Piroe's stoppage time winner lifts roof off Elland Road

22 Jan 2024 09:25 am, by Ellandback1


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Piroe's stoppage time winner lifts roof off Elland Road

Joel Piroe's stoppage time spot kick winner, lifted the roof off Elland Road, as Leeds came from behind and avenged the wrongs of Boxing Day. Not four weeks, Liam Millar's late strike had knocked the stuffing out of ten man Leeds. Their antics had led to Meslier's earlier dismissal, and the Lilywhites took full advantage.

Their shenanigans had a detrimental effect on proceedings this time around too; whether they were kicking lumps out of the Leeds players, or slowing the game down to levels only usually associated with Ketamine - it was painful to watch. Along with the JFK assassination and disappearance of Lord Lucan, conspiracy theorists will looks on Sundays events, asking themselves how Preston escaped with only six yellow cards?

Will Keane had put Preston ahead on two minutes after Millar's mishit effort fell nicely for the former Manchester Utd apprentice. When Dan James restored order three minutes later, heading home Junior Firpo's peach of a cross, many envisaged a goal fest, similar to the ten goal thriller these two sides had put on nearly fourteen years ago, but alas - it was not meant to be.

Just as we thought the game was heading for stalemate, Ryan Ledson handled in the area, leaving the referee little option but to point to the spot. Ironically, the biggest cheers from the crowd was not when Piroe converted, but when Bamford handed him the ball - not that I'm suggesting the Elland Road faithful are fickle!





Lowe felt robbed by penalty decision

Speaking after the game, Preston Manager Ryan Lowe slated referee David Webb, stating his decisions all game had baffled him, and the penalty decision had robbed his players of a point!

Gutted is an understatement. I'm gutted for the boys because I thought they were terrific in everything they did. I don't think anybody expected us to come here and go toe-to-toe with them.

The decisions from the referee baffled me all game. To be done by a penalty decision when the ball hit his body and then rolled up and hit his arm in a natural position... it's tough to take but that's football.

I said to the lads to be proud. We've got to use this as a motivation for next weekend to continue. We knew we had to be fast out of the traps and get the ball in behind. I thought it was a great game and a fair result would have been 1-1.




Farke interested in Godfrey reunion

Reports from Italy suggest Leeds are one of a number of clubs interested in Ben Godfrey. The 26 year old worked under Daniel Farke at Norwich before joining the Toffee's in a £25m deal in 2020. He has slipped down the pecking order since fracturing his fibula early on last season. The arrival of James Tarkowski has restricted the centre back to just 91 minutes of game time this season. AC Milan and Sheffield Utd have also shown an interest in the former York City apprentice, though his association with Farke may give Leeds the edge!





Downing joins coaching team

Former Liverpool and England star Stewart Downing has joined the coaching team at Thorp Arch. Downing will work as deputy for Scott Gardner whose position as first team coach with the U21's has just been made permanent. The 39 year old will work alongside fellow coaches Michal Pudjak and Chris Elliott. He retired from professional football in 2021, and has been working with the Middlesbrough academy players since 2022.




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1964white wrote on 23 Jan 2024 07:28 am

ruttermania wrote: Mon Jan 22, 2024 11:11 pm The only part of Lowes comments connected to reality was that the referees decisions baffled him. The refereeing was certainly baffling throughout but not in relation to what Mr. Lowe saw. Allowing this ref on to a pitch is a clear breach of the EFL's duty of care to players (particularly the skillful ) as he has no capacity whatsoever to recognise basic thuggery for what it is . There were numerous instances of multiple bookable offences by Preston players being ignored and a blatant deliberate handball outside the box by their keeper completely ignored . In a laughable attempt at evening up the score this pitiful excuse for a ref issued makey up nonsense yellows to three Leeds players .

Preston had advertised for several weeks that they were playing the same game as at Deepdale but with studs up and there was a responsibility on the powers that be to put a strong ref in place to deal with it and they shirked that duty . As for Robbie Brady he showed just what a guttersnipe he is being the poor mans John McGinn . In some ways there was more pleasure in the way the game turned out even if it wasn't good for the nerves . Preston got exactly what they deserved for an abject display of anti football and mean spiritedness and the fact that they thought up till the very end that they would get some reward made it all the sweeter.

As for Andy Hinchcliffe I think in future I will turn the sound off when he is on the commentary team .
Excellent & spot-on post Rutter :tup:

ruttermania wrote on 22 Jan 2024 11:11 pm

The only part of Lowes comments connected to reality was that the referees decisions baffled him. The refereeing was certainly baffling throughout but not in relation to what Mr. Lowe saw. Allowing this ref on to a pitch is a clear breach of the EFL's duty of care to players (particularly the skillful ) as he has no capacity whatsoever to recognise basic thuggery for what it is . There were numerous instances of multiple bookable offences by Preston players being ignored and a blatant deliberate handball outside the box by their keeper completely ignored . In a laughable attempt at evening up the score this pitiful excuse for a ref issued makey up nonsense yellows to three Leeds players .

Preston had advertised for several weeks that they were playing the same game as at Deepdale but with studs up and there was a responsibility on the powers that be to put a strong ref in place to deal with it and they shirked that duty . As for Robbie Brady he showed just what a guttersnipe he is being the poor mans John McGinn . In some ways there was more pleasure in the way the game turned out even if it wasn't good for the nerves . Preston got exactly what they deserved for an abject display of anti football and mean spiritedness and the fact that they thought up till the very end that they would get some reward made it all the sweeter.

As for Andy Hinchcliffe I think in future I will turn the sound off when he is on the commentary team .

Kennyb41 wrote on 22 Jan 2024 05:14 pm

Himmm, magic mushrooms.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 22 Jan 2024 04:39 pm

Ben Godfrey is an interesting link. He was supposed to be the next big thing. Should have been an England player by now. I remember some suggesting him as a Ben White replacement back when,

Looks like we're putting some weight into the youth team coaching staff. I haven't felt that there has been much consideration of the youth system this season. And that's fair. The immediate priority this season had to be the first team and promotion. Also worth noting the U21's can't be relegated this season. So, no consequence if they do have a bad year. A new manager and a marquee name in Downing shows they're taking things seriously now.

4 U21 coaches is probably a stronger team than we've ever had too. That's been part of the 49ers commitment since coming in. Making sure we have a strong backroom team. They've done it in the boardroom and the offices too. Phil Hay would often point out that while we were a premier league club, we were still staffed like a championship club.

Orange Box wrote on 22 Jan 2024 12:09 pm

Not a Hand ball? He actually pulled his arm back into to his body after the event. If the arm is in a natural position, how is that even possible?