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.
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