Spirited Leeds display ends in defeat

27 Sep 2021 08:09 am, by Ellandback1

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Spirited display ends in defeat

Leeds produced their best display of the season, reminiscent of scenes of six months ago; unfortunately, it was not enough, and their brave effort ended in the worse possible way. For a side depleted with injury, the hosts were well marshalled. Their free flowing football, quick counters and ability to close the visitors down as soon as they were on the ball showed the capacity Elland Road crowd that hopefully their slump has finally come to an end.

Leeds took the lead on 20 minutes. Rodrigo's cut back from deep on the right wing found Dallas. The Northern Ireland International unselfishly tee'd up Raphinha on the edge of the 'D'. His first time effort, drilled low and hard, beat Fabianski at his par post. It was no more than Leeds deserved. Moments earlier, an almost identical attack involving Rodrigo and Firpo set Dallas up on the edge of the area, but his spectacular effort was matched by a fingertip save.

It wasn't all one way traffic, and Leeds rode their luck, but Meslier was a match to anything the Hammers could muster, until two thirds of the way through the match. David Moyes' men drew level on 67 minutes when Jarrod Bowen's speculative effort took the cruellest of double deflections and nestled in the back of the net. On the balance of play, a draw would have been a fair result, but when you're languishing near the foot of the table fairness goes out the window.

Michail Antonio silenced the Elland Road faithful with a 90th minute winner after carving through the middle of the Leeds defence. This was especially cruel as the striker was lucky to still be on the pitch having flattened Meslier midway though the second half!

All in all, a much better performance, and if f Leeds play like they did on Saturday, they'll climb their way out of trouble - agree?

Bielsa post match comments

Is it time to get rid of the dead wood?

Leeds fans can be very unforgiving, especially when things are not going well. Once the finger of blame has been pointed, it's very difficult to escape its wrath. Tyler Roberts and Liam Cooper are two players who have received more than their fair share of criticism lately from the Leeds Utd faithful, but are the comments justified? Whilst we have seen Pascal Struijk break through into the first team squad, the gaffer prefers to stick with experience, but with the emergence of players such as Charlie Cresswell and Joe Gelhardt, are the old guard in danger of being replaced?

We know that Bielsa has his favourites, with both Cooper and Roberts falling into that category, will the gaffer give the first team a good shake up? It's not normally his way! We only tend to see changes in the line-up when injuries or suspensions occur! How long will it be before the Leeds crowd get on Bielsa's back?

Injury heartache for Forshaw

Adam Forshaw's injury nightmare continuous, after it was disclosed the 29yo has once again been sidelined. He joins an increasing number of players on the treatment table as the medical team at Thorp Arch are inundated with casualties. The news was greeted with moans and groans on social media, but hopefully the midfielders latest setback will only keep him sidelined for a month. According to Bielsa...

He has a tear in the posterior part of his thigh. With a muscular injury they usually consume a month's time. Forshaw makes enormous efforts not to injure himself but after two years out it is difficult to get back into the swing of things.

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mentalcase wrote on 27 Sep 2021 02:02 pm

Time to be ruthless not toothless.
Get shut of roberts, cooper and forshaw.
Give that lazy twat harrison a reet good boot up t' arse, also tell James to play better as well ,jury still out on him at the moment, he's a lot to prove. Young Jimmy is ready.
Others like ayling, klich and dallas have been great stalwarts but, blind loyalty and sentimentality has no place in football.
Hopefully now, the realalisation is staring MB in the chops, he knows the young guns are more than willing and able, just need to bide our time a little longer maybe.

Cjay wrote on 27 Sep 2021 11:56 am

West ham.

The first half was our best showing of the season so far (although that isnt saying much really) we had an element of control after a difficult first15-20 mins. In those times of control you have to take advantage, we didnt.

And then 2nd half as is becoming a regular thing now we faded and West Ham took control. And that is most concerning because throughout MB's time here we have traditionally got stronger second half where out superior fitness comes into play, that isn't happening anymore.

That should concern the club grately because as was mentioned last season (by Neville or Carragher i think) if a team with better individuals matches the energy of a lesser team then the better individuals will win 9/10.

Our superior fitness is our main weapon and that now seems to have gone but we are still trying to go man for man toe to toe vs better players, its not going to end well and the club and MB need to realise this quickly.

Ive seen some say we deserved a point? Not sure myself. West Ham started the 1st half better and had chances for the first 15-20mins and then we dominated the rest but then West Ham dominated the whole second half.

Unlucky with the deflections but overall we were the better team for a smaller portion of the match.

Is it time to get rid of the dead wood?

I wouldn't call them that, seems harsh but i have made my opinion clear on this. More should have been done in the summer. A more ruthless attitude was needed but i suspect MB and Radz and Orta havent got thay in them and if that is the case we will stagnate indefinitely.

Adam Forshaw

On a human level much sympathy for him as he clearly has had an awful few years and has had to work very hard.

It was also totally wrong for Radz to do what he did, it put immense pressure on Forshaw just because Radz wanted to look edgey and funny.

But on a fan level never in history has a players ability and contribution been enhanced more by not playing, he has barely played for us under Bielsa and had little to no impact on our progress. But to read articles and some fan opinions youd think he was prime Xavi before his injury.

A tidy and safe lower league player, nothing more.

He should be released at the end of the season, or retire and be offered a coaching role in the academy maybe?

If the club offer him a new playing contract then i truly will despair, i know he has struggled with injuries but they have looked after him for years, we owe him no more than that imo.

Eireleeds1 wrote on 27 Sep 2021 11:24 am

Klich could have put out out of sight nut didn't. Meslier kept scoreline respectable again with some fine saves and we've little creativity when Raphinhas not on pitch. Saturday proved that yet again. Wins badly needed in next five games

onemoreslogan wrote on 27 Sep 2021 11:06 am

I'm still stinging from that loss. The boys played very well and deserved better.

Roberts is only 22 years old. He seems older because he's been flirting with first team for years. I understand the frustration with him because he hasn't blossomed into a Premier League starter yet, but I think the tools are there and I can see why Bielsa sticks with him. The only way he can become a top player is to play against top players. I also don't think it's fair to judge him harshly for his turn on the wing on Saturday- Bielsa should have put him at 9 or 10 or left him on the bench.

Cooper is not our best defender but he has been our most dependable one. Ridiculous to slag him. He's been a good soldier and has been playing alongside a rotating cast all season. He'll never be more than he is, and in light of what's happened at the back, we've been lucky to have him.

WestgateRun wrote on 27 Sep 2021 10:49 am

Leeds fans need to reset their expectations after the excellent first season in the Premier League.
Our target should just be be to stay in the Premier League. 17th place would do me.
The next four games are against bottom-half teams. Hopefully, we can pick up some points and the injured players will start to return.