Head of Content Keith Ingham returns with his weekly dose of 'Diary of a Leeds fan' in which he talks about all things Leeds and adds a dash of football news.
The return of the Championship brings bumper crowds and a few surprises, Newcastle beaten at Fulham on Friday nightwas the the biggest, ex Leeds striker Matt Smith getting the first half stoppage winner. On Saturday Burton lost a seven goal thriller at Nottingham Forest.
QPR v Leeds
Leeds team: Green, Berardi, Bartley, Bamba (c), Taylor, Diagouraga, Vieira, Roofe, Grimes, Dallas, Wood
You know when you've waited for something like a birthday present/Christmas gift and when you play with it something breaks? Well watching Leeds getting beat that easily at QPR was a little like that.
Spineless in defence and little to offer in the final third. Not the best start Monk will have wanted the mad Italian to witness. Leeds will HAVE to improve and fast if this season isn't to be another disappointing one.
Final score: QPR 3 Leeds 0
Monk's reaction was that Leeds were poor in the first half but improved after the half time break. He said they (squad) would learn from the game. Bloody hope so!
As usual, the excellent Andrew Butterwick did his 'Travels' blog and has kindly let me use it again.
Many Thanks to Andrew
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Still no end to the continued pursuit of Liam Bridcutt, hearing he's locked in a cupboard in the Stadium of Shite.
Very interesting advertisements seen in two West Yorkshire railway stations, Bradford Foster Square and Keighley, nice to know the press office is being used for advertising and not Cellino's mad rants.
Gary Monk's look ahead to the Fleetwood Town game.
Berardi and Silvestri both out, no return date given. Hernandez has international clearance so could be considered for Fleetwood, he thought Leeds were 'apprehensive' on Sunday in the first half and suffered for it.
Understood the fans reaction but reiterated that they (team) will get better. Knew Rosler from his Southampton playing days but never spoke to him about the Leeds HC job, dressing room knew that they'ed let themselves and the fans down.
Other football news, John Stones made Barnsley a fair bit of money when he joined Man.City, there was a sell on clause when he joined Everton. That team in Salford bought Pogba, ridiculous fee for an average player.
A thriller in the EFL Cup at Rotherham's New York Stadium with Morecambe edging it 5-4 after extra time. Birmingham City our opponents on Saturday lost 1-0 at home to Oxford United.
All eight Yorkshire teams lost their games in tonight's cup ties.
Match Day EFL Cup
Fleetwood Town v Leeds
Team: Green, Coyle, Bartley, Cooper, Taylor, Phillips, Vieira, Roofe, Hernandez, Sacko, Wood.
After going behind, Leeds forced the game into extra time when substitute Marcus Antonsson scored a superb last minute equaliser. Antonsson was also involved in the penalty incident that gave Leeds the lead in the first half of the extra thirty minutes. Chris Wood dispatching the awarded penalty.
Fleetwood did not give in and equalised with less than ten minutes left of the second period of extra time. They nearly won it but for a desperate goal line clearance.
In the penalty shoot out the first nine penalties were superbly taken but Fleetwood's fifth was missed by Jonsson, Leeds won it 5-4. Phew!
A excellent debut by Pablo Hernandez and a fine substitute performances by Alex Mowatt and Marcus Antonsson who's appearances from the bench turned the game in Leeds' favour.
A spirited, if far from perfect performance by the men in blue and yellow.
Man of the Match: Hernandez; superb!
Garry Monk: "It was a fantastic game, a real ding-dong battle. I thought we deserved to win in the end.
He added; "It was a proper cup tie in difficult conditions. The young players showed great courage tonight and kept going."
Uwe Rosler: "I was very pleased with my players tonight, they were fantastic for me. There were a lot of positives."
Gary Monk's look ahead to Birmingham City; "We stuck at it last night and got our rewards at the end, typical cup tie but we deserved it" he added that the players will get better and praised the squads attitude.
Really looking forward to the Birmingham City game, "It will be special, we need to make Elland Road a fortress".
Always planned to give Liam Cooper a fourty five minute run out vs Fleetwood and still awaiting results of Berardi's scan.
Wouldn't be drawn on on transfers but added; "We're looking at our options and working behind the scenes".
A very positive Mr Monk.
As rumoured after the Fleetwood game, Luke Ayling has signed from Bristol City. The 24-year old is predominantly a right back but can also play as a centre back.
Ayling was a teammate of Kyle Bartley as an Arsenal youngster. His fee unsurprisingly is undisclosed and he will go straight into the squad for Saturday.
Luke Ayling will wear the number two shirt and is Garry Monk's eighth signing.
Liam Bridcutt finally agrees to cut his ties with Sunderland, still the details of his contract with Leeds will have to be agreed.
By Keith Ingham
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