Billy Sharp on his days at Leeds: “I had three managers in god knows what time and the club was not really as stable as what it is now or doing as well, but I enjoyed it. It is a good city and a very good football club.I had some good times there, especially coming off the bench as a midfielder and scoring against Huddersfield, that sticks out in my mind as well as the goal on my debut as well.
I always said to my dad that I would like to play for Leeds United, I managed to do that and it diverted me back to Sheffield. I was happy; it was a short period, but I enjoyed it and I can say that I played for Leeds United.”
Team News: One change Vurnon Anita replaces the suspended Gaetano Berardi. Stuart Dallas back in the eighteen.
Team: Lonergan, Ayling, Pennington, Cooper(c), Anita, O’Kane, Phillips, Alioski, Phillips, Siaz, Lasogga.
Liam Cooper with Toby Nye.
Another defeat in front of the faithful, over thirty thousand saw their favourites loose 2-1, the winner coming with less than ten minutes to go. The win sent Sheffield United to the top of the Championship.
With fans still taking their seats the visitors were ahead, a goal in the first two minutes of the game, it was obvious to all who would score on his return to his old employers, Billy Sharp beat Lonergan at his near post, completely unmarked, he would have doubled his tally minutes later but a superb save by Andy Lonergan kept Leeds in the game.
Against the run of play, Leeds equalised just after the half hour, Siaz found a Sheffield defender’s head, who’s attempted clearance dropped to the foot of Kalvin Phillips, his volley flew past Blackman and into the net, a superb strike from the midfielder. Lonergan denied Sharp again when he was again unmarked just before the break, not a good half for the defence especially, found wanting on more than one occasion.
Leeds had to replace the injured Liam Cooper (dead leg) with Pontus Jansson in the second half and looked in a better shape with Phillips on the left and Siaz in the number ten role, the diminutive midfielder held his head in his hands when he hit the post with Blackman beaten, Sheffield threatened but with Jansson in the back line their threat was thwarted.
Siaz gave Alioski a marvellous chance to get Leeds in front but the winger couldn’t direct his header past Blackman. Sheffield got the winner with less than ten minutes remaining, a slide rule pass from MOTM Duffy put substitute Brooks through on goal, the youngster beat Lonergan and the points were Sheffield’s.
The run of two wins in seven Championship games isn’t good enough and it’s time for Christainsen to wield the axe, Losagga might be built like a mountain but he plays like a mouse! He’s was virtually a passenger against Sheffield and it's time Roofe or Grot was given a run in the team, too many times this chosen eleven has fallen short in important games, this was another one.
The best part of the proceedings was the sight of Liam Cooper carrying out young Toby Nye as the team’s came out, a superb effort by all at Leeds United to help the youngster.
Leeds MOTM: Samuel Siaz, tried his best to get Leeds the winner.
Thomas Christiansen: ”I cannot be happy, at least one point would have been good but we didn't make a good performance, we have to be honest. The way we acted in the first half is not good enough, we were still in the changing room when they scored the first goal." Thought that the player’s weren’t as focused as they should have been, glad there is another game (Derby County on Tuesday) so soon. Asked if his facial expression meant he was annoyed at the way Leeds were beaten “When I lose I always have a face like I want to kill someone."
Chris Wilder: "If you've seen us this year, we were quite loose today. That frustrated me, we got caught up in the occasion a bit. It's the best result we've had, but performance wise, it's not one of the best."
Andrew Butterwick reflects on poor tactics and worse performances as Leeds slump to another defeat.
Cheers Andrew, always trying to see the positives in defeat. Thank you.
Social Media again went on the offensive, Lasogga, Alioski and the defence the targets. A few also headed in the direction of the Head Coach’s for his team selection and tactics.
England under 17’s win the World Cup ! They beat Spain 5-2, after being 2-0 down earlier in the game.
David Watkins looks for answers after the game with Sheffield United
Thank you David, not a million miles from being playoff challengers but also mid table mediocrity.
Many have offered their own opinions on the line up Thomas Christainsen may play on Tuesday against Derby County. Roofe and Grot have been put forward to replace the ineffective German Lasogga, Hadi Sacko as a alternative to Alioski on the wing.
Tickets go on sale today to Season ticket holders and members for the return of a certain snake plying his trade on Teeside.
Derby boss Rowett: "Leeds will be under pressure in because they lost against Sheff Utd so we can go there with a bit of freedom"
Leeds United defender Matthew Pennington: “If you look at the table we’re in a strong position. I don’t think there’s a problem at the moment.”
Pre game press conference: Thomas Christainsen on injuries;
Liam Cooper: "It's not serious, the problem is it doesn't need to be a very serious dead leg that you receive but it can be painful. We have decided to take him out and not run any risk.
Ekuban joined the group yesterday so that's a good sign, but Tuesday will be too early, he has only had the one day training with the squad. Borthwick-Jackson is also still out of the squad.
On the current form “We’re still in the position of the play offs, we are happy with that. Asked about what needs to change: “We need to score the first goal!”
On Derby County: “I expect another tough game... the players are confident because they have my confidence.”
Tuesday 31/10 🎃
Leeds v Derby County
Team News: Jansson, Dallas and Roofe come in to the starting eleven. Cooper(injured), Phillips(suspended) and Anita(dropped)
Team: Lonergan, Ayling(c), Pennington, Jansson, Dallas, O’Kane, Vieira, Roofe, Siaz, Alioski, Lasogga.
Leeds fell to a second straight Leeds defeat having taken an early lead, losing their third defeat in a row at Elland Road. My thoughts on the game are below;
Lasogga celebrates the opening goal.
A Dejected Thomas Christainsen: “I take my responsibilities seriously, but there are some things I can control and some things I can’t. The thing that I can’t control could have given us another goal. What do you want me to say? The defeat is very bad, another defeat and we cannot live with that. We have to change it, but I take my responsibility where I can.
"Some other things I can’t control, there was a clear penalty against Alioski and a non-penalty was given in the second half. Against that I feel impotent and it’s a shame for the players that they should suffer a defeat because one person took those decisions.
"It’s difficult for me to control a situation when it’s not in my hands. I believe we made one of our best games in the first half in a defensive aspect, stopping our opponent. We had the possibility to close the game with a penalty in the first half and now we’re speaking about another defeat. This is a situation that happened several times and I don’t know what to say. We need the win on Saturday against Brentford, that is sure, it cannot go on like this. But I try to do what I can and it’s difficult if you get situations which could have changed the direction of the game, I’m satisfied with the team.
"We need to continue and give it even more now. I cannot say anything for the players, they have tried to do their best. We have to perform a little bit better, going a little bit stronger, but I cannot complain about the behaviour of the team. It will come, on Saturday we have to take the three points.”
Gary Rowett: "We feel there are opportunities to win games at the moment, we are in good spirits, a lot of times when we have under-performed it has just been that extra belief of moving the ball quicker. In the second half we showed some real resilience and character."
Simon Grayson is sacked as Sunderland manager after a 3-3 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
David Watkins picks through the ‘bones’ of a nightmare ending to the game with Derby on Halloween.
It can’t get any worse can it my
friend? Thank you David.
Calls for the Head Coach to be sacked, players ridiculed for their recent efforts. Just another day in a very sombre Leedsville.
Spurs beat Real Madrid 3-1 to qualify for the last sixteen of the Champions League, Man. City join them after a 4-2 win over Napoli.
Aston Villa beat Preston 2-0 to climb to fifth in the Championship, Leeds drop to seventh. Brentford beat Birmingham 2-0 at St Andrews.
The FA report into the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham exposed a ‘unedifying web of lies’. The Scottish striker was sold for 10.75 million. Phil Hay’s excellent article is below
Thanks to the YEP
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Brentford 2 Leeds 0 Champ Apr 2017
Brentford 1 Leeds 1 Champ Jan 2016
Brentford 2 Leeds 0 Champ Sep 14
Brentford 0 Leeds 0 Div Dec 2009
Brentford 2 Leeds 1 Div 2 Oct 1953
Leeds last won at Brentford sixty seven years ago in 1950, the score was 2-1.
Brentford vs Leeds United Preview
Leeds travel to Brentford, licking a few wounds, some of them self-inflicted in recent games. Thomas Christainsen remains upbeat about the future, that despite being given the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ by Andrea Radrizzani.
Brentford are in a incredible run of form and have only lost once in their recent fixtures, so Leeds need to be at their best to get a positive result at a ground they’ve not tasted victory since 1950 !
Kalvin Phillips, his ban completed should come back into the midfield, skipper Liam Cooper back in defence. Stuart Dallas did well at left back on Tuesday so he may keep his place, Brentford have a few injuries in defence that may help Leeds’ cause.
You never know ‘which Leeds’ will turn up these days, so I’m going for a draw. 1-1.
Thomas Christainsen’s look ahead to Brentford; Only Borthwick-Jackson and Ekuban unavailable for the game at Brentford, Berardi and Phillips available after suspensions. His reaction to the Derby defeat; “I didn’t sleep”
When asked about Grot “He’s a lot to learn, he's very big and tall but has a lot to learn. He needs time and improving, he will do a good job.”
He still believes “120% in the players, it’s a project we are working on and we will go step by step. They will be relaxed with the intention of going for a win.”
Lastly asked if the squad is still good enough to finish in the top six “I believe we are good, we will come out of the situation. Perhaps we have touched the bottom and we’re going to go up again now.”
Eunan O’Kane: “Nobody gets promoted at this stage of the season, we are only two points out of the playoffs. I think the expectations were high anyway, but you have to be real, we won’t win every game this season.”
A week which rested the patience of this particular supporter, poor first half against Sheffield followed by a collapse after seventy versus Derby, things need to improve and fast or Thomas may be invited to see Andrea and it might not be a happy conversation he gets.
By Keith Ingham