Start of a Dynasty thanks to Dallas
12 Apr 2021 08:05 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Monday 12th April, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Start of a Dynasty - thanks to Dallas
The ten men of Leeds United condemned Champions elect Manchester City to just their fourth defeat of the season, elevating themselves into the top half of the Premiership table for the first time since the beginning of the season. The last time Leeds completed such a feat was back in January 2001, when Bakke, Bowyer and a brace from Robbie Keane hammered the Blue side of Lancashire. Twenty years on, City's £924m squad were firm favourites to coast to victory, but it was not to be.
As expected Citeh showed early signs of dominance but it was the Whites that struck first with three minutes of the first half remaining. Alioski's long range clearance / pass found Costa on the left wing. The Angolan did well in controlling the ball, and evading two defenders before feeding Bamford. Leeds leading scorer was immediately closed down but found Dallas in space on the edge of the 18 yard box. The Northern Ireland International's rasping drive clipped the inside of the post leaving Moraes stranded.
Moments later, Leeds hopes of Victory took a crushing blow when Liam Cooper was sent off for a sliding challenge that took out Gabriel Jesus. The Leeds skipper was originally booked, only for VAR to send Andre Marriner to the sidelines to review his decision. Moments later, Cooper was sent for an early bath. As expected, Bamford was sacrificed in favour of Struijk on the stroke of half time.
City continued to press hard in the second half, but fine defending limited Guardiola to half chances until the final 15 minutes. Ferran Torres set up a tense finale after finally finding a way past a stubborn Leeds defence. Leeds continued to throw men behind the ball, and counter attack when possible whilst Pep's side laid siege on Meslier's goal. Leeds patience was rewarded in injury time when Alioski threaded an inch perfect through ball to Dallas. As thousands of Leeds fans held their breathe, he held off two defenders before slotting the ball between Moraes legs. What a great way for Dallas to celebrate his 30th Birthday later this week!
Bring it on Liverpool and Man U!
So Leeds can defend!
Not only did we see Leeds throw ten men behind the ball and counter attack successfully, but we also saw the Whites defend corners by man marking. In what can only be described as an extremely accomplished performance, it was not very Bielsa like! The Argentine admitted during his post match press conference that 'he had never trained his team to defend with ten men behind the ball!' - Why not?
Other teams have done it to us on many occasions!
Stelling - Daylight robbery
Jeff Stelling has issued a grovelling apology to Leeds fans over his reaction to Leeds winner. The Sky Sports presenter went into shock following Dallas' injury time winner at the Ehihad on Saturday lunchtime saying.
“Talk about smash and grab, talk about daylight robbery, it’s just happened in broad daylight at the Etihad.
It's fair to say Leeds fans are a little fickle when it comes to pundits taking a swipe at their club. Unsurprisingly, six hours later Stelling offered a grovelling apology to the Leeds faithful.
Daylight robbery was of course the wrong expression re Leeds, so apologies to their fans. I was just gobsmacked that they won it in that way – hence the scream! And Dallas – what finishes they were!