Leeds WDWWW (1)
Swansea WDWWW (2)
Leeds bring Liam Cooper in for Gaetano Berardi. Swansea unchanged from their game with Birmingham City.
Sometimes it’s just not your day, Saturday was one of them. Despite an abundance of possession(once again) Leeds failed to turn it into goals and Swansea picked their pockets with a slapdash winner at the ‘death’.
Leeds started once again on the front foot with Phillips, Forshaw, Klich and Hernandez dominating the midfield. They were ably assisted by Jack Harrison on the left wing, as time after time he took on the bemused Swansea right back but could not deliver a ‘killer’ final ball.
The first shot on Swansea’s goal came from their own player, unluckily for Leeds it was stopped by Woodman. The keeper then was alert to Alioski’s spectacular ‘bicycle kick’, the Leeds wingback had earlier blasted on in the South Stand as Leeds penned back Swansea. The all-action Leeds man also found himself in the referee’s book for a ‘challenge’ in midfield.
Stuart Dallas sent a superb ball into the box and it was headed wide by Patrick Bamford from a good position. Swansea came in the game and former Leeds man Matt Grimes was just wide with free kick, he also called Kiko Casilla into action, the Spanish keeper putting out the ball for a corner. Leeds’ best chance came on the stroke of half time, Cooper heading a corner against the bar and putting the rebound over the bar. How Leeds weren’t ahead was down to bad finish and a lack of Lady Luck smiling on them. 0-0 at the break.
The second period started the same as the first, Leeds with a lion’s share of possession but not making it pay. Bamford heading a decent chance into the side netting. Pablo Hernandez warmed the hands of Woodman with a shot from outside the box and was just over with another attempt. In an effort to get the opening goal Bielsa made the first change, Eddie Nketiah replacing Pat Bamford around the hour mark. The Arsenal loanee was involved immediately and provided much needed pace up front
Swansea had their best part of the game with twenty five minutes to go, they worked the channels but the Leeds rearguard stood firm with White being superb as he brought the ball forward from defence. Helder Costa joined the fray with twenty to play, he replaced Klich much to the annoyance of the Polish international who stormed off, hitting the dugout on his way off.
With the game in the last ten minutes Leeds made their last change sending on Barry Douglas on for Ejanni Alioski. Leeds continued to threaten but couldn’t get a shot on target, Costa’s barnstorming runs were worrying Swansea and the winger found Nketiah at the back post but the striker’s header unluckily went into the side netting not the goal.
With time going into injury time Leeds gifted Swansea one last chance, Forshaw not clearing his lines and giving the Swans a corner, from it the ball bobbled in the area before being played out to the wing where it was returned and met by Routledge who shot past Casilla and the Swans celebrated like they had won the Championship. Bloody robbed!
It just seemed that Leeds could have played until midnight or beyond and still not scored. Good displays by White, Phillips who gamely carried on despite an injury that restricted his movement and Stuart Dallas who never stopped running and trying to create a chance.
Man of the Match: Stuart Dallas, all action display from the Northern Ireland international.
By Keith Ingham