The Rise and Rise of Bailey Peacock-Farrell: From nowhere to hero in just twelve months.
Many Thanks to the YEP’s excellent journalist Phil Hay.
Ex-Leeds United Robbie Keane striker announces his retirement from football. The Irish striker played forty six games from 2001-02 and scored thirteen goals for Leeds. We wish him well.
Marcelo Bielsa on Pontus Jansson Sheffield United and Kalvin Phillips: “Pontus will be available for the game and ready to play. I have seen very few players with his consistency with his weight and height. I haven’t seen that many players with that weight and height who can have the same response as a full-back.”
“The only fact that makes me doubt my conclusions is that he is not playing at the highest level, which may mean my conclusions about him are wrong.”
Sheffield United: “I would say the Sheffield United head coach is someone with new ideas and I have seen very few people with these ideas. Head coaches look at colleagues to learn from them and we want to learn new things, not what everyone else is doing.”
“Usually when you observe someone, you don’t observe what you see everyday, you observe new things. The ideas of our next opponent deserve to be studied.
“What I try to do is make the public realise the different styles of football and my goal is to make the fans value this part of the game, which they wouldn’t normally value. When I am talking about these features of the opponent, I have the same goal.”
“I saw things in Sheffield United that I wanted to develop and I couldn’t do it, I I don’t know the history of the head coach, but he has done very well.”
Kalvin Phillips: "He is a versatile player, which is very important in modern football. If you looked at last year, he played some games as an offensive player, at number 8, number 4, and now as a centre back. This tells you a lot about a player".
Kalvin’s season stats so far:
160 long passes
109 ball recoveries
83% pass accuracy
46 aerial duels won
40 tackles won
11 chances created
2 positions: DM & CB
Stats provided by @LUFCDATA.
“Klich is scoring goals” and building bridges. Phil Hay on Mateusz Klich’s return to Elland Road for a second bite of the cherry and ‘that song’
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All Championship games.
Last Leeds win 3-2 April Division One 1992.
Leeds travel to Bramall Lane buoyed by two victories and six points from their games with Bristol City and Reading.
Leeds have failed to win at Bramall Lane since the wonderful day back in April 1992 when a 3-2 win over their hosts Sheffield United meant they were a result away from winning the Division One title, later in the day Liverpool’s 2-0 win over manutd meant the title was back at Elland Road for the third time in the club’s history.
Jon Newsome scores number two.
Marcelo Bielsa’s squad will be boosted by the return of Pontus Jansson and he may be needed as Sheffield United have goals in all departments. They also have in their squad Billy Sharp who’s time wasn’t such a success at Leeds but has scored 74 goals for the ‘Blades’ in his second period at the club. The striker scored in both games against Leeds last season and has six goals in his last four Championship games against his former club.
It could be a close, high scoring encounter with a draw the likeliest result. 2-2.
‘Izzy’ Brown started for the under 23’s against Newcastle United in the Premier League Cup match at Whitley Park. Patrick Bamford was also amongst the substitutes, the striker came on after half time and played all the second half. Brown completed eighty minutes of the game. Newcastle won the game 2-0.
‘Izzy’ Brown Tweeted after the game: “Nice to get 80 minutes tonight! Happy to see my brother @Patrick_Bamford back on the pitch🔥”
Sheffield Utd. v Leeds
Team News: Pontus Jansson returns to the defence in place of Lewis Baker who drops to the bench. Tyler Roberts not in the 18.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Dallas, Cooper(c), Jansson, Douglas, Phillips, Klich, Forshaw, Alioski, Hernandez, Roofe.
Leeds United climbed to to the top of the Championship, albeit for a few hours after a 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Norwich reclaimed pole position after they defeated Rotherham United 3-1 at Carrow Road.
Marcelo Bielsa brought back fit-again Pontus Jansson, Lewis Baker dropped to the bench.
No place in the eighteen for Tyler Roberts.
This was everything we expected it to be ‘a real derby’ with enough incident to cover three pages. Sheffield were the best team early in the game, Basham and McGoldrick had early opportunities, Douglas heading the first one clear then Peacock-Farrell denying the Sheffield striker. An unsavoury incident happened soon after when McGoldrick went over the ball and left Mateusz Klich in a heap, it looked bad enough to get the striker a red but he stayed on the field much to the annoyance of the away end and bemusement of the Sky commentator. Another Sheffield defender was lucky also not to be shown red after halting Stuart Dallas soon after he’d been booked, Kemar Roofe was also booked for an incident in the Sheffield area when in fact it clearly looked as he’d been a victim of a crude challenge.
The referee was winning few friends with his shambolic performance, not for the first time this season Leeds have suffered from poor refereeing.
Leeds lost captain Liam Cooper with what looked a serious leg injury, Aapo Halme replaced him and from a corner he so nearly gave Leeds the lead, Sheffield keeper Henderson brilliantly saving the young defenders header. Billy Sharp had an excellent chance to score just before the break but he put the effort high, wide and not so handsome. Scoreless at the break.
For the second game running Alioski was replaced at the break by youngster Jack Clarke and the youngster tested Henderson within minutes of coming on. The Sheffield keeper also denied Mateusz Klich when the Polish international found space in the box and shot low after shaking off the attention of three defenders. The frantic pace didn’t diminish as Sharp was denied by Jansson and then Peacock-Farrell was beaten by a Stevens shot but the ball went over the bar.
Kemar Roofe was desperately unlucky when he rose to meet Stuart Dallas’ cross, his superb header dropped wide of the post with the keeper beaten. The winner came with less than ten minutes left, a ball was played back towards Henderson and he tried to put the ball upfield but instead found Jack Clarke who steadied himself before playing a superb ball across the penalty area to Pablo Hernandez, the Spaniard cooly put the ball into the empty net. Leeds has one scare before the points were theirs, substitute Connor Washington hitting the bar with a overhead kick.
Celebrating good times. Pablo, Jack and Stuart celebrate the goal.
The win was Leeds’ first in nine visits to Bramall Lane, 1992 was the last time and everybody knows what happened after that!!
Man of the Match: Pontus Jansson, obviously struggling after a knock but battled on in the centre of defence. Just edged it from Kalvin Phillips and BPF.
Marcelo Bielsa: “It was a very tactical game. If the opponent would have drawn the game I'd have said it was a fair result. The mistake by the opponent and when they struck the post defined the game."
Chris Wilder: "It's a difficult defeat to take. We played extremely well, dominated an excellent side but knew we had to do a lot of things well today to win the game. We missed a couple of big chances and the game was decided on an individual error, which was unfortunate for us."
Together!! All for One, One for all.
Marcelo Bielsa on Liam Cooper’s injury: “It’s an important injury. I’d prefer the medical staff to tell you this but it’s not a ligament injury. It’s a muscular one so it’s the least serious injury of these two but it’s still serious.”
The 27-year old Leeds captain Cooper is expected to be out until the early months the New Year. He will have a scan on the injury in the next day or two to determine if he needs surgery.
David Watkins on another game minus Samuel Siaz and the impressive win at Bramall Lane
Thank you David.
Have a look at his impressive array of books detailing the club’s the pursuit of Premiership football.
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Leeds legend David Batty turns 50 today and hopefully, future legend @KalvinPhillips turns 23.
Fans on Social Media were bemoaning yet another injury to another defender, Pontus Jansson now is the only for first team centre back. Under 23 defender Aapo Halme has only two appearances under his belt and will now be Marcelo Bielsa’s option now Liam Cooper is out for an extended period.
On the plus side Kalvin Phillips(most people’s MOTM), Stuart Dallas, Pontus Jansson and BPF were mentioned as players who had very good games in the long awaited win at Bramall Lane.
Liverpool win the Merseyside ‘derby’ 1-0 with a late, late goal by Orgi gifted to him by Everton’s keeper Pickford in injury time at Anfield.
Three wins on the ‘spin’ and no goals conceded does it get any better? Well, losing another key performer(Cooper) put a dampener on the win over Sheffield United. It seems as one man falls, another stands up. The next man ‘up’ is Aapo Halme and he has already shown a lot of promise in the two games he’s played. We wish the lad good luck.
The club must invest in at least one defender in January, maybe two or we may well run out of defenders by the time May comes around!
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