Leeds United

Mow Of The Same Please

Alex Mowatt scored the only goal of the game as Leeds came out on top in the Championship relegation battle against Millwall.

Alex Mowatt scored the only goal of the game as Leeds came out on top in the Championship relegation battle against Millwall.

Alex Mowatt’s goal 6 minutes before half time proved to be the difference in the relegation battle against Millwall.

Both sides came into this ironically on the back of good form – but both sides league form over all this season is the reason why both sides are at the wrong end of the table.

Home side Leeds were pretty much unchanged for this one. Forward Mirco Antenucci continues on the bench – but there are starts for Sean Morrison and Sol Bamba. As for the visitors Millwall they had a full squad available. On Loan Michael Tonge is in eligible to play against his parent club Leeds so Angel Martinez comes in.

The match it self was quite even – but the home side Leeds slightly had the better of the possession. Both sides had plenty of shots on goal – but very few of those efforts were on target which showed why both teams are struggling.

In a game that lacked goals, this game definitely didn’t lack in tension as a lot of fouls were committed by both sides. The visitors did have some good periods in this game – but lacked the quality to turn that possession into any goals.

The home side did actually start this game well as Sam Byram hit the Millwall post. The home side eventually made their good early start and took the lead. Millwall’s Sean Williams brought down Sam Byram for a free kick which was beautifully scored by Alex Mowatt.

The visitors needed to respond – but unfortunately they weren’t able to. Martyn Woolford will rue blazing over the bar when well placed. This defeat leaves the Lions 1 point adrift of Championship safety. As for Leeds, the Whites can now look up the table – this win against their relegation rivals sees the Yorkshire side up to 12th.

The Bees Sting Leeds With The Only Goal Of The Game

Brentford midfielder Alex Pritchard's goal saw the Bees win at Leeds' expense which sees them consolidate their position in the top four.

Brentford midfielder Alex Pritchard’s goal saw the Bees win at Leeds’ expense which sees them consolidate their position in the top four.

Brentford midfielder Alex Pritchard grabbed the only goal of the game as Leeds’ mini revival came to an end at Elland Road.

The home side who had won their last came coming to this one were no doubt looking to maintain their unbeaten run of late. Although still in deep relegation trouble, those wins have potentially eased a little bit of pressure on manager Neil Redfearn. The Whites included Billy Sharpe for this one, with Mirko Antentunucci starting on the bench. New signing Sol Bamba continues in defence.

As for the visitors who are managed by former stockbroker Mark Warburton. The 53 year old who maintained Uwe Rosler’s good work at Griffin Park is also overseeing an impressive season this year as well. The Bees started with prolific front man Andre Gray and the always reliable Alex Pritchard. On loan Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral is on the bench.

Leeds who knew they needed something from this match to ensure they could take advantage from this match, started brightly. The Yorkshire side had a very strong appeal for a penalty turned down just before half time, captain Rudy Austin stumbled after a shove by Moses Odubajo – but the referee wasn’t having any of it as he waved play on.

The hosts gave a spirited performance especially in the first half as Brentford struggled to get a foothold in the game.

The visitors who were not at their best in the first half and might have been lucky to have not been trailing, went on to the take the lead when yet another Leeds appeal was turned down. Billy Sharp had another Leeds penalty turned down – but to rob further salt in the wounds, Brentford would score soon after that rejected penalty appeal.

Alex Pritchard turned home an Odubajo cross to give the visitors the lead. Leeds who felt hard done by the refereeing throughout the whole game rallied, Billy Sharp fired just wide. Jon Toral could have sealed the win – but the visitors Brentford held on for a crucial three points.

This defeat for Leeds sees them still very deep in relegation trouble, thankfully for for the Yorkshire side the teams that are directly around also lost. I guess this week wasn’t the worst week to lose – but the mindset of those Leeds players is to win every week no doubt. Unfortunately for Leeds the off field issues are hardly helping.

Brentford with this win maintain their play off push and are now above Ipswich into fourth. It’s been a great season for The Bees and it would be even greater if they could get promoted.

Leeds Vs Bournemouth

Luke Murphy grabbed the only goal in this game to give 10 man Leeds United a precious three points at home to promotion chasing Bournemouth.

Luke Murphy grabbed the only goal in this game to give 10 man Leeds United a precious three points at home to promotion chasing Bournemouth.

Championship strugglers Leeds United gained a precious three points with a narrow 1-0 victory against Championship leaders Bournemouth, who also saw a late Yann Kermorgant penalty hit the bar.

Leeds came into the game on the back of two successive draws. The hosts made some changes to their starting line up. Most notably Mirko Antenucci could only find a place on the bench against The Cherries, highly rated Alex Mowatt started for Leeds United in this one. The Whites came into the game in dire need of a result after a disappointing run of results which has seen the Yorkshire side winless in eight games.

As for visitors Bournemouth who lead the way in the championship they were pretty much at full strength. Bret Pittman and Callum Wilson started for the visitors who came into this one looking to maintain their lead at the top of the championship and had won six of their last seven.

Leeds who have been struggling in the championship, started the brighter in this one – and deservedly went ahead before the break. Luke Murphy who scored in Saturday’s draw against Birmingham, also scored in this game with a 25 yard effort which left Bournemouth keeper Artur Boruc with no chance, to claim his second goal in two games.

Bournemouth were finding it difficult to come to terms with the difficult snowy conditions and were struggling to exert the authority that they usually do in matches. The visitors thought they had equalised a few minutes after going a goal down minutes only for the linesman’s flag to rule the goal out for offside.

Not even the introductions of Dan Gosling and Yann Kermorgant could help Bournemouth in salvaging a precious point. It was actually the subs who conspired to not get on the end of a brilliant Callum Wilson cross after a break down in communication.

Bournemouth did get a lifeline late on when Giuseppe Bellusci brought down Cherries striker Callum Wilson, which lead to Leeds defender Bellusci receiving a red card and an award of a Bournemouth penalty kick. Leeds however though were given a reprieve as Bournemouth’s Yann Kermorgant could only strike his penalty against the bar.

Leeds managed to hang on with 10 men and pull six points clear of relegation after this priceless win. For Bournemouth this defeat hasn’t changed their league position, they remain top of the league – but with Middlesborough beating Cardiff Middlesborough night the gap between the top three is extremely tight with one point and goal difference separating the top three.

Leeds Vs Birmingham Match Report

Neil Redfearn's Leeds came back to win a point - but did little to reduce the pressure off the former Bradford midfielder

Neil Redfearn’s Leeds came back to win a point – but did little to reduce the pressure off the former Bradford midfielder

Leeds had settle for a draw for second successive week as a Luke Murphy goal helped the Yorkshire side share the spoils in this one.

The Whites decided to play Mirco Antenucci in this one after the forward wasn’t in last weeks starting line up. The visitors included highly rated Omari Gray in their side, as Gary Rowett’s side were looking to extend their brilliant run since the former Burton manager’s appointment.

It was the visitors who were quicker out of the blocks – and they went ahead through an eighth minute penalty which was scored by Paul Caddis. Clayton Donaldson was the man fouled which lead to the award of the penalty kick.

Leeds to their credit battled back admirably as Steve Morrison hit the upright for the hosts. The visitors did have chances of their own, Clayton Donaldson was extremely unlucky to see his effort come back off the woodwork.

The Yorkshire side overall had the better of the game, Scot Wooton and Steve Morrison missed some good chances, which thankfully didn’t prove to costly in the end.

Just when the Elland faithful thought they were heading for a defeat, up popped Luke Murphy late on to grab a hard earned point for Leeds and deny Birmingham a win which would have close the gap between them and the playoffs.

A good point for Leeds, in the circumstances – but the Whites will need to turn some of these draws in to wins. This result sees them move above Yorkshire rivals Rotherham into 20th. Birmingham on the other hand are looking up the table rather than down, the Blues are 11th nine points off the play offs.

Football Manager- One Of The Few Jobs That Doesn’t Have A Probationary Period

David Moyes is a prime example of one of the managers who wasn't given time

David Moyes is a prime example of one of the managers who wasn’t given time

For many it is seen as the dream job, a job where you can get the yearly income that your heart desires- a lot more than what your heart desires in certain circumstances. Being a Football manager for quite a few is a concept they would like, the football manager video game being very popular for example. The reality itself in recent time especially I am afraid is grim,managers seem to barely last a season these days.

So what is it about being a football manager that people (certain managers) find so difficult? football manager is such a unique position as it isn’t like other employment roles. The role of football manager is different in the sense of that if the team is failing the manager seems to be the first one in the ‘firing line’ and pays the direct consequence.

In other lines of work that isn’t necessarily the case, usually if a team in the work place performs poorly, the manager will most likely look at he/she who isn’t performing and take the appropriate action of what’s needed.

Football managers aren’t even blessed with a ‘probationary period’ well most of them just look at Leeds United for example- do I need to say any more? With most jobs due to the competitive natured society we are living in, job security is a concept which might have meant something in the past – but is a concept that doesn’t exist today.

It begs the question how did Sir Alex, Arsene Wenger and David Moyes at Everton last for so long? Well it’s hard to say but I guess these managers all had good chairman to support them. They say in life ‘good things come to those who wait’ I wish chairman would remember that quote. Talking of David Moyes, here is another example of a manager who has been a victim of impatient owners.

The Scot after a very consistent spell with Everton that lasted for some 10 years or more, was barely given a season at Manchester United. What seemed apparent with this scenario was that the players that Moyes had available had just weren’t good enough, but instead of players getting moved on, sadly for Moyes the 51 year old was a victim of United’s players under performing.

Thankfully new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has addressed the problem and got rid of players such as Tom Cleverly (good riddance) . The 62 year old Dutchman has brought in players like Di Maria and Falcao, don’t say this to loudly- but Van Gaal isn’t doing that much better than Moyes at the same stage of last season.

The ‘revolving door’ that is football managers jobs- needs to stop. It’s at a ridiculous stage, Mark Robins the Ex Huddersfield manager lost his job or shall I say left by ‘mutual consent’ after 1 game of the current season. If that isn’t ridiculous I don’t know what is.

Owners of football clubs do like to get impatient, but you do need to give your manager time. If you look at Alan Pardew who seemed destined for the sack, but has turned things around recently with a 4 game winning streak. Then there is Sam Allardyce ‘Big Sam’ has been ‘under pressure’ since last season despite guiding the Hammers to 13th.

I am of the opinion that ‘hiring and firing’ managers in it self could cost a lot of money, compensation for ‘unfair dismissal’ and the cost of hiring a manager that a football owner thinks will be successful.

Football won’t change any time soon in regards to the way football managers are treated. Owners of football clubs get ‘mesmerised’ when they see other sides make a change of management and see on the pitch performances improve dramatically. You can’t blame them on one hand for wanting to take such a step.

How times have changed from the days of Sir Alex being at Manchester United and Crewe manager Dario Gradi.