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Leeds vs Boro

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bearing

Ditched Sky a while back, will find a stream.
fartcatcher

Billy scores on debut. Up to a lofty 17th in the league. And Man U lose at home.

Not a bad day.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

A happy day! I thought we lacked much creativity but played mainly calm assured football on the deck

Viva la Revolucion Italiano
smiling badger

A good result and hopefully things will get better from here on. Give this team time to get to know each other and settle and see what happens.
Butts

I turned to Mrs B after 20 mins and said this is going to be embarrassing, they were all over us, it was like 11 strangers playing togeher, misplaced passes into space with players not running on, queue frustrated looks between players clearly still getting to know each other.

Boro had a perfectly good goal disallowed. If that had counted, definitely game over. The only bright spark in the first 30 was Sharp whose control and running was began to offer hope. Plus the new keeper who has this reassuring body language about him that only decent players have.

Somehow, towards the end of the first half we began to push them back a bit. Cooper in defence, who'd started by hoofing every ball into Row Z, began intercepting and moving forwards, quite Madeley-like at times. Encouraging.

Austin, whilst creating nothing, was at least breaking their attacks up and the half ended much better than it'd started.

Second half, Doukara came off early (he's a willing player although a bit static) and he pushed Ajose up front with Sharp and on came Tonge. Although the front two didn't do anything this was a smart move as it stabilised the midfield and say what you like about Tonge and his lack of pace but he doesn't waste many balls. This graduallly made the difference as we began to get on top.

Bianchi (who was largely anon in the first half) came into the game more, and he looks a very good player, finding decent spaces and a good passer. With Tonge on, he was able to cause a bit more trouble and Boro began to lose their threat. Still, we didn't look like scoring but the attitude was first rate and Sharp was still making problems, especially after Poleon came on for Ajose. Good move again.

The goal was unexpected but it was a good snap shot from Tonge which the keeper spilled and Sharp tucked away. Lewis Cook got a run out, expect to see him play a lot this season, very comfortable on the ball.

So all in all, plenty of positives. Mostly, the willingness of EVERY player was second to none and this will do wonders for the confidence. Sharp already the hero and I was impressed by Hockaday's subs, and the timing of them.
Frazier Cranium

Great report LD... poor refereeing to disallow an overhead kick for 'high foot', which implies then that overhead kicks are fouls.

Saw the stats afterwards, Mbro didn't have a shot on target, other than the 'legal' goal.  They deserve shooting for losing that match
Plastic Man

Frazier Cranium wrote:
Great report LD... poor refereeing to disallow an overhead kick for 'high foot', which implies then that overhead kicks are fouls.

Saw the stats afterwards, Mbro didn't have a shot on target, other than the 'legal' goal.  They deserve shooting for losing that match


Great report LD? Shurely shome mishtake?

Considering there was no mention of the leadeness of the sky (or otherwise), the scaldingness of the pre-match pasty or the refreshingness of the four pints of Old Tom's Knackers (at an emminently quaffable 4.2% abv), then we can safely assume that it is the handiwork of an another author. If only there was some way to tell...

I saw a post-match interview with the defender (Warnock?) who inadvertently admitted "drawing the foul" by going for the ball with his head at the same as the player was going for the overhead kick.

I'm all for brave defending, but don't like the notion of deliberatley negating legal play through dubious tactics. It's presumably the defenders equivalent of taking a dive.
Frazier Cranium

Sorry it was Butts' report.  Thanks Butts, no disrespect intended old chap.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Butts wrote:
I turned to Mrs B after 20 mins and said this is going to be embarrassing, they were all over us, it was like 11 strangers playing togeher, misplaced passes into space with players not running on, queue frustrated looks between players clearly still getting to know each other.

Boro had a perfectly good goal disallowed. If that had counted, definitely game over. The only bright spark in the first 30 was Sharp whose control and running was began to offer hope. Plus the new keeper who has this reassuring body language about him that only decent players have.

Somehow, towards the end of the first half we began to push them back a bit. Cooper in defence, who'd started by hoofing every ball into Row Z, began intercepting and moving forwards, quite Madeley-like at times. Encouraging.

Austin, whilst creating nothing, was at least breaking their attacks up and the half ended much better than it'd started.

Second half, Doukara came off early (he's a willing player although a bit static) and he pushed Ajose up front with Sharp and on came Tonge. Although the front two didn't do anything this was a smart move as it stabilised the midfield and say what you like about Tonge and his lack of pace but he doesn't waste many balls. This graduallly made the difference as we began to get on top.

Bianchi (who was largely anon in the first half) came into the game more, and he looks a very good player, finding decent spaces and a good passer. With Tonge on, he was able to cause a bit more trouble and Boro began to lose their threat. Still, we didn't look like scoring but the attitude was first rate and Sharp was still making problems, especially after Poleon came on for Ajose. Good move again.

The goal was unexpected but it was a good snap shot from Tonge which the keeper spilled and Sharp tucked away. Lewis Cook got a run out, expect to see him play a lot this season, very comfortable on the ball.

So all in all, plenty of positives. Mostly, the willingness of EVERY player was second to none and this will do wonders for the confidence. Sharp already the hero and I was impressed by Hockaday's subs, and the timing of them.


Nice to have you back filing a match report old bean!

I suppose it was a game we could easily have drawn or possibly lost in seasons past but as the game went on my interest grew and my familiarity increased with the pattern and principles they appear to be trying to follow

I actually found myself enjoying watching them play and their seemed a good buzz from the ER crowd.

I'd have been content with a draw but when Billy the Fish scored I went mental  

Seem to be some solid new signings - most better than what we had with one or two considerably better.

I'm hopeful and seeing Man U lose at home to Swansea later and Ashley Young get a gobful of birdshit was a day of football cheer  
Frazier Cranium

Haha, I saw that last night on MOTD2.
Frazier Cranium

I said during the Accrington game that Leeds looked a more balanced side,  than before.   That game was far from brilliant but I was hoping it was something to build on.  I was thinking a draw would have been a good result v Boro but THEY were so poor up front I had an increasing feeling we would snatch it..  Good on 'em, that's a good win.  And good on Swansea too, for playing good attacking football still.
Butts

You could tell they were playing to a plan, I was watching the midfield in the first half stick to their roles, he's obviously got them drilled. Having said that the dreaded 'playmaker' is still desperately needed, maybe there's an Italian lurking somewhere.  

Good news that Smith's signed another 3 years, I can see him and Sharp having a regular role together as the season progresses.
smiling badger

Nice reportage, Butts. Ta muchly.
Late Doors

 Cheers Butts, nice one. I watched it in a pub in Crickhowell and your views are almost an exact match to what i've been saying to anyone who asked. Not suprised they are getting us mixed up    

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