will come in these discussions."
A Thoughtful Monk
Kyle Bartley has has no contact with Leeds about extending his loan stay at Leeds and also said this; "If the owners don't have the vision to see that Monk is the man to take us forward, then maybe it's not a place I don't want to be."
Alan Irvine: “I feel frustrated at this moment. Not just for this game but what we showed in that first 45 minutes is what we are capable of at our best. Unfortunately we haven’t produced that consistently enough. It was a crucial moment that minute before half-time, I’m sure it was a brilliant game for everyone else to watch. It certainly wasn’t dull, the atmosphere was incredible.
I knew it would be."
Leeds United 2016/17 End of Season Awards
Academy Player of the Year: Callum Nicell
Young Player of the Year: Ronaldo Vieira
Members Player of the Year: Rob Green
Goal of the Season: Souleymane Doukara vs Nottingham Forest
Players' Player of the Year: Chris Wood
Player of the Year: Chris Wood
Bobby Collins' Award for Outstanding Contribution: Mark Broadley.
A great night in the Pavilion.
Leeds United awards with the lovely Gill Ward.
Player's Player and fan's Player of the year Chris Wood
Andrew Butterwick's view of the last home game, a 3-3 heartbreaker which ended any hopes of a top six place.
Thank you Andrew.
Lufc Trust members award
Hero of the Year: Garry Monk
Villain: David Wagner
Goal of the Year: Souleymane Doukara
Trust Member of the Year: Martin Haywood
Young Player of the Year: Ronaldo Vieira
Player of the Year: Chris Wood
Heidi Haigh reflects on the draw versus Norwich, her thoughts on the season and her opinion on what should happen in the near future at Leeds United.
Superb blog and great points of view Heidi, many feel the same way. Thank you.
In a poll by I'd Radebe Leeds 95% of fans asked if Garry Monk should stay said yes.
The Leeds newspaper, the Yorkshire Evening Post said this on Garry Monk's future at Leeds United;
There’ll be few Bank Holiday hangovers worse than those of a Leeds United fan. The team had exceeded all expectations (and budgetary constraints) to come within a whisker of joining other local Yorkshire sides in the playoffs.
It was heartbreaking to see them fall off a cliff and watch the dream die in so dramatic a fashion this weekend. Few will want to lose Garry Monk though, whose contract is up this summer and needs deciding now. His steady determination has steered the team through the campaign and turned attention onto the field and away from its management.
We need that next season.
Thanks to the YEP, and so say most of us too.
ON THIS DAY: In 2004, Leeds United were relegated from the Premier League after a 4-1 defeat at Bolton.
Thanks to @LUFCDATA.
Real Madrid look certainties for the Champions League final in Cardiff after a 3-0 home victory over their city rivals Atletico, Ronaldo scoring another hat-trick.
Rumours abound that Massimo Cellino is about to sell his remaining 50% in Leeds United FC to Andrea Radrizzani. The YEP reported that 'positive talks' have happened between the two co-owners and as a result the talks between Radrizzani and Garry Monk may happen before the game with Wigan at the weekend or early next week.
Will we have a new owner by the time our next diary is on the site? Possibly!
By Keith Ingham