Comfortable in the end as Whites regain second spot

19 Feb 2024 09:18 am, by Ellandback1


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Comfortable in the end as Whites regain second spot

Leeds became the first club in almost four months (last October) to beat Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on Saturday lunchtime, as Daniel Farke's young Whites regained the coveted second spot in the Championship. Leeds have now picked up maximum points in all eight of their league games in 2024, but had to grind down a stubborn and resolute Pilgrims side. If our trip to the Devon Riviera almost a fortnight ago had taught us anything, it's Plymouth will fight for every ball, and fight they did!

The visitors started the game on the front foot and deservedly took the lead on ten minutes. Gnonto latched on to Rutter's hopeful punt up the pitch, quickly bringing the ball under his spell deep within the visitors penalty area. He spun around to lose his marker, before firing the ball diagonally, low and hard, flat footing Hazard.

It looked as if it may be another walk in the park for Farke's side, but the hosts had other idea's. The game turned scrappy, and this suited the home team. A lack of composure in the final third meant Meslier was rarely troubled; but Leeds didn't look altogether comfortable until Rutter put the game beyond Plymouth's reaches, slotting the ball through the legs of Hazard, with barely twenty minutes on the clock.

It was far from a vintage performance, but comfortable in the end. Grinding out results when you're not playing particularly well is a surefire sign that the club are on the right pathway to promotion, but with 13 games still to play, anything can happen!





Leeds give perfect response to Sky Sports peace talks

If you're going to rub Leeds fans up the wrong back, then you better be prepared to take your medicine, as Sky Sports recently found out! The broadcasting giants have always had a volatile relationship with the Elland Road faithful, due to constantly changing times and dates of fixtures at short notice, with little concern for those that attend games on a regular basis. In exchange, the fans sing some unsavoury things about Sky Sports from the terraces.

As Phil Hay recounts, when Sky Sports recently asked a Leeds Utd employee how they should try and make peace with the Elland Road faithful, they got a response they would not have been expecting!

Not so long ago, an employee of Sky Sports asked a member of staff at Leeds United how the broadcaster should go about making peace with the club’s support. Like clockwork, every televised game involving Leeds was generating chants about Sky, chants no television company would choose to air before the watershed.

Any manager of Leeds should be told in advance that life in the Championship involves accommodating the EFL’s broadcast partner. The battleground between the club and Sky is as old as the hill Sky would happily die on. The only answer Leeds could offer was this: perhaps stop sending them to Plymouth Argyle at lunchtime on a Saturday.




Leeds favourites to tame Foxes

Leeds are 11/10 favourites to beat top of the table Leicester City at the weekend according to leading bookies Bet365. Their unassailable lead at the top of the Championship got cut to nine points at the weekend, after being beaten by Middlesbrough, and will now be looking over their backs as Leeds try to complete the double over the foxes for the first time since the 94/95 season! It's not ideal timing for Leeds, as they face Chelsea in the last 16 of the FA Cup, just five days after the top of the table clash! Leicester are 14/5 (almost 3/1), whilst the draw is 12/5.




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Jaydog wrote on 21 Feb 2024 10:51 am

pjm2019 wrote: Wed Feb 21, 2024 10:45 am great result last night to see Southampton lose pity Ipswich won. Every pundit talks about our great forward line BUT we have scored less than Leicester, Southampton and Ipswich. Our much better goal difference is because of our goals conceded.
That is because of Leicesters away form. We have virtually identical home records. So is Fridays game the rock v the immovable object.

pjm2019 wrote on 21 Feb 2024 10:45 am

great result last night to see Southampton lose pity Ipswich won. Every pundit talks about our great forward line BUT we have scored less than Leicester, Southampton and Ipswich. Our much better goal difference is because of our goals conceded.

Finnatic wrote on 19 Feb 2024 04:11 pm

Barlow Boy wrote: Mon Feb 19, 2024 3:48 pm There’s usually a Premiership game at that time, but whenever we’ve had those kick off times I’ve thought they were pretty good.

A few pints before the game with the lads, and back home from the game at a decent time for a few tinnies in the evening.
I agree 👍🏻

It should be shared out though regarding KO times - but because of overseas revenue/interest, and Leeds are the main draw in this division they put us on early.

Barlow Boy wrote on 19 Feb 2024 03:48 pm

Finnatic wrote: Mon Feb 19, 2024 3:17 pm Regarding Sky, I don’t think we’ve had a 5:30 pm KO on a Saturday this season, they’ve all been 12:30 when shown on Sky.
There’s usually a Premiership game at that time, but whenever we’ve had those kick off times I’ve thought they were pretty good.

A few pints before the game with the lads, and back home from the game at a decent time for a few tinnies in the evening.

Leeds1000 wrote on 19 Feb 2024 03:18 pm

andrewjohnsmith wrote: Mon Feb 19, 2024 2:48 pm The timing of the Leicester game not being ideal with the Chelsea game right behind it?

The Chelsea game doesn't matter. The only game that matters is the Leicester game.
Yeah the LC game is the one. The Chelski one is a free hit. They are just starting to get a few results behind them.