A rogues gallery: Katherine Hannah, Noel Whelan, Adam Pope, Eddie Gray and Thom Kirwin. The local media who follow Leeds United.
Many Thanks to Follow me and Leeds United for the use of this photograph.
If you'd like to read my thoughts on the situation at the club please read my blog 'Where do we go from here?' on WeallloveLeeds.co.uk
A very good article by Simon O'Rourke about our fortunes under the leadership of Massimo Cellino:
Where we'll be in another two years is open for debate but it won't be anywhere near the Premiership, that I can guarantee.
Italian club Ascoli seem intent on testing Leeds' resolve in keeping 'bicycle' Bellusci and Mirco Antenucci in the summer.
Antenucci is out of contract and Bellusci is a former player of the Italian side. Already there are Bianchi on loan, along with Del Fabro and Benedicic who signed earlier in the year after departing Leeds.
Last word on Saturday should come from an excellent article from Jon Howe of LEEDSLIVING:
Such passion has to be shared.
The most important thing to remember this week is not football, it's remembering two lads who travelled to a football game in high hopes of seeing their team progress to their first European final for the first time since 1975.
Chris and Kevin left their families after thugs in Istanbul murdered them the day before the game. As a family of supporters, let's remember them proudly and sing our song "Marching on Together" with pride for these boys on Tuesday versus QPR.
Phil Hay’s view: “QPR have tried to look like play-off candidates this season but in reality they’ve been as far off the pace as Leeds. Their results reveal the sort of inconsistency that mid-table sides suffer from and United, despite their problems, should fancy their chances. Evans’ side must dominate the midfield, however. Their failure to do so was decisive in a 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road in November.”
Many Thanks to the YEP and Phil Hay.
Leeds vs QPR
Steve Evans made five changes for the game versus QPR, Peacock-Farrell, Cooper, Murphy, Dallas and Carayol coming in for Bamba, Diagouraga, Antenucci, Mowatt who dropped to the bench, Marco Silvestri was suspended for his late sending off at Rotherham. The main talking point in the 'Old Peacock' was Evans keeping Bellusci in the starting eleven, most disagreed with the Scotsman's selection of the under fire Italian.
Another game that Leeds were ahead but because of a mistake it ended without Leeds taking maximum points. Very disappointed with the result.
Post Match Comments:
Evans defends Bellusci and says he would play him with "100 per cent" confidence at Burnley on Saturday also commented the Cooper was always going to start and Bamba was 'under the weather'.
Thought Leeds deserved the three points and Wood was onside in the dying moments of the game, very pleased with Peacock-Farrell's debut and said he may get more game time in the remaining fixtures.
JFH: "Their goalkeeper I was quite disappointed about because we didn't test him. He's a young boy."
You do meet some 'characters' whilst at Leeds on match day. Hans the Swedish White.
Leeds United director and son of Massimo Cellino has been charged with making abusive/insulting/improper comments on social media. He called a supporter a 'spastic', it is an aggravated Breach of Rule E3(2), as it includes a reference to disability.
Vital Leeds were scathing about the performance of under fire centre back Guiseppi Bellusci, in their match report they stated:
Poor distribution, he will not use his head, tackling weak and he gave away two points again - How does he get a game?. Their Man of the Match was Luke Murphy with 7/10. Best performance from the midfielder in a while.
An average first half which we controlled without offering too much. QPR are possibly the worst side to come to Elland Road this season. Second half improved with Murphy the architect for Woods for the opening goal.
Bellusci then threw away two points with a stupid challenge inside the box and the keeper stood no chance with the penalty. Evans got his subs wrong yet again. QPR were there for the taking after going one-up and he should have introduced another striker. Carayol was dead on his feet yet he takes off both Murphy and Dallas who looked ok.
Two points thrown away by poor game management and a lack of concentration.
Many Thanks to @Vitalleeds
The 'Time to go Massimo' group is now accusing the Italian of double standards, having set a precedent to sack his own son
They said; "Steve Thompson was suspended and his contract not renewed after allegedly... an almost identical offence. Steve Thompson vehemently denied this accusation, but was still punished by the club despite no proof of it occurring.
"There is irrefutable evidence, and Edoardo has admitted he has made the remarks; yet the club's reaction is to not comment on the matter apart from asserting that Edoardo apologised to the person he abused, and that it will be left at that.
"We find this steadfast refusal to suspend the club director from his employment at the club frankly disgusting in light of how other members of staff have been treated, and an embarrassment that the owner's son is allowed to abuse fans of the club unpunished.
"It seems it is one rule for anyone associated with the regime and one rule for everyone else. Once again the Cellino family has dragged the once great name of Leeds United through the gutter, bringing upon us shame and embarrassment - something which has sadly become a common occurrence under the toxic ownership of Massimo Cellino."
It does seem that his father needs to at least make a public apology for the actions of one of his family members, he may have been provoked but it doesn't excuse the comments made by his son or the bad press the club incurred.
Thanks to itv.com
Leeds 1 Cardiff City 3 in an under21 game at Elland Road, McKay with the goal. Unbeaten run ends.
In a exclusive interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, David Haigh tells of his two years of hell in a Dubai jail. Somebody within GFH has answers for questions that need to be asked. Here is the interview:
Many Thanks to the YEP
Evans reiterated that Marco Silvestri is still his number one choice as Leeds United keeper after Bailey Peacock-Farrell deputised on Tuesday night because the Italian was suspended, Evans commented “We’ve got a top goalkeeper in Marco and we know that. Bailey’s a goalkeeper who’ll play for Leeds in the future and we’ll pick another game or two as we go forward but it’s quite clear here that Marco Silvestri is our number one.”
Both Steve Evans and Mirco Antenucci are up for Sky Bet Championship manager and player of the month for March. Evans team had wins over Bolton, Cardiff and Blackburn and Antenucci netted four goals in the month.
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