Leeds United v Fulham FC - MATCH THREAD - Cooper & Rodrigo in for Struijk & Hernandez

17 Sep 2020 01:00 pm, by YorkshireSquare

Leeds United v Fulham FC

Saturday 19th September 2020 15:00 | Elland Road | Live on BT Sport 1

After arriving back in the Premier League with a bang against Liverpool last weekend, this week has very much been a return to reality. Knocked out of the EFL Cup by Hull City on Wednesday night Leeds now face fellow promoted team Fulham on Saturday. Whilst the performance at Anfield impressed and won Leeds United and Marcelo lots of plaudits from supporters and pundits alike it will be points that matter this season as Leeds look to re-establish themselves in the Premier League and Saturdays game represents a good early opportunity to get three points on the board.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has good news at Thursday’s press conference, confirming Liam Cooper should be fit to line up alongside his new central defensive partner Robin Koch. There are no new injuries concerns ahead of Saturdays match and Adam Forshaw is back in group training and will continue his rehab next week following hip surgery towards the end of last season. Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen remains a doubt for the Cottagers with a foot injury while the returning Jean Michael Seri is being assessed after lacking match fitness.

Fulham will also be looking for their first points of the season having suffered a three-nil loss to Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season. Arsenal debutants Gabriel and Willian impressed as Arsenal blew away Fulham with goals from Lacazette, dos Santos Magalhães and Aubameyang. Fulham will hope not many of their games are as tough as playing in-form Arsenal, but there were signs this could be another leaky season at the back. There was little to get excited about at the other end too, with only two shots on target, both from outside the box.

Points were shared last season with Fulham winning 2-1 at Craven Cottage whilst Marcelo Bielsa gave Scott Parker a second half schooling at Elland Road as Leeds ran out 3-0 winners back in June. Fulham had come out with intensity and aggression which had Leeds on the back foot but a cool finish from Patrick gave Leeds a one nil lead after ten minutes. The introduction of Pablo Hernandez changed the game in the second half and Leeds dominated, sealing the win thanks to goals from Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison.

Leeds Lineup
Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Costa, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison, Bamford

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gessa wrote on 21 Sep 2020 07:57 am

I'd agree, don't remember anything that I shouted at the screen for, with any of his decisions being made wrong.

mothbanquet wrote on 21 Sep 2020 07:55 am

Smudge3920 wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:51 pm One thing I have not seen a comment on yet is the referee Tony Harrington... not been a fan for a loooooooong time of his, however fair is fair, and I think he did a good job yesterday... Thoughts?
I thought he did fine, considering the pace of the game. Didn't seem to favour one side over the other and tried to let the game flow where he could.

1964white wrote on 20 Sep 2020 11:18 pm

Smudge3920 wrote on 20 Sep 2020 10:51 pm

One thing I have not seen a comment on yet is the referee Tony Harrington... not been a fan for a loooooooong time of his, however fair is fair, and I think he did a good job yesterday... Thoughts?

Carrick Dave wrote on 20 Sep 2020 09:35 pm

SG90 wrote: Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:13 pm KP was poor because he was against both Anguissa and Reed. When we play Roberts at 10, we get no help in midfield. That's why we struggled first half until Pablo came on after the restart.
This is my take too. I don’t see the point in playing Roberts at 10 in the PL when he failed to make an impact at 10 in the latter stages in the Championship.

I’d like to see Marcelo give Bogusz a go, he wouldn’t be worse in my opinion and might prove a revelation - or give us another option at worst. All academic if we get de Paul in.

Don’t get me wrong btw, I think there’s a player in Roberts, but not at 10 at this point in his career.

At certain points yesterday I thought we were being outdone by Fulham’s press, it was just not like us though the first half at ER last season was similar I suppose.

The bottom line is that there will be no gimmes this year, we just need to find a way to get points on the board irrespective of how we play individually and collectively and that’s what we did yesterday.

On on on.