Fulham v Leeds Utd Match Thread - 0-0 FT. Leeds win 6-5 on penalties.

20 Sep 2021 09:45 am, by Ellandback1

Tuesday 21st September 19:45pm
Craven Cottage | EFL Cup 3rd Round

Leeds make the 400 mile round trip to South West London on Tuesday evening, hoping to reach the dizzy heights of the fourth round of the League Cup; but only if they can overcome Fulham at Craven Cottage. Leeds ventures to the Capital rarely end well, but they'll be hoping they can put a performance together to appease the fans who have been getting restless following their league status. Koch and Llorente are still nursing injuries whilst Struijk serves the second of his three match ban. Ayling and Raphinha both hobbled off during the latter parts of Friday night's 1-1 draw at St James Park; we're waiting to find out the extent of their injuries! Patrick Bamford also picked up a knock last week and will not travel with the squad.

Bielsa has the pick of the U23's, who are in a rich vain of form having just beaten Liverpool away 4-0. Gelhart scored a brace; chipping the keeper from the half way line, and a thunderbolt from 40 yards. The 19 year old joked later that he had hurt his back in the celebrations!

Looking to secure an immediate return to the Premier League, Fulham have made an encouraging start to their Championship campaign, collecting 16 points from eight matches. But they lost ground to early pacemakers Bournemouth on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Reading at home. They still remain in the automatic promotion slots, thanks to their superior goal difference. They have netted 18 times this season, more than any other Championship team; with Aleksandar Mitrovic grabbing six of the goals and three assists. Fulham have never won the League Cup and in truth, it is not a priority competition for the club this term, with the Cottagers determined to secure an automatic return to the top flight of English football.

The London club have also lost each of their last three matches against Leeds in all competitions, including defeats in their two Premier League meetings during the 2020-21 campaign. Leeds, meanwhile, booked their spot in this stage of the EFL Cup courtesy of a 3-0 home success over Crewe Alexandra, with Kalvin Phillips and Jack Harrison on the scoresheet at Elland Road. The Whites are still waiting for their first win of the 2021-22 Premier League season, though, having lost two and drawn three of their opening five matches, including the 1-1 draw against Newcastle United on Friday. Like Fulham, Leeds will not view the EFL Cup as a priority, but they have previous experience when it comes to this competition, winning the 1967-68 trophy and also finishing as runners-up in 1995-96.

Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Shackleton, Firpo, Dallas, Cresswell, Phillips, Klich, Summerville, James, Rodrigo, Roberts

Subs: Klaesson, Drameh, Hjelde, Forshaw, McKinstry, Gelhardt, Greenwood

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1964white wrote on 22 Sep 2021 01:07 pm

No excuse for any footballer to do a Kevin Sinfield kick in a shoot out :o blasting a ball over the bar is down to poor technique

Now you can see why Adam Forshaw has never scored for Leeds.

Our young players showed how it should be done with some superb strikes :clap:

SG90 wrote on 22 Sep 2021 12:52 pm

1964white wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:57 am We always seem to look in the wrong direction when it comes to strikers.

Origi going cheap at Liverpool, apparently.
Nah Liverpool are the kings at getting clubs to overpay for their sh*te.

Arthur Cabral (who we were linked with summer 2020) is on fire atm!

1964white wrote on 22 Sep 2021 12:49 pm

whiteswan wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:57 am The 1975 European Cup still rankles :rant:
Me too Swannie.

I vividly remember the robberies as if they happened yesterday :x

Up there with the Great Train Robbery in 1963 or even Ronnie & Reggie :lol:

whiteswan wrote on 22 Sep 2021 11:57 am

1964white wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:00 am We were robbed of at least five trophies during the Revie-era :(
The 1975 European Cup still rankles :rant:

1964white wrote on 22 Sep 2021 10:00 am

Byebyegeegee wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 8:49 am Nothing we can do to change things I’m afraid. I’ve mentioned before that we seem to have had the shitty end of the stick from officials and the football “powers that be” for more than 50 years now and that isn’t about to change anytime soon.

In my quieter moments I’ve often wondered why they dislike Leeds United so much that they are prepared to continue being blatantly bias against us even when it has become so obviously the case, not only to us as fans, but to anyone with any knowledge of English football at all.

I have come to the conclusion that it dates back to the Revie era when Leeds United were the best team in England (and probably Europe) for the best part of 10 years. Better than the those in the cosy little closed shop of the establishment’s favoured clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal etc. Even though Leeds were obviously the best team by far over that period they never quite got the credit they truly deserved and those players never won as many trophies as they should have done (or would have done had they been representing one the FA’s favoured clubs).

The English Football Establishment and media could never quite bring themselves to admit how good that team was, describing them as dirty, or more professional than other teams, no they weren’t they were just better than rest and, I believe, they’ve never quite forgiven us for that.
We were robbed of at least five trophies during the Revie-era :(