Good Morning. It's Wednesday 2nd October, and here are the Leeds Utd headlines...
Own goal sends Leeds top
An own goal six minutes before half time from West Brom's Kyle Bartley destroyed their chances of creating history and going ten games undefeated and in turn returning the Whites to the top of the Championship
It was no more than what Leeds deserved having dominated for large spells in the first 45 minutes
Although the visitors launched sustained attacks on the Leeds Utd goal as the game progressed, Casilla rarely looked troubled. It was in fact the Baggies shot stopper Johnstone that pulled off a series of amazing saves in the first half to keep his team in with a chance.
We saw injuries to both Cooper and Shackleton. Both looked like they could be out for a number of weeks.
For the first time this season Leeds had (slightly) less possession than their opponents, though they have still managed circa 20 shots at goal, and more importantly, 9 of those on target; twice as many as in other games this season.
In brief, this is what both Managers had to say after the game:-
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa:
"It was big, big effort from the team tonight.
"We tried to manage the match, but at the end West Brom's creative play was difficult to defend.
"We put all our energy into defending which made it difficult to then put our energy into the attacks."
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic:
"I'm very disappointed with the result but I'm proud of how we played second half. We knew who we were playing and we talked about this as a big opportunity.
"They (Leeds) were more aggressive in the first half and scored a goal. But in the second I didn't see Leeds for a long time.
"I think we definitely deserved one goal and I'm disappointed that we didn't take any of these chances."
Bielsa's post match presser
Why didn't Nketiah feature last night?
Having been left out of the U23 squad for Mondays defeat against Crewe, many of us assumed that on loan Gunner Eddie Nketiah would have a major part to play in last nights game against the Baggies; some even thought that he would start. Unfortunately, the England U21 International who has netted 21 times in 27 appearances for his Country was deemed surplus to requirements last night.
I can only surmise that both he, and his parent club are becoming disillusioned at his lack of game time. With almost a quarter of the season gone, and only a handful of substitute appearances, what would you do if you were in Arsenal Managers Unai Emery shoes?