Leeds v Blackburn Rovers
Team News: One change for Leeds; Barry Douglas replaces Leif Davis.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling(c), Douglas, Phillips, Jansson, Forshaw, Klich, Alioski, Hernandez, Harrison, Roofe.
The YEP cover Leeds’ stubbing fight back against Blackburn.
Man of the Match: Pontus Jansson, just superb throughout.
Kemar🔥Roofe heads the injury time winner.
Marcelo Bielsa: "It was moving for all of us. Football can give these emotions. That is why nothing compares to football. We deserved to win, but it should have been easier.
“We had the obligation to win which was not the case at Aston Villa. There was a lot of unnecessary stress to win the game. We changed the destiny of the game late on, we deserved to win the game but in another way.
"We needed to have more impact in the first half and we needed to defend better in the second half. We deserved to win but we could have lost it at the end as well. We will analyse this game when it has all died down. Late wins like this are important because it is not easy to win games in the a tight league like the Championship."
Tony Mowbray: "We worked extraordinarily hard. Leeds are a great team but we managed to throw it away in added time. But there are so many positives to take.”
"It is a quiet dressing room, I am proud of the team and the way they played and the effort and desire they showed. We took Leeds all the way and we are not far away from being a good side."
Two views of yesterday proceedings
David Watkins on the ‘Miracle in Beeston’, yesterday’s 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers
Thank you David.
Heidi Haigh on meeting Aussie Whites, chocolate eating dogs and the incredible last four minutes at Elland Road yesterday.
Thank you Heidi.
We’ve met before
Leeds 1 Hull City 0 Dec 2017
Leeds 2 Hull City 1 Dec 2015
Leeds 2 Hull City 3 Sept 2012
Leeds 4 Hull City 1 Aug 2011
Leeds 2 Hull City 2 Nov 2010
Al Championship games.
Marcelo Bielsa: Pre Hull City
Thanks to the YEP.
Leif Davis: Born in ‘the Toon’ coming from Morecambe and his debut at Villa Park.
Born in Newcastle, and having worked his through the same Wallsend Boys Club as former Leeds United players Michael Bridges, Ray Hankin, and Alan Thompson, defender Leif Davis was signed to the U23s in the Summer, following a two-year spell at Morecambe.
Featuring regularly for Carlos Corberan's U23s, who currently sit top their league, the 18-year-old recently made his Leeds United senior debut, stepping in at the last minute for Barry Douglas who was struck down with illness moments before the dramatic 3-2 win over Aston Villa.
You've had a bit of a whirlwind few months. How have you found life at Leeds United?
It's been great so far. Coming in from Morecambe during the summer, joining the U23s, it's been a big step up for me going into the first-team setup.
What's been the biggest difference you've found since your move in the Summer?
Just everything about the environment really. You've got the best coach in the world at the club, all of his staff, and that's a great thing for any young lad who wants to progress.
What's it like walking through the doors of Thorp Arch every day?
Exciting because you know it's going to be a good day. You see all the lads, and they're all happy, smiles on their faces, and that just carries everyone along. Even on Christmas Day, when you'd think it'd be tough coming in, everyone's face had a smile on it, and it's just a positive place to be right now.
How have you found adapting to U23 level?
From playing reserve games at Morecambe, it was tough going into U23 level here, as you're playing against bigger players, who have been at higher clubs for longer than you, and they've had access to more resources.
The coaches at Thorp Arch have been fantastic, and they've helped me come a long way from where I was at the start of the summer. I came in as a left-back, and they've helped me to start playing as a centre-back. I like playing both positions, and they're always helping me to identify what my strengths are and improve upon them.
The U23s are top of the league, the first-team are top of the league, are you enjoying being part of both setups?
Yeah, both sides are doing really well, and it's just good to be around all the players. The attitude in both is great, everyone wants to win, and that's why we're getting the results that we are. You just look at the desire in the Blackburn game, to go from being 2-1 down to 3-2 up, it's really exciting to be a part of.
How did training with the first-team come about?
I've been training with them for about a month or two now. I came into Thorp Arch one day, and I wasn't really expecting it, but I got told I'm with the first team from now on, and for an 18-year-old, it's amazing and can only help. To be the top team in the league, and for the coach to have that confidence in you, it's a great feeling.
Have the lads given you any words of advice?
They want you to be confident, and just do what you do. They all help you along in training, and if you make a mistake, they just remind you that they know you can do it, and tell you to just keep your head up. They're all great leaders.
‘Bill’(Luke Ayling)has been a good example. When we played against Barnsley for the U23s, he said I'd done really well, and he said if I can step up to that level, I can play at any level.
You made your debut at Villa Park, how did that come about?
Barry had been ill off and on, and all the lads came up to me throughout the day, and just said: "Be Ready". We went out to warm up, and I was just focused on the game, in case I did start.
I was walking in to get changed to sit on the bench, and then about three minutes before kick-off, I was told to get ready as I was starting. The good thing was that I didn't really have time to think about it, as I'd have probably been a bit more nervy.
Making your debut in front of two passionate fan bases, what was that like?
It was a great experience to make my debut in what's been a Premier League stadium, in front of 41,000. When they scored it was loud, but when Leeds scored it was amazing. The fans just helped the team all along the way, they sang all the way through and helped us get them three goals.
What's the aim for the rest of the season?
Keep improving, and hopefully get a few more appearances for the first-team.
Well done Leif. Another one from Thorpe Arch for the present and the future.
Thanks to Leeds United.com.
Leeds v Hull City
Team News: Leeds unchanged. Hull City make three changes.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling(c), Douglas, Jansson(100th appearance for Leeds), Phillips, Forshaw, Klich, Alioski, Hernandez, Harrison, Roofe.
Leeds’ impressive run of eight games unbeaten ended with a surprising 2-0 defeat by Hull City at Elland Road. They remain top of the Championship by three points, due to Norwich losing 4-3 to Derby County at Carrow Road.
Hull threatened early when Bowen hit one across Leeds bows early on, Leeds responded with an effort from Hernandez that was blocked on the Hull line by Kingsley, the Spaniard was also unlucky when his shot just cleared the bar. Hull took the lead in the twenty fifth minute when Bowen took advantage of a mistake by Phillips and swept the ball past Peacock-Farrell, Hernandez was once again in the action but saw his effort was well saved by Marshall before the break.
Jack Clarke was introduced in place of the disappointing Jack Harrison in an effort to get back level but it was the visitors that doubled their lead when, after a brilliant block by Peacock-Farrell from a close range effort from Toral, unfortunately the ball fell to Bowen who scored easily just before the hour mark.
Leeds were once again denied by a Hull defender who headed Luke Ayling’s headed effort away from the goaline. Leeds substitute Tyler Roberts was also denied a certain goal by Keane who scrambled the Leeds’ striker’s goal bound effort away from danger.
Unfortunately Lady Luck failed to smile on Leeds this time(but you can’t rely on luck all the time!!). In my opinion a defeat has been ‘on the cards for a while and it might not be a bad thing. There needs to be a response at the City Ground on New Years Day.
Man of the Match: Pablo Hernandez, always involved and so unlucky not getting a goal.
Marcelo Bielsa: "Until now, the team has given a positive response. We ran enough and we dominated the game. When you don't dominate a game, you make less effort. The performance of the team was not particularly different from the other games we played.
"Usually we have three times more chances to score than the opponents and we dominate games - this game was no different in that sense. Maybe we should have had more long-distance shots, but our play on the sides (wings) was similar to what we usually do. But in the offensive play there was less precision than usual."
Nigel Adkins: "The lads were great. It was a memorable victory. We defended well because we needed to - this is a tough place to come. Our shape was good. Grosicki and Bowen were a massive threat. Our two centre-back were also immense, but the whole team contributed.”
"I'm really pleased for our travelling fans and that we were able to keep the crowd quiet in the first half. The objective before the season was to stabilise the football club. There's still a lot of work to do, but everyone is working hard - as a team."
David Watkins on ‘one of those days’ at Elland Road and old ‘traits’ returning.
Thank You David. All the best for the New Year.
It’s a shame that after seven wins in an unbeaten run was met with so much negativity after the first defeat. After the 3-2 ‘thrillers’ at Villa Park and Elland Road there was bound to be a game that went against Leeds and it turned out to be Hull City, an unbeaten, organised team that took their chances but Leeds didn’t take theirs.
At least three were booted off the Hull City goal line by defenders so at least we created as much, if more than our visitors. Some days it’s simply not ‘your day’ and you lose. What annoys me is that single players are pointed out as ‘not up to the job’. BPF is constantly criticised and I think it’s unfair considering the young keeper is still in within his first season as Leeds’ number one. Kalvin Phillips, so praised earlier in the season was also mentioned negatively but the lad isn’t a centre half and never will be. It’s no coincidence that Leeds have conceded far more goals without Liam Cooper in the side and Kalvin as a defensive midfielder.
Heidi Haigh on meeting fellow author Marc Bracha, a fan from Thailand and reviews the first defeat in nine games.
Thank you Heidi. All the best to you and yours for 2019.
The club is far and above what every Leeds fan imagined going into 2019. Top of the Championship, three points clear of second and thirteen points ahead of seventh with a very healthy goal difference. The year ahead promises much so let’s not let the latest defeat derail what the team has achieved thus far.
Marcelo Bielsa I’m sure will, if the right player or player’s become available give directions to the owner and hopefully they will be added to a good squad that already has fifty one points from twenty five games.
I still believe this will be the season we finally achieve our ultimate ambition .... Promotion!
Keep the Faith.
To you all from weallloveleeds.
Nottingham Forest v Leeds
Team News: Leeds unchanged, Forest make one change.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling(c), Douglas, Jansson, Phillips, Forshaw, Klich, Alioski, Hernandez(100th appearance for Leeds), Harrison, Roofe.
Nottingham Forest 4 Leeds United 2: 10-man Whites cut down by Forest at the City Ground.
Thanks to the YEP
Harrison floored, but no red card. Clarke equalises and celebrates with Berardi in the away end.
If you get one second, follow this link and see the passion this team has;
Marcelo Bielsa: "We didn't lose the control of the game. I would say the opposite, that we could control the game even if we had one player less. We had a succession of facts and all of these facts were against us. We had to play with one player less. We were a little bit fragile in defence but during the 90 minutes we did everything to win.”
“The players did a very big effort. It's not a new fact that we have problems on set-pieces and it's also not a new fact that we make it easier sometimes for the opponent to have chances to score. But the game has these kind of risks and the fact that we dared to play, sometimes it has negative aspects like today but it also gave us a style of play that we should be faithful to."
AItor Karanka: "The comeback was for the fans. Their support was amazing. In the moments when Leeds came back, even when they scored the second one, the crowd were amazing - they supported the players. They supported me as well, which is nothing new. The team deserved to win.”
“It was unfair that we had been in the kind of run we had been, without a win. In the five games where we had not won, we had played well. This can be a turning point for the confidence of the players. The team spirit they showed was amazing."
By Keith Ingham