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Brighton (h) championship 11/2/12

 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:04 am    Post subject: Brighton (h) championship 11/2/12  Reply with quote

Here goes then, three winnable games says Ken and instantly hands out the team talk to the opposition. The players will still be on a motivational high now their "friend " is in charge. Let's see  how strong the power of friendship  is when a couple have to be subbed or rested or dropped or bollocked if necessary.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any one else just want this season over and done with?
Ok we are in contention of a play off place if we play our cards right but i feel drained by our off field buisness.

Back to buisness though...
2- 2 draw for this game.
Brighton to come back after we lead by two at half time.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are the chances of the game finishing with 22 players on the pitch?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good effort by t'lads but a useful loss
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it was inevitable that our injury time luck would run out.

Can you define 'Useful Loss' Serf?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fartcatcher wrote:
it was inevitable that our injury time luck would run out.

Can you define 'Useful Loss' Serf?


might persuade powers that be and fans that Redfearn/Bates are not the answer to the malaise
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
it was inevitable that our injury time luck would run out.

Can you define 'Useful Loss' Serf?


might persuade powers that be and fans that Redfearn/Bates are not the answer to the malaise


I said the same, in a way, that at least it might well mean that the 4th or 5th highest placed footie man at Elland Road - Redfearn - won't walk into the job of manager now.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frazier Cranium wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
it was inevitable that our injury time luck would run out.

Can you define 'Useful Loss' Serf?


might persuade powers that be and fans that Redfearn/Bates are not the answer to the malaise


I said the same, in a way, that at least it might well mean that the 4th or 5th highest placed footie man at Elland Road - Redfearn - won't walk into the job of manager now.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well my day out started in City square and the walk up to Elland Road was with an impressive number of well behaved and like minded people. Turned out one of the mounted bobbies accompanying the march was an old mucker of mine and we had a good old chat about what was going wrong at Elland Road.
But, on to the game.
Well,  as Omar said  “The game's out there, and it's play or get played. That simple. And Leeds United ain’t playing it too well bro “.
Alright, I added that last bit on myself but it is true.
We lined up with the same team that beat Bristol Rovers. Becchio and McCormack up front.
In a similar way to the Brum game, we started quite brightly with Delph playing a high energy closing down game, McCormack showing plenty of enthusiasm as did Snodgrass.
The much vaunted tactical changes made by  Neil Redfearn weren’t really apparent to a footballing lightweight such as myself, it seemed to be the same huffing and puffing. Plenty of energy from the man in possession and everyone else standing still watching.
I know that we aren’t at the top level in the championship but the absence from Leeds of movement off the ball is pretty obviously one thing that needs addressing.
As the game progressed, Becchio missed yet another sitter and gradually Brighton grew into the game playing some tidy football and getting the ball wide repeatedly exploiting the lack of composure of Aidan White, in particular.
Overall we failed to really get at Brighton , Becchio once again played as if he was wearing diving boots and all too often our fluency broke down when the ball reached him, either losing it or needing numerous touches to control the ball.
Delph once again tired after about an hour and throughout Clayton continued his poor run of form.
McCormack and Becchio continue to play far too far apart to form any sort of partnership.
By the time Brighton scored it had been coming a while, any balls into the Leeds box seemed to cause chaos, O’Dea and Lees failing to stamp their authority in there.
The goal was a close range tap in from a corner out on the right, marking was conspicuous by its absence.
We got an unlikely equaliser soon after, Becchio scoring with a neat glancing header in front of the kop, it was the one bit of quality he produced all game but it was a good goal.
Brighton responded, we got deeper and deeper and the winner came in the second of 4 added minutes, Lonergan somehow managing to let in a long range shot which seemed to go straight through him.
Up in the NE corner these sorts of events used to inspire purple faced apoplectic rage from many fans, these days we all just accept it, expect it and go home.
We are short on options up front , in midfield and in defence. Add to that the keeper is looking decidedly dodgy, our best midfielder will be off back to Villa in a couple of weeks. Other than that it is all going swimmingly.
Apparently Neil has swiftly come to the conclusion that there is a lack of professionalism running through the playing staff. He is right of course, I have no axe to grind with the feller and would love him to do well.
We are in a piss poor state and things aren’t likely to get any better, what on earth did we do to deserve all of this ?
Not sure changing the manager alone is gonna be enough to sort out this mess, in fact, lets face it..it won’t be . What a shambles.
Meanwhile Bates and Harvey slap on the factor 30. These guys are like the modern day versions of Nero, fiddling while Rome burned. The club is at war with its own support, not looking good eh ?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Leb. I reckon a finish between 8th and 13th.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice one Leb cheers, pretty simular with only slight differences


It was a trip into Bizzaro world pre match. Foleys was freezing so we had to open the door to let the warmth in. The Brighton fans were saying how good it was to come up North to feel Warm and Manchester United were busy obtaining the moral high ground on the tv above us. Strange days indeed.

All things considered we like Gus Poyett don't we? i do at least and briefly contemplated his ambiguous pre match statements as his team kicked off and made it clear they were a football team by keeping possession. got a bit of a soft spot for his club as well to be honest. Good decent fans who have endured their own traumas over the years and a great town for spending the weekend in when we play them down there. We finally dispossessed them and launched our first attack with Snods veering goal bound and curling a shot wide. Another good build up followed involving Ross and Snods ending with a Wide Becchio header.

Clayton produced some nice early touches as we appeared to take control of the early stages but he hit a wasted and unnecessary first time pass. Becchio was caught dawdling on the ball but Clayton was well in to recover before Delph found himself through  but no options around him. McCormack appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty but did get a free kick that we sent into the danger zone and headed over the bar.

Clayton was in well again to rescue a sloppy Delph ball but Fab made amends with a good chip through that just narrowly evaded everybody. McCormack put in a speculative shot before Clayton upset the Brighton players with a robust challenge that sent their lad sprawling with some fine theatrics clearly underlining their premiership aspirations.

Mass ironic cheers rang out as we got a handball decision following a missed blatant one moments earlier but Brighton launched a troublesome attack down our right and blasted over the bar . The ref then endeared himself further by awarding Brighton a corner when it was clearly a deadfall in front of the kop and then another. The period finished comically with the kop shouting and pointing for a corner when the ball eventually did go for dead

Brighton then upped their tempo rounding Pugh but Lees i think rescued the situation. "Sort it Out Becchio" came the cry. I don't know what's happening with him but he seems a shadow of last year's Titan. We responded and swung in a cross from Right that was cleared as the referee fell over to much mirth. Becchio's touch was terrible as another ball rebounded off him like he was a pinball obstacle but we won it back. At last we have a bit of bite in midfield now. Still Brighton Pushed bursting through but the ball went dead. Snods brought it forward but took a foul and wasted the free kick.

Delph hit a dodgy back pass that put us under pressure and Brighton mounted a final well worked attack that we managed to clear. The half ended with Ross getting fouled  resulting in a yellow card.

We started the second half well with a great ball from McCormack to Snods but his low cross was not met with any purpose as Becchio hung back. Brighton hit back with a shot and a corner that signalled a little spell of their own pressure ending with a fine Lonergan save. We tried to counter but could not find the end product. Delph broke through but his reverse lay off was hit way over. Another great ball found McCormack who tried a very poor wayward first time half volley.

Snods produced more magic but was fouled again as the game cried out for more width and boldness from us on the other side. It was a critical phase of the game, we were getting on top as Brighton faded a little. Instead it was they who made the substitution on 73 mins.

Delph made a trade mark savage tackle and received a trade mark yellow card for it before a Brighton Throw then a cross found our static central defence scratching their heads again as we went one nil down.

White burst down the left and gained a corner. Becchio finally getting on the end of a cross into the box to equalise with a fine header. Why on earth Townsend did not come on i have no idea. Every moron in the kop thought he should. By now Brighton were rolling about all over the pitch in a demonstration of some laughable but frustrating time wasting and frankly cheating theatrics after every tackle. They were clearly happy with the point and the game was ours to win. Fab won another great tackle but Brighton made another token attack with no great purpose. The game hung on the inertia of their point in hand and our timidness.

The point in their hand however was tripled as an inauspicious  unthreatening shot crept under Lonergans body to put them 2-1 up. Finally the substitution appeared but it was too late. Brighton easily snubbed out our attempted surge. "Redfearn Out "  came the sardonic shout to our right. Quite, but who in? Big Mick lies in waiting as we speak, a bloke who i have said for years has Leeds United written all over him


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