Dave Watkins on another ‘nervy’ 1-0 win for Leeds. Keep on with the malt whiskey after games.
Thank you David. 11 more finals to go, just wondering if my heart can take it!
Mateusz Klich is scoring goals, Luke Ayling is helping keep clean sheets. The pair discuss both after the Middlesborough game.
Mateusz Klich: “I’m very happy to score but I’m happier with the three points, It was a very intense game, you could see Middlesbrough wanted to win as they needed the points.
“Klich is scoring goals!” Three against Boro this season.
“We could see the Leeds fans in the stadium enjoyed the game. We know if we keep clean sheets, it’s going to be fine as in every game we get chances. Obviously everyone knows what we’re playing for, we have to take experience from last season and no one wants to repeat that.
“We can feel the pressure but everyone is mentally stronger this season.”
Luke Ayling on clean sheets, the upturn in form and Hull City: “It’s a very good result and it’s always nice to get another clean sheet, we know we had chances to make it more than one-nil and we restricted them to one shot on target.
“It’s getting to that part in the season where every team is scrapping for something, down at the bottom of the table and at the top, so there are going to be no easy games. We can’t look at other team’s results, though, we have to just focus on ourselves and keep grinding out results.
“The boys in the dressing room knew we had the quality to turn the form around and get out of that rut. We’re going to be doing everything to make sure we’re ready for Saturday’s game now.
“Hull City are scrapping for their lives so I’m sure it will be a good derby game.”
Hull City manager Grant McCann is “fearful of a hammering” on Saturday: “We’ve got a very, very tough game on Saturday. One of the best teams in the league are coming here. If we perform like we did(against Barnsley)then we’ll get hammered. That’s exactly what I’ve told the group.
“We need to roll our sleeves up now, do it for themselves, do it for their families, do it for this football club. They need to start taking responsibility and that’s everyone. Confidence is a big thing in football and at the minute we’ve got a low group.
“We have to pick them up and go again. In tough times you’ve got to stick together and stay strong. The belief has got to run through the group."
One year and one day on. #bielsabelieve
Eddie Gray: “The boys will have learnt from last year. This city needs a club in the Premier League. I think it’s the biggest city in Europe without a top flight team. I still get nervous watching them. But I’m pretty confident this will be the year”
How Liam Cooper helped a young boy find his love of football again. Heartwarming story.
Thanks to the YEP.
Kiko Casilla banned for eight games for breaching FA rule E3.
Thanks to the YEP
When a football club has no class, dignity and thoughts for others they post s#%te like this.:
“A timely reminder that tomorrow's match against Leeds United is dedicated to Kick It Out...
#hcafc | #theTigers (#scumbags”)
Last time we met
Leeds 2-0 Hull City (O.G, Alioski)
Leeds face a trip to Hull without the services of first choice goalkeeper who has been banned for eight games.
Leeds are unbeaten in three, whilst Hull City’s last win was back on New Years Day and the Humberside’s have a lengthy list of players unavailable through injury.
United sit second, but know that their rivals will be hoping that they slip up at lunch time so they(Fulham, Forest and Brentford)can close the gap to second, if of course they win their games.
Illan Meslier will make his Championship debut for Leeds due to Casilla’s lengthy ban. Kalvin Phillips is rated ‘50/50’ to play, if he is absent Ben White will continue in midfield. Patrick Bamford will be hoping to end his run without a goal since he netted a brace against Millwall.
No game is easy in the Championship but Leeds should have enough to get three points. Leeds 1-0.
Hull City v Leeds
Team News: Illan Meslier makes his Championship debut, Kalvin Phillips returns with Gaetano Berardi dropping to the bench, Elia Caprile also amongst the substitutes. Four changes for Hull City; Pennington and Wilks start against their one of their former clubs.
Team: Meslier, Ayling, White, Cooper(c), Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Hernandez, Costa, Harrison, Bamford.
Thanks to the YEP.
Tyler Roberts, ‘Bill’ Ayling and Pablo with the goals.
Fourth win, fourth clean sheet and fourth ‘double’ in a row.
Ben White congratulates two goal Tyler Roberts.
Hull's Grant McCann: "The early goal has knocked us a bit but we hit back. There was very little in the first half. The goal just after half-time knocked the confidence. Second half that early goal has thrown it all up in the air.
"They are a top team and there is no doubt they will probably go on to get promoted this year. This result is not going to define our season, we've got some big games coming up."
Marcelo Bielsa: "It was difficult for us in all the competition to get it. I wish that from now we could keep this efficiency when we have chances.
"After in the second half what we talked about in the dressing room, and the second goal arriving quickly helped us to improve our performance.
"I want to tell you that we value the result of today but we know that we played against a team who sold their best two players, and in addition they had five or six players injured. We have to put our performance in context.”
Bielsa on Meslier: "He was calm, confident, he took risks, good in aerial play and he gave us the feeling that he is confident.”
Bielsa on Kiko: “The authorities expressed themselves, also Kiko, also the club. We must accept the rules of the competition and accept those decisions. All of us are against any kind of discrimination, this is very clear. All of us are against the racists, he(Casilla)is the first one.
Banner with ‘KIKO IS NOT A RACIST’ flew over the KCOMM Stadium during the game.
Wigan beat West Brom 1-0 at The Hawthorns, Fulham beat Preston 2-0, Cardiff draw 2-2 with Brentford. Forest visit Middlesborough on Monday night. “Come on you ‘Smoggies’!
Interesting table. Leeds now only one point away from West Brom and Fulham six points from the top. The ‘scrap’ for sixth place could actually go down to Cardiff City with only five points separating six teams.
Watford stun Liverpool by beating them 3-0 to end their Premiership run of 44 games unbeaten. Wouldn’t have minded a few quid on that result!
Two views of the game at Hull.
David Watkins on a fantastic second half display that just blew Hull City away.
Thanks David. A fine malt(or three!) I reckon to toast a five star performance by Leeds.
Phillip Buckingham from HullLive gives his thoughts on the performance of Hull.
Thanks to HullLive.
One year today. What a performance.
How do you follow that! Well Leeds have continually raised the bar this season. Picking the ‘bones’ of this mauling of the tigers takes a little time, United, admittedly started great with an early goal but failed to put Hull to the sword and the home side grew in confidence and had some good possession but didn’t really test debutant Illan Meslier.
The second half was a masterclass with only the City keeper and woodwork keeping the score to only four. Standout performances mentioned on social media were Mateusz Klich, Stuart Dallas, Pablo Hernandez, Jacky Harrison, Helder Costa and Tyler Roberts who showed enough to think that he’s a definite option to PB in the lone striker’s role.
All in all the masses well happy with lunchtime walloping of a pretty s#%te Hull City team who face a battle now to stay in the Championship.
Manchester City beat Aston Villa 2-1 to win the Carabao Cup for the third consecutive year.
Heidi Haigh on Kiko calamity, Selby Sue and her superb blog of the battering of Hull City.
Thank you Heidi. Wonderful read as usual.
A marvellous week for United fans, another two games unbeaten have moved them a step closer to their goal of promotion. Yes another ten games lie ahead and because it’s ‘Leeds’ you kind of know there is going to be a few ‘up’s and down’s’ because there always is, as long as there is more more up’s than down’s I really think it just might be OUR year.
Celebrate... Good times!
On to Huddersfield at ‘church’
By Keith Ingham