Devastating duo destroys Leeds

03 Nov 2020 09:12 am, by Ellandback1


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Cunning foxes clinical finishing costs Leeds

The devastating duo of Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes, left Leeds defense chasing shadows for long periods of yesterdays crunch league game at Elland Road that saw the Foxes sour to second place in the Premiership table, a point from the summit. Things could have taken a completely different turn had Patrick Bamford headed past Schmeichel from three yards. Unfortunately, his header was directly at the former Leeds shot stopper.

The thankful Dane bowled the ball out quickly to Wesley Fofana. With Ayling missing in no mans land, the U21 French International wing back found Koch. Pressure from an on rushing Vardy forced a mistake from the German, whose under hit pass back to his keeper was poor and sat invitingly on the drenched Elland Road pitch for Vardy to intervene. The England hit man unselfishly squared pick out his strike partner who struck the ball into an empty net.

Youri Tielemans doubled the Foxes advantage half way through the first half. Albrightons cross was too deep for Cooper. Vardy and Koch both dived disparagingly to get their head on the ball first. Unfortunately for the Whites, Koch was second best. Vardys slight contact forced a diving save from Meslier. The rebound landed nicely for the Belgium international who stabbed the ball home.

If the first half belonged to Leicester, then the second very much belonged to Leeds, well at least for the first 30 minutes anyway. Dallas reduced the deficit three minutes into the second half when the Northern Ireland internationals cross came shot found the corner of the net. For the next 30 minutes, Leeds were dominant, laying Siege, after siege on Schmeichel's goal mouth, though lacking a finishing touch.

The Whites were made to pay for their lack of clinical finishing fifteen minutes from time. Maddison's through ball carved the Leeds defence in two finding Turkish winger Cengiz Under. He squared the ball back to enable Vardy to get on the score sheet. Leeds miserable night was capped off when Tielemans grabbed his second of the night, this time from 12 yards after Klich bought down maddison in extra time.




Post Match reaction from both Managers

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa...

In the first 30 minutes, we defended poorly and after that we didn't create enough danger. That is one of the main responsibilities of the manager. "I am not taking the blame, just stating the players were not correctly distributed. The players are disappointed. Every game is an opportunity to recover, especially after a defeat.



Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers...

I thought my players were brilliant. We had to be tactically disciplined and then play when we had the ball.

If we get to March, April and we are in that position [second], then it will be nice, but there is a long way to go.



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Smudge3920 wrote on 03 Nov 2020 02:42 pm

Gandalf wrote: Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:33 pmComments like the one bolded are the reason why I stay out of the match day thread. Slagging our players off, after what they achieved last season (and Roberts deserves to be lauded for his small part in that) is so counter-productive. No doubt the Bamford haters were also out in force.
Well said Gandalf... constructive critisism I have time for , but personal attacks piss me right off... As you said given what they did last year and how far Bielsa has brought us

Gandalf wrote on 03 Nov 2020 02:33 pm

1964white wrote: Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:24 pm I couldn't believe that change nor could Pablo himself, ridiculous substition :( Jack on the left had created absolutely nothing. I suspect the Roberts fans were happy with the decison, one dinky run where he lost the ball in the end is likely to cement Marcelo's love child a place v Palace
We didn't need to make a substitution at that stage. We were on top and Pablo, although having a pretty poor game, can always produce a moment of magic.

Comments like the one bolded are the reason why I stay out of the match day thread. Slagging our players off, after what they achieved last season (and Roberts deserves to be lauded for his small part in that) is so counter-productive. No doubt the Bamford haters were also out in force.

1964white wrote on 03 Nov 2020 02:24 pm

Gandalf wrote: Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:15 pm After a shocking first half, we got back into the game with a flukey goal, and then proceeded to dominate for the next 30 mins. The difference was when Hernandez was substituted whilst they brought on Maddison. We took off our magic man, and they brought on theirs. Marcelo needs to hold his hands up for that one. Pablo was not impressed.

We need to regroup quickly now, and get back on the winning trail. Palace will do what Leicester did and sit back and break with pace. We need to handle it better. I'm still confident of a mid table finish.
I couldn't believe that change nor could Pablo himself, ridiculous substition :( Jack on the left had created absolutely nothing. I suspect the Roberts fans were happy with the decison, one dinky run where he lost the ball in the end is likely to cement Marcelo's love child a place v Palace

Gandalf wrote on 03 Nov 2020 02:15 pm

After a shocking first half, we got back into the game with a flukey goal, and then proceeded to dominate for the next 30 mins. The difference was when Hernandez was substituted whilst they brought on Maddison. We took off our magic man, and they brought on theirs. Marcelo needs to hold his hands up for that one. Pablo was not impressed.

We need to regroup quickly now, and get back on the winning trail. Palace will do what Leicester did and sit back and break with pace. We need to handle it better. I'm still confident of a mid table finish.

Cjay wrote on 03 Nov 2020 02:13 pm

Despite the praise for Leicester lets not forget this was effectively our Championship side.

Yes they had injuries to but they have had a lot longer to build.

And the weather was a factor and it did suit them. The weather directly contributed to 2 of the goals, 1st and 2nd.

So, what last night showed was that they could beat a Championship side, in conditions ideally suited to them, while having all the luck (Pablo hits the bar, Paddy not taking his 3 good chances).

Still annoyed at Ayling but imo that wasnt to bad, it wasnt a 4-1 game.

We hit the bar, we had 3 1v1s difference was our striker missed and theres didnt.

A Championship side having the same issues it has had for 2 years in conditions that arent helpful for our style of play lost to an established Prem side with a Premier league squad in conditions ideally suited to them.

I think we would do them in the dry :)