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Nottingham Forest (a) championship 2011/12

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:34 am    Post subject: Nottingham Forest (a) championship 2011/12  Reply with quote

Along with BLF, my lad and 3000 odd others I am off down to Nottingham tonight.

I expect it to be somewhat emotional.

I don't expect much from the team on the pitch but I expect the team off it will do the club proud.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck to all.

0 - 1 to us.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GOOD LUCK LEEDS AND LEBO, BLF AND LITTLE LEBO!!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

11 minutes of Gary Speed chants from the 11th minute of this game  
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ooooooh Howson smashes a great goal

0-2 half time


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FOUR NIL
FOR GARY SPEED!
FOUR NIL
FOR GARY SPEED!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A decent repsponse to Saturday's debacle by the sounds of it.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hoping for a write up. With Brown coming back, was Howson allowed to drop in behind the front line a little more? He is far more effective up their imo.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After several sad days, last night marked  the start of the healing.
I had been travelling to see my Mum last Sunday, in Chester of all places , when I learned about the news of Gary Speeds death. I admit that I shed more than a few tears and that it had far more of an impact on me than I would have expected.

Here in Yorkshire we aren’t big on public displays of emotion.

Of course, the tragic manner of his death compounded the grief and in the days since I have reflected on why it has  affected me, and many others, so deeply.
I never met Gary Speed in the flesh, but as part of the title winning  midfield quartet alongside Strachan, Batty and McCallister I always felt as though I knew him.

For many Leeds fans, including my son and daughter, he really was almost part of the family. His picture was a permanent fixture on their bedroom walls for many years as they were growing up. He was part of so many happy memories for them and also for my late Dad and Father-in-Law.
Before he left for Everton Gary Speed had , by his own actions, been woven into the tapestry of Leeds United’s  history.
He would never be forgotten.

I once read an account of an interview with wee Gordon Strachan where upon discovering that his interviewer was a Leeds United season ticket holder during his time had announced “Then we are old friends “and considerably warmed to his task.
That is how I and many others felt about Gary Speed and that is why his tragic end has hit us so hard.
When I had left Elland Road on Saturday, following an awful performance and defeat against Barnsley, the prospect of a trip to the City Ground, Nottingham did not seem too enticing. However, I was committed to it and we made our arrangements for meeting up and travelling a few days later.

By the time the game arrived I was so pleased that I could attend alongside the sell out away allocation of 3,597. Having negotiated a seemingly endless journey down the rush hour M1 and then the delights of Nottingham’s traffic light and speed camera festooned road systems we arrived at the game.

Simon Grayson had boldly dropped top scorer Ross McCormack to the bench in order to accommodate Michael Brown in a 5-man midfield, Luciano Becchio retained his place in the side, preferred to the industry of the recently dropped Andy Keogh. Danny Pugh started at left back and the pacy Aidy White pushed up to replace Lloyd Sam on the left side of midfield.

Opening exchanges saw a lightning run from Aidy White down the Leeds left and Leeds exercising more control with Brown protecting the back four and releasing Clayton and Howson for more adventurous forays further up the pitch.

In the eleventh minute, as had been planned, the Leeds support began to sing the name of Gary Speed, this continued, uninterrupted for eleven minutes (Eleven, for those that don’t know, was Speeds shirt number at Leeds). Within two seconds of the end of this, Robert Snodgrass scored a pearler of a goal with his left foot from more than 20 yards, a goal which Gary would have been proud of. The timing of the goal was impeccable and this wasn’t lost on the travelling support, it could not have been choreographed in a more perfect way.

Forest offered little throughout, their main outlet was the skilled but rather portly Andy Reid who’s eating habits were questioned by the travelling support ( He’s Andy Reid, he eats what he wants).

Leeds looked dangerous going forward and Snodgrass should have scored again when he left their keeper marooned outside the box, had only Wes Morgan to beat but Morgan somehow got  something on the shot to deflect it over.  

The second goal came shortly after though, a thunderous volley from Howson into the top right hand corner from outside of the box after being set up cleverly by Snodgrass. 2-0 at half time and the talk amongst us was that we must expect Forest to be better in the second half.
We needn’t have worried, Leeds came out in the second half and completely dominated. Forests rendition of Mull of Kintyre had not been quite as enthusiastic at the start of the second half but the Leeds fans sarcastically helped it along swaying in time with arms raised aloft.
Becchio soon scored  a third with a neat glancing head from a quality Brown cross. He celebrated on his knees in front of the travelling support, mobbed by team mates.

The forest defence were rocking and every time Leeds went forward they looked dangerous, Howson tearing up the field and stealing the ball from ponderous defenders time and again.

Clayton eventually scored a fourth with a tap in, managing to be at the front of a queue of Leeds playerswhere bizarrely the Forest defenders seemed to stand and watch, Lee Camp the Forest keeper rolling around on the floor in anguish.

I truth Leeds took their foot off the gas, still looking dangerous on the break but failing to make the best of several promising breaks. Keogh, Nunez and McCormack got a run out.

Andy Reid got booked for the second time for a rash challenge and ran from the pitch with his own song ringing around a fast emptying City Ground .
Rarely can there have been a more dominant away performance from Leeds United,every 50/50 ball was won by them and the players performed superbly. Leeds had terrorised the Forest defence. Furthermore the fans were splendid in their tribute.

At the final whistle Speeds name was sung again and an emotional Simon Grayson pointed to the heavens as he approached the Leeds fans. I admit, once more that this drew just one more tear from myself.  

This is not a game that will fade from the memory. I felt as though I was an ambassador for many other people, friends and family who would have loved to have been there too.

And so, we play Millwall at Elland Road on Saturday, I advise you not to miss it, it will be a fitting and final send off to Gary Speed at the theatre of so many of his great performances.

Go on Gary Speed, get yourself one son.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great write up our Leb!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Leb.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top stuff L.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ta muchly Leb
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant and emotional write up.
Thank you Leb.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great report Leb - pleased that SG has finally played Aidy White in midfield.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, cheers Leb. It’s a good option to have with White and Pugh. White’s pace to feed a lone striker in a 3-5-1 or Pughs all round solidness in a 4-4-2 or even a more defensive 3-5-1. Trouble is I suspect the problem is deciding what to do, when, where and who against.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yep, cheers Leb. It’s a good option to have with White and Pugh. White’s pace to feed a lone striker in a 3-5-1 or Pughs all round solidness in a 4-4-2 or even a more defensive 3-5-1. Trouble is I suspect the problem is deciding what to do, when, where and who against.


For me, there is no dilemma M, 451 gives us a chance of a clean sheet as opposed to the comedy defending otherwise. Also, Howson looks top class when released to go forward, as opposed to mediocre when restrained by 442. At least if we play it tight we will stay in games. On this occasion Forest had no answers.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aye 3-5-1 might leave us short at the back as well.  

Its when we play a lone striker and don’t support him with midfielders coming through or get the overlaps going that I can’t stand, home or away. Yeah there are times when that is the solid option but they are few and far between. Not in league cup finals and play off finals Mr Wilkinson and Mr Blackwell.


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