Sunday, June 15, 2014

Just Like Watching Leeds

There's one thing worse than being a Leedsunited supporter and that is being a Leeds united supporter and an England supporter.
Last nights defeat to the Italians was really hard to bear after such a promising first half performance.Sturridge and Stirling were really impressive while Wayne Rooney looks a shadow of the player who once had The World at his feet ,although he did provide a great cross for the England goal 
It's not all over yet though with Uraguay  up next on Thursday and what with the continuing saga of who we are going to appoint as our new manager there will undoubtedly be interesting times ahead .

On a personal note I am again taking part in The Great North Run again this year for The Children's Heart Unit Fund in Newcastle where my little Niece Summer has now had 2 heart transplants at the tender age of 3 years old .

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Victory at last

UNITED 2 (Murphy 21, 73), BLACKPOOL 0.

United: Butland, Lees, Zaliukas (White 81), Pearce, Wootton, Warnock, Murphy, Brown, Tonge, Smith (Hunt 65), McCormack. Subs. Cairns, Pugh, Mowatt, Stewart, Poleon.

Blackpool: Gilks, McMahon, Robinson, Cathcart, Perkins, MacKenzie, Bishop, Halliday (Keogh 75), Ferguson, Basham (Haroun 67), Goodwillie. Subs. Halstead, Osbourne, Barkhuizen, Dobbie, Grandin.

Referee: D Coote

Booked: Halliday (Blackpool).

Att: 23,416


Sunday, April 6, 2014

How long can this go on ?

WIGAN 1 (Waghorn 33), UNITED 0.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Crainey, Gomez, McManaman (McClean 62), McArthur, Boyce, Powell (Collison 55), Ramis. Perch, Kiernan, Waghorn (Fortune 68). Subs. Carson, Maloney, Barnett, Maynard.

United: Butland, Wootton, Lees, Pearce, Byram, Warnock, Brown, Tonge, McCormack, Smith, Hunt (Poleon 69). Subs. Cairns, Zaliukas, Pugh, Murphy, Mowatt, Stewart.

Referee: N Swarbrick

Booked: Perch, Gomez (Wigan), Wootton, Brown (Leeds).

Att: 16,443 (3,404 Leeds)

Shut the door on the way out Brian there's a good man 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Misery continues

UNITED 1 (McCormack 62), DONCASTER 2 (Cotterill 23, Sharp 45+1).

United: Butland, Byram, Lees, Pearce, Pugh, Austin (White 46), Murphy (Tonge 46), Mowatt, Stewart, Smith, McCormack. Subs. Cairns, Warnock, Wootton, Poleon, Hunt.

Doncaster: Johnstone, Quinn, Husband, Keegan, Wellens (Furman 71), Meite, Neill, Cotterill, Coppinger, Brown, Sharp (Robinson 83). Subs. Turnbull, Duffy, McCullough, De Val, Stevens.

Referee: D Bond

Booked: Lees, Byram, Tonge (Leeds), Quinn, Keegan, Johnstone (Doncaster).

Att: 23,476


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Defeated again

BURNLEY 2 (Pearce og 38, Arfield 67), UNITED 1 (McCrormack 27).

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Shackell, Duff, Marney, Jones, Wallace (Stanislas 60), Arfield, Barnes (Treacy 90), Vokes. Subs. Cisak, Long, Kightly, Edgar, Lafferty.

United: Butland, Byram, Lees, Pearce, Pugh, Murphy, Austin, Mowatt (Poleon 66), Wickham, Smith, McCormack. Subs. Cairns, Wootton, Brown, Warnock, Stewart, Hunt.

Referee: S Hooper

Booked: Jones (Burnley), Pearce (Leeds).

Att: 18,109 (3,587 Leeds)

United manager Brian McDermott made one change for the trip to face Burnley. The boss included Matt Smith from the start after the United forward netted from the bench with a goal in each of the last two games.

 It was United who came the closest during the opening stages. The first chance of the game saw Smith have a sight of goal but his shot was saved comfortably by Tom Heaton.

Then, in the 10th minute United striker Ross McCormack broke free and only had the Burnley keeper to beat. The Scot chipped the onrushing Heaton but McCormack's effort came back of the inside of the post and unfortunately for United, away from danger.

Although United had the early chances there was nothing between the two sides as the midway point approached. But United were ahead in the 27th minute through McCormack. Connor Wickham, who was operating on the wing, took a throw-in that was flick on by Smith and McCormack was at the back-post to place a superb header into the top corner.

The home side responded when Ashley Barnes headed Kieran Trippier's cross just over the bar. Burnley tried their luck with a free-kick from distance moments later but Jack Butland wasn't troubled.

Burnley levelled the contest on 38 minutes when Trippier was releashed by Dean Marney down the right hand side. Trippier crossed into the danger area, and with Sam Vokes pressuring Jason Pearce, the United defender turned the ball into his own net.

The home side ended the half the stronger but both sides had half chances before the break. Vokes went close for Burnley and only a great tackle from Ben Mee prevented McCormack having a shot on goal from inside the penalty area.

The opening stages of the second half were evenly contested as both teams looked to gain the upper hand. Although the home side enjoyed good possession it was United that continued having the better chances. Wickham's shot from wide was saved well and Smith had a strike blocked from close range coming before the 60-minute mark.

United were made to pay for missed chances as the home side took the lead on 67 minutes. Scott Arfield was the man that eventually got the goal after United originally blocked an effort well, but the ball rebounded into the wingers path and he slotted the ball home.

After taking the lead the home side continued to look dangerous on the attack, but the United defence played well to keep Burnley at bay.

As the game headed into the final 15 minutes United began to apply pressure on the home goal. United looked dangerous and had three corners in quick succession, Smith had the best effort with a header but his attampt went over the bar.

United piled on the pressure during the closing stages but couldn't find a way through the Burnley backline.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hammered again

UNITED 1 (Smith 90+2), BOLTON 5 (Mason 45, Jutkiewicz 52, Knight 56, Davies 72, Moritz 89).

United: Butland, Peltier (Byram 46), Lees, Wootton, Warnock, Austin, Murphy, Stewart (Smith 64), Kebe (Mowatt 64), McCormack, Wickham. Subs. Cairns, Zaliukas, Brown, Hunt.

Bolton: Bogdan, Ream, Knight, Bapiste, Davies (Lee 75), Danns, Mason (Trotter 70), Spearing (Moritz 82), Jutkiewicz, Wheater, Kamara. Subs. Lonergan, Hutton, Eagles, Hall.

Referee: K Hill

Booked: Austin (Leeds).

Att: 28,904

Goodbye Brian thanks for your efforts .Close the door on the way out ,there's a good chap
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Crucial away point

QPR 1 (Jenas 44), UNITED 1 (McCormack 14).

QPR: Green, Traore, Morrison (Benayoun 85), Dunne, Hill, Onuoha, Jenas (Carroll 81), Hughes, Henry, Hoilett (Keane 62), Doyle. Subs. Murphy, Yun, Sendles-White, Maiga.

United: Butland, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Warnock, Murphy (Brown 80), Austin, Stewart (Mowatt 70), Kebe (Byram 90), McCormack, Wickham. Subs. Cairns, Wootton, Smith, Hunt.

Referee: C Foy

Booked: Jenas, Henry (QPR), Warnock, Kebe, Mowatt (Leeds).

Att: 16,448 (1,794 Leeds)

New United loan signing Connor Wickham went straight into the starting line-up and he partnered Ross McCormack in the attack for the early kick off at Queens Park Rangers. There was also a recall for Tom Lees after the defender missed last weekend's draw to Middlesbrough.

There was nothing between the two sides during the opening stages of the game with both team's defences on top.

United had a great opportunity to take the lead on 10 minutes after referee Chris Foy pointed to the penalty spot following a challenge by Richard Dunne on McCormack in the area. The Scot picked himself up to take the resulting spot-kick but Robert Green saved his effort.

But United and McCormack weren't to be denied from a second dead-ball situation moments later. The striker stood over a free-kick just outside the box and his effort beat Green in the 14th minute of the game.

United continued to look good in possession and midway through the half United's new strike partnership combined well in the box for McCormack to have an effort on goal, but his attempt deflected behind for a corner. The pair continued to cause the home side problems and on the half-hour mark Wickham turned and struck for goal after good build-up play with McCormack, but his effort went just wide of the mark.

The home side came on strong towards the end of the first half and following good hold-up play by Kevin Doyle QPR midfielder Jermaine Jenas found himself in enough space to shoot for goal. Jenas shot across Jack Butland to equalise for his side one minute before the interval.

The home side began the second half as they finished the first and were close to taking the lead in the first minute after the break. Armand Traore was played through on goal and it took a great save from Butland to stop QPR going ahead.

The opening 20 minutes of the second period were littered with stoppages and free-kicks. There was no real fluency to the game, but Wickham came within a whisker of firing United back in front when he sent a shot across the face of goal after good work by Cameron Stewart.

The second half continued in a similar vein with neither side really able to stamp their mark on the contest. There were no real chances of note and as the game entered the final five minutes the outcome was finely balanced.

With just minutes of the 90 remaining Wickham called QPR keeper Green into action when he headed goalwards from a United free-kick. Green could only parry the ball and Wickham's shot from the rebound was blocked.

In the third minute of added time the home side thought they had nicked the game when Clint Hill fired the ball past Butland, but just as the celebrations began the linesman correctly ruled the effort out as the defender was offside. Hill's effort proved to be the final action of the afternoon with United securing a point at Loftus Road.