James bags wonder strike in narrow victory

06 Mar 2024 09:26 am, by Ellandback1


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James bags wonder strike in narrow victory

Dan James bagged his eleventh goal of the season as Leeds edged past Stoke City in what turned out to be a nervy second half display at Elland Road last night. Both sides had a lot at stake, albeit for very different reasons, and to be fair to the visitors they put on a display, far and above what their lowly position warranted. Roared on by another full house, Leeds started the game on the front foot, creating multiple chances, but everything they threw at the Stoke goalmouth, Daniel Iverson was equal to.

It wasn't until the 33rd minute of one way traffic that Leeds finally broke the deadlock, thanks to a fabulous solo effort from Dan James; celebrating his return to the starting line up, with his eleventh goal of the campaign. Stoke gave it a real go in the second half, and if truth be known there was little to choose between the teams in the last 30 minutes, but Leeds held firm. Frustration began to set in as time wore on, and with four minutes left on the clock, Stoke were reduced to ten men after Ben Pearson elbowed Ethan Ampadu in the chest to deny the Welshman a goal scoring opportunity.

At this stage of the season, all that matters is the result; and with Leicester City and Ipswich Town also both winning (and Southampton playing tonight), Leeds must continue to churn out results. Leeds are back in action on Friday night, with a visit to Hillsborough; its hardly ideal, but if all goes to plan, at least they can reclaim second spot.





Farke delighted win hard fought win

A delighted Daniel Farke was full of praise for his young side following their hard fought victory over Stoke City last night, and who can blame him. In 2024, Leeds have picked up 31 points out of a possible 33, conceding just three goals in the process. The German thought Leeds sat behind the ball too much in the second half, playing counter offensive football, likening it to a game of basketball. Even so, he labelled the victory as the best kind of wins especially after taking into account their manic schedule...

In the first half, I was pretty happy. We created so many chances but just scored one goal out of our dominance. In the second half, we were a bit too concentrated on our transition moments instead of dominating the game more with possession and being rock solid against the ball. Obviously, it was tempting because we had so many good counter-attacking situations and great chances, two or three times we were one against one with the goalkeeper.

If you don't score the second goal, it's a bit like a basketball game - transition, transition - they also had their spells and some good shooting positions. It was a hard-fought win. These types of wins, especially when the schedule is like this, are the best wins. Having this schedule and to be unbeaten in 2024 with this amount of wins -10 wins and one draw, eight clean sheets and three times we have just conceded one goal - it is remarkable. We are pretty happy with the lads. The only problem is we have to recover again pretty quickly - in two and a half days we face another opponent and we have to be on it again.




Aidy White: Leeds were 'a little leggy'

Commentating on BBC Radio Leeds, Aidy White hailed Illan Meslier's last gasp save last night as the Whites secured 'a vital three points'. The former Leeds defender (part of Leeds colourful era, along with Paul Green and Michael Brown) thought Farke's men were 'a little leggy' during the second half, but praised their 'grit' for hanging on to the victory.

I think that Illan Meslier save - last kick of the game - sums it up for me. Second half, Leeds looked a little bit leggy. They had to grit it out but the timing of the substitutions was really good. Sometimes you've got to have those performances - sometimes you've got to grit it out. They ground it out to the end for a vital three points.



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mentalcase wrote on 06 Mar 2024 07:37 pm

The Subhuman wrote: Wed Mar 06, 2024 6:59 pm Seem to be getting a few deflected wonder goals these days ..... If that's the criteria then Archie Gray's double deflected goal must be GOTS
Thats exactly why we ought to be having more shots from distance, who cares if they get a deflection, trying to walk the ball in the net like moan city isn't acceptable in this league, have a wallop from anywhere, 2 deflections for Archies goal and we're more then happy with that.

The Subhuman wrote on 06 Mar 2024 07:09 pm

Jaydog wrote: Wed Mar 06, 2024 7:07 pm I thought it might be auto correct
No ... just ya basic f**k up, not eaten today yet, blame it on that...

Jaydog wrote on 06 Mar 2024 07:07 pm

The Subhuman wrote: Wed Mar 06, 2024 7:06 pm Doh, tired
I thought it might be auto correct

The Subhuman wrote on 06 Mar 2024 07:06 pm

Jaydog wrote: Wed Mar 06, 2024 7:05 pm Andy? But yes. Brilliant use of deflection.
The good losers that are Foxes fans then renamed us Deflection FC.
Doh, tired, just dozed off in my office chair for 20 minutes about half hour ago

Jaydog wrote on 06 Mar 2024 07:05 pm

The Subhuman wrote: Wed Mar 06, 2024 6:59 pm Seem to be getting a few deflected wonder goals these days ..... If that's the criteria then Andy Gray's double deflected goal must be GOTS
Andy? But yes. Brilliant use of deflection.
The good losers that are Foxes fans then renamed us Deflection FC.