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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject: Coventry away  Reply with quote

The Birdingbury posse is heading for the Ricoh tomorrow. For the last time as it is shortly to be renamed the City of Coventry stadium as part of an Olympic rebranding exercise.

A team in far deeper trouble than we are. They don't own their stadium, they make no revenue other than the gate receipts and are hogtied, by a deal done before the stadium was completed, with Coventry City Council.

The site used to be a gasworks. It took three years to get it to a state so that you could walk on it without the soles of your shoes melting, and someone had to pay.

The situation was exacerbated by the original sponsors, Jaguar, closing down their Coventry plant and withdrawing £7m in the same year as the team finally (and deservedly) got relegated from the Prem.

It's no wonder Cov fans are a miserable lot. All they have come to expect is mediocrity and they don't even get that.

They have lost all their best players since last season - Westwood, Gunnarson, Turner, Judcievitz and 'She says No', and are dependent on Gipsy Fred and McSheffery for goals.

I fear a 0-0.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take away the gas works and Jaguar (I assume the shortfall of £7m is your pension   ) Leeds and Cov are kindred spirits.  

2-1 Cov.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slip slidin' away.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Message to Mr Bates: you play monkeys and you'll get peanuts.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank goodness we have some points. We are a relegation outfit. Hope we can hang on.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

45 points should be enough.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is at times like these when I can be thankful for having interests in my life other than Leeds United.
If that were not the case then heaven only knows how profound  would be the depths of my despair.
This truly is a football club which stretches the limits of what it is to be absurd.
To describe the Leeds United performance at Coventry City’s splendid Ricoh Arena last night as abject would be doing a grave injustice to any conscientious abjectors out there.
When Chairman Bates spouted during his weekly Yorkshire ‘Pravda’ radiobabble that we now faced “Three eminently winnable games “ in Brighton, Coventry and Doncaster under the guidance of Neil ‘Redders’  Redfearn then the opposition team talk was already completed.
We all of course, as long suffering Leeds followers could see the writing on the wall. (It says BATES OUT if you haven’t seen it).
Redfearn was clearly Bates preferred option to replace Simon Grayson, mainly by virtue of him bearing  Kens favourite price tag, that reads ‘Cheap’. I have no axe to grind with the man and wish him well, his win rate however, as a manager , is less than 20% !!
Hardly aiming high are we ?
“It is only right” we are told, to give him an opportunity. Can someone please explain the logic behind this statement ?
The players like him, Redders that is. We have been treated to a series of articles issued by the club apparently from  various players telling us how much of a wonderful man he is, how great training has been, how the work-rate has increased ( When a professional footballer tells you that it does make you wonder ) culminating in an article from an Aston Villa player, Fabien Delph, telling us that Neil is the man for the job, in his opinion. Thanks Fab, that is er.. Absolutely Fab, Fab.
Fab goes back to Aston Villa in about a week.
It is becoming increasingly hard for the optimists among us to see a happy destination for the good ship Leeds.
The Norris Cole-like Sean Harvey has overseen a masterful strategy of contract negotiations which seems to involve us offering our talent wages below the going rate , moving them on, then accuse them of greed/ambition.
What remains of our squad next season is looking likely to be a relegation fighting squad.
It has to be said that , for any football club with any ambition one of the key elements of success has to be to retain the talent that lies within the club, first and foremost.
There you have it, that word again, AMBITION. Something which is patently not part of the ethos at the club at this present time. Not in a footballing sense anyway.
Here’s another one conspicuous by its absence in the boardroom at Elland Road..’INTEGRITY’.
If I hear one more person say that Ken Bates saved Leeds United I think I’ll snap !
Ken Bates saw an opportunity to exploit the weakness of an ailing football club and profit from that weakness (It didn’t matter which, Sheffield Weds dodged a bullet) the man is a parasite.
He ‘Saved’ us Did he ? What ? In the same way that a cannibal would ‘save’ a drowning sailor and carry him off in a large sack ready for the cooking pot ?  Ah, I see. I think I understand now.
I still encounter, rather less frequently now it has to be said, people who want to defend Ken Bates tenure. The only question I ask is this... “ Do you honestly believe that the powers that be at Leeds United are making a genuine and honest attempt at achieving success for our team on the football field” ... I have yet to have anyone answer in the positive to this question.
The truth is that OUR money has been used for the profit of other parties as opposed to  giving us the best team that we can produce, something to be proud of. Anyone remember that feeling ?
So that brings us on nicely to the game last night, Over 3200 hardy Leeds fans made their way to the Ricoh and it contained a sparse crowd of 15000 in its sweeping new stands.
The early exchanges showed Coventry to be a shell-shocked team with not a great deal of belief , preparing themselves for another nail in their relegation coffin. As the game wore on however, they realised that Leeds were a worse rabble than themselves.
“You’re too shit to play for Leeds” was the cry to Garry McSheffrey from the Leeds fans, whenever you hear something like this you fear the worst, don’t you ?
And so it was that, on the edge of the Leeds box, O’Dea once again produced his magnificent Karate Kid Crane pose in lieu of a tackle, meaning that Danny Pugh was forced to mow down a Coventry attacker, clear penalty. Who is our defensive coach ? Mr Miyagi ?
Up stepped G-Mc-S of course to bury the ball in the net and , quite rightly milk his celebrations in front of the away support.
The next goal seemed vital, Leeds confidence seems alarmingly brittle and you could see no way back from a two goal deficit.
The game was, in truth, awful. Misplaced passes, misunderstandings, poor control were all exhibited in abundance by both sides.
Coventry worked out that a good tactic was to loft the ball, Rugby League Up-and- Under style in the direction of the Leeds Central defenders . Under normal circumstances this would be just a waste of possession. These aren’t normal circumstances and the tactic caused havoc in the Leeds defence with a determined Clive Platt getting the better of White, Lees and O’Dea on numerous occasions.
I feel for Tom Lees, he is a promising youngster but he should be playing alongside someone who can bring him along, he is being asked to lead before his time and that is having a detrimental effect on his play.
The one bright spark all night for Leeds last night was Ross McCormack, he was lively and inventive and never gave up. Credit to him. It was he who came up with an equaliser, Aidy White bundled his way through the defence with the aid of a couple of ricochets and the ball fell to Ross McC who coolly picked his spot.
One each at half time, you felt that, given an improved display in the second half, the game was winnable. However the second half continued in the same vein. There were chances at both ends and White, in particular should have scored  when right in front of goal with only the keeper to beat, he tamely trickled the ball to him. No belief is that lads problem.
Delph limped off with what looked like a knee injury, giving a little Leeds salute as he did, you wonder if that will be the last we at Leeds see of him.
A howl of derision met Redfearns decision to replace McCormack with Nunez . “You don’t know what you’re doing “ sang the away fans. The substitution effectively killed Leeds as an attacking force and Coventry showed a greater desire to win the game.
Redfearns explanation was that he thought Ross was "Looking a bit leggy". If that was the case then for poor old Luciano Becchio, Rigor Mortis had set in.
The inevitable winner came when a Coventry  attacker ran past a queue of Leeds defenders (Including the Crane) to be chopped down in the box, this was in the 5 minutes of added time. Up stepped G-Mc-S , game over. Cue wild celebrations in the home stands. Good luck to ‘em they got their reward for turning up.
Only Snodgrass, White and Clayton bothered to approach the away end at the final whistle, none of them will be playing for Leeds next season I guess. The remainder, including Captain Lonergan, couldn’t get off the pitch quick enough, some showing much more enthusiasm for this chase than anything that preceded.
As we left, in the Coventry City  main stand  a huge banner was unfurled
“ 7 Years Of Lies – We’ve all had enough “
Never a truer word spoken.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much as I feared. Great write up though.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top report Leb
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Leb. A great review, as alway. You are in the top 8 reviewers on here.

Bates.....................................Is there a way? I think the last admin was the way.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no idea how much abuse he used to get at Chelsea, but boy does he have the skin of a stegosaurus.

Weird way to live.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great report Leb.

I'm glad I've had nearly 48 hours to compose myself before writing this.

25 years ago I used to play parks football, and all you had to do to get picked was turn up a: on time and b: sober, and our goalie used to bring a shovel to clear all the dog shit out of the penalty area. Some of the football i saw on Tuesday was worse than we played in the Leamington Sunday League Div 2.

We were shocking. So were Coventry, but they had a greater appetite for the game and that's why they won. Had they not been so inept in front of goal it could have been four.

To see Clive Platt, who has been trundling round the lower divisions  since the last century and for whom the word journeyman could been invented, completely dominating our defence was horrifying.

We hardly strung two passes together all night. The one good move led to the chance that Aidy White missed. If it had come to his left foot he might have scored, It didn't and he didn't.

Both the penalties were won by their No 18, who caused problems whenever he ran at us. Reminded me a bit of Max in the way he played.

The moment that epitomised our shortcomings for me was when one of their CBs ran the length of the pitch without any of our players putting in a challenge, until he was felled by Brown just outside the area. It was like he had some sort of force field around him.

McCormack was the only player who put in a full shift. No idea why he was taken off. I don't think Nunes touched the ball tbh.

Redfearn's substitutions were too late and smacked of playing for a draw. We should be battering teams like this.

There seems to be no leadership on the pitch. Our mild-mannered goalkeeper couldn't be blamed for the goals, but he doesn't boss his own defence and teams will register that and take advantage of it.

O'Dea, as Leb said, was a disaster. He actually had a good chance to score. When the ball bounced in his direction after a cross. All he had to do was turn, and make contact with the ball. He got the first bit right. Defensively, he was a liability. We would be better off with a carefully positioned bag of nutty slack in the penalty area.

Most of the players sloped off quietly at the end of the game to shouts of 'One Simon Grayson'. Becchio looked particularly disheartened. Both he and Snodds will doubtless be off end of season and will be replaced by inferior but cheaper replacements.

Thank fuck we have the points in the bag.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Leb, FC, almost word for word what twatnav said. He said he'd seen you Leb, i just didn't fancy it.  So much to be disappointed about.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cheers Leb, FC, almost word for word what twatnav said. He said he'd seen you Leb, i just didn't fancy it.  So much to be disappointed about.


Yeah I saw him on the way out, M, I assume that was his lad with him ?

You know mate the disappointment has vanished for me, it is madness to expect this rabble to achieve anything so I really don't.

My hope has been extinguished so when we get beat, it really doesn't hurt as much.

The biggest obstacle we have at lufc is gettin rid of Bates, until that happens we have a bleak future.

Having said that he is 80 years old, God willing i will outlast him.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's gonna live forever mate, and you know it.  I foresee his head alive, preserved in a jar, Futurama style...

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