Monday, 12 November 2012

Leeds United 1 - 6 Watford

The scoreline says it all doesn't it really.

A different squad lined up to the one that had succumbed to a 1 - 0 defeat at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.
Warnock played a 3-5-2 formation, with Diouf and Varney upfront whilst Becchio was started on the bench.
Green was also brought in to try and strengthen the back line.
Aidy White and Sam Byram were acting wingbacks for the match, very different to the gaffer's usual formations, but, we thought, it might be a welcome change and try to get us back to winning ways after a dismal couple of weeks.

The attendance on Saturday was 19,104, which for a Saturday, normal 3pm kick off, is shocking. Everywhere I looked there were empty seats. It really is soul destroying to see.
Marching On Together was blearing out of the speakers just before kick off, and there was just no atmosphere at all.
There was a minutes silence before the match began for Remembrance Sunday.

I must admit, from the very off there wasn't a lot about our play that made you think, we are going to win this. There were too many silly mistakes and we didn't take any of the chances we had to open the scoring.

Luke Varney had a brilliant opportunity to chip the keeper to open the scoring in the first 20 mins but failed to finish.

Matej Vydra was the first to open the scoring for Watford, on the 27th minute, the goal did look offside at the time, but it wasn't flagged, and we should have played to the whistle. 0 - 1.

Vyrda was involved again shortly after the goal, for different reasons though as Pearce was given a straight red for a challenge on the Watford striker.

Warnock changed the team around and brought on Tom Lees for, arguably the best player on the pitch, at that time, Green. The decision to do this was met with loud boo's from the Leeds fans.

So, a goal down at half time, and 10 men....It felt like it should have been a Tuesday night. But it wasn't. Damage limitation was now the key and maybe bag an equaliser in the dying minutes.

The second half kicked off and Warnock replaced White and Diouf with Hall and Brown.

Play stopped early on, Rodolph Austin was on the floor in a heap. The ref waved over to the Physio with concern and Elland Road fell silent with worry. The medical staff stretchered Austin straight out of the ground and into a waiting ambulance to take him to hospital.
We were now down to 9 men and 'damage limitation' seemed unlikely.

Watford got their second goal on the 60th minute when Almen Abdi found space and put the ball past Kenny from 25 yards out.

Abdi went down shortly after scoring, with what looked like, a dislocated shoulder. He was stretchered off the pitch.

Joel Ekstrand fouled Luke Varney inside the Penalty area on the 79th minute which Michael Tonge stepped up to take, in front of the Kop. He made it 1 - 3.

3 minutes later however, Watford were 1 - 4 up when Vydra got his second of the afternoon from 18 yards out.

This was now, unbearable. One of those matches you never want to think about ever again, surely it couldn't get any worse....But it did....

The referee added 10 minutes on due to the two lengthy stoppages.

Sean Murray made it 1 - 5 on the 94th minute and to top it all off, Troy Deeney scored on the 98th to make the final score 1 - 6.

Terrible performance and one I'd like to forget, quickly.

Leeds United have appealed against Pearce's straight red card.
It did look worse than it was however but it was a yellow.

The results on Austin have come back and his injury isn't as bad as first feared. He has cracked a bone in his ankle, still a bad injury, hope he makes a speedy recovery.

Brown will miss the next game too due to suspension as he got his 5th yellow.

It seems we may have half a team against Millwall.

Aiden White was the worst player on the pitch and I was glad he was replaced at half time.

Though what I did realise is that most of the long balls came from Peliter, and there was no Becchio on the pitch, so people can't blame him for this result!!

Apart from his lack of finishing, Varney worked quite hard, putting pressure on defenders and he showed flashes of pace.

We just weren't good enough with 11 men, let alone 9.

It needs to change, and soon.

Millwall on Sunday. Fingers crossed we improve.

MOT xx <3 xx

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