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sheeps

PNE

Sun shining, a thirst and good company.

Meet up with a couple of Reggers pre-match also added to the enjoyment of the day.

On top of that a v good game of football, ground not exactly filled to the rafters but going on the noise and atmosphere you would have thought we were back in the day. A couple of early scares and gaping holes through the middle of the back four did not bode well, still not sure how Preston came away without a goal, add to that Pontus faffing about on occasions and I began to wonder how he might fare with Hazzard, Aguero et al snapping at his heels. Having said that the man is great entertainment, no lost causes, audacious chipped passes across the back four and a great affinity with his audience. Both sides were going for it from the off Preston gettiing the best of it, Leeds working their way into the game, both teams lagging well behind the performance of the crowd, I love them nutters in the South Stand.

Roofe a starter was a bonus for me, Sakho must look a world beater in training to get a game in front of him, Doukara n' all, OK Doukara will get the odd goal but I think Roofe the better footballer and offers more on the ball and he proved his worth by opening the scoring, lifting the ball over the keeper and in when it looked as if he may have had one touch too many. I'm pretty much an armchair supporter these days and have been critical of some performances throughout the season but if this was the regular match day experience I'm up for it.

Hernandez gave us daylight (forget God) when racing (thirty something style) through the inside right channel, keeper closing, defender gaining ground, a fifty fifty just inside the box, Pablo gets the touch, under the keeper, defender running past the prone figures and looking for a split second like putting 30.000 arses back on seats. Forget that, 2-0 and the crowd goes wild. Preston were still playing their part, goals for both teams were promised the ref unusually disallowing a goal for Wood giving offside when all the liner was doing with the flag was warming his knees. Half time imminent and folk were making their way down for a pot, I didn't want to miss a second and was stood in place when the whistle sounded for half time with a great smile on my face.

I was fully expecting a flat second half with the 2-0 lead and hopefully the centre backs having been introduced to each other at half time, but no. It looked like Monk'y had told us to sit deep and give away needlessly as much ball as we could. The sitting deep thing OK but we were giving the ball away when not under too much pressure, recipe for disaster? Well we got away with it, Preston did look a capable side, our equals apart from putting it away, Preston hitting the bar following a Green save when it looked easier to score, the writing on the wall Gazza must have sent out the word as we began to squeeze up a little and denied them the space in front of the centre backs. We were now back to both teams seeking the goal that would finish or open up the game.

My heroes in the South Stand also lifted their game and with it it seemed their team as Leeds finished the stronger, sub Doukara providing an emphatic finish right to left across the keeper as the game came to an end. Again I stayed in place as the whole team led by Pontus (does he really love the fans as much as seems to?) lapped the the pitch in thanks for the support.

I rate enjoyed that.

Two teams and managers having a go at a decent standard.

Back to the bar for an hour, taxi into town and another carouse until at 17 pints we were sated.
Heyho

A good and fair summarisation Sheeps.

My day started off in the sun and splendour of the Old White Hart beer garden and a few beers to top up the previous nights York sesh.

I was sat in the East Stand which was clearly designed by a Belle Isle in bred given the lack of leg room for us 6ft+'ers. Infact I could have been asked to do the goal line technology, being sat looking across the South Stand end goal.

1st 20 minutes Ayling had forgotten he was right back then he ended up being one of the best players on the pitch. Totally agree about the 2nd half sit back. PNE had a few chances to make us sweat but so did we = the latter showing in my mind our Achilles heel, the lack of a cutting edge in mid field. Ok it was pleasing that we scored 3 without Wood being on the scoresheet but there were several excellent runs by midfielders which ended up in a few roars by the crowd but nothing else.

As I have said for a few weeks - play offs should be achievable, especially on this performance but as for promotion I really do thing that midfield that can go AWOL or appear lightweight with certain opposition could be our undoing

Popped over to The Peacock afterwards for a couple and then back to Rothwell Working Mens Club for some very cheap beer.

A good day was had by all
Late Doors

Aye, nice one sheeps. Most home games have been good this season. Over two gallon ? Blimey good innings sir
fartcatcher

Great reports.

Keep em coming!

Just my luck to show up for the QPR game.
smiling badger

Yes, nce reports. Sounds like fun was to be had. Thats what a day out at football is all about,hey!
Hoping that i may get up for the las game of the season. Will have to see how things go.
Plastic Man

smiling badger wrote:
Hoping that i may get up for the las game of the season. Will have to see how things go.


Would you be up for a beer afterwards?
fartcatcher

I'm planning on coming up for the last game as well. Repeat of Bristol Rovers 2010?
smiling badger

Plastic Man wrote:
smiling badger wrote:
Hoping that i may get up for the las game of the season. Will have to see how things go.


Would you be up for a beer afterwards?


Yes,for sure. If i do come up it will be with my son and we are going to try stay up Saturday night. Driving to Leeds and back to Essex in a day is no fun for me these days..
Plastic Man

smiling badger wrote:
Plastic Man wrote:
smiling badger wrote:
Hoping that i may get up for the las game of the season. Will have to see how things go.


Would you be up for a beer afterwards?


Yes,for sure. If i do come up it will be with my son and we are going to try stay up Saturday night. Driving to Leeds and back to Essex in a day is no fun for me these days..


Excellent.

I'm mindful it is 'Live at Leed's on the 29th.

What arrangements would suit people?
fartcatcher

I'm not fussy. Anywhere where there's a decent pint and you don't have to queue 20 minutes at the bar.
Plastic Man

fartcatcher wrote:
I'm not fussy. Anywhere where there's a decent pint and you don't have to queue 20 minutes at the bar.


What about the Hop?

Alternatively, we could all bring a 6-pack of choice, and stand in a car park.
sheeps

Plastic Man wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
I'm not fussy. Anywhere where there's a decent pint and you don't have to queue 20 minutes at the bar.


What about the Hop?

Alternatively, we could all bring a 6-pack of choice, and stand in a car park.



Very expensive those city centre car parks.
smiling badger

This game has sold out. Our trip to Leeds has now been cancelled.
Late Doors

Done you a favour Badge. Are we still having a meet up anyone?

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