Tonight will see Leeds United and Wigan Athletic meet for just the sixth competitive time in football history. Just once have they been in the same division, back in 2004/2005. Since then – well up until this season – Wigan have been in a higher division than Leeds. That’s the sort of sentence that gives you nightmares and shows just how far we’ve dropped. Continue reading
Following the let down that was Blackburn away, the Wigan game offers a very good chance at 3 points. Wigan have parted company with manager Owen Coyle very recently and go into the game without a manager. So this can go one of two ways, either Wigan play awful like manager-less teams sometimes do or they can play out of their skins for whatever reason that may be. Because it’s Leeds they are playing it is very likely that they will play the best they ever have. Lets just hope it isn’t like previous Wednesday night games that we all thought we would win…
Leeds headed to Ewood Park in expectant mood, backed by an impressive traveling army of 7,000 fans, breaking news of major investment and a run of games which has seen Leeds break into the top 6,we were all sat frustrated and disappointed at the end of a long, poor 90 minutes.
With Leeds sitting 6th in the table that itself was an example of what hard work can get you, we all know that this Leeds team isn’t amongst the best 6 sides in the league but working hard and beating the teams you should be beating can certainly give you half a chance, probably a case that we could have at least taken a point yesterday, well, right up until the game kicked off anyway.
The first half hour saw Leeds match the hosts but never really threatened Blackburn until a usual long punt from Tom Lees was flicked on by Luke Varney and Ross McCormack gifted a chance which was easier for Danny Pugh to score, so of course he missed. Should have been 1-0 up and without a doubt would have panned out to be a different game had we scored this.
Blackburn started to knock the ball around whilst Leeds chased the ball around and inevitably it was Blackburn who scored in stoppage time of the first half when Tommy Spur crashed the ball home. Notably it could have been much worse at half time if it wasn’t for a couple of excellent Paddy Kenny saves.
The second half began and Leeds saw a lot more of the ball in the second half but couldn’t really create anything worthwhile and a midfield lacking in quality becomes more evident when when we play a 5-3-2. Sam Byram and Matt Smith were introduced to try and get Leeds back in the game but as Leeds had few options the return of the “hit the big man” became our game and Smith did what he could and arguably should have had a penalty. It was the least we deserved however. The closest Leeds came was from Rudy Austin who hit the side net from 8 yards out. Leeds were left frustrated and ruing that missed Danny Pugh opportunity in the first half.
We now move into a double header at Elland Road against Wigan and Watford. Hopefully we can get two big gates and pick up 6 points to put us back on track.
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In 1975 as a 6 year old I was introduced to Leeds utd, it was the night of the European cup final
and my friends older brother persuaded me that Leeds were the team for me.
Since that night I was hooked, you don’t need me to remind you of the many highs and sadly the more regular
lows but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Firstly, how do you see Blackburn doing this season and do you consider yourself stronger or weaker than last season?
“When Gary Bowyer was installed as Manager in the summer, hopes were high after all his hard work last season in difficult circumstances. I do think we are stronger than last season and have aquired sone shrewd signings and I am hopeful we will be in the top half this season. It is all about rebuilding the squad this year and push for promotion next season”
How have you been getting on this season? Obviously, we know the results but sometimes that doesn’t tell the whole story.
“We are having some nightmares already this season with results going against us and referees too. When we play well, we play very well but when we play terribly, well we all want to move on avoiding talking about it!”
What’s the general opinion of Gary Bowyer as your manager?
“Personally I am very happy with him. He is Blackburn through and through and knows what he is doing. He has been getting some stick of late for team selections but he is doing his best. I hope Venkys give him longer than previous Managers!”
What’s the general opinion of Leeds United from a Blackburn Rovers supporter?
“I have several friends who support Leeds Utd and my opinion of the club is good. Strong boardroom and Manager with excellent players. Leeds Utd have been in the Championship too long and deserve to be where Blackburn should be too, the Premier league!”
What’s the situation with the venkys these days?
“The less said about these clowns the better. They have destroyed what Jack Walker and the trust built and not too many Blackburn fans have a good word to say about them. The unfortunate situation is, they are crippling us with debt and wont sell up, and if they did, who would buy us now?”
Who should we look out for as your danger man?
“Obviously Jordan Rhodes (if he is fit to play) would be the main danger man. David Dunn is still as vital now to us as he was 10 years ago”.
What formation will you likely play?
“Hopefully back to basics, 4-4-2. It works for us and to good wide men supplying Rhodes!”
What will be your likely line up?
“As long as Kean, Dann, Hanley, Dunn, Rhodes, Rochina are playing, I am happy!”
Any players from Leeds that you would like to sign?
“I would love to see Dioufy back with us. I met him a few times when he was with us and he is a complete gent. Always gets the bad media coverage but I love the man and you are lucky to have him!”
Finally, prediction for the game?
“Have to go for a win for Blackburn, 3-1…. we need the 3 points more ”!
Russell Adams (@BlackburnNoise)