Saturday 29th July
Leeds United v Oxford United
Pre Season Friendly
Leeds: Wiedwald, Ayling (Anita 78), Cooper, Pennington, Berardi, O’Kane (Klich 78), Phillips (Bridcutt 78), Roofe (Sacko 63), Hernandez (Saiz 63), Alioski (Dallas 63), Wood (Ekuban 78).
Subs not used: Green, Peacock-Farrell, Denton, Jansson, Gomes, Shaughnessy, Vieira, Antonsson, Doukara.
Oxford: Eastwood, Ribiero (Tiendalli 62), Nelson (Martin 79), Hall (Narsingh 62), Ledson, Obika (Thomas 57), Johnson (Rothwell 68), Carroll Ladrero 79), Ruffels (Xemi 72), Williamson (Raglan 62), Henry (Payne 62). Subs not used: Hemmings, Kelleher, Shearer.
Leeds ran out fairly easy winners against a spirited Oxford United side. For me the biggest surprise was in goal, after a splendid 2016/17 season between the 'sticks' for Rob Green I fully expected him to start.
Thomas Christiansen seems to prefer the German stopper Wiedwald, if this is the preferred line up of the new Head Coach.
Kemar Roofe scored against his former club to help Leeds United defeat Oxford United in the final game of pre-season.
Head coach Thomas Christiansen took charge of his first match at Elland Road, as Leeds welcomed back former assistant head coach Pep Clotet, who is now in charge of the Sky Bet League One outfit.
Roofe celebrates the opener with Eunan O'Kane.
It was the visitors who had the first opportunity inside the first minute, Ledson pounced on a low kick from Felix Wiedwald and struck from range, but he couldn’t find the target.
At the other end Roofe did well on the right wing, before delivering a great low cross, but Eastwood intercepted with Chris Wood waiting for a tap-in.
Johnson then went close for Oxford, he fired an effort from the edge of the box, which went just wide.
Leeds took the lead in the 35th minute, Eunan O’Kane created the space for Roofe, who cut inside, before finding the bottom right corner with a well taken finish.
The Whites had another opportunity before the break from a corner, Pablo Hernandez whipped the ball in and found Liam Cooper, who'd been gifted a free header but couldn’t keep his effort down.
1-0 at the break.
Leeds made a bright start to the second half and Wood had a fine chance to double United’s lead, Pablo Hernandez squared it to the New Zealand striker in the box but he was denied by Eastwood.
Hernandez then went close from a free-kick 20 yards from goal, his curling attempt went just over the crossbar.
Against the run of play, in the 51st minute Carroll struck first time from the edge of the box, forcing Wiedwald into a good save.
Gaetano Berardi then almost caught out the Oxford goalkeeper with an effort from in excess of 40 yards, but Eastwood recovered in time to make the save.
Substitute Stuart Dallas doubled the advantage for Leeds six minutes from time, he beat the offside trap before superbly curling an effort into the top right corner from the left edge of the box.
With three minutes remaining, Sacko had the chance to wrap up the victory, Caleb Ekuban provided a fine back-heel to find the Frenchman in the box, but he could only fire wide.
Leeds 2 Oxford 0
Man of the Match: Eunan O'Kane
Thomas Christiansen: "I don't like to say what we have to achieve but of course a better result than last year is our goal. It was very nice to see and hear our support, who will be a big help this season"
"Monk said Boro were bigger than Leeds!" TC and Pep share a joke and a handshake.
Pep Clotet: "A lot of positives despite the result, good effort from the team ahead of our opener. Thanks to Leeds United for the warm welcome at Elland Road".
David Watkins look at yesterday's game versus Oxford United. Thank you DW, soon to be known as the 'man in black'
Leeds continue to be linked with Alvaro Negredo, at least so FL92 Transfer was tweeting. Myself I really cannot see it happening due to the wage structure at Leeds, but you never know !
Heidi is back!
After the summer break her blog on the friendly with Oxford United
Welcome back Heidi, thankfully after a website problem. MOT
Another day, more rumours!
Leeds United.com announce that over twenty five thousand tickets have been sold already for the game with Preston North End.
In Billy's Bar at Elland Road, Radio Leeds did a radio special on the forthcoming season with guests Adam Pope, Noel Whelan, Stuart Dallas and Angus Kinnear who gave their views on the coming season.
Dallas gave the audience and radio listeners the 'low down' on the current squad.
Joker - Ayling
Smartest - Green
Daftest - Vieira
Hard man- Pontus
Music provided by Pontus
Best dressed - Bridcutt
Worst - Roofe
He also mentioned Ayling has been much quieter since Kyle Bartley left the club and the squad are helping him get over it!
Kinnear mentioned that it was unlikely that anybody will come in before the game on Sunday, the defence is the department the club are looking to bolster but will only buy who improves the squad. He said Thomas Christiansen is happy with the squad at this present time. Chris Wood is a key player and is unlikely to be sold, unless an offer so big the club cannot refuse it came in.
David Watkins commented on his Facebook page that the referee for the game at Bolton on Sunday will be Simon Hooper with Phil Dermott as his assistant.
Past five matches away at Bolton
Bolton 1 Leeds 2 FA Cup 4th Round Jan'16
Bolton 1 Leeds 1 Championship 15
Bolton 0 Leeds 1 Championship 13
Bolton 2 Leeds 2 Championship 12
Bolton 4 Leeds 1 Premier League 04
Lee Sabot said on his Twitter feed that over 30,000 tickets had been sold for the first home game with Preston on the 12th of August. Looks like it will be a sell out.
Very proud moment for our blog site, two million views achieved in just over twenty one months. I thank everyone that has read our articles in that time.
Owner Andrea Radrizzani when speaking to various media outlets said that he expected a top six finish this season and he (or his companies) had already invested £100mil into Leeds United FC.
Neymar joins PSG for £200 million pounds with a weekly wage of £450,000. Madness!
Kalvin Phillips agrees a new contract to keep him at the club until 2021. Tyler Denton also extends his contract by another three years until 2020, great times ahead for these two methinks.
Thomas Christiansen's first Championship presser:
On the captain's armband: "I believe the captain is something or somebody who is picked by the players, for me it's easy to go out and say 'you will be my captain', but I want a captain that is respected by the players and one that that other players look up to and a leader. I want the players to pick him. On Sunday you will see you will see a captain there."
His hopes for the season and how his squad is shaping up for the new season:
“I have a full squad”, he said, “and that is my headache,” he jokingly added. It (pre-season) has been good. We have had 10 good days in Austria, they cancelled the first game which wasn’t part of our plans, but with the three games we had there I was very happy with the team. More than the results though was the understanding, for them to know me and me to know the players and what I expect from them on the pitch. I believe if you’re ambitious you want to do better. This is the signal the club and me want to give the team. We have to do better than that. It's probably the most competitive league in the world. We have 12-14 teams that can mix up in the top six. Anything is possible. This is also what makes this league special. I'm looking forward to it, our target was to prepare the team for this game and I believe we’re in the best possible position to play the game on Sunday."
On more incomings: He admitted that there is interest in Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson; "I've seen him a few times and he's a very good player and home grown which is very important. "
A very confident Christiansen.
The full Championship season started with nine fixtures on the opening Saturday of the season.
Promotion favourites Reading, Boro and Sheffield Wednesday failed to pick up a single point or score a single goal in their opening games of the season. With Fulham, a side who piped Leeds to the playoff post season fun only picking up a point.
QPR were the big story of the sat as they brushed aside playoff hopefuls Reading with a convincing 2-0 display. What is with them and first home wins?!
In other news Aston Villa carried out a drab draw against relegated side Hull City.
Former Whites assistant Pep Clotet started his English managerial career at Oxford with a 2-0 win away from home. Let's hope he has a great season with the side!
Well on Sunday it's back and weallloveleeds will follow every up and down the club faces in the 2017/18 season. Let's all hope it's a very successful season.
By Keith Ingham