Leeds gain upper hand after goalless goal

13 May 2024 08:07 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Monday 13th May, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Leeds gain upper hand after goalless goal

Caution was utmost as Norwich City and Leeds played out a goalless draw in the first leg of the Championship play-off Semi-final at Carrow Road on Sunday lunchtime. With so much at stake (and Bamford still injured), Daniel Farke sacrificed Joel Piroe, and went with a five man midfield to keep the Canaries at bay, and it worked. It may not have been pretty, but the hosts were restricted to just one shot on target.

It was a similar story at the other end of the pitch, though the draw will definitely suit Leeds better. Norwich' away form has let them down this season. Away from Carrow Road, the Canaries have won six out of 23, placing them 19th in the away form guide against a team with (up until recently) an impeccable home record. Back to back losses at Elland Road saw Leeds slip to second place in the home form guide, behind the Tractor Boys whose only home defeat was against Leeds. Even so, Leeds are firm favourites to book their place in the final against either Southampton or West Brom.

If we had used VAR this season, we'd be automatically promoted

Speaking at his post match press conference, Leeds Manager Daniel Farke expressed anger and bewilderment regarding the amount of decisions that have gone against the Whites this season. The gaffer was discussing Firpo's goal that had been ruled out by the referee's assistant as Rutter was judged to have been ruled out in the build up. Without VAR and Hawk-Eye's virtual offside line technology, it was impossible to gage whether it was the correct decision or not, but Farke was clearly not happy with the outcome!

Furthermore, Farke revealed he has twelve letters of apologies from match officials, admitting mistakes that have cost Leeds points this season, leading to claims that his side would have won automatic promotion had VAR been in place.

Norfolk Police searching for third man who assaulted Leeds fan

Norfolk Police have arrested two men, and searching for a third, after a Leeds fan was attacked whilst leaving Carrow Road yesterday. The victim, a man in his 60's was punched, struck with a can, and slashed in the face and neck with a sharp object of some description. He was treated by paramedics at the scene, and allowed to head home without the need for hospital treatment.

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Leeds1000 wrote on 13 May 2024 03:26 pm

I thought we could have turned the screw a little more in the last 15mins as it looked like Norwich had run out of ideas and we were in complete control. It was also encouraging that they are good at set pieces and yet you wouldn't have guessed it. 0-0 perfect really because nothing to protect just get out there and win the game.

I agree sings and roundabouts with VAR.

Mixed reporting on the incident with the sensationalist tabloids going with the slashing and Sky sports reporting a punch with objects thrown. Either way name them and shame them.

BlancdeBlanc wrote on 13 May 2024 01:24 pm

Please, please no penalties, I couldn’t bear it, think I would rather lose! Come on Leeds, finish it in the 90, think of our hearts.

The Subhuman wrote on 13 May 2024 12:26 pm

Did we get the DVD or splash out on the blue ray?

The Subhuman wrote on 13 May 2024 12:25 pm

The Upper Hand was an 80’s sit-com which centred around an ex Spurs footballer….

Sean_Nile wrote on 13 May 2024 11:21 am

whiteinfrance wrote: Mon May 13, 2024 10:43 am Hear Hear

It's always the same miserable buggers who can only make negative statements and have nothing positive to say :(
And let's not forget the magical powers of superstition. When the fans start blaming the team's woes on everything from pink strips to the bygone blue suit of the Don, rituals and strange beliefs abound. (Alioski shaking the tunnel)

Suddenly, it's not about skill or strategy; it's about appeasing the gods of luck and fortune. (White heather from a gypsy, lucky rabbit's foot)

Who needs a fit team with a defined strategy and game plan when you have lucky socks, lucky scarf, drinking as many pints as you want the team to score goals, might not always work but it can give you a hell of a buzz, or have a dream that you hope will come true?

Just don't forget to knock on wood and avoid stepping on cracks; wear anything purple or sit in a seat with the number 17 (did Cellino really have those removed)... you never know what could tip the scales in favor of victory... and if you win you can boast about the omen that you had that assured you of the win.