Going On A Run?

 

Hello and welcome back to life at Leeds as we look to kick on and start picking up points again as our last few games have been far from perfect. We are still in a strong position and there is a long way to go yet but as I have said before the team looks far better than what it did when we took over last season. Let’s get back to some good form like we know we can and forget the past few games.

 

 

Sheffield Wednesday – Away – League – 2nd V 3rd

We get the opening goal late in the first half when McCormack sets up Cook to drill the ball in to the bottom corner. Lewis Cook gives away a penalty as he pushes a player over but is let off the hook as Pudil fires it straight at Silvestri. Cook is involved again as he turns provider as he whips the ball in to the back post for Gibson to head in. We win a penalty of our own and McCormack shows how it’s done by putting it in to the top corner. Barrow gets one back for Sheffield Wednesday as they counter and he uses his pace to beat everyone and slot it past the keeper.

 

Tranmere – Home – League – 2nd V 13th

A dominant performance from start to finish and we open the scoring after some lovely build up play with one touch passing before Tymon puts a low ball across the area for Abraham to slide in and poke home. We wrap up the win late on after Cook plays Olomola through to tuck it in to the bottom corner.

 

Preston – Away – League – 20th V 1st

A tight game but a one that we deserved to win as Preston stopped us from having any serious shots that threatened the scoreline and we didn’t get the winning goal until late in the second half when Olomola gets on the end of a whipped ball in from Tymon and fires it in in a crowd of players and the keeper getting a slight touch as it goes in.

 

Reading – Home – League – 1st V 15th

We get an amazing start when we score inside the first minute after Alexander-Arnold throws the ball short to Cook who squares it to Hendrick and smashes the ball in from 30 yards. We win a penalty when Alexander-Arnold is pushed over in the area and he steps up to take it and Joel dives to his right and pushes it away. We win another penalty when Wood is fouled at a corner, Abraham puts the ball on the spot and smashes it straight down the middle and in to the arms of the keeper. We do get a deserved second goal when Alexander-Arnold crosses to Abraham at the near post and flicks the ball in beating the keeper at his near post. Reading get a foot in the game when a cross falls to Williams in the area to slide it under the keeper. We bottle the lead and Reading get the equaliser when Okotie heads in from a corner.

 

Nottingham Forest – Away – League – 15th V 1st

A tough game against Forest but it was us that got the first goal of the game when Abraham puts his free kick beautifully in to the top corner from about 20 yards out. We get a second of the game and it’s Abraham again when he gets on the end of a cross from Tymon to head it through the keepers hands.

 

Brentford – Home – League – 1st V 17th

A good first half from us with Wood having the best chance of the half when he skies the ball from 6 yards out. We get the breakthrough goal 10 minutes in to the second half when Wright knocks a corner down to O’Kane to tuck home. Brentford get the equaliser in the dying seconds of the game when Jota plays Graham one v one with the keeper and he curls it past the keeper to get a share of the points.

 

Results

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Fixtures

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Table

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We are sitting pretty at the top of the table after a good run of games which hopefully we can continue to do as we have some ‘easy’ games coming up which usually turn in to the games you lose. Tammy has looked a lot better and has been getting involved in the goals. We also lost Belhanda to injury for around 3 months which is why McCormack is getting more game time than what he normally would. Our performance against Tranmere was probably one of the most dominant games I have ever had with 30 shots compared to their one and over 60% possession. The league is still really close but we are slowly beginning to pull away from some of the teams in the top ten.

 

Loan Watch

Just a quick update stats wise of a couple of players I am keeping my eye on to see how they are developing with regular game time.

 

Keith Stacey

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Julio Perez

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As you can see they are both progressing really well and I will be looking to use them when they come back for pre season next season and we will see how they go from there.

 

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A Team Of Bottlers?

 

Welcome back to the blog as we look to build upon the good start to the season. We have deadline day coming up and I don’t think we need to bring anyone else in unless someone becomes available that would improve the team. We have looked good so far in our opening few games. We also have a cup game coming up against Newcastle in the EFL.

Transfer

Josh Tymon – Loan

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Barnsley – Home – League – 2nd V 3rd 

We break the deadlock after a tight opening 20 minutes. Belhanda plays wood through one v one and he curls it in to the bottom corner. Wood gets our second and his second of the game after Belhanda assists once again when he plays it over the top for Wood to volley home.

 

Wolves – Away – League – 18th V 2nd

Wolves get the only goal of the game when Cavaleiro puts a low ball across the area for Celina to tap in at the far post. A poor game from us despite us dominating from start to finish. We did have half chances to get back in the game from Wood and Onomah but we couldn’t find the back of the net. A typical game where you get ‘FM’d’.

 

Burnley – Home – League – 2nd V 4th 

We take advantage of our good start when we get the opening goal thanks to Olomola slotting the ball under the keeper. Burnley equalise when a ball over the top falls to Stuani to fire past the keeper. We take the lead late on when Abraham robs the ball after their defender plays the ball across the area and he tucks it in at the near post. Burnley equalise once again and take a share of the points when Roberts whips the ball in for Rankin-costello to head home.

 

Blackburn – Away – League – 20th V 3rd

A shocking performance from us but it wasn’t until the second half when we saw the first goal of the game. Blackburn take the lead when they counter and Vaughan smashes home from the edge of the area. Blackburn double their lead late on when a header from a corner rolls over the line by an inch before it could get cleared. The day goes from bad to worse when Alexander-Arnold gets a straight red for a tackle from behind near the centre circle.

 

Newcastle – Home – EFL Cup 3rd Round

Newcastle take an early lead when Deulofeu runs down the right and beating his defender before crossing to Armstrong at the near post to tap in. Wood gets our equaliser when a free kick causes a scramble in the area and Wood reacts quickest to poke it home. Newcastle retake the lead straight from kick off when Robertson puts an early ball in to the area and Armstrong loops the ball over the keeper. They get a third when a corner gets knocked down for Dijk to fire in to the corner. Armstrong gets a fourth and his hat trick when he tucks it under the keeper after being one v one. We get humiliated when they get a fifth in injury time when they throw the ball to Bianchetti at the near post to flick in past the keeper.

 

Derby – Home – League – 3rd V 15th

We get off to a good start against our old side when Gibson heads in at the back post from a corner. We double our lead when Belhanda squares the ball to Wood to fire past the keeper from just inside the area. Derby do pull one back shortly before half time with a header from a corner taking a deflection. We get a third and wrap up the points when a cross from Ayling is headed in to his own goal by Volta.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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A pretty poor run of games from us but we are still in the play offs and are not far from the top spot. A humiliating game against Newcastle in the cup put our run in that to an end which I’m not that bothered about to be honest. We did try and bring in a couple more players in on deadline day but they chose other clubs and we move on. Tymon comes in to fight for the left back spot as I’ve not been that impressed by Walker-Peters so far this season and Baines is slowly declining. We have a tough game against Sheffield Wednesday up next and after that we play our beloved Tranmere who I am sure will smash us just to prove we shouldn’t of left them as FM likes to do. We did also loan a few of the fringe players out so they could play regularly and hopefully they can come back and fight to get in to the starting eleven.

 

 

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Relegation?

 

Welcome back to the final run of games before the seasons ends and there is a strong possibility that we could be relegated. We have looked good but we haven’t picked up the points that we have needed to be safe of relegation. We have some games coming up that we should hopefully be able to pick up points from. I have faith in the boys to keep us up and we can go again next season after a summer of making the squad our own. We did manage to bring in a player on the free transfer deadline day which I am very pleased with as he is far to good for us.

 

Younes Belhanda:

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Derby – Home – League – 21st V 12th

A bore draw against our old side. A game we dominated from start to finish but we just couldn’t get the breakthrough and come away with the 3 points. We had the best chance of the game to win it when Skuse missed an open goal mid way in the second half.

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Huddersfield – Away – League – 5th V 21st

Huddersfield take the lead in the first minute after a free kick in to the area gets knocked down and Williams volleys in in to the back of the net. We go down to 10 men when Skuse gets sent off for a two footed tackle from behind. Ayling gets a second yellow for shirt pulling meaning we ended the game with 9 men.

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Nottingham Forest – Away – League – 11th V 21st

A tight game with Forest breaking the deadlock in the second half when put a ball is put  in to the area and Assombolonga runs in at the near post and taps it in. He gets a second when they break and hes one v one with the keeper and slides it under him. We have a man sent off again when Paredes gets a second yellow for a silly tackle in their half.

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Cardiff – Home – League – 21st V 14th

We get the opening goal when Wood squares to Antonsson in the area to tap in past the keeper. We get a second of the game late on when Ayling swings the ball in to the area and Belhanda is there to side foot it in.

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Coventry – Away – League – 20th V 21st

We take the lead inside 10 minutes when Belhanda runs down the right beating two defenders before he crosses in to the area for Wood to volley in. We double our lead when Phillips plays a one two with Wood before running in to the area and slotting in to the bottom corner. Belhanda makes it three with a curling effort from the edge of the area. Wood gets his second of the game when he robs the ball from their defender in the area and fires it past the keeper at his near post. We get a fifth when Roofe gets on the end of an Ayling cross to head past the Pantilimon.

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Blackburn – Home – League – 18th V 7th

We open the scoring when a cross from Wood falls to Antonsson who is open in the area to tap in at the near post. We get a second early in the second half when a deep ball in from a Belhanda corner gets headed back across the 6 yard box for Stephens to nod in. Ayling gets our third after he stayed up for a corner and the ball gets put back in to the area and hes there to power it home.

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Swansea – Away – League – 2nd V 18th

Swansea get the opening goal in a pretty even game when Tabanou beats his man and crosses to Dack who runs in front of his defender and diverts the ball in to the back of the net. We get the equaliser when we play a corner short to Brattan who is on the edge of the 6 yard box to curl it through a group of players and in to the top corner.

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Ipswich – Home – League – 19th V 12th

We get the breakthrough when Phillips fires a rocket in to the top corner from 30 yards. Anotonsson makes it two when he rounds the keeper and rolls it home. We get a third when Ponce receives the ball from Wood in the area and fires in to the bottom corner. Ipswich pull one back after a long throw beats our keeper and leaves Marrone open to tap in.

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Wigan – Away – League – 24th V 18th

Wigan take advantage of our poor performance when they get the only goal of the game when a free kick is deflected and falls to Byrne to tuck past the keeper at his near post. We had no reply to Wigan who defended brilliantly and looked better than where the league says they were.

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Hull – home – League – 18th V 4th

We concede a penalty late in the first half when Kemen pushes a player at a corner. Hernandez steps up and fires in the only goal of the game in to the bottom corner with our keeper getting a hand to it on the way in. We go down to 10 men when Phillips gets a second yellow for a late tackle in the centre circle. We had a chance to equalise late on but Wood skies the best chance of the game for us.

 

 

Results:

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End Of Season

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We survived and quite comfortably after we picked up a little bit of form towards the end which proves that we are a good team and after a few tweaks we are scoring more freely now and look a solid team and hopefully we can build on our squad over the summer with some fringe players already leaving we should hopefully be able to challenge for a top 6 spot. I am quietly confident we will have a good season next season and as I say with the right additions we will have strong side to compete for the top 6. It took us a while to turn the season around but we did manage to win 4 of our last 10 and get draws along with them which isn’t that bad considering we was losing every week when we first took over. I can’t see us being sacked despite not finishing as high as we would of liked so we will look to build without the fear of being sacked as the Leeds manager which we all know managers at Leeds don’t last long! Part of me regrets leaving Tranmere but that is in the past and we have to keep on looking forward and improving to be where we want which is the Premier League. Thanks for reading and let’s hope we have a better season with us in charge for all of next season!

A Massive Cup Draw

 

Welcome back to the blog as we look to turn our fortunes around at Leeds as they are struggling near the bottom of the league and wins are becoming few and far between. We are slowly looking better and better and like a Championship team but we are still lacking that clinical finishing in most games for us to pick up more points.

 

 

Crystal Palace – Home – FA Cup 5th Round

We make a strong start to the game and we get the opening goal in the 15th minute. The ball deflects to Maddison in the area and he cooly puts it in to the top corner. We double our lead a few minutes later after Wilson plays a ball over the top to Wood who takes a touch and curls it with the outside of his boot past the keeper. Crystal Palace pull one back early in the second half when they counter and cross to Zaha who is open and slots it past the keeper. We bottle the lead when they equalise with a cross in to the area to tap in. We regain our lead just after the hour mark when Phillips slips Wood in to side foot it in. Antonsson wraps up the win with a brace late on with the first coming after he beats two defenders and curling it round the keeper. He gets his second seconds later with Phillips getting the assist again when he squares to Antonsson to fire it home.

 

Cup Draw

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Fulham – Away – League – 10th V 20th

Fulham get the 3 points in what was a very scrappy game with neither team creating serious chances. We concede a penalty when Paredes tackles from behind in the area and Fossati steps up and smashes it in to the bottom corner.

 

Wolves – Home – 20th V 18th

We took advantage of our good first half performance when we win a corner which gets floated in to the area and Gibson jumps highest and powers it in to the bottom corner. Wolves get the equaliser minutes later with a side footed finish from inside the 6 yard box. We go down to 10 men when Kemen gets a second yellow for a silly tackle in the middle of the pitch. Wolves get the winner with 5 minutes to go with a powerful headed finish from a cross.

 

Sunderland – Away – League – 2nd V 21st

We concede early when Sunderland when a cross in to the area beats everyone and falls to their striker to tap in. They make it 2 when a ball gets knocked down to Wilson and he fries past the keeper on the edge of the area. They make it 3 when our keeper doesn’t react quick enough and Ndong slides it under him. We pull one back when Phillips squares to O’Kane on the edge of the area and smashes it past the keeper.

 

Millwall – Home – League – 21st V 22nd

We get the opening goal after we win a penalty which Wilson steps up and converts straight down the middle. Millwall had a chance to pull level just before half time but our keeper made a great save. We get a second when Stacey squares to Machach in the area to tuck in to the bottom corner. He gets a brace when he beats his defender and curls it in to the corner.

 

Man United – Away – FA Cup 6th Round

A very even first half and we did look the better team going in at half time. We held them out from scoring until late in the second half when Januzaj crosses to Martial who is free at the near post to flick it in. They get a second when Martial controls the ball in the area and beats two defenders with skill and curls it in to the corner hitting the post as it goes in. They make it three when Smalling rises highest at the back post and heads in a free kick whipped in by Mata.

 

 

Results

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Fixtures

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Table

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Youth Intake

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Dan Ball

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We are still struggling to pick up the wins but we are playing well and deserve better than what some of the results suggest. The game against Manchester United looks very one sided but in reality we was the better team until late on when they brought on the big players and battered us. We had youth intake day which was awful to be honest with only one player that has any decent potential. If the worse does happen and we get relegated and we keep our job I will stay and aim to return at the first chance. We are running out of time to get back to winning ways and we do only have a slight cushion to the relegation zone.

 

 

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A Tough Start

 

Welcome back as we continue our new life at Leeds after we had a short stop at Derby which wasn’t working out for either of us. We have had a tough start after we got beaten comfortably by Preston and we have Everton up next in the FA Cup. We have brought in a number of players and it will take them a few weeks to get up and running with our style of play and the language for some as we need to start winning games before we get dragged in to the relegation drop.

 

Everton – Away – FA Cup 4th Round

We make a slow start to the game and Everton capitalize on that as a defensive error from us leads to their goal as they tap in from 6 yards. We get back in to the game late on with the equaliser coming from Skuse as he gets on the end of a lovely whipped ball in from Phillips to shake off his player and head in at the far post to earn the replay.

 

Brighton – Away – League – 8th V 20th

Brighton open the scoring in the 10th minute when Clough fires a rocket in to the top corner from the edge of the area. Clough gets his second when he gets on the end of a cross in the area and heads in after beating the keeper to the ball. We get a goal back from Wood when he takes advantage of a poor pass from them and curls it round the keeper. We then get the equaliser when Antonsson tucks it in to an empty goal after Wood knocks down a route one ball from Smith for Antonsson to finish. Brighton get a third minutes later with Clough getting his hat trick when he heads in at the near post. He then gets his fourth of the game when he beats a defender and slots it past the keeper.

 

Barnsley – Home – League – 20th V 16th

We take an early lead when Skuse has a shot from the edge of the area and it takes a deflection on the way in. We get a second goal when Machach gets his first goal for the club when he fires in from 30 yards. Barnsley pull one back minutes later with a headed finish from a corner. Wood gets our third to wrap up the points as he scores a bullet header from a corner.

 

Everton – Home – FA Cup 4th Round Replay

Everton take an early lead when Sakho has a shot on goal through a group of player and beating the keeper who was unsighted. It’s not long before we get an equaliser when Maddison plays the ball through to Antonsson to tuck in past the keeper at his near post. We take the lead before half time after Maddison plays the ball over the top to Wood who beats the keeper in the air to flick it in the back of the net. We score a third when Maddison again the provider as he squares the ball to Wood to roll it in to the back of the net. Everton get their second late on when McCarthy fires it in from 30 yards. In the final few minutes Ponce gets our fourth of the game with a cool finish past the keeper from inside the area.

 

Norwich – Away – League – 4th V 18th

Norwich score an early goal when a cross falls to Barker unmarked in the area to tuck it in to the bottom corner. They get a second when Oliveira scores a header at the far post from a corner. Norwich then get a third when chaos descends in the area and Canos reacts quickest to poke it in. A fourth late on when a corner gets knocked down for him to tap in.

 

Burnley – Home – League 19th V 18th

Burnley take the lead when Ulloa puts a low cross in to the area for Okaka to tap in from 6 yards. We equalise seconds in to the second half with Kemen playing Ponce through to fire in past the keeper at his near post. The lead doesn’t last long as Burnley retake the the lead when Arfield volleys in from inside the area. Wood gets our second and a share of the points when he gets on the end of a ball in to the box and heads in at the far post.

 

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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We are struggling at the minute in the league but we are slowly getting better and are showing glimpses of what we can do in games but it’s not enough currently. I still feel we are good enough to stay up and not get dragged down in to a relegation scrap. We are dominating a majority of the games but we are just struggling defensively at the moment which won’t last forever. How we didn’t beat Burnley I do not know they came to defend and scored two goals and left with a point. We just need to play as well as we can from now till the end of the season and hopefully we can pick up points and much needed wins and once we get to the summer we can evaluate the squad. A slow start but I know we can be better. I am still giving minutes to our young Spanish player who I am slightly excited about as he can be a quality player for us.

 

Julio Perez

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