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!



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Aussieleeds wrote on 13 Apr 2021 12:50 pm

Just watched ‘The Analysis Show’. Showed how the reason we won that game was because in extra time playing with 10 men against the league’s best, we still had two players high and wide. Hosts basically said no other team in those circumstances would have been still set up to try and win the game when the opportunity presented.
Funny, they compared Leeds effort vs City with Chelsea’s effort when they were down to 10 men and scores level against WBA.😄

1964white wrote on 12 Apr 2021 01:03 pm

Byebyegeegee wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:43 pm Stelling is ok not the worst commentator by a very long chalk. But by and large commentators and especially pundits are poor. Watching that clip it’s obvious that that Boyd chap didn’t have a clue what he was talking about, he’d plainly not done any research but just trotted out some rubbish he’d half heard somewhere and was surprised and utterly stumped when Stelling challenged him to explain - embarrassing or what. It was such a breath of fresh air to have Peter Drury and Ali McCoist doing the commentary last week when we played the Blunts.
Ali makes me laugh so has to be a decent pundit.

I see ITV have snapped up Graeme Souness for the Euros, another excellent analyser who also loves watching Bielsa's Leeds.

Irish Ian wrote on 12 Apr 2021 12:59 pm

Koch
Llorente
Raph
Costa
Rodrigo
Spiderboy

Who else did we buy? Are they counting the Charlie Allen, Gelhardt, Greenwood?

Mountain wrote on 12 Apr 2021 12:54 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:05 am 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 - Why not?

Other teams have done it to us on many occasions!
I think Saturday was very Bielsa like. It was group of players without egos, many dismissed as not being able to make it at other clubs, many dismissed by Leeds own fans as not being Premier standard, running themselves into the ground to pursue a result against one of the most expensive squads ever assembled.

I don't expect Bielsa to study the ways of other clubs that stick 10 behind the ball and I want Leeds to remain the one team that against all the odds, financial, number of players on the pitch, are sending runners forward in the dying minutes searching for a goal...

Byebyegeegee wrote on 12 Apr 2021 12:43 pm

Stelling is ok not the worst commentator by a very long chalk. But by and large commentators and especially pundits are poor. Watching that clip it’s obvious that that Boyd chap didn’t have a clue what he was talking about, he’d plainly not done any research but just trotted out some rubbish he’d half heard somewhere and was surprised and utterly stumped when Stelling challenged him to explain - embarrassing or what. It was such a breath of fresh air to have Peter Drury and Ali McCoist doing the commentary last week when we played the Blunts.


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