Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sharp nets on debut

UNITED 0, BORO 0.

United: Silvestri, Byram, Cooper, Pearce, Warnock, Murphy, Austin (Cook 86), Bianchi, Ajose (Poleon 75), Sharp, Doukara (Tonge 53). Subs. S Taylor, C Taylor, Wootton, Smith.

Middlesbrough: Mejias, Abella, Friend, Ayala, Leadbitter, Kike, Tomlin (Williams 85), Whitehead (Clayton 60), Reach (Nsue 75), Omeruo, Adomah. Subs. Konstantopoulos, Husband, Fewster, Woodgate.

Referee: S Attwell.

Booked: Sharp (Leeds), Ayala, Leadbitter, Friend (Boro).

Att: 24,484.

There were three league debuts for United's first home Sky Bet Championship match of the season. Tommaso Bianchi was making his first league appearance and new signings Billy Sharp and Liam Cooper came in from the start after signing for the club on the previous Wednesday.

The atmosphere inside Elland Road was electric at kick off and United had a great chance to go a goal ahead within two minutes. Debutant Sharp was plyed through on goal and only the quick thinking of Tomas Mejias, who came off his line, prevented the striker having an early attempt. The rebound was latched onto by Nicky Ajose but his effort was cleared off the line.

Apart from Sharp's early chance the opening 25 minutes of the game were very even. Both had their moments on the ball but it was Middlesbrough that looked the more dangerous going forward with Kike causing a threat up top.

On 25 minutes the away side had the ball in the back of the net when Albert Adomah connected with a bicycle kick. Referee Stuart Attwell disallowed the goal for a foul in the build-up. Just moments later Middlesbrough went close when Daniel Ayala connected with a corner but the defender's header went wide.

The Middlesbrough chances kicked United into life and went on to create a number of chances. First Bianchi tried his luck from distance and forced a good save from Mejias. Sam Byram also got forward well and was found on the edge of the box by Luke Murphy, but the defender's shot went wide after great control set up a shooting attempt.

The noise levels rose inside the stadium as United looked more aggressive and lively going forward.

There were further chances for both sides before the break but it was Middlesbrough that went closest. In added time good build-up from the away side led to Adomah being free in the box but a great goal-saving challenge from Stephen Warnock prevented the winger from getting a shot on goal.

United started the second half brightly and caused the away side problems at the back. Two corners in quick succession kept the pressure on Middlesbrough but the keeper was rarely called into action.

There was very little in the way of goalscoring opportunities in the opening 20 minutes of the second period. The away looked to have created an opening in the 69th minute when Kike was played through but a great covering tackle from Warnock prevented the Spaniard having a shot on goal.

With 10 minutes of the game remaining Sharp had two good chances in front of goal. The best of the two was a header from a corner but the striker could only turn it wide of the post. Minutes later the striker closed down a poor backpass but the Boro keeper just beat him to the ball.

But in the 88th minute Sharp was the Elland Road hero when the Middlesbrough keeper soilled a shot and the striker was there to smash the ball home and give his new side a 1-0 win.

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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