By Keith Ingham
After two great wins at home it was time to travel across West Yorkshire to visit Huddersfield Town. Leeds made one change from the team that beat Leicester with Ross McCormack replacing El Hadji Diouf, who we were informed was carrying a slight strain and was rested. Jason Pearce returned to the bench after his three game suspension.
Leeds started well but it was Town who struck first
when Clayton played in Atkinson who finished well. Leeds though did not drop their heads and after good play, Tonge hit a ball towards the goal, albeit tamely only to see it squirm through Smithies body and into the net. One became two three minutes later, the busy Tonge found McCormack with a great ball who drew a defender before Becchio drilled a shot passed the Town keeper. With time nearly out in the first half, Becchio was adjudged to push a Town attacker, Clayton scored the penalty and celebrated by Neil Warnock on his knees. An act of a petulant footballer who would struggle even to get in this seasons team.
The second half was end to end, first Lee headed over then Thomas shot over from a good position, although he will be disappointed with the effort. On the hour Ryan Hall replaced Thomas and it was his through ball that found Norris in the area, he then scored in the corner of the net.
The midfielders are really benefitting from the inclusion of Jerome Thomas, by regularly getting into goalscoring positions. Ryan Hall continued to impress, his goal bound header brilliantly saved by
Smithies. With five minutes remaining Hall's intelligent ball was met by Becchio who's brilliant header flew past the Town keeper and into the net. Leeds deserved the victory after a storming second half performance and the transformation of the club's fortunes in the last ten days is remarkable.
Without doubt the takeover has been the catalyst of the recent upturn in form but the players deserve credit for the nine points collected out of the three games played. Well done lads. Leeds climb to tenth, only four points of a top six place.
Man of the Match: Ross McCormack but again the team deserve credit too.
Fans 10/10: Fantastic away support
Idiot of the day: Clayton, we let him go because he wanted too much money, more than we thought he was worth, his celebration showed lack of respect to his former employers. Wait until Elland Road comes around!
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