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Blackburn (a) 2013/14

For a club that has supposedly the biggest set of Neanderthal arseholes and doilams in the land I haven't half met some great lads in my 45 years following Leeds united. A casual tweet resulted in leb and leb jnr picking me up at Ainley Top for the trip over the hill for another in what must be in the teens of visits to this ground. The golden cup pub is host these days. A tiny bar area dealt efficiently with the mass of Leeds fans around it before we headed early down the hill through the fallen leaves †to Ewood with its huge white supporting struts catching the winter sun amongst what remain of the terraced dwellings that once encroached on our end of this old ground.

I had half hour in the upper stand high and to the right corner watching the pre match warm up manoeuvres. Tight two touch passing and possession along with accurate edge of box First time shooting. You would think it was our game plan wouldn't you. †Maybe its some subtle decoy manoeuvre that i don't quite get.

By the time we kicked off a huge away following had amassed but were not producing the noise †expected. Some of that can be put down to the lack of opposition but i think that despite the numbers there is no collective momentum of excitement amongst the fans. Stoic support yes but no expectancy or sense of adventure

We kicked of with a punt forward that we contested by flooring the defender and the game was immediately halted for treatment.
Lees won the header from Blackburn's free kick and we commenced an excellent period of early dominance. Ross was busy harassing the keeper with a challenge, forcing throws and putting a couple of crosses in. Pearce made an early tough tackle and mot rang out as we sensed a positive start.

Blackburn's first attack came from a long throw. We cleared but the returning shot had to be saved by paddy fiving low to his right for a corner. We cleared the danger by getting s dead ball that looked a certain corner to me. Nonetheless we continued to look composed and patient with neat if safe passing. Ross produced a great take that forced a corner. The keeper fumbled and for a while he looked uneasy. We should have tested him with a couple of shots when in shooting range but all that pre match practise must have removed the desire. Instead Blackburn came back into the game and just as the Gary speed chants started they over hit a ball into the box that paddy comfortably collected. It signalled the end of the first phase which was ours in terms of possession anyway.

Ross looking confident, perhaps too confident tried to chip the keeper with a flat effort and Blackburn hit us with the counter forcing paddy to come out and smother followed by a tricky shot when we couldn't build a response.

By now it was an even game, mediocre but even. Rudy took a wrong option when he had to think in possession after a good build up and Rhodes fired over for them with a quick speculative shot he sometimes finds the net with


Austen took it forward again with no end delivery allowing Blackburn to attack by probing our right back area. A rare insurgence down our left was overhit into their box that the keeper collected as it became clear we were not going to maintain any dominance of this game. Only Blackburn's ordinariness prevented any anxiety despite their slight assurgency. Ross received treatment on the ground for a minute and there was a period where Blackburn pushed and barged us about whilst producing dangerous movement up front. Ironically it was during this spell we produced out first clear opening. A great interplay and ball into box found Pugh with a one on one with keeper who won out with a fine block. He should have scored though. The corner was cleared and Rudy fluffed the ball back in. You got the distinct impression we were not going to get another chance like that

Back we came to defend. Lees cleared well the Peltier on the right touchline as more and more the ref punished us for seemingly innocuous things whilst allowing the home side to get away with the same. Sour grapes ? Bias? NO. Meanwhile a cross came over that we calmly allowed to bounce into dead ball.

The ineffective Varney received a yellow card before ironic cheers greeted a free kick awarded to us. It'd been a while but Blackburn still moved forward down our left. Paddy had a save to make for a corner and after we had finally cleared away the danger Rudy tool the ball forward to safety as the half neared the last minute. Incredibly he lost possession and Blackburn pounced. This time we panicked with the harmless cross and knocked it for a corner. It came in for the inevitable header and in we went at half time 1-0 down.

It's never pretty at Blackburn in the bar area at half †time so I stayed in the stand until Blackburn started the second gaining a throw. Meanwhile a group of fans were singing Chants of support for Rudy. Others were wondering differently. Blackburn's dangerous right winger turned Pugh and Lees inside out with a tricky turn and dribble and our slow start began to inspire the following to raise the volume a tad. Lees skied a simple pass into touch as WAL rang out. It seemed to work,, we began to look more positive taking the ball forward up and across the middle. Ross attempted a shot when perhaps better options were available but it looked positive again. Obviously while we were trying to press we became more vulnerable at the back. A great recovering tackle stopped a Blackburn break.

Rudy was too easily beaten when trying to come forward with the ball and the ref cemented his first half performance by penalising what looked a decent tackle by us but Paddy collected the loose free kick into the box.

By now we were back in the game but still not threatening the goal area and Blackburn interrupted our vigour too easily has we struggled for any lengthy possession. More worryingly they began to threaten our area in a way we couldn't with theirs. Paddy made a good save and a couple of corners came in that we defended well. WAL rang out again as we forced corners but they were too easily headed clear. Tragically we couldn't collect the loose balls either. Smith who had come on dived vainly for a penalty appeal attempting to meet a cross but it would have been a soft one. Rudy turned in the box and hit a shot into the side netting but it was never close as minutes ticked by in frustrating unproductiveness.

Pearce took a card for a mistimed challenge wasting more time and we went three up front with Polean Smith and Ross. The game lost the little fluency it has as Blackburn began ticking the clock down by taking the ball into the corner and we resorted to balls up for Smith hoping to produce some knock ons. Blackburn cleared time and again and we couldn't use the loose balls we did pick up. Still we tried to pressure, to no avail. A blatant corner was denied to us as Ross's shot took a deflection that incensed the players as much as the crowd as we moved into the four minutes added time. Sadly it could have been forty and we still would not have scored.

So we shuffled out, met up and headed up the Bolton road to the car where I bumped into the Kaisercheifs striding into Darwin to commence what sounded like a pretty serious night out in Manchester. Lebs and I got into the car after a moment of panic when we thought the car had been towed away until we realised we were on the wrong street. That would have rounded off a miserable afternoon but as it was by the time we got back to Udders ad I had a pint in the Zeph normality had set in.

A disappointing result again and one I think we could have improved on with a bit more guile in midfield and panache up front. Sadly, we haven't got it and that will probably ensure we remain mid table.
fartcatcher

Thanks LD.

Sounds like a pretty underwhelming experience. We seem to be very dependent on MvCormack being on song.
If only Varney picked up as many goals as he does bookings.
Dock

Re: Blackburn (a) 2013/14

Late Doors wrote:
For a club that has supposedly the biggest set of Neanderthal arseholes and doilams in the land I haven't half met some great lads in my 45 years following Leeds united. A casual tweet resulted in leb and leb jnr picking me up at Ainley Top for the trip over the hill for another in what must be in the teens of visits to this ground. The golden cup pub is host these days. A tiny bar area dealt efficiently with the mass of Leeds fans around it before we headed early down the hill through the fallen leaves †to Ewood with its huge white supporting struts catching the winter sun amongst what remain of the terraced dwellings that once encroached on our end of this old ground.

I had half hour in the upper stand high and to the right corner watching the pre match warm up manoeuvres. Tight two touch passing and possession along with accurate edge of box First time shooting. You would think it was our game plan wouldn't you. †Maybe its some subtle decoy manoeuvre that i don't quite get.

By the time we kicked off a huge away following had amassed but were not producing the noise †expected. Some of that can be put down to the lack of opposition but i think that despite the numbers there is no collective momentum of excitement amongst the fans. Stoic support yes but no expectancy or sense of adventure

We kicked of with a punt forward that we contested by flooring the defender and the game was immediately halted for treatment.
Lees won the header from Blackburn's free kick and we commenced an excellent period of early dominance. Ross was busy harassing the keeper with a challenge, forcing throws and putting a couple of crosses in. Pearce made an early tough tackle and mot rang out as we sensed a positive start.

Blackburn's first attack came from a long throw. We cleared but the returning shot had to be saved by paddy fiving low to his right for a corner. We cleared the danger by getting s dead ball that looked a certain corner to me. Nonetheless we continued to look composed and patient with neat if safe passing. Ross produced a great take that forced a corner. The keeper fumbled and for a while he looked uneasy. We should have tested him with a couple of shots when in shooting range but all that pre match practise must have removed the desire. Instead Blackburn came back into the game and just as the Gary speed chants started they over hit a ball into the box that paddy comfortably collected. It signalled the end of the first phase which was ours in terms of possession anyway.

Ross looking confident, perhaps too confident tried to chip the keeper with a flat effort and Blackburn hit us with the counter forcing paddy to come out and smother followed by a tricky shot when we couldn't build a response.

By now it was an even game, mediocre but even. Rudy took a wrong option when he had to think in possession after a good build up and Rhodes fired over for them with a quick speculative shot he sometimes finds the net with


Austen took it forward again with no end delivery allowing Blackburn to attack by probing our right back area. A rare insurgence down our left was overhit into their box that the keeper collected as it became clear we were not going to maintain any dominance of this game. Only Blackburn's ordinariness prevented any anxiety despite their slight assurgency. Ross received treatment on the ground for a minute and there was a period where Blackburn pushed and barged us about whilst producing dangerous movement up front. Ironically it was during this spell we produced out first clear opening. A great interplay and ball into box found Pugh with a one on one with keeper who won out with a fine block. He should have scored though. The corner was cleared and Rudy fluffed the ball back in. You got the distinct impression we were not going to get another chance like that

Back we came to defend. Lees cleared well the Peltier on the right touchline as more and more the ref punished us for seemingly innocuous things whilst allowing the home side to get away with the same. Sour grapes ? Bias? NO. Meanwhile a cross came over that we calmly allowed to bounce into dead ball.

The ineffective Varney received a yellow card before ironic cheers greeted a free kick awarded to us. It'd been a while but Blackburn still moved forward down our left. Paddy had a save to make for a corner and after we had finally cleared away the danger Rudy tool the ball forward to safety as the half neared the last minute. Incredibly he lost possession and Blackburn pounced. This time we panicked with the harmless cross and knocked it for a corner. It came in for the inevitable header and in we went at half time 1-0 down.

It's never pretty at Blackburn in the bar area at half †time so I stayed in the stand until Blackburn started the second gaining a throw. Meanwhile a group of fans were singing Chants of support for Rudy. Others were wondering differently. Blackburn's dangerous right winger turned Pugh and Lees inside out with a tricky turn and dribble and our slow start began to inspire the following to raise the volume a tad. Lees skied a simple pass into touch as WAL rang out. It seemed to work,, we began to look more positive taking the ball forward up and across the middle. Ross attempted a shot when perhaps better options were available but it looked positive again. Obviously while we were trying to press we became more vulnerable at the back. A great recovering tackle stopped a Blackburn break.

Rudy was too easily beaten when trying to come forward with the ball and the ref cemented his first half performance by penalising what looked a decent tackle by us but Paddy collected the loose free kick into the box.

By now we were back in the game but still not threatening the goal area and Blackburn interrupted our vigour too easily has we struggled for any lengthy possession. More worryingly they began to threaten our area in a way we couldn't with theirs. Paddy made a good save and a couple of corners came in that we defended well. WAL rang out again as we forced corners but they were too easily headed clear. Tragically we couldn't collect the loose balls either. Smith who had come on dived vainly for a penalty appeal attempting to meet a cross but it would have been a soft one. Rudy turned in the box and hit a shot into the side netting but it was never close as minutes ticked by in frustrating unproductiveness.

Pearce took a card for a mistimed challenge wasting more time and we went three up front with Polean Smith and Ross. The game lost the little fluency it has as Blackburn began ticking the clock down by taking the ball into the corner and we resorted to balls up for Smith hoping to produce some knock ons. Blackburn cleared time and again and we couldn't use the loose balls we did pick up. Still we tried to pressure, to no avail. A blatant corner was denied to us as Ross's shot took a deflection that incensed the players as much as the crowd as we moved into the four minutes added time. Sadly it could have been forty and we still would not have scored.

So we shuffled out, met up and headed up the Bolton road to the car where I bumped into the Kaisercheifs striding into Darwin to commence what sounded like a pretty serious night out in Manchester.
Quote:
Lebs and I got into the car after a moment of panic when we thought the car had been towed away until we realised we were on the wrong street.
That would have rounded off a miserable afternoon but as it was by the time we got back to Udders ad I had a pint in the Zeph normality had set in.

A disappointing result again and one I think we could have improved on with a bit more guile in midfield and panache up front. Sadly, we haven't got it and that will probably ensure we remain mid table.


"Lebs and I got into the car after a moment of panic when we thought the car had been towed away until we realised we were on the wrong street."

Fucking hell. Thank god we've got a navy. Sharp as a cue ball, the pair of yer.
Grind

10001 holes.
smiling badger

Great report. Thank you.
smiling badger

Re: Blackburn (a) 2013/14

Dock wrote:
Late Doors wrote:
For a club that has supposedly the biggest set of Neanderthal arseholes and doilams in the land I haven't half met some great lads in my 45 years following Leeds united. A casual tweet resulted in leb and leb jnr picking me up at Ainley Top for the trip over the hill for another in what must be in the teens of visits to this ground. The golden cup pub is host these days. A tiny bar area dealt efficiently with the mass of Leeds fans around it before we headed early down the hill through the fallen leaves †to Ewood with its huge white supporting struts catching the winter sun amongst what remain of the terraced dwellings that once encroached on our end of this old ground.

I had half hour in the upper stand high and to the right corner watching the pre match warm up manoeuvres. Tight two touch passing and possession along with accurate edge of box First time shooting. You would think it was our game plan wouldn't you. †Maybe its some subtle decoy manoeuvre that i don't quite get.

By the time we kicked off a huge away following had amassed but were not producing the noise †expected. Some of that can be put down to the lack of opposition but i think that despite the numbers there is no collective momentum of excitement amongst the fans. Stoic support yes but no expectancy or sense of adventure

We kicked of with a punt forward that we contested by flooring the defender and the game was immediately halted for treatment.
Lees won the header from Blackburn's free kick and we commenced an excellent period of early dominance. Ross was busy harassing the keeper with a challenge, forcing throws and putting a couple of crosses in. Pearce made an early tough tackle and mot rang out as we sensed a positive start.

Blackburn's first attack came from a long throw. We cleared but the returning shot had to be saved by paddy fiving low to his right for a corner. We cleared the danger by getting s dead ball that looked a certain corner to me. Nonetheless we continued to look composed and patient with neat if safe passing. Ross produced a great take that forced a corner. The keeper fumbled and for a while he looked uneasy. We should have tested him with a couple of shots when in shooting range but all that pre match practise must have removed the desire. Instead Blackburn came back into the game and just as the Gary speed chants started they over hit a ball into the box that paddy comfortably collected. It signalled the end of the first phase which was ours in terms of possession anyway.

Ross looking confident, perhaps too confident tried to chip the keeper with a flat effort and Blackburn hit us with the counter forcing paddy to come out and smother followed by a tricky shot when we couldn't build a response.

By now it was an even game, mediocre but even. Rudy took a wrong option when he had to think in possession after a good build up and Rhodes fired over for them with a quick speculative shot he sometimes finds the net with


Austen took it forward again with no end delivery allowing Blackburn to attack by probing our right back area. A rare insurgence down our left was overhit into their box that the keeper collected as it became clear we were not going to maintain any dominance of this game. Only Blackburn's ordinariness prevented any anxiety despite their slight assurgency. Ross received treatment on the ground for a minute and there was a period where Blackburn pushed and barged us about whilst producing dangerous movement up front. Ironically it was during this spell we produced out first clear opening. A great interplay and ball into box found Pugh with a one on one with keeper who won out with a fine block. He should have scored though. The corner was cleared and Rudy fluffed the ball back in. You got the distinct impression we were not going to get another chance like that

Back we came to defend. Lees cleared well the Peltier on the right touchline as more and more the ref punished us for seemingly innocuous things whilst allowing the home side to get away with the same. Sour grapes ? Bias? NO. Meanwhile a cross came over that we calmly allowed to bounce into dead ball.

The ineffective Varney received a yellow card before ironic cheers greeted a free kick awarded to us. It'd been a while but Blackburn still moved forward down our left. Paddy had a save to make for a corner and after we had finally cleared away the danger Rudy tool the ball forward to safety as the half neared the last minute. Incredibly he lost possession and Blackburn pounced. This time we panicked with the harmless cross and knocked it for a corner. It came in for the inevitable header and in we went at half time 1-0 down.

It's never pretty at Blackburn in the bar area at half †time so I stayed in the stand until Blackburn started the second gaining a throw. Meanwhile a group of fans were singing Chants of support for Rudy. Others were wondering differently. Blackburn's dangerous right winger turned Pugh and Lees inside out with a tricky turn and dribble and our slow start began to inspire the following to raise the volume a tad. Lees skied a simple pass into touch as WAL rang out. It seemed to work,, we began to look more positive taking the ball forward up and across the middle. Ross attempted a shot when perhaps better options were available but it looked positive again. Obviously while we were trying to press we became more vulnerable at the back. A great recovering tackle stopped a Blackburn break.

Rudy was too easily beaten when trying to come forward with the ball and the ref cemented his first half performance by penalising what looked a decent tackle by us but Paddy collected the loose free kick into the box.

By now we were back in the game but still not threatening the goal area and Blackburn interrupted our vigour too easily has we struggled for any lengthy possession. More worryingly they began to threaten our area in a way we couldn't with theirs. Paddy made a good save and a couple of corners came in that we defended well. WAL rang out again as we forced corners but they were too easily headed clear. Tragically we couldn't collect the loose balls either. Smith who had come on dived vainly for a penalty appeal attempting to meet a cross but it would have been a soft one. Rudy turned in the box and hit a shot into the side netting but it was never close as minutes ticked by in frustrating unproductiveness.

Pearce took a card for a mistimed challenge wasting more time and we went three up front with Polean Smith and Ross. The game lost the little fluency it has as Blackburn began ticking the clock down by taking the ball into the corner and we resorted to balls up for Smith hoping to produce some knock ons. Blackburn cleared time and again and we couldn't use the loose balls we did pick up. Still we tried to pressure, to no avail. A blatant corner was denied to us as Ross's shot took a deflection that incensed the players as much as the crowd as we moved into the four minutes added time. Sadly it could have been forty and we still would not have scored.

So we shuffled out, met up and headed up the Bolton road to the car where I bumped into the Kaisercheifs striding into Darwin to commence what sounded like a pretty serious night out in Manchester.
Quote:
Lebs and I got into the car after a moment of panic when we thought the car had been towed away until we realised we were on the wrong street.
That would have rounded off a miserable afternoon but as it was by the time we got back to Udders ad I had a pint in the Zeph normality had set in.

A disappointing result again and one I think we could have improved on with a bit more guile in midfield and panache up front. Sadly, we haven't got it and that will probably ensure we remain mid table.


"Lebs and I got into the car after a moment of panic when we thought the car had been towed away until we realised we were on the wrong street."

Fucking hell. Thank god we've got a navy. Sharp as a cue ball, the pair of yer.


What are you doing in this section? You promised to stay out of it being a hater of all things Leeds United , mainlly it's fans.
Dock

Re: Blackburn (a) 2013/14

smiling badger wrote:
Dock wrote:
Late Doors wrote:
For a club that has supposedly the biggest set of Neanderthal arseholes and doilams in the land I haven't half met some great lads in my 45 years following Leeds united. A casual tweet resulted in leb and leb jnr picking me up at Ainley Top for the trip over the hill for another in what must be in the teens of visits to this ground. The golden cup pub is host these days. A tiny bar area dealt efficiently with the mass of Leeds fans around it before we headed early down the hill through the fallen leaves †to Ewood with its huge white supporting struts catching the winter sun amongst what remain of the terraced dwellings that once encroached on our end of this old ground.

I had half hour in the upper stand high and to the right corner watching the pre match warm up manoeuvres. Tight two touch passing and possession along with accurate edge of box First time shooting. You would think it was our game plan wouldn't you. †Maybe its some subtle decoy manoeuvre that i don't quite get.

By the time we kicked off a huge away following had amassed but were not producing the noise †expected. Some of that can be put down to the lack of opposition but i think that despite the numbers there is no collective momentum of excitement amongst the fans. Stoic support yes but no expectancy or sense of adventure

We kicked of with a punt forward that we contested by flooring the defender and the game was immediately halted for treatment.
Lees won the header from Blackburn's free kick and we commenced an excellent period of early dominance. Ross was busy harassing the keeper with a challenge, forcing throws and putting a couple of crosses in. Pearce made an early tough tackle and mot rang out as we sensed a positive start.

Blackburn's first attack came from a long throw. We cleared but the returning shot had to be saved by paddy fiving low to his right for a corner. We cleared the danger by getting s dead ball that looked a certain corner to me. Nonetheless we continued to look composed and patient with neat if safe passing. Ross produced a great take that forced a corner. The keeper fumbled and for a while he looked uneasy. We should have tested him with a couple of shots when in shooting range but all that pre match practise must have removed the desire. Instead Blackburn came back into the game and just as the Gary speed chants started they over hit a ball into the box that paddy comfortably collected. It signalled the end of the first phase which was ours in terms of possession anyway.

Ross looking confident, perhaps too confident tried to chip the keeper with a flat effort and Blackburn hit us with the counter forcing paddy to come out and smother followed by a tricky shot when we couldn't build a response.

By now it was an even game, mediocre but even. Rudy took a wrong option when he had to think in possession after a good build up and Rhodes fired over for them with a quick speculative shot he sometimes finds the net with


Austen took it forward again with no end delivery allowing Blackburn to attack by probing our right back area. A rare insurgence down our left was overhit into their box that the keeper collected as it became clear we were not going to maintain any dominance of this game. Only Blackburn's ordinariness prevented any anxiety despite their slight assurgency. Ross received treatment on the ground for a minute and there was a period where Blackburn pushed and barged us about whilst producing dangerous movement up front. Ironically it was during this spell we produced out first clear opening. A great interplay and ball into box found Pugh with a one on one with keeper who won out with a fine block. He should have scored though. The corner was cleared and Rudy fluffed the ball back in. You got the distinct impression we were not going to get another chance like that

Back we came to defend. Lees cleared well the Peltier on the right touchline as more and more the ref punished us for seemingly innocuous things whilst allowing the home side to get away with the same. Sour grapes ? Bias? NO. Meanwhile a cross came over that we calmly allowed to bounce into dead ball.

The ineffective Varney received a yellow card before ironic cheers greeted a free kick awarded to us. It'd been a while but Blackburn still moved forward down our left. Paddy had a save to make for a corner and after we had finally cleared away the danger Rudy tool the ball forward to safety as the half neared the last minute. Incredibly he lost possession and Blackburn pounced. This time we panicked with the harmless cross and knocked it for a corner. It came in for the inevitable header and in we went at half time 1-0 down.

It's never pretty at Blackburn in the bar area at half †time so I stayed in the stand until Blackburn started the second gaining a throw. Meanwhile a group of fans were singing Chants of support for Rudy. Others were wondering differently. Blackburn's dangerous right winger turned Pugh and Lees inside out with a tricky turn and dribble and our slow start began to inspire the following to raise the volume a tad. Lees skied a simple pass into touch as WAL rang out. It seemed to work,, we began to look more positive taking the ball forward up and across the middle. Ross attempted a shot when perhaps better options were available but it looked positive again. Obviously while we were trying to press we became more vulnerable at the back. A great recovering tackle stopped a Blackburn break.

Rudy was too easily beaten when trying to come forward with the ball and the ref cemented his first half performance by penalising what looked a decent tackle by us but Paddy collected the loose free kick into the box.

By now we were back in the game but still not threatening the goal area and Blackburn interrupted our vigour too easily has we struggled for any lengthy possession. More worryingly they began to threaten our area in a way we couldn't with theirs. Paddy made a good save and a couple of corners came in that we defended well. WAL rang out again as we forced corners but they were too easily headed clear. Tragically we couldn't collect the loose balls either. Smith who had come on dived vainly for a penalty appeal attempting to meet a cross but it would have been a soft one. Rudy turned in the box and hit a shot into the side netting but it was never close as minutes ticked by in frustrating unproductiveness.

Pearce took a card for a mistimed challenge wasting more time and we went three up front with Polean Smith and Ross. The game lost the little fluency it has as Blackburn began ticking the clock down by taking the ball into the corner and we resorted to balls up for Smith hoping to produce some knock ons. Blackburn cleared time and again and we couldn't use the loose balls we did pick up. Still we tried to pressure, to no avail. A blatant corner was denied to us as Ross's shot took a deflection that incensed the players as much as the crowd as we moved into the four minutes added time. Sadly it could have been forty and we still would not have scored.

So we shuffled out, met up and headed up the Bolton road to the car where I bumped into the Kaisercheifs striding into Darwin to commence what sounded like a pretty serious night out in Manchester.
Quote:
Lebs and I got into the car after a moment of panic when we thought the car had been towed away until we realised we were on the wrong street.
That would have rounded off a miserable afternoon but as it was by the time we got back to Udders ad I had a pint in the Zeph normality had set in.

A disappointing result again and one I think we could have improved on with a bit more guile in midfield and panache up front. Sadly, we haven't got it and that will probably ensure we remain mid table.


"Lebs and I got into the car after a moment of panic when we thought the car had been towed away until we realised we were on the wrong street."

Fucking hell. Thank god we've got a navy. Sharp as a cue ball, the pair of yer.


What are you doing in this section? You promised to stay out of it being a hater of all things Leeds United , mainlly it's fans.


Ooh Sorry. I enjoys LD's writing on travel, gigs, and even that bunch of bummers at LU and my comment was one of joviality as I imagined those two dumb asses (who are both brill lads) scratching their heads in some Lancashire back street. Sorry for breathing I'm sure. Go on, have your precious section. I'm sure I can struggle through the remaining years of my life without it.
Grind

Especially given how short they might be.

* 10002 holes. *

** Another ace report by the way. **
sheeps

Nice one LD

Fuck off Dock.
Dock

sheeps wrote:
Nice one LD

Fuck off Dock.


*fucks off*
leb

Back for some more next Saturday... hopefully no misplaced cars will be involved.. you off LD ?
Late Doors

Yes. Me n MDM due in some hostelry to be decided about 1pm. Dont fancy the usual Leb, too packed and cold outside. Going to find one before that, Maybe Darwin or somewhere in between. Will let you know.
Frazier Cranium

Accrington is pretty decent for pre match drinks.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Yes. Me n MDM due in some hostelry to be decided about 1pm. Dont fancy the usual Leb, too packed and cold outside. Going to find one before that, Maybe Darwin or somewhere in between. Will let you know.


The nitwit ratio of this day out is worryingly cranking up here to 2:1. Iím glad MDM will be there to keep you in line and shenanigan-free. I shall be driving to Lancashire tomorrow so if I pass you on the M62, in the true spirit of Reg, Iíll barge you into the central reservation and blast you with my Dukes of Hazard-style horn. Enjoy your day knobbers and I hope you get a win! That is all.
smiling badger

Enjoy the game lads. Lots of Leeds fans going and so to create a great atmosphere.
Have a good un!
smiling badger

Sounded very unlucky? Dodgy penalty and a bit of a moment with our keeper who has been a cool as a cucumber most of the season.
Seems to be the Leeds way of late. Concede late on in the game which we should have gone away with 3 points under our belt.
Frazier Cranium

Keeper has let in three howlers now in the last I think four games, but the two, like yesterday's first, are inexcusable with him rushing out of his area when the defender was in control.  Pissed me right off has that, and the penalty was not a foul.  It wasn't a surprise though knowing that w@nker as we do at Leeds, I think LD will agree that even when Varney was at Leeds there were plenty criticising him for diving.  and for being rubbish of course.

Yesterday's result depressed me.
fartcatcher

He's even rubbish at diving. never won us any pens as far as i can remember.

Defence needs sorting. Need a no-nonsense CB like Naylor or Paddy at the moment.
smiling badger

Bring back Kenny all is forgiven?
Know who i'd rather have.
Late Doors

We've thrown some points away over the years but i don't think we have ever surrendered three so cheaply and idiotically as Saturday. That game was ours, we had done 90% of everything spot on but that missing 10 % cost us.  Very  frustrating  I'm still slightly traumatised by it and hence the delay in talking about it. So sadly it's that 10% that's getting all the focus and it was happening all over the pitch and into the dugout if you ask me, i know you will.

The day started of brilliantly, mdm dropped me off in Marsden whilst he went home to change after work. A splendid pint and full English in the new inn later and my west bound taxi awaited outside. Crap traffic on the motorway meant our scheduled pub had to be abandoned and we found ourselves in Darwen amongst a branch of rovers fans in their local pub. We politely declined their kind offer of a lift down on their bus

Fantastic support as usual in numbers if not behaviour. I'm all for a few ales on footy trips but a lot just seem intent on getting hammered before a game. Up to them i suppose but i can't see the point mesen.

Well we looked in good shape, balanced, composed and organised. We were no match physically but we passed well, chased and closed down with Sam and Matt (Bianci) doubling up on their dangerous left winger.
We carried the ball well from third to third but as usual the lack of natural width and cutting edge in the box rendered us impotent when it mattered.
Adryan had a near goal of the season contender superbly saved but their set pieces into the box were causing concern as was the odd threat from aforementioned left winger. I think Adryan  was involved in the goal. I haven't had the inclination to watch any of it again. It seems Doukara popped it in.

At half time i knew rovers would come out and raise the physical intensity of their game and they did. It was superb to see us overcome that with some great composure and measured midfield play from our very young quartet. Alas it was during this spell that we should have killed the game following three or four great breaks that all ended in futile end product. Either wrong passes, crosses too square straight to the keeper or simple lack of options in the box.

Our midfield tired. Adryan was running into blind alleys too often  Silly little balls peppered our play and we retreated onto the back foot. It was crying out for Rudy to come on probably to replace Adrian. That or one of the front two to be replaced by Billy. Dunno if Rudy was on the bench but someone should have come on, Tonge?

Their equaliser has probably already been well documented. An almighty fuck up of the most basic kind but in truth it seemed like it was coming.
Minutes later  it was Adryan who slipped Antennucci through for what could have been a second goal and justified Redders'  lack of substitution as well as rubbishing my own thoughts. It didn't and both those players seemed to fade out of the game completely after that.

We had a bit of luck with the sending off and i thought at least we would at least get a point now. You know the rest it but we had tossed away our advantage long before that.

It was a case of so near yet so far in many ways. Its fine margins, we can say bad luck, cheating players, dodgy refs all we like but if we don't kill off games, cut out the errors ( i remember a shit balk from Adryan to Warnock that ended up with the break into our box and the penalty for instance) and bring in some pace we are in a relegation battle no matter how good we are starting to look. It sounds contradictory i know but that's how i see it.
fartcatcher

Thanks for the report LD. Three of the Birdingbury massiv made the long and tedious journey. Glad I declined.

Tempted to look back and see how many games we've lost after being ahead, but suspect it would be too depressing.

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