Bad day at the office for the Whites

04 Mar 2024 09:20 am, by Ellandback1


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Bad day at the office for the Whites

It was a bad day at the office for the Whites at the weekend, with a well blow-par performance against relegation threatened Huddersfield Town. Whether they were suffering from an FA Cup hangover from their midweek clash with Chelsea, or were simply not prepared for the ugly side of the beautiful game is up for debate, but Leeds did not look like a side challenging for automatic promotion.

Even if the game had been played at double speed, it would still have been slow. Time wasting and constant interruptions every few minutes interrupted Leeds rhythm, though the ten minutes of added on time would prove significent. Like most non footballing sides, the hosts were most dangerous from set pieces, and true to form, duly took the lead from a free kick, speculatively fired into the box, early in first half stoppage time.

Veteran striker Danny Ward rose highest, with a bullet header which Meslier did remarkably well to keep out, but substitute defender Michel Herik was on hand to tap in the rebound. Three minutes later, the hosts were reduced to 10 men, after Jonathan Hogg received his second yellow car, after elbowing Junior Firpo in the face. This should have proved significant, yet Leeds would go on to manage just one more (two in total) shot on target for the rest of the game.

Ten men Huddersfield continued to frustrate Leeds in the second half. Their 79% possession meant nothing in terms of points on the board, and it wasn't until Dan James and Connor Roberts came on, that Leeds looked like getting something from the game. Their shot on target came on 67 minutes. The Welsh duo combined brilliantly, before Roberts picked out Bamford at the far post for his seventh of the season. Summerville was denied late on by the woodwork as Leeds searched in vein for the winner but it was not meant to be.





Will Leeds regret not signing Kieffer Moore

Kieffer Moore has given Ipswich Town the shot in the arm they needed at a time things were starting to unravel for the East Anglian club! The 31 year old arrived on loan at Portman Road on deadline day (1st February), and has made an instant impact. He has netted five times and provided an assist in his first six games, and has shot to the top of the Championship rankings with a 'Whoscored' average of 7.81, even higher than Summerville (7.77).

The 6ft 5' target man isn't just a headache from set pieces. His physicality and hold-up play (attributes most welcome in Championship) have ensured Ipswich a say in who finishes in the automatic promotion slots, come May. Leeds looked at Moore but for whatever reason, a deal was not forthcoming. Will they regret not signing him when they had the chance?





How many more points do Leeds need?

There are still 33 points still to play for until the end of the season, and with only eight points separating the top four, anything can happen. Leeds are in third place, two points behind Ipswich Town (on 75 pts). Everything could go down to the last game of the season where Ipswich host Huddersfield. Should the visitors have nothing to play for, the Terriers would like nothing more than seeing the Whites confined to the Championship for another season!

How many points do Leeds need to go up? Theoretically if they won all 11, they could finish on 106, which would equal Readings record breaking 2005/06 achievements, but how likely is it?




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The Subhuman wrote on 04 Mar 2024 08:02 pm

Bad day at the office? No surprise as we were down the "park" playing football. Were we supposed to be in the office?

Cjay wrote on 04 Mar 2024 07:58 pm

Kennyb41 wrote: Mon Mar 04, 2024 5:51 pm How do you know Soton just didn't beat us to him ? He's already settled in Bournemouth what makes you think it wasn't his decision ?

I wanted Brooks, but i've no idea why he didn't come, how do you know this ?
If we'd been beaten it would have been mentioned.

Same as Max Aarons was for example.

It doesn't seem a deal we pushed for

Leeds1000 wrote on 04 Mar 2024 06:27 pm

As we know a win tomorrow and its 31 points out of 33. Its the reason we are breathing down lc neck. The boss and the lads have been phenomenal this year so far. We go again.

Jaydog wrote on 04 Mar 2024 06:06 pm

Kennyb41 wrote: Mon Mar 04, 2024 5:51 pm How do you know Soton just didn't beat us to him ? He's already settled in Bournemouth what makes you think it wasn't his decision ?

I wanted Brooks, but i've no idea why he didn't come, how do you know this ?
From what I remember reading he was never coming here. Geographically Southampton is better plus Russel Martin is a right old sweet talker from what I’ve heard.

Kennyb41 wrote on 04 Mar 2024 05:51 pm

Cjay wrote: Mon Mar 04, 2024 2:45 pm Won't regret signing Moore as he doesn't suit the style (all be it he's very good at what he does).

But we made a large error not going for David Brooks.

Felt he was the different option we lacked at the time and his time at Southampton has reinforced that view.

2 goals and 3 assists in 325 minutes for Southampton (1 every 65 minutes).

Set up the 1st vs Birmingham and scored the 2nd, 6 chances created.

That is the sort of impact from a January signing that can change a season.

We got that wrong imo
How do you know Soton just didn't beat us to him ? He's already settled in Bournemouth what makes you think it wasn't his decision ?

I wanted Brooks, but i've no idea why he didn't come, how do you know this ?