Category: Match Review

  • Finding flow, destroying West Brom and being 2nd

    Even after a lifetime of supporting Leeds I’m surprised by us. I struggle to truly find disappointment when I’m so numb to it after so many years of failure, yet the club still manages to get past my hardy defences. Leeds facing Norwich at home was crushing to me, because it felt like the playoff […]

  • The EFL may be corrupt, but failure to gain promotion will be Leeds' fault alone

    It’s been increasingly difficult to argue against any notion of corruption or a wider agenda against Leeds United from both the EFL and FA. Ignoring the more subjective view that we only ever seem to get appalling referees (and that the balance of decisions go against us), there are so many more compelling examples of […]

  • Signing Real Madrid Goalkeeper, Bielsa, Derby and Spying

    In terms of exciting transfer news, the looming arrival of Kiko Casilla is one of our better ones. Not necessarily because he’s a name that makes our peers spit their collective coffees across their respective tables, but because it’s an exciting sound-bite. Signing a player from Real Madrid. A Spanish goalkeeper with Champions League experience […]

  • Losing Saiz, Going Top, Baby Shack and Super Jack

    What a rollercoaster this season is proving to be. The early favourites to be dominating the top of the table are struggling to find the kind of rhythm you need to challenge for those automatic promotion spots (or are languishing in mid-table for sides like Stoke). Equally, one need only look at Reading as a […]

  • The high press, bouncing back, Clarke and Alioski

    The term “bouncing back” is often associated with Alan Partridge, and perhaps that’s not an unfair comparison for Leeds. After all, the Cellino years often did feel like the kind of mental illness that make you drive to Dundee barefoot, shovelling Toblerones into your mouth as fast as you can. Equally, “bouncebackability” is a pseudo-term […]

  • Demolition of Preston shows Bielsa's Leeds are still growing

    I was (perhaps rightly) criticised for believing that a single point against Preston would be a good result. I’ve seen them play, they’ve got a lovely system that far belies their lowly league position. But having already lost to Preston this season in the Carabao Cup (albeit without our first team), it’s not sensible to […]

  • Millwall, Preston, missing Pablo, Tyler Roberts

    When you talk about ‘bogey’ configurations, Millwall away is horrendous. Leeds have won at the Den once in the last decade – in 2012 with the game’s only goal coming from Ross McCormack. Before then you’re looking back as far as April 2008 during our League One campaign before our previous win. To say it’s an […]

  • Bielsa's boys: Roofe reborn, Klich clicking, Saiz sublime

    What an unexpected start to the season. A friend of mine is a Stoke fan and I have foolishly entered into a bet with him – whichever club finishes higher, the loser buys Nandos for the entire winning family. Ridiculous considering Stoke were (and should still be) favourites for automatic promotion and Leeds are destined […]

  • Sunderland, Berardi banned, Pablo perfect but leaving, so what next?

    I noted before the Sunderland game that it would be rather telling how “Leeds” we were intent on making this season. A very “Leeds” thing to do would be to have beaten Fulham and lost to Sunderland. Though we’ve perhaps been more predictable by losing to Fulham and struggling to draw against second-bottom-Sunderland. Before we […]

  • Fulham, fine margins, Chris Wood, money and sacking Heckingbottom

    Last night we saw a weird and wonderful thing in football – how Leeds can be both close yet far from effectiveness. It would be unfair to say that Leeds were entirely outclassed by Fulham, though we were for long periods of the first half, we held our own. Weaker man-for-man and lacking invention in […]