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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #300 on: February 01, 2010, 09:29:32 AM »
Hopefully the cup distraction will be over this week.  ::)
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #301 on: March 30, 2010, 11:34:39 PM »
A while since this one has seen the light of day, and boy have things taken a turn for the worse in the interim. I'd be very interested to see a league table for Division One based solely on points won in 2010 - I'd hazard a guess Leeds would be in relegation trouble. As of now though, Norwich look to have the league wrapped up, and it's all to play for as regards the second automatic promotion spot. I do not fancy another go at the play offs, but at the minute it is looking likely.

Anyway - a few rambling thoughts.

With each passing (bad) result, the following match becomes even more important - into that category comes the Swindon match on Saturday - lose that, and the likelihood is that Leeds will be in fourth place come Saturday night - the first time outside the top two since August. I have little basis for my optimism, but I can see Leeds turning Swindon over on Saturday, and getting the season back on track. The performance against Norwich was very promising and Leeds were somewhat unlucky to go down to a late goal. The loss of Patrick Kisnorbo though (in the Millwall game) to an achilles injury is a real body blow.

There are also rumours of rows between Grayson and Beckford - some have explained Beckford's absence for the Millwall game as the result of this - but as of now I would be playing him regardless - he'll be off into the sunset in a short space of time anyway.

If Leeds can beat Swindon on Saturday, and win at Yeovil on Monday (live on Sky), then I'd be a lot more hopeful. The one daunting fixture on the horizon is the trip to Charlton on the second last day of the season - I would not like to be depending on a win there for automatic promotion. Still all to play for! Come on Leeds!!   :)


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #302 on: March 30, 2010, 11:52:11 PM »
A while since this one has seen the light of day, and boy have things taken a turn for the worse in the interim. I'd be very interested to see a league table for Division One based solely on points won in 2010 - I'd hazard a guess Leeds would be in relegation trouble. As of now though, Norwich look to have the league wrapped up, and it's all to play for as regards the second automatic promotion spot. I do not fancy another go at the play offs, but at the minute it is looking likely.

Anyway - a few rambling thoughts.

With each passing (bad) result, the following match becomes even more important - into that category comes the Swindon match on Saturday - lose that, and the likelihood is that Leeds will be in fourth place come Saturday night - the first time outside the top two since August. I have little basis for my optimism, but I can see Leeds turning Swindon over on Saturday, and getting the season back on track. The performance against Norwich was very promising and Leeds were somewhat unlucky to go down to a late goal. The loss of Patrick Kisnorbo though (in the Millwall game) to an achilles injury is a real body blow.

There are also rumours of rows between Grayson and Beckford - some have explained Beckford's absence for the Millwall game as the result of this - but as of now I would be playing him regardless - he'll be off into the sunset in a short space of time anyway.

If Leeds can beat Swindon on Saturday, and win at Yeovil on Monday (live on Sky), then I'd be a lot more hopeful. The one daunting fixture on the horizon is the trip to Charlton on the second last day of the season - I would not like to be depending on a win there for automatic promotion. Still all to play for! Come on Leeds!!   :)
Depressed with Leeds at the minute, heard the same on beckford/Grayson....its going to be hard to get going again and winnings a habit, so you know Play offs beckons IMO. Swindon will be tough.... anyways Leeds till I die.
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #303 on: March 31, 2010, 12:08:25 AM »
Never say die lads. We have been on a dreadful run but we are still in the top two and by all accounts Norwich was our best performance for months. If we can manage a win at home to Swindon, the remaining fixtures before the trip to Charlton look reasonable on paper. Saturday is a huge day so bring it on.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #304 on: March 31, 2010, 09:14:17 AM »
I'm very fearful - they can turn it on for the big games, but are sadly lacking in the humdrum fixtures.  A normal end-of-season beckons, sadly.
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #305 on: April 03, 2010, 04:21:36 PM »
Leeds have gone to the dogs since their FA Cup exploits. 3-0 down at home to Swindon today which puts Swindon into 2nd place and Leeds drop to 4th.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #306 on: April 03, 2010, 05:12:15 PM »
Leeds have gone to the dogs since their FA Cup exploits. 3-0 down at home to Swindon today which puts Swindon into 2nd place and Leeds drop to 4th.

Down to fourth, and level on points with fifth placed Charlton. There is a gap of six points to Huddersfield and Colchester in sixth and seventh, and bearing in mind that seventh is outside the play offs, there would be now a real danger of missing out totally - although given their current form, I'm not sure it matters much!!  :-[


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #307 on: April 03, 2010, 05:27:43 PM »
Thought Leeds were home and dry at Xmas. Surely another season in the third division (can't get my head round this Premier, Championship,League One crap) will be too much for a loyal support to take

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #308 on: April 03, 2010, 05:58:40 PM »
Don't worry Tony, the Leeds support will still be there regardless, but the recent decline has been incredible. I honestly thought we would beat Swindon today and get the show back on the road for the run-in, but we are going from bad to worse. That is four defeats on the bounce, with seven conceded and none scored. It would have been almost impossble to allow the sale of Beckford after he got the winner at Old Trafford, but his goals have dried up since then and no one else can seem to step up to the plate. While Grayson had a fine start to his time at Elland Road, his record with loan players lately looks very questionable.  Leeds have made play-offs on four occasions, going back to 1987, without ever managing to secure promotion. A fifth attempt, assuming we actually stay in the top six, would strain the nerve ends.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #309 on: April 05, 2010, 08:45:31 PM »
A fine performance today for two-thirds of the match, and a huge sweat towards the end. After starting the second half two up, it was shooting practice for the next 15 minutes and we really should have got at least another three. However, one bad goal turned things round and we might even have have drawn a game which we largely dominated. Gradel was brilliant, and could be the forward to rescue us. Six matches to go,including the trip to Charlton, and everything to play for.   

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #310 on: April 05, 2010, 09:57:40 PM »
A fine performance today for two-thirds of the match, and a huge sweat towards the end. After starting the second half two up, it was shooting practice for the next 15 minutes and we really should have got at least another three. However, one bad goal turned things round and we might even have have drawn a game which we largely dominated. Gradel was brilliant, and could be the forward to rescue us. Six matches to go,including the trip to Charlton, and everything to play for.

Agree with that - should have been out of sight after twenty minutes of the second half, but one stupid mistale let Yeovil back in and then you could sense the mental fragility. Gradel was excellent, but Naylor for me was Leeds best player - not just the two goals, but the way he dominated when Yeovil were throwing everything in to the penalty area at the end.

If Leeds can take heart from this, there is no reason why any of the remaining fixtures are not winnable. Both Millwall and Swindon have difficult fixtures to come, and indeed still have to play each other.


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #311 on: April 06, 2010, 12:29:05 AM »
A fine performance today for two-thirds of the match, and a huge sweat towards the end. After starting the second half two up, it was shooting practice for the next 15 minutes and we really should have got at least another three. However, one bad goal turned things round and we might even have have drawn a game which we largely dominated. Gradel was brilliant, and could be the forward to rescue us. Six matches to go,including the trip to Charlton, and everything to play for.

Agree with that - should have been out of sight after twenty minutes of the second half, but one stupid mistale let Yeovil back in and then you could sense the mental fragility. Gradel was excellent, but Naylor for me was Leeds best player - not just the two goals, but the way he dominated when Yeovil were throwing everything in to the penalty area at the end.

If Leeds can take heart from this, there is no reason why any of the remaining fixtures are not winnable. Both Millwall and Swindon have difficult fixtures to come, and indeed still have to play each other.

I worry about the defence, it Doyles mistake for the goal but Naylor was poor defending the shot, he never got close enough and opened his legs in the tackle which is no-no. Yeovil put feck all pressure on Leeds and we looked like panicking, that scares me. The next 3 fixtures look good on paper so hopefully we'll kick on. Beckford annoyed me today, didnt work half as hard as gradel imo and thats not on. I thought Howson was very poor aswell, and defensively Doyle and Kilkenny left alot to be desired. PLayed better football, but Leeds need to score 3 goals a game nearly to win as I think we'lll concede. I like Grayson to be honest, hope he sorts the defence out more though.
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #312 on: April 06, 2010, 11:08:35 AM »
If leeds finish 3rd and end up in the play offs - get all your money on huddersfield to dump them out in the semi final!
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #313 on: April 13, 2010, 10:22:26 PM »
3 wins in a row and back to second with Millwall drawing.

This second place is a rollercoaster at the minute. 4 games to go.
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #314 on: April 14, 2010, 01:00:05 PM »
Away to Gillingham on Saturday - must win.  Then home to MK Dons.  Then the crucial game - away to Charlton on May 1st.
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