Not sure if Saturday was just a bad day at the office, or, more like the level of performance we can expect from this lot, with the victory at Aston Villa a rare treat? Certainly there were some worrying levels of shitness on show. Debuchy would have had a more productive afternoon if he’d played with a blindfold on. But he was in good company, so hopefully being turned over by a mob as mediocre as Hull City will be a wake up call.
After such a shite performance, we’re handed an early opportunity to put things right and I’m certainly glad we have a chance to play again before we head to Everton, where we are no strangers to a spanking and catching them with their tails up!
But first, it’s Leeds. Anyone who’s braved the underpass on the approach to Elland Road or ran the gauntlet on the way to the train station (actually, just getting to the car park next door to The Old Peacock isn’t easy) can testify that there’s no love lost between us and Leeds. Certainly, I’d warn that if you’re one of our younger lads who’ve been acting the cunt whenever we’ve played any team perceived to be smaller than us, have little clue about this lot and intend on give it the Billy Big Bollocks in the pubs around the town, then there’s a decent chance of you coming unstuck! Be warned.
Expect more than 5,000 of them to be moody, pissed and gannin’ a bit radge around the town, when they came for the 0-0 pre-season friendly they headed straight for bars around central station, Union Rooms in particular.
Leeds have been through some difficult times and the days of O’Leary’s “babies,” Ridsdale’s penchant for tropical fish and Champion’s League football are a long time ago. In fact they’ve managed to associate themselves with some of the biggest pricks in football in recent times. Dennis Wise, Ken Bates, Neil Warnock, El Hadji Diouf to name 4. They’ve recovered from a drop into the 3rd division and currently have former Reading manager, Brian McDermott in the dug out, who despite being a bit dull, looks a decent manager.
Leeds had got off to a flyer this season but with 3 defeats from the last 4 games they’ve slipped to 13th place. There passage to round 3 saw them defeat Chesterfield 2-1 at home and then win 3-1 at Doncaster. Striker, Ross McCormack, with 4 goals, is their leading scorer. Stephen Warnock returns from suspension.
2 schools of thought here seem to be that as we don’t play Everton until Monday, Pardew could put out a full strength team here and try to find the rhythm missing vs. Hull, or, give the squad players a chance to stake a claim for a first team spot. Chances are, he’ll go somewhere in the middle. Certainly a decision needs to be made on Cisse. Do we keep him in the team, hoping for a goal which might kick start him on a run? Or do we recognise that he’s so far from the form we want him to recapture and turn to someone else? Will he use the game to reintroduce Cheick Tiote? It’s likely that Dummett and Sammy Ameobi will get a game. Yohan Cabaye limped off vs. Hull and will probably rest up for Everton. Steven Taylor has a hamstring problem and Shola Ameobi picked up a knock playing for Nigeria which I can see going down well! Gutierrez is still “recovering,” however, Williamson is now available. Vuckic often gets a run out in the cups, whilst Obertan has completely disappeared.
Yohan Cabaye – Groin
Jonas Gutierrez – Hip – no return date
Massadio Haidara – knee – no return date
Steven Taylor – Hamstring – 2 weeks
Ryan Taylor – Knee – not expected back this year
Possible Team (4-2-3-1)
1.Elliot: 2. Yanga-Mbiwa, 6. Williamson, 4. Good, 3. Dummett: 4. Tiote, 8. Gosling: 7. Obertan. 10. Marveaux, 11. Sammy Ameobi:, 9. Gouffran
Krul, Cisse, Obertan, Anita, Santon, Bigirimana, Vuckic
Referee: Michael Jones
History vs Leeds
Some big gaps vs Leeds down the years, some tremendously feisty clashes, some big wins and heavy defeats.
82/83 having won 1-0 at their place in the 1st league of the league cup, guess what happened next? We got hammered at SJP 4-1 and got knocked out having had Jeff Clarke put us 2-0 up on agg! Wince at a NUFC capitulation
We won in the league game at SJP, 2-1 Keegan (pen) and Waddle on the scoresheet
83/84 A 1-0 win through an OG, completing a double of the whites
89/90 A rousing 5-2 win. Leeds were favourites for the league but were spanked with Mick Quinn hitting 4, and my new hero, John Gallacher adding a goal to fine performance. See Gallacher roast Jim Beglin here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B2qyqCcGac
93/94 1-1 Andy Cole with our goal as he tore up the premier league
94/95 2-1 defeat with Robbie Elliott on target for us
95/96 Lee and Beardsley left it late to overtum Brian Deane’s opener
96/97 Shearer and Ferdinand butchered Leeds as we won 3-0, 2 for Shearer.
97/98 Ketsbaia’s last gasp equaliser rescuing a point for us
98/99 Harry Kewell inspired rout! 0-3 Unhappy Christmas
99/00 Shearer had to bail us out of the shit to snatch a point after being 2-0 down inside 20 mins.
00-01 Much happier Christmas as Solano and Acuna earned us the points
01/02 Recovering from an Alan Smith goal to win 3-1 with Bellamy and Dyer’s pace tearing them apart
02/03 Lost 0-2 Viduka and Smith
03/04 A Shearer bullet which flew past Paul Robinson, a couple of weeks later, we’d sign Michael Bridges
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