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August 2005 Leedsutd365.co.uk Archive

Irish Double Tames Lions
7th August 2005 :: by Chris Hudson

A brace of goals got both David Healy's and Leeds United's season off to a flying start as they dominated a young Millwall side for most of the match. A sweet strike from old stager Don Hutchison got the Lions level and in with a chance during the second half but Healy's second, from the spot, settled a game that Leeds should have already won by then. Millwall put up greater resistance than had been expected and could have taken a point but Leeds deserved all three points in the end. Ironically, the best Millwall player was ex-Leeds midfielder Jody Morris, who turned in a powerful midfield performance probably as a response to the chants of "Jody Morris is a rapist" that came from the Elland Road crowd even before the game had kicked off and throughout the first half. Leeds fans should be grateful to Morris, who proved he can take it as well as dish it out, as he was clattered first by Derry and then by Bakke in outrageously bad tackles - but neither got booked as on both occasions the little midfielder got straight up without any histrionics - thank God is wasn't Drogba who they tackled or he'd still be rolling around the pitch now!!

Leeds played the ball around the field impressively for much of the match; Kelly made countless overlapping runs on the right and Lewis impressed on the left. Harding did OK but was at fault for the Millwall goal; Gregan was caught asleep by Hayles twice in the first half but did Ok as did Butler for the rest of the game. Blake tried to keep busy but had little in the way of chances. We saw nice touches from Bakke and Derry was busy too. Wright seemed uncomfortable on the right-hand side and Fraser Richardson showed some nice touches when he came on as sub for him late on in the game. Well done to Ricketts who has come back a massive 20lbs lighter than last season and well done to the crowd for the generous welcome they gave him when he came on, as a confidence player I'm sure Michael appreciated that.

Not an impressive performance but allowing for lack of match fitness, a very hot day and the simple need for time for players to get used to one another it could be said to be promising. Certainly the movement of the ball around all corners of the pitch suggested that the players had much more of an idea and a purpose about their play than last year when, frankly, in some games they played like eleven strangers on the pitch who has never met before kick-off. We still appear to lack a cutting edge in the box but at least we are getting the ball into the box these days, thanks to the width provided by American Eddie Lewis today.

Of course, there is more talent in reserve, as new boy Rui Marques didn't play, and Steve Stone is still injured. Moreover, Rob Hulse is out for a few more weeks although Crainey is fit again and may get a game after Harding's display today. I would also like to see Walton and Pugh back in the first team squad too, and don't forget that Matthew Spring is quite a player but has yet to get a fair chance since his move here a year ago. Our squad certainly has depth this season and when the inevitable injuries bite we won't be found wanting like many of the smaller squads in the Championship.

Today's win completed sixteen years without defeat on the opening day of the season! I'm not going to get carried away after one game but after seeing today's game I'm am now looking forward to this season a lot more than I was at the end of last season's dire campaign. I'm not talking about whether we win anything but simply today it was a pleasure to watch a Leeds side that looked like it knew what it was doing and had some skills and the time to display them - and surely they can only get better. Those who have forked out for the new season tickets at the higher price at least look like they will get some entertainment for their money and fidelity this season. Speaking of the crowd, it was a disappointing 20,440; but with higher seat prices, no away fans at all and live coverage on Sky I guess it could actually have been worse! Let's hope those who witnessed the game on Sky will be encouraged to get down to Elland Road for the next game and cheer the lads on in person?

Here's the game stats:

Leeds United 2 (1) - (0) 1 Millwall
Healy 28
Healy 73 pen
Hutchison 61
Teams: Sullivan, Kelly,Butler, Gregan, Harding, Wright (Richardson 80), Bakke, Derry, Lewis, Blake (Ricketts 76), Healy Teams: Marshall, Lawrence, Dunne, Vincent, Serioux, Elliot (igoe 79), Jody Morris, Hutchison, Simpson (May 79), Hayles
Unused: Bennett, Einarsson, Kilgallon Unused: Paul Robinson, Peeters
Booked:
Gregan, Healy
Booked:
Hayles, Phillips
Crowd: 20440
Ref: G. Laws, Staffs

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Kevin's Cool Over Low Turnout
7th Aug., 2005 :: by Autolycus

Kevin Blackwell played down any disappointment the size of today's crowd against Millwall saying:

"We had an open day last week and there was thousands here. I was saying 'see you next week' but everyone said they were on holiday because I think it's Leeds' main holiday week this week. It's early in the season and a lot of crowds were down yesterday and a lot of people are still on holiday at this time of year. It is Leeds' biggest week for holidays, but all we can do is play football. This is a massively-supported club and it will be - it's a long old season."
The game was watched by only 20,440 which is the lowest league crowd since we played Swindon in September 1989. However, on this occasion, in addition, to what Kevin Blackwell said above, the game was shown live on SKY, the opposition team decided not to bring ANY fans to the game, and it was a glorious Sunday afternoon - ideal for family days out and, of course, there are fewer season ticket holders due to the close season price rises. Those that did not renew are clearly going to pick their games and with all due respect to Millwall a game against a team with its 3rd manager in 3 months is not going to high on the list. I'm confident that we will see 30,000 back at Elland Road soon, and maybe more if the team continues to play like it did today.

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Ridsdale Twists the Knife
9th August 2005 :: by Chris Hudson

Robbie Blake opened his Leeds United goal account during this Championship clash at Cardiff. Blake, who was subbed after a blank afternoon against Millwall on Sunday, scored after 22 minutes, clearly finding Bluebirds more to his taste than Lions! The goal was a simple side-foot from within the 6 yard box

However, Jason Koumas, Welsh international on loan from WBA, on his first run in the game hit an absolutely unstoppable, left-foot, rocket past Neil Sullivan. Sully must be getting fed-up of that happening this season!

Disaster for Matthew Kilgallon. In the second defensive error by young Leeds defenders in just 2 games, a cross came into the box from a free kick on the left-hand side and for some reason Kilgallon stuck out his hand for a clear penalty. Darren Purse took the penalty and struck it hard to Sully's left-hand side for an undeserved lead. No doubt Satan Ridsdale, now Deputy Pratt at Cardiff City, fulfilled his promise of jumping up and down and cheering if Cardiff scored against the club he destroyed. The smug fuck was no doubt grinning from ear to ear as he bounced up and down; no news on whether he suffered a deserved coronary from over-excitement...

The final ignominy in the game was when Shaun Derry, just booked for a tackle, began fighting with team-mate Dan Harding! All this on the day we were fined £15,000 for last season's poor disciplinary record! Presumably, Blackwell will throw the book at Derry and we won't expect to see him take the field against high flying Luton (victors against Southampton tonight) at the weekend. Poor result, poor performance, poor discipline - just like last season; Blackwell has a job on his hands to get the most out of his new and old players, but there is no excuse whatsoever for Leeds players to be punching each other - not with Risible Ridsdale within reach in the stands, that omission was unforgivable!

Here are the game stats:

Cardiff 2 (0) - (1) 1 Leeds United
Koumas 60
Purse (pen) 67
Blake 22
Teams: Alexander, Cox, Purse, Barker, Darlington, Cooper, Parry (Lee 86), Whitley, Boland (Koumas 56), Ardley, Jerome Teams: Sullivan, Kelly, Butler (Kilgallon 45), Gregan, Harding, Wright (Richardson 76), Bakke, Derry, Lewis, Blake, Healy (Ricketts 63)
Subs:Warner, Loovens, Koumas, Mulryne, Lee Subs: Bennett, Einarsson, Richardson,Ricketts, Kilgallon
Booked:
Jerome, Purse
Booked:
Butler, Bakke, Derry
Crowd:15231
Ref: Steve Tanner

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Oh, hum...
13th August 2005 :: by Chris Hudson

Newly-promoted Luton entered this game at the head of the Championship after beating Place and Southampton, whilst Leeds were suffering halfway mediocrity following a dreadful defeat at Cardiff and a less than convincing home win against whipping boys Millwall. So we'll be happy with a point from this game. Each side had chances to win, Leeds' main chance unfortunately fell to Ricketts, favoured ahead of Healy, who promptly missed, dragging his shot wide of the post. Derry, playing despite a bout of bitch slapping with Harding in the Cardiff defeat, also missed with an early free header. In the 2nd half Bakke had a long range effort easily saved. Ex-Leeds trainee Warren Feeney faced his old club for the first time but thankfully didn't score.

Sadly this is just the type of game we failed to win last season and little seems to have changed this season. Blackwell really cannot get away with saying after every mediocre result, "it's their cup final when they play Leeds". Kenilworth Road was full to its new capacity, which is just a quarter of that of Elland Road. The success that Mike Newell has brought to Blackwell's home-town club deserves a bigger audience than this - the Luton Board may just find Newell moving to Elland Road if Kevin Blackwell pays the price for not achieving the required response from his squad.

Here are the game stats:

Luton 0 (0) - (0) 0 Leeds United
Teams: Brill, Foley, Heikkinen, Underwood, Brkovic, Nicholls, Morgan (Edwards 84), Howard, Feeney (Showunmi 77) Teams: Bennet, Kelly, Butler, Gregan, Harding, Wright (Richardson 71), Bakke, Derry, Lewis, Blake (Healy 66), Ricketts (Einarsson 77)
Unused Subs: Perret, Seremet, Holmes Unused Subs: Spring, Kilgallon
Booked: Howard Booked:Harding
Crowd:10,102
Ref: Anthony Leake

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Full 2nd Round Carling Cup Draw

27th Aug 2005 :: by Jan-Eirik

Here's the full draw for the 2nd round of the Carling Cup. Watford (featuring ex-Leeds players Clark Carlisle and Matty Spring) have a tough draw against Hoddles' promising Wolves side; David O'Leary's Villa have an easy away tie at Wycombe; Dom Matteo's Blackburn are at home to our local rivals Huddersfield Town; Grimsby will be delighted with a tie against Spurs featuring ex-Leeds luminaries such as Aaron Lennon and Paul Robinson; Championship rivals Sheff United have a relatively easy tie against League 2 side Shrewsbury - so hopefully Neil Warnock will stop bleating about how unfair life is being manager of the Blades when you want to sign a player in which Leeds are also interested and finally the Reading v Luton game is a top clash of in-form Championship sides.

Watford v Wolves
Wycombe v Aston Villa
Wigan v Bournemouth
Charlton v Hartlepool
Fulham v Lincoln
Yeovil v Millwall
Doncaster v Man City
Blackburn v Huddersfield
Leicester C v Blackpool
Rotherham v Leeds Utd
Norwich v Northampton
Scunthorpe v Birmingham
Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham
Burnley v Barnsley
Grimsby v Tottenham
Cardiff v Macclesfield
Mansfield v Southampton
WBA v Bradford C
Gillingham v Portsmouth
Crystal Palace v Coventry
Barnet v Plymouth Argyle
Shrewsbury v Sheffield Utd
Sunderland v Cheltenham
Reading v Luton

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Yorkshire Carling Cup Derby

27th Aug. 2005 :: by Jan-Eirik

Leeds United have been drawn away in the second round of the Carling Cup to Rotherham United. The match is scheduled for either 20th or 21st. of October at Millmoor.

Last season Rotherham beat United 1-0 at Millmoor in the Coca-Cola Championship on a cold November night; a game that was televised live on Sky and in which Clarke Carlisle memorably struck the woodwork three times in the first 13 minutes before being injured and taken off.

Carlisle has moved on to Watford and Rotherham were relegated to League One and their inspirational manager Ronnie Moore has also moved on. (He moved to Oldham who Leeds coincidentally beat 2-0 in the last round!) Moore was replaced by Mick Hartford who has got things moving again at Millmoor (they are now 7th in League 1) and the Millers will certainly be up for taking the scalp of Blackwell's charges if they dare to show disrespect for the South Yorkshire club. Ken Bates will want the chance of a lucrative third round draw against Premiership opposition, so there is little chance the players will not be made aware of the Chairman's expectations for the tie!

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Burnley KO Brought Forward

27th Aug 2005 :: by Jan-Eirik

The KO on Oct 15 against Burnley at Turf Moor has been brought forward to 12.30pm on the advice of police, who presumably want to get home early for their tea. Or can't they handle an "invasion" of 3000 Leeds fans? God help Burnley should they ever get to the Premiership! The police will have 'em playing at six in the morning!

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Delia's Plucked Canary!!

27th August 2005 :: by Chris Hudson

Kevin Blackwell's Leeds United side recorded their 3rd win in eight days, their fourth consecutive clean sheet, and their first Championship away win of the 2005-06 season, this time against Leeds old boy, Nigel Worthington's Championship favourites Norwich City. Stand-in Leeds keeper Ian Bennett kept another clean sheet against another Leeds United old boy Darren Huckerby and the normally lethal Dean Ashton. Despite scoring v Oldham midweek there was no place for Mike Ricketts in the game with Hulse and Healy starting up front and the substitute strikers were Robbie Blake and new signing from Preston North End, Richard Cresswell.

In fact it was the increasingly impressive Rob Hulse who netted his second goal of the season to give Leeds an unexpected away win at Carrow Road, when most Leeds fans would have taken a point before the game from Delia Smith's Norfolk side who are expected to top the table come the season's end.
 

Rob Hulse
Norwich-Nobbler Hulse!

 
Hulse reacted first when Frazer Richardson's cross fell at his feet inside the area, turning to fire into the roof of the net from just six yards. Earlier Hulse met a Lewis corner with his head only to see it come off the woodwork. Hulse was replaced by debutant loan-signing Douglas, whilst strike partner David Healy was also replaced by a debutant, and former Preston team-mate, Richard Cresswell. United started strongest with Derry just volleying over the bar after three minutes; he also went close later on from Leeds' fifth corner of the game; Bennett prevented McKenzie latching onto an Ashton through ball and Einarsson almost caught out Green in the Norwich goal with a first half header; it was from the resultant corner that Rob hit the woodwork from an Eddie Lewis cross; Norwich finished the first half strongest with Ian Bennett preventing Ashton scoring in a one-on-one situation.

After the break Norwich resumed where they had left of with Huckerby going close with a half volley; but it was Leeds who nearly took the lead after a Kelly free kick was knocked back across the goal by Einarsson and the effervescent Hulse almost connected for a simple opening goal; despite a Huckerby shot going close after a deflection it was Leeds who took the lead through Hulse when a half-cleared Lewis corner was knocked back in by Frazer Richardson. Predictably it was Norwich who strove to get the equaliser in the closing quarter of the game whilst Leeds defended well with Bennett meeting the challenges when called upon twice to make saves. It is clear that Leeds United is now blessed with two very competent keepers. A silly booking for Lewis for not returning the ball after being given offside and a booking for Hulse for leading with an elbow were the only discordant note on a very pleasing afternoon for B& B (Bates & Blackwell)

This completes a hat-trick of impressive Championship results for the Blackwell Revolution; defeating both Norwich and Wolves (who are also tipped for promotion) after taking an away point from Mike Newell's in-form Luton shows a promising streak of form that could see Leeds in the top six come Christmas. Add to this the fact that the squad is stronger than last season and that the results have come without new boy Rui Marques having yet kicked a ball in Championship anger yet - plus Simon Walton an Danny Pugh are also awaiting their chance. It's amazing how quickly Blackwell has put together such a strong squad. Full credit to Ken Bates for opening his chequebook to back Blackwell's judgment - as illustrated by Bates paying £1.15 million for a striker when we already have five on the books!

Here are the game stats:

Norwich 0 (0) - (0) 1 Leeds United
  Scorer: Hulse 67
Teams: Green, Colin (Doherty 79), Fleming, Shackell, Brennan, Marney, Safri, Charlton (McVeigh 87), Huckerby, McKenzie, Ashton Teams: Bennett, Kelly, Butler, Gregan, Harding, Richardson, Einarsson, Derry, Lewis, Healy (Cresswell 74), Hulse (Douglas 79)
Unused Subs: Ward, Jarrett, Henderson Unused Subs: Sullivan, Kilgallon, Blake
Booked: - Booked: Hulse 49, Lewis 84
Crowd:25015
Ref: Uriah Rennie (S Yorkshire)

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Blackwell's Delight

27th Aug, 2005 :: by Badalemente

Winning manager Kevin Blackwell spoke to Sky Sports after Leeds United's unexpected away win at Carrow Road over Norwich City.

Sticking up two fingers at the camera Blackwell crowed, "We humped Delia Smith this afternoon!! Na-Naa!-Na-Na-Naa!"

Only kidding, actually he replied to a leading question about recent results and potential promotion,

"It's how we do over a season that counts, not four or five games. The results we have picked up so far have given us a platform, a start, and that's all. Now we've got to go out and build on that."
"We don't take anything for granted at this club. Before Ken Bates took over in January we were on the brink of liquidation so everyone here knows what football can be like."
(Cliché alert!)"We'll just take each game as it comes, try and win as many of them as possible and see where it takes us."
"This club is big enough to go up, there's no doubt about that, but I'm not going to say we will go up. There are a lot of good clubs in this division and there is an awfully long way to go yet."
Kevin was especially happy with the return from injury of Rob Hulse, he commented,
"I'm really pleased for Rob because he had an awful pre-season. He picked up an injury while we were in Norway and was out of action for some time but he's now scored two goals in two games which is a great achievement when you consider the problems he has had.
"It was a real striker's finish - when you've got players around like Rob you've always got a chance of scoring a goal."

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