Bradford City 2, Leeds United 1
28 Aug 2014 12:12 pm, by YorkshireSquare
Leeds United 1 (Smith 82)
Leeds coach Dave Hockaday said of the game "we very nearly climbed that mountain" after defeat to Bradford City having played an hour with only 10 men. On one side the statement is true, we battled hard with one man down after Luke Murphy had been sent off just after the half hour mark and took the lead with 8 minutes remaining. For the most part the team worked hard and we could have, should have, secured the win. Unfortunately some sloppy defending, a couple of missed chances and a quality goal from Bradford Leeds were knocked out of the cup.
On the flip side Bradford City should not be described as a 'mountain to climb', we should have been going into that game as favourites but with the run of results so far this year and Hockaday under pressure Bradford were slight favourites. It shows how far we have fallen and the situation we are in. It was a spirited performance but given the circumstance only a win would have been good enough for Hockaday to remain in a job. Here are the views of some of our members;
The thoughts of weasel;
The side, barring Murphy deserve a lot of credit. When you look around and see that 6 Premiership sides have crashed out it tells you something about how lower teams raise their games, MK Dons beating Manchester United, Villa and QPR losing etc. Our players worked their socks off after the dismissal and in my opinion only dropped their levels after thinking we'd won. Compare that to tame defeats v Histon, Rochdale and many other poor cup performaces of recent years.
Yes I was disappointed that the team picked contained 7 of last year's squad. I want to see the new boys, especiially Benandicic but I guess Hockaday was wary of doing a Manchester United and he wanted to pick players who knew that the opoosition would be up for it and players that wouldn't see it as a glorified friendly.
Am I disappointed by the result, of course I am. Were all the teams that Bradford beat on their route to the final disappointed? This is a funny competition and I am more concerned about performance and ultimately that was hard to judge due to the Murphy sending off. Before that I thought we were the better side and looked comfortable.
Is there any need for the over the top wailing? Were Manchester United derailed when York beat them 3-0 many moons ago? I see signs in this team of character, maybe too much desire at times and I am behind them 100%. WIll they win ever game, no, will they lose stupidly, yes, but hey ho this is the start of something, not the finished article.
The views of 1964white;
Feeling somewhat deflated & disappointed after we looked to have nicked a win in the last five minutes. We were looking comfortable up until the sending off and well in control of the game. Murphy is the only one who will know what he was thinking. The only person to take the blame is himself. The manager and Captain can do nothing about those sort of challenges once the players take to the pitch although you have to question the discipline within our ranks with four sending offs in our first six games, we've had more red cards than shots on target.
We adjusted well when going down to ten men, everyone put a shift in. You can't really make changes when you are looking comfortable with ten men, specially when there is so much to lose and pressure on. Although Hock should have made one crucial change as soon as we scored bringing on a player on to bolster up the midfield in the last few minutes.
Maybe having someone like the tigerish Cook or Benedicic on the park would have stemed City's glorious equaliser. From then on there was only one winner as we capitulated under pressure as tired legs set in. Bringing on Poleon once the horse had bolted was born out of desperation, both Smith & Poleon should have tied the game at 2-2 had they been more clinical in front of goal in the added-on time period. We seriously lack pace in the team & leaders on & off the pitch which needs to be readdressed quickly. Naivety & stupidity lost that game last night.
The views of Gandalf;
The less said about Murphy the better. He should be taught to stop diving in, as he can't time his tackles. Otherwise there is a decent footballer in there.
In a backs to the wall performance, my only gripe was the amount of space that we allowed on their left hand side after the dismissal. The signs were there at the end of the first half, as several dangerous crosses came in, luckily without an end result.
I thought that Hockaday had solved it at half time, getting Sharp and Bianchi to rotate and give more protection to Wootton. As a result, the first twenty minutes of the second half were reasonably comfortable. After that, tiredness began to set in, and Wootton began to be more and more exposed.
This was the time to bring on some fresh legs, and balance the midfield. I think that Hockaday was conscious of the reaction to taking off Sharp at Waford, but he should have removed Sharp or Smith and brought on Cook.
He should certainly have taken one of the strikers off straight after we had scored and brought Cook on (our only midfield option on the bench), but we were finished off from crosses coming in from their left hand side.
Bradford City Line-up:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Sheehan, Meredith, Liddle, Knott (Dolan 97), Kennedy, Clarke, Mclean (McBurnie 70), Hanson
Unused Subs: Urwin, Yeates, Shariff, Routis, Morais
Leeds United Line-up:
Taylor, Wootton, Pearce, Cooper, Warnock, Tonge, Murphy, Bianchi, Norris (Poleon 89), Smith, Sharp
Unused Subs: Silvestri, C Taylor, Cook, Antenucci, Ajose, Benedicic
Sent off: Murphy 31