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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:50 am    Post subject: Barnsley (a) Championship 31/12/11  Reply with quote

Going over shortly, no idea what the latest team news is, not expecting anything other than a good day out with Twatnav and any others we meet up with.  What do you reckon the chances are that the team actually get up for a local derby, put some fight in and do us proud?. Like i say, not expecting much.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet the atmosphere is dark the Leeds section.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh dear.

well at least Becchio got on the scoresheet.  
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ill take that. On a par with England winning Euro 12.

That was appalling, briefly although a full report to follow, we were on top before the first goal,  got in only a goal behind at half time and looked lively for a few second half minutes before giving them another. The way we then proceeded to crumble was quite shocking to see.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If ever there was a yardstick for measuring the health of Leeds United, look no further than the two recent games against Barnsley.
Both at Elland Road a few weeks ago and again yesterday at Oakwell, the team in red comprehensively outplayed Leeds in every single department.
Barnsley are a well organised and enthusiastic team, made up of youngsters and journey man professionals on a limited budget, but they can pass, move , tackle and close down their opponents and were more than a match for Leeds, who seemed not to have a game plan at all.
Yesterday the back 4 in particular were atrocious, both Connolly and White panicked whenever threatened , O’Dea was anonymous and Paddy Kisnorbo dithered for the opening goal and contributed to the second as well with poor defending.
The rest weren’t much better and it is difficult to pick out any Leeds players for any type of positive comment. I suppose Lonergan couldn’t really be blamed and thats about it. We huffed and puffed in the first half but still managed to gift them a lead, the second half was all one way traffic and the team collectively gave up the ghost. Once again buoyed by the performance of little blonde haired David Perkins in the middle of the park, Barnsley put the Leeds players to shame.
The malaise at Elland Road has been coming for some time now. When the club gained promotion to the championship two seasons ago, they had momentum which gave us hope that there were better times ahead and we could dream once again of regaining what we believe to be our rightful place in the top division of English football.
The problem has been that the club have shamefully neglected to build on that momentum and in truth have gone backwards.
IF , and that is a big IF, the club truly intended to achieve that goal, then they have failed spectacularly to put into practice any sort of plan to make it happen. Contracts of better players have been allowed to reach a stage where we can no longer retain them (As we refuse to pay a competitive wage) and we have been almost completely impotent in the transfer market, seemingly dogged at every turn in a game where our opponents hold all of the aces.
That this should be set against a backdrop of numerous and loyal support, paying prices correlating to a club in the top six of the premier league. People are surely entitled to ask, as they did yesterday at Oakwell, Where has our money gone?
Since promotion, both top scorer Jermaine Beckford and last seasons player of the season Max Gradel have been sold. Gradel quite cynically in the final hours of the transfer window. Neither have been replaced. Neil Kilkenny and Bradley Johnson were allowed to leave, deemed not good enough for Leeds, again neither have been replaced.
The club are operating in a highly cut throat and competitive market whilst adhering to a policy espoused by an 80 year old Ken Bates at regular intervals that players are overpaid, agents too greedy, clubs unrealistic about transfer fee values. That is all very well, many people might agree with Mr Bates on some or even all of those points. In the real world however Leeds United are the only club sticking to these principles whilst at the same time millions of pound are being spent on developing a football ground which the club do not own, the cost of highly paid barristers fighting Bates many legal battles with his perceived enemies, subsidising Yorkshire Radio so that the party line can be towed and broadcast, at the exclusion of any media source which may cast any doubt on Bates motives. As I recall, Yorkshire radio were listed as a creditor during our last administration where Bates threatened to liquidate the club if he did not win through.
So, the question is, where is the honesty ? It really isn’t possible for a club like ours to re-establish itself at the top level on a shoestring budget, Bates blames the very lifeblood of the club, the supporters, for putting off potential investors but this is a very weak claim, his public belittlement of anyone mooted to have shown even the slightest interest in getting involved is there for all to see.
Those very same supporters are expected to pay for their season tickets SEVEN months prior to the start of the next season. Outrageous.
The truth of the matter is surely that EITHER Bates, Sean Harvey and the rest have singularly Failed to make any type of fist of the job OR there is no real intention of achieving that goal.
What this is really about is milking the cash cow that is the loyalty of Leeds Uniteds fans and realising a huge profit on a relatively small initial investment. The owner of Elland Road is shrouded in mystery, so was the ownership of the club until Bates conveniently ‘ bought’ it from people he had sworn under oath in court he couldn’t identify, this in the face of an onrushing enquiry into the identity of the clubs owners. Lets be clear, Bates motives at Leeds United have nothing to do with football and everything to do with profit with the added bonus of having a soapbox from which to insult at will.
If anyone is STILL in any doubt about this then look no further than the pitiful display of the Leeds United players yesterday afternoon. There was no stomach for the battle, too many of them know that they are simply not up to the job. The fact that their early season results have left them clear of relegation is a real blessing . Our club needs players of ability and character, there was little of that on display yesterday where they simply threw in the towel. Unforgiveable. Players have to take responsibility for what they do on the pitch and so many of them yesterday went missing. The bottom line is that there is very little quality in the whole squad, and what we have right now is unlikely to still be with us come August.
And what of Simon Grayson ? Well he came to our club from a comfortable spot at Blackpool. He came to our club because he cares about it. Listening to his interview post match, he still clearly cares about the club now.
There is plenty of criticism of Grayson, these are his players after all, some of them are stealing their wages but he will most likely end up as the sacrificial lamb.
As he walked down the touchline yesterday at the end of the game, past the anger and vitriol of the Leeds support, I felt truly sorry for the man. His players had let him down and in my opinion he has been asked to achieve an impossible task, he had his head bowed and seemed to sense that the end was near, I think it is as well.
A new manager may bring about improved performances for a while but in the final analysis, the problems at leeds United stem from the very top of the club and it is impossible to forsee any progress at the club until things change right there.
Andros Townsend has joined on loan today from Spurs, a step in the right direction perhaps but on the evidence of yesterday there is far too much to do at the club to put it right any time soon.
We can only hope. Happy New Year to all Leeds United fans out there, lets keep the faith and retain that hope.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amen to all that - larry the sacrificial lamb  
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The best manager we've had since relegation from the top division. The right man at the wrong time. Double  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great piece Leb
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think you hit the nail on the head Leb. Or maybe snail in O'Dea's case.

The bright start to the season we enjoyed thanks to new boys McCormack and Clayton hid a malaise that now seems to have affected the whole team. Howson, Becchio and Paddy seem shadows of their former selves and at times we have been painful to watch.

Last home game I saw (v Reading) was the closest I've ever come to walking out early.

I find myself longing for the days of Naylor, Hughes and Richardson, who although limited players, had a passion for the club which was obvious when they were on the pitch.
Most of these lot don't seem too bothered whether they win or lose.

Bates's 'editorial' in the match programme reads the same as when he took the club over. It is always about him (and bleeding Suzanne) , not about football. We're stuck with him until he dies (see Celebrity Deathwatch) as no-one outside of his small circle of cronies will do business with him.

I've had enough of a 250 mile round trip to pay £35 and watch shite for the moment.

Another 15 points should see us clear of relegation.
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Good stuff Leb, ive finally got round to writing nore about the game. It was quite painfull

Is it 8-9-10 years now that we have gone into derby and other crunch games knowing that the team are just not going to show up? It simply has to be something to do with the club's culture, infrastructure, training regime, social scene or other constants because we must have had a million players and a hundred teams over that time and they all perform the same, everyone a choker. Maybe it is the fans fault and that doolalley old twat has a point.

The south Yorkshire sunshine and some insanely dreadful seasonal party music greeted the teams as well as 6000 Leeds fans behind the goal. Barnsley kicked off attacking our end and hoofed it eventually into touch behind the dug out to our right. We were in good voice considering the early kick off easily louder than the home fans who were very subdued.

O'Dea covered an early attack and our 4-5-1 formation strung across the field with McCormack on the right and Keogh the sole front central man, He did well to chase a ball to prevent a dead ball.  The ref then awarded them a soft foul but the punt into the box was punched clear for a corner from which we cleared with Brown getting fouled in the process. We were looking composed and purposeful though. Keogh hit a half chance wide before Barnsley broke and overhit the cross. Odea hurried a clearance under no pressure to lose possession and a little mini scrap ensued in midfield with some tit for tat snapping at heels. Brown was fouled and then McCormack fouled with the ref showing consistency at least. We beat off an atack and pressured ourselves with Nunez curling a shot wide followed by another good build up.

Kis seemed under no pressure but failed to clear, Barnsley pounced and it was 0-1. They could have had another but the unmarked man at the far post couldn't control the ball. McCormack failed to control a ball and White dawdled as we began to implode. Nunez tried a speculative shot and McCormack was still trying, He found Connolly whose cross was awful. Connolly then failed to support Ross as he looked for a release giving the full back a quizzical look. McCormack tried an overhead kick in the box to no avail followed by another. He alone was at least putting a shift in. Kiz defended a Barnsley break for a corner before Barnsley blasted a terrible free kick over the bar following a very late Odea tackle on the edge of the box.

Barnsley attacked again as the blonde lad in midfield came back onto the pitch after feigning injury but they hit the shot high again, by now though they had fully gained the initiative. Pugh hit a wayward pass from his unfavoured central midfield position as Bates out started amongst the crowd. Nunez crossed to Keogh but his header was saved. We were just not committed in the box at all prompting Nunez to try another long range shot. The half ended as the Finish lad whose name i cannot remember and hopefully will never have to again dribbled and stumbled into the dead ball area

Dickie Bird made an appearance at half time to much appreciation from all around the ground and produced a little dribble himself on a par with Van Halen's or whatever you call him.

We kicked off the second half and looked purposeful. Nunez clapped a wayward return pass and sleeves seemed to be rolled up as we tried to climb a gear. We cleared a corner but proceeded to gift them another. An unmarked Barnsley shirt collected the return and shot to make it 0-2. Another little spell of ineptitude signalled the replacing of aforementioned invisible waste of space in midfield with Clayton and Keogh by Becchio but no one was expecting anything to be turned around. Becchio however soon linked up with Nunez who hit wide.

Nunez got caught again, his lightweight presence no match for Barnsley tenacity in midfield. Moments later the loose ball was curled in first time to make it 0-3 and game over.

White tried a surge but finished with a woeful pass as streams of Leeds fans made their way up the grassy slopes of the coach part to our right. Connolly received a yellow card for a silly challenge as the game threatened to descend into farce if it hadn't already. Barnsley attacked at will especially our right back position curling another shot just wide followed by another high shot. One of their twerps to our left was ejected by the police as a little crowd tension emerged. By now we had got passed the moaning stage. We produced a pathetic free kick to no one that didn't even register.

Barnsley then made it 4-0 slicing through our right side from centre. Chants of Bring on the Arsenal emerged around us. White forced a corner and a great save followed then the bar came between us and consolation as we at least tried to mount some pressure. Barnsley cleared after a scramble. Kis lost possession again under no pressure and Becchio mishit a great cross in the box.

McCormack still towed. Lonergan made two fine saves before Ross hit a great chance skyward. Becchio then finally got on the end of a good cross for a consolation 1-4 and we went fucking Mental.

Barnsley had the last chance hooking over the bar before the ref put us out of our misery. Its been a while since i left a ground so dejected. I can barely remember talking to Leb and BLF. It was a miserable walk back into the town, even my two Barnsley mates felt sorry for us and mercifully restrained themselves with the texting.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks LD. Can't have been much fun writing that up.

My mate Barry went after the fourth goal. Bet he's kicking himself that he missed Becchio's consolation   .
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Late Doors wrote:
Good stuff Leb, ive finally got round to writing nore about the game. It was quite painfull

Is it 8-9-10 years now that we have gone into derby and other crunch games knowing that the team are just not going to show up? It simply has to be something to do with the club's culture, infrastructure, training regime, social scene or other constants because we must have had a million players and a hundred teams over that time and they all perform the same, everyone a choker. Maybe it is the fans fault and that doolalley old twat has a point.

The south Yorkshire sunshine and some insanely dreadful seasonal party music greeted the teams as well as 6000 Leeds fans behind the goal. Barnsley kicked off attacking our end and hoofed it eventually into touch behind the dug out to our right. We were in good voice considering the early kick off easily louder than the home fans who were very subdued.

O'Dea covered an early attack and our 4-5-1 formation strung across the field with McCormack on the right and Keogh the sole front central man, He did well to chase a ball to prevent a dead ball.  The ref then awarded them a soft foul but the punt into the box was punched clear for a corner from which we cleared with Brown getting fouled in the process. We were looking composed and purposeful though. Keogh hit a half chance wide before Barnsley broke and overhit the cross. Odea hurried a clearance under no pressure to lose possession and a little mini scrap ensued in midfield with some tit for tat snapping at heels. Brown was fouled and then McCormack fouled with the ref showing consistency at least. We beat off an atack and pressured ourselves with Nunez curling a shot wide followed by another good build up.

Kis seemed under no pressure but failed to clear, Barnsley pounced and it was 0-1. They could have had another but the unmarked man at the far post couldn't control the ball. McCormack failed to control a ball and White dawdled as we began to implode. Nunez tried a speculative shot and McCormack was still trying, He found Connolly whose cross was awful. Connolly then failed to support Ross as he looked for a release giving the full back a quizzical look. McCormack tried an overhead kick in the box to no avail followed by another. He alone was at least putting a shift in. Kiz defended a Barnsley break for a corner before Barnsley blasted a terrible free kick over the bar following a very late Odea tackle on the edge of the box.

Barnsley attacked again as the blonde lad in midfield came back onto the pitch after feigning injury but they hit the shot high again, by now though they had fully gained the initiative. Pugh hit a wayward pass from his unfavoured central midfield position as Bates out started amongst the crowd. Nunez crossed to Keogh but his header was saved. We were just not committed in the box at all prompting Nunez to try another long range shot. The half ended as the Finish lad whose name i cannot remember and hopefully will never have to again dribbled and stumbled into the dead ball area

Dickie Bird made an appearance at half time to much appreciation from all around the ground and produced a little dribble himself on a par with Van Halen's or whatever you call him.

We kicked off the second half and looked purposeful. Nunez clapped a wayward return pass and sleeves seemed to be rolled up as we tried to climb a gear. We cleared a corner but proceeded to gift them another. An unmarked Barnsley shirt collected the return and shot to make it 0-2. Another little spell of ineptitude signalled the replacing of aforementioned invisible waste of space in midfield with Clayton and Keogh by Becchio but no one was expecting anything to be turned around. Becchio however soon linked up with Nunez who hit wide.

Nunez got caught again, his lightweight presence no match for Barnsley tenacity in midfield. Moments later the loose ball was curled in first time to make it 0-3 and game over.

White tried a surge but finished with a woeful pass as streams of Leeds fans made their way up the grassy slopes of the coach part to our right. Connolly received a yellow card for a silly challenge as the game threatened to descend into farce if it hadn't already. Barnsley attacked at will especially our right back position curling another shot just wide followed by another high shot. One of their twerps to our left was ejected by the police as a little crowd tension emerged. By now we had got passed the moaning stage. We produced a pathetic free kick to no one that didn't even register.

Barnsley then made it 4-0 slicing through our right side from centre. Chants of Bring on the Arsenal emerged around us. White forced a corner and a great save followed then the bar came between us and consolation as we at least tried to mount some pressure. Barnsley cleared after a scramble. Kis lost possession again under no pressure and Becchio mishit a great cross in the box.

McCormack still towed. Lonergan made two fine saves before Ross hit a great chance skyward. Becchio then finally got on the end of a good cross for a consolation 1-4 and we went fucking Mental.

Barnsley had the last chance hooking over the bar before the ref put us out of our misery. Its been a while since i left a ground so dejected. I can barely remember talking to Leb and BLF. It was a miserable walk back into the town, even my two Barnsley mates felt sorry for us and mercifully restrained themselves with the texting.


Nice one M. Bit harsh on Vayrynen though mate, he has had the sum total of half a game in his proper position , and seems to have been jettisoned. If you think back to the likes of McCallister and even further back Tony Currie, they took about a dozen games to get going. I accept he has shown us nothing yet and of course won't be able to hold a candle to either of the aforementioned.

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