Pablo Hernandez is named in the Sky Sports team of the decade.
Rumours about that Jack Clarke will return to Spurs in January and be loaned out to another club. The youngster who Spurs signed for a large fee in summer has made limited appearances since returning to Leeds on loan.
Angus Kinnear confirmed in the Leeds v Preston match day programme that Clarke would return to Spurs due to his lack of first team appearances.
The situation regarding Eddie Nketiah is less clear, Arsenal have yet to decide whether to recall the striker or let him remain at Leeds until the end of the season. If he does leave it is understood that Leeds will look to recruit another striker when the window opens in January.
Leeds v Preston North End
Team News: One change for Leeds; Ejanni Alioski replaces Pablo Hernandez. One change for Preston.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper(c), Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Costa, Harrison, Bamford.
Leeds United 1 Preston 1 - Stuart Dallas strikes to earn late Whites point at Elland Road | Yorkshire Evening Post
Thanks to the YEP.
Man of the Match: Stuart Dallas fires the equaliser. Sky gave it to Leeds captain Liam Cooper.
Leeds' Marcelo Bielsa: "I was not happy with the first 20 minutes, it was not a good spell for us, we did not cope with their pressing and did not get into our game. I felt we took control after their goal.
"I admire Preston for how they got at us in the first quarter of the game. They worked very hard to put us under pressure and close us down. We struggled to move the ball today. I think we pressed the self-destruct button a few times which gave Preston their chances.
"Eddie Nketiah looked rapid and keen when he came on and there is still no news from Arsenal as to what they want to do with him at this stage. We want him to stay."
Alex Neil(Preston): "It took a deflected effort for them to get something from the game. Naturally we are disappointed not to win but I am proud of my players. They are one of the top sides in this division and we more than matched them.
Liverpool go fourteen points clear at the top of the Premiership after walloping Leicester City 4-0 at The King Power Stadium.
Stuart Dallas on the draw with Preston: "In the first half we were well below the standards we set ourselves. We know that they're a good side and they came here to press us high and unsettle us.
"You've got to give them credit they're a hardworking team, they're well set up. In the second half, when we got going, it looked like there was only going to be one winner towards the end. Unfortunately we couldn't win the game, but if you can't win them then you've got to make sure you don't lose."
David Watkins on no wins in three after a wonderful run of seven straight wins, a decent Preston team and not the best performance he’s seen from Leeds this season.
Thank you David. Hope you had an excellent festive period.
Good luck Jack.
Wow! Some fall out from yesterday’s first half performance. Surely people have very short memories to lambast the team for a poor forty five minutes. Yes it wasn’t the best but for goodness sake Leeds still have a healthy eight point lead over the team in third place and if they can get get two positive results at Birmingham and West Brom the festive period isn’t that bad.
We all want additions and I’m pretty sure that Orta is looking at options if Eddie returns to Arsenal. Let’s panic if and when it actually happens!
Wolves stun Manchester City by coming back from 0-2 to win 3-2. City had goalkeeper Ederson sent off in the first twenty minutes and VAR raised it’s ugly head once more when Sterling’s penalty was saved, the spot kick was retaken and once again saved but Sterling scored the rebound, he also scored City’s second.
Last time we met
Leeds 1-0 Birmingham City
Last win at St Andrews 2017 3-1.
Leeds travel to St Andrews hoping to get back to winning ways. Three disappointing results have seen there double figured lead drop to eight points and despite most of their rivals failing to take advantage they will know that a positive result is needed to calm a few nerves.
Christmas isn’t usually a good time for Leeds, last season they struggled to get wins and saw another healthy lead of points disappear. Birmingham though won’t be an ‘easy touch’ despite Pep Clotet’s team having some indifferent results, in their last ten games they have only one win.
Last season City did the ‘double’ over Leeds with a 2-1 victory at Elland Road and 1-0 win at St Andrews.
Marcelo Bielsa may welcome back Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts to the squad if both players have come through training this week without a reaction. Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw remain unavailable and Jack Clarke has returned to Spurs.
Despite the last three games Leeds still should have enough to overcome Birmingham’s stubbornness but it won’t be an easy trip to the Midlands.
Manuel Pellegrini is sacked as West Ham manager after their 2-1 home defeat to Leicester City. David Moyes is expected to be appointed the new manager of ‘The Hammers’ in the next twenty four hours.
Birmingham City v Leeds
Team News: One change for Leeds; Eddie Nketiah starts in place of the injured Patrick Bamford. Tyler Roberts returns to the eighteen on the bench.
Three changes for Birmingham City.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper(c), Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Costa, Harrison
Birmingham City 4 Leeds United 5 - Whites grab victory at the death in St Andrew's stunner | Yorkshire Evening Post
Thanks to the YEP.
15: Birmingham 0-1 Leeds
21: Birmingham 0-2 Leeds
27: Birmingham 1-2 Leeds
61: Birmingham 2-2 Leeds
69: Birmingham 2-3 Leeds
83: Birmingham 3-3 Leeds
85: Birmingham 3-4 Leeds
91: Birmingham 4-4 Leeds
95: Birmingham 4-5 Leeds
Helder Costa celebrates Leeds’ first goal.
Birmingham's Pep Clotet: “When you play against these teams and put in good performances like that, it shows the team is progressing well. In my opinion we should give the team a lot of credit. Everyone tipped us before the season to go down. No one gave us any chance and the team is in a very good position.
“We managed to come back to a team like Leeds three times, scored four goals against them.
They're clearly much ahead of us, but there are no excuses, we are not satisfied. We want to shorten the distance between us and Leeds this season and contend for something strong as soon as we get better.
"Marcelo is the best manager in the country, and possibly the world, so I love pitting my wits against him.”
Marcelo Bielsa: "Imagine if you had to give an opinion previously about our matches against Cardiff, Fulham, Preston and this one. Everything I say about this would have been wrong because it was unexpected what would have happened.
"My heart is OK! It's still alive. The spirit of the team when they were drawing 4-4 was shown by (Ezgjan)Alioski, a left winger trying to score to make the match 5-4 and every time Birmingham scored, we had energy to go for one more goal."
Luke Ayling after his ‘thunderb#%#%#d’ made it 3-2.
Leeds United league position at the end of each decade:
End of 1989 - Top of the Second Division
End of 1999- Top of the Premier League
End of 2009 - Top of the League One
End of 2019 - Top of the Championship
Tweet by @TotallyLeeds
David Moyes confirmed as West Ham United manager. Good luck with that!
David Watkins and Heidi Haigh give their thoughts on the epic ‘thriller’ at St Andrews. Both might need a lie down after that!
Birmingham v Leeds United 29th December 2019 at the St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium - Follow Me and Leeds United
I’d like to wish Heidi my condolences for the loss of Maisie her faithful Labrador.
To you both, especially Heidi I hope the New Year brings more happiness than heartache.
My best to you both.
Sum up the last ten years of Leeds United Football Club. Not easy but it started with a FA Cup win in ‘old farmyard’ and ended with a game I don’t think I’ll ever forget, yesterdays 5-4 win at Birmingham City.
Over the ten years we’ve seen great performances, some good players(but sold too many) and lots of managers. I’m hoping the next decade brings much needed stability and success to this wonderful club we all love.
In our Centenary season what could be better than finally ridding the chains of the Championship and finally getting back to the place this wonderful football club deserves to be, in the Premier League.
Wishing all readers, my son who I couldn’t do this without his skills and dedication and the contributors who’s material we link to this diary a Very Happy New Year.
Tuesday 31/12 (Old Years Eve)
Birmingham City’s Gary Gardener after the amazing 5-4 defeat to Leeds: "We're all gutted. We've come in(to the dressing room)as if we've lost a play-off final. We gave it our all. We just have to bounce back. There's enough characters in that dressing room to show that.
"We've grafted for ninety minutes and we've got nothing out of the game. It's heartbreaking, but that's football."
Slaven Bilic has demanded a response from his team against Leeds on New Years Day: “It is not nice, it is not what we wanted, but this group have made it together and it is only us who can get it back. Nobody is complacent, starting with me, through to the club press, the board, the players, the staff – nobody is complacent, and we are up for it.
“We have to concentrate on ourselves and get back what we’ve been, up until very recently. Nobody likes defeats but you can learn a lot from defeats and sometimes you need a defeat to get back on to winning tracks.”
Rumours continue that striker Eddie Nketiah is to return to Arsenal. His destination in January is believed to be Bristol City.
Phil Hay has Tweeted that Che Adams of Southampton is Leeds’ top transfer target(if Nketiah returns to Arsenal) when the January transfer window opens. The striker scored 23 goals last season for Birmingham City but has so far not made an impact at the South Coast club.
Wednesday 1/1/2020 (New Years Day)
West Bromwich Albion v Leeds
Team News: Leeds unchanged. Bamford on the bench. Four changes for Albion; Gibbs, Bartley, Sawyers and Krovinovic come into their starting X1.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper(c), Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Costa, Harrison, Nketiah.
West Brom 1 Leeds United 1 - Patrick Bamford provides Whites spark to earn Baggies point | Yorkshire Evening Post
Thanks to the YEP
Bamford gives the ‘Leeds salute’ after his deflected header gave Leeds a share of the points.
Man of the Match: Stuart Dallas, impressive throughout.
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic: "We should be proud. It wasn't a beautiful game, but it was a very intense one with a lot of set-pieces. We created more than enough chances, we started great but sometimes when you go in front you take a step and try to shore things up. Leeds had the ball but we coped with that and we had a great chance to go two up before half-time. But it was a fair result."
Bilic on Bielsa: "I rate myself and I am a confident guy, but Bielsa is Bielsa. It’a privilege to compete with him and to talk football with him, especially when you feel it’s a two-way thing. He’s an unbelievable guy. It’s great to have him in the league."
Marcelo Bielsa: "We should have won the match, but we could have won the match. Bamford took advantage of the battles and fights. He is a player with more physical resources for this kind of match.
“Maybe our chances were a little more possible and after we built some situations that we couldn’t finish in a chance. I am very happy with the match we played, the kind of match we played. Two sides played the match, no speculation, without violence and kept within the rules. Nobody wanted to take advantage or use the rules to get an advantage.
“West Brom are a team with good intentions, they play differently to us, it was a clash of two different styles. They have great strikers, we managed the match, but we could not avoid them creating clear chances.”
Eddie Nketiah confirms via Twitter he is returning to Arsenal
“Unfortunately my time @LUFC has come to an end. It’s been an amazing experience and a privilege to play for such an amazing club. I would like to say a big thank you to my teammates, the coaching staff and the manager for making my time here an enjoyable one.
Eddie says his goodbye’s to the fans after the 1-1 draw with Albion.
Lastly, a big thank you to all the wonderful fans for taking to me so quickly. I wish the club all the best and I’m sure you’ll get to the promised land. #MOT @LUFC ⚽️🙏🏾
Marcelo Bielsa on Eddie: “He’s a great player, excellent professional and had very good behaviour- a gentleman in every sense”. A sad Bielsa reveals post WBA that Nketiah is to leave Leeds and return to Arsenal.
Bristol City sack Lee Johnson after they were beaten 4-0 at Ashton Gate by Brentford.
Two views of the West Brom v Leeds game.
West Brom fan David Piddock’s review:
Just watching the game back with benefit of replays now. Happy with the draw as I think both teams should be. Not the New Year spectacular everyone wanted, I think it was a case of neither team wanting to lose in the end. And more tactical between the managers rather than the free flowing football both sets of fans have been accustomed too.
Impressed with a few of the Leeds players. Dallas and Harrison in particular. Also thought Casilla made a couple of outstanding saves late on.
Yet again the standard of refereeing was poor. Both teams should’ve had penalties and fouls given when there was no foul there (yes Kanu dived) on the whole I think the draw was a fair result.
Hopefully now this fixture is out the way we can go on and get back to playing with less tension and build on the gap from 3rd. Best of luck for the rest of the season. Hopefully the next time we play each other will be in the premier league!!
Sorry Keith forgot to add that the Leeds fans(as usual)offered great support. Easily in the top 3 away fans I’ve seen this season.
David Watkins on a “satisfying” trip to our nearest rivals and remembering his first away trip to the same venue back in 1969. Ironically it ended 1-1 too.
Thanks David. Agree that it was important not to lose this one and despite the early set back we played really well and deserved a share of the ‘spoils’.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a fantastic 2020 for the team we love #pumpituptheleedsaregoingup
By Keith Ingham