Leeds put in good performance on night that had much bigger meaning – Match Report

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Title-chasing Middlesbrough came to Elland Road in the hope to attain
the much-needed three points in an attempt to leap-frog Hull City.

The home side haven’t been in the goals at Elland Road recently,
scoring just four goals in their last five.

With the signing of striker Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn for a modest
£9m, you could say that the away side were going in to the game with
high hopes.




Boro went in to the game instantly on the back foot, as United looked
to get off the mark almost instantly. Perhaps the best chance from
this period of pressure came from Dallas, who’s header just looped
over the goal, leaving no stress for Konstantopoulos

Boro tried to reply by adding on the pressure, but the ball was
cleared off the line by Giuseppe Bellusci after a scramble of sorts in
the box. Not long after this chance, United’s Teesside rivals had a
goal disallowed for offside after the £9m signing Jordan Rhodes
thought he had bagged his 12th of the season.

Three minutes in to the second half, Elland Road played tribute to
former BBC Teesside radio presenter Ali Brownlee, who recently passed
away, age just 56.

As the second half went on, both sides were looking for a much-needed
goal to break the deadlock.

Chances were going by for the two sides, as Jordan Rhodes headed wide,
and not for the first time this game. Doukara also nearly getting on
the score sheet with a downwards header, although was denied by one of
the saves of the season by Konstantopolous.

As the game reached it’s ending point, both sides were trying to force
a mistake, and mistakes were made. Boro went down to 10-men as Ben
Gibson’s late tackle on Lee Erwin forced the referee’s hand and he
showed him his second yellow of the game.

The game ended at a goalless draw. Leeds may feel discontent & unlucky
with a draw, what with the chances they created being more than enough
to grab a goal, but Boro defended valiantly, and also wasted their
fair share of opportunities to gain the lead.

After the game, Evans said that his side were “fortunate” that Rhodes
missed his late chance, although a 1-0 win to Middlesbrough would’ve
been a “big injustice”. “Aitor Karanka will feel very lucky”, he
added.

The game was somewhat over-shadowed by prior events.

Before the game, projections were shown on the East Stand in protest
of Massimo Cellino’s tenure at Leeds United.

Evans was asked to comment on the issue, but said it wasn’t his place
to, “get involved.” Although, he went on to add that, “supporters are
the life blood of any club.”

There’s no doubt that Massimo Cellino will see the projections,
regardless of geographical location.

The images went viral on social media. Reaching the BBC & the biggest
magazine for sport in France, L’Equipe.

A good effort on the pitch by the players, and an even better effort
off the pitch by the fans to get their voices heard.

In their next game, United face Premier League opposition away from
home in the form of Watford, as United look to extend their cup run.

Evans mentioned that Chris Wood may have a chance at starting, but is
still a major doubt.

The next league game for Leeds United will be Fulham at home next
Tuesday for an evening kick off. Leeds would be looking to close out
another prolific striker as former whites skipper, and now Fulham
leading goalscorer, Ross McCormack returns to Elland Road.

Leeds agree loan deal for Aiden McGeady

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According to multiple sources, Leeds have agreed a deal with Everton for Aiden McGeady on loan, now it’s up to the player to choose between us and Sheffield Wednesday. I’m sure he’d be a certain starter for both clubs so it’ll be interesting to see who he chooses.


Leeds linked with Tomlin, Mariappa. But wait, there’s a twist.

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With Byram about to exit the building the least that we wanted was to see Cook, Taylor and Mowatt stay. However it seems Bournemouth are very interested in signing Lewis Cook, their offer would be cash + a player who appears to be Lee Tomlin. Now, Lee Tomlin signed outright would probably be a good signing, but when Cook goes the other way all of that goes out of the window. I know Cook isn’t going to be here forever because we’re not going up any-time soon and he’s destined for big things, but I’d like to at least think he could stay till the end of the season. It’s been rumoured that Cook doesn’t want to go to Bournemouth but he may not have too much of a choice. I really wouldn’t take any amount of money for Cook in January, he’s a joy to watch and I want to see as much of him as I can before he has to leave.

Leeds targeting Celtic midfielder

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Leeds United are targeting Celtic midfielder, Tom Rogic, on a permanent deal according to the YEP’s Phil Hay. Rogic is a 23-year-old Australian international, and has made 13 appearances for the national side.

Rogic moved to Scotland from Australian A-League side, Central Coast Mariners in a deal worth £400,000. After finding opportunities at Celtic Park hard to come by he joined Melbourne Victory on loan for six-months from January 2014 to June 2014.

This season however Rogic has been a regular starter for Celtic, appearing in 26 games and scoring 6 goals. He is regarded as an attacking midfielder and for me although we could do with a natural number 10, it wouldn’t be my number 1 area to fill. There’s definitely weaker areas in the squad for me.

Do you think Rogic would be a good signing for Leeds? Let us know…

With Wood having a barren spell – is it time for a change against Derby?

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Chris Wood missed the biggest opportunity of all to score the winner against Nottingham Forest during Sunday’s 1-1 draw. I have stuck with Wood and backed him for the majority of the season as I fully believe he can bag the goals when given the service, but is it time to drop him for the game against Derby County?

Here’s the team I would start and yes – I’d stick with the 4-5-1.

Goalkeeper – Marco Silvestri
Another impressive performance from Marco, despite being partly at fault for the Forest opener. He’s obviously going to start unless he gets injured.

Onto the defence…

Leeds United v Nottingham Forest Player Ratings

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All in all, a frustrating performance, I’d say we dominated the game but given our next game is Derby, a point wasn’t really enough to get us closer to the playoffs.



Marco Silvestri – 5 – I know the goal was really Bellusci’s fault but what was Silvestri doing? He should have fixed the mess that Bellusci created but instead he just slid past the ball without any attempt to get something on it? Strange.


Scott Wootton – 7 – Had a good game to be fair, his crossing isn’t great but he’s not a right-back so what do you really expect.

Charlie Taylor – 8 – Another great game from Charlie Taylor, especially in the first half, everything came down the left side and he and Dallas link well, he does need to improve his crossing however.

Leeds United v Preston North End Player Ratings

Cooper and Silvestri v Wolves (17th December 2015)

Well, slightly different to the Wolves game but a win is a win. It’s been a long time since we played badly and won, in a strange way, I enjoyed it.



Marco Silvestri – 9 – MOTM for me which showed what sort of game it was, we were fortunate in victory, it was a very tired performance but Silvestri made some massive save us to get us the 3 points.


Scott Wootton – 6 – Defended well, obviously limited going forward, it’s a shame that Berardi is injured as him on the same side as Byram would be good to watch.

Charlie Taylor – 7 – I didn’t think Taylor had one of his better games, he seemed a bit reluctant to get forward at times which is odd for him, but he wasn’t the only one who looked tired.

Doukara gives Evans some thinking – who should start against Preston on Sunday

Cooper and Silvestri v Wolves (17th December 2015)





Souleymane Doukara’s excellent impact on Thursday night will have given Steve Evans some thinking when choosing his starting XI to play Preston on Sunday. Doukara replaced Tom Adeyemi, who looked very unfit from the start, in Leeds’ 3-2 victory at Molineux.

Doukara along with Sam Byram and Stuart Dallas were the pick of the bunch in United’s away win – leaving Evans with a decision to make as to who should keep their place and who should be given a chance.

Goalkeeper – Marco Silvestri
Marco appears to have turned a corner recently. He’s been in excellent form and although I still get weary when he has the ball at his feet, there’s no doubt that he’s a fantastic shot stopper. Keep it going, Marco…

Onto the defence…

Twitter reacts as Leeds come from behind to beat Wolves

Players after the game v Wolves (17th December 2015)





An important three points lifted Leeds United 8 points clear of the relegation zone last night. The Whites came from behind to beat Wolves 3-2 with goals coming from Sam Byram (2) and Stuart Dallas. A late consolation couldn’t help Wolves however and Leeds went on to take all three points.

Twitter was a happy place for Leeds fans after the game


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