Leeds climb out of the drop zone
04 Oct 2021 08:01 am, by Ellandback1
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Leeds climb out of the drop zone
Diego Llorente celebrated his return from injury with the only goal of the game as Leeds ran riot over Watford at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon. Not even the pouring rain could stop a jam packed Elland Road crowd roar their team to victory, as they clawed their way out of the dreaded drop zone.
The Whites had opportunities to wipe out their negative goal difference they had sustained this term, but had to make do with the Spaniard's 18th minute strike following Raphinha's corner, his first in six months. Sustained wave after wave of attacks were thwarted all afternoon by a mixture of last ditch defending, bad decision making and substandard finishing.
Their plight was not made any easier when both VAR and referee Simon Hooper waved away Daniel James' stonewall penalty appeals midway through the first half. The incident evened itself out though, as Watford had a goal chalked off in the latter stages of the game. Replays show that Cooper fouled Kabasele in the box, during which, in the melee, Watford had the ball in the back of the net. Fortunately, the referee awarded Cooper the free kick.
This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that decisions go against Bielsa's team.
Following the mauling, Hornets Manager Xisco Munoz was relieved of his duties. This was a surprise to everyone. Not only had the Spaniard guided Watford into the top flight, but having beaten Villa and Norwich, and drawn against Newcastle since their return to the top flight.
Leeds go into the International break, two points clear of the drop zone. They'll be looking forward to their trip to St Mary's in a fortnight, especially as their talisman Ward-Prowse will be missing, after he was sent off at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.
Gelhardt had the perfect opportunity to make his league debut
Joe Gelhardt will be wondering what he has to do to get first team action under Bielsa. The 19yo hitman has recorded seven goals in seven appearances so far this season for the Leeds u23's, and a brace on his International debut for the England U20's. With Bamford sidelined for the foreseeable future, the decision to overlook a natural goalscorer is perplexing!
Saturday was such a one-sided affair that many thought it was the ideal opportunity to give Gelhardt a taste of first team action, especially as the team had been woeful in the final third. There are plenty of first team players, younger than Gelhardt in the top flight with other clubs, not that age should come into it when you have the ability and form he has shown this season.
Pundits seething over Watford's disallowed goal
Football pundit Garth Crooks expressed his utter disbelief at referee Simon Hooper's decision not to allow Christian Kabasele's equaliser on Saturday. According to Crooks...
Yet again VAR gets involved in a situation it should not have got involved in and when it did it still got it wrong. What is the point of this system? Watford’s disallowed goal was incorrect and almost certainly contributed to their manager Xisco Munoz getting the sack hours after this result. It was Watford’s Christian Kabasele who was fouled in the box and the goal should have stood. I don’t know who was operating VAR but he shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the technology ever again.
Fellow pundit Ian Wright remarked...
Kabasele is being fouled here by Cooper. Firstly, he grabs him here, he grabs his shirt, then he grabs around his shirt, he has pulled him down. I can’t understand why that is not a clear and obvious error.