Thursday, 14 March 2013


The one word that sums up Tuesday night's game against Peterborough and pretty much the whole of the season to date.

The squad remained unchanged for the 6th match in a row for the first time in 20 years.

Peterborough were really throwing everything but the kitchen sink at us in the first half, especially in the first 30 minutes of the game. We were very much on the back foot and were failing to deal with the attacking threat they were posing.
No sooner had I heard someone behind me say "A goal is coming for them isn't it?" did we concede one of the easiest goal this season. Dwight Gayle was first to react to a brilliant long ball from their keeper, Olejnik and Lee Peltier failed to stop the determined striker from shooting inside the area past Paddy Kenny to make it 0 - 1.
I thought this might wake us up slightly as we'd hardly been in the game, but The Posh were looking to double their lead and hit the crossbar not long after.
Tom Lee's was substituted due to injury after the goal and replaced by Jason Pearce.
We were lucky to only be one goal down at half time and to say we needed to see an improvement would have been an understatement. This wasn't the Leeds United I'd seen in the past few weeks, we looked to had taken a bit of a backwards step.

Warnock decided to make a change at the break, bringing El-Hadji Diouf on in place of Steve Morrison who, according to Warnock, had been playing through the pain barrier at Leicester and Crystal Palace. In fairness, he'd not really been in the game anyway so the decision to take him off was a good one, I felt, even though he had scored a brace in the second half against Palace.

There was more life in the home side in the second half though and a fantastic delivery from a corner taken by Stephen Warnock let Sam Byram equalise after he was given space at the back post to score on the 56th minute. This gave a somewhat fuller Elland Road than we've seen this season a lift and we really got behind the lads.

Both sides were hungry now and both trying to look for the winning goal & we thought we'd taken the lead with just under quarter of an hour remaining when Luke Varney had the ball in the back of the net but the linesman's flag was up and the goal didn't stand.

We were putting a lot more pressure on and we had so many more chances to win the game but we were failing to put them away.

The game ended and the points were shared, which was probably a fair result however both sides were presumably left wondering how there weren't more goals in the game.

We had twenty shots on goal, nine of which were on target, Peterborough weren't far behind with sixteen shots in total, they also had nine on target.
It sounds obvious but we really need to start putting these chances away.

Again, five points off of 6th place, we are left wondering....Could we?! Things would have looked a lot rosier had we'd have won, but when have Leeds United ever done anything the easy way?!

MOT xx <3 xx

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