Monday Nov 30th Liverpool 2 (Origi 76, Woodburn 81) Leeds United 0 Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lucas, Klavan, Moreno, Stewart (Woodburn 68), Wijnaldum, Can, Ejaria (Milner 83), Mane, Origi (Grujic 90). Subs not used: Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Henderson. Leeds: Silvestri, Berardi, Cooper (Ayling 46), Bartley, Taylor, Vieira, O’Kane (Phillips 27), Sacko, Dallas (Wood 62), Roofe, Doukara. Subs not used: Green, Grimes, Mowatt, Antonsson. Booked: Origi (Liverpool), Doukara (Leeds) Referee: A. Marriner Venue: Anfield Attendance: 52,012 (5,352 Leeds)

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Second half goals from Divock Origi and Ben Woodburn ensured Liverpool knocked Leeds United out of the EFL Cup at Anfield at the quarter final stage.


Doukara lead the line well and has played himself back into contention at Leeds

United almost got off to a dream start when Stuart Dallas played Hadi Sacko through on goal inside three minutes, but the winger couldn’t get the better of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Kemar Roofe then went close with an effort from the edge of the box, again forcing Mignolet into another good save.

Liverpool had a really good chance of their own in the 12th minute, Georginio Wijnaldum was picked out in the area and was only denied by a fine save from Marco Silvestri.

Ragnar Klavan was next to try his luck from the edge of the box, but he was unable to find the target with his effort.

Emre Can then caught Leeds napping at the back, he intercepted a loose back pass, but could only put his effort wide when through on goal.

Kalvin Phillips then came close to a breakthrough just before the break, he saw his deflected effort from the edge of the box go just wide of Mignolet’s post.

Half Time: Liverpool 0-0 Leeds United

Seven minutes into the second period Leeds again came so close to going in front, Phillips stole the ball from Trent Arnold-Alexander on the edge of the Liverpool box allowing Roofe to shoot, but he saw his curling effort come out after hitting the post.

Can then had another chance to break the deadlock, after good play by Lucas, his deflected effort found its way safely into the arms of Silvestri.

Kyle Bartley went close for Leeds at a corner, Taylor delivered, but the central defender saw his header go just wide.

In the 66th minute Leeds had another opportunity, Ronaldo Vieira sent Roofe into the penalty area, but he once again couldn’t get the better of Mignolet who made a good low save.

The hosts took the lead ten minutes later, Alexander-Arnold put in a wicked cross and striker Divock Origi stabbed home.

The Reds doubled their lead in the 81st minute, after some great link up play with a back-heel from Sadio Mane, the ball found its way to Origi, he found Wijnaldum who laid the ball off to 17 year-old Ben Woodburn who smashed home to become Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer.

Chris Wood had the ball in the back of the net just two minutes later, following Doukara’s knock down, but the effort was disallowed for offside.

Sacko then had another opportunity six minutes from time, he broke into the penalty area, but could only fire over the bar.

Doukara showed good strength to create an opportunity in the dying minutes, but couldn’t find the target, as Leeds made an exit from the competition, despite a spirited display.

Somteimes you don’t get your just desserts in football. fpr most of the match Leeds were the better side and certainly created the better chances. How unlucky was Roofe hitting the post ? If that goes in Leeds win the game. Sakho shoud hsve scored when clean through n the first mnute. The Scousers hs 120M of wealth on the pitch but United had the quality but with a littkle more composure in front of goal, we’d have been in the last four balls of the competition. Big players like Pontus, Hernandez, Bridcutt and o’Kane (for most of the game) may have edged it, but Monk willbe happy.

Garry Monk was proud of his players and rightfully so. “We had a game plan, I thought we followed it magnificently and we had some really good chances”. “I feel gutted for my players, they gave everything, they were brilliant and deserved more than what they got and I think everyone can see that.


Garry monk ‘proud’ of his players

“If we continue in this way and the team keeps showing the same spirit, passion and good quality then we can be successful.

“Anfield is a very difficult place to play, but we looked very dangerous and we had clear cut chances, with a little bit more composure we would have had two or three goals.

“We have a young group with limited experience, but they dealt with the atmosphere superbly.

“Our fans were incredible again, they could see the players were giving everything and the only thing missing was a couple of goals, on a different night we could have come away with the result.

“We all thought Kemar Roofe’s strike was in, including the stand behind me, that was just the unluckiness we had.

“We deserved the first goal, but unfortunately their quality came through and they scored with the couple of chances they had.

To come to Anfield and limit Liverpool to almost nothing was a really pleasing aspect, it is a big experience for a lot of our young players which will stand them in good stead going forward.

“The ambition now is to have these types of games week in, week out, if we continue in this way, then hopefully in the near future we can have more nights like this. “The players can be proud of what we did, even if we didn’t get the result we deserved.”   


Another new owner ?

Nov 28th Takeover of Leeds ‘agreed’ Andrea Radrizzani, the Italian businessman linked with a takeover of Leeds United, has finally confirmed his intention to buy into the Elland Road club. Radrizzani clarified months of speculation by telling The Straits Times, a newspaper in Singapore, that he was negotiating the purchase of a 50 per stake from owner Massimo Cellino, a deal which would give the pair joint control of Leeds The 42-year-old, who has attended a number of United’s fixtures including a recent 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United at Elland Road, said negotiations had been ongoing for six months and were at an advanced stage. Radrizzani revealed that the proposed investment would give him the option to buy out Cellino’s entire shareholding at the end of this season. “Massimo has 100 per cent now and if I do the deal I will enter the club during this season with 50 per cent and have the option to buy him out completely in June next summer,” Radrizzani said. “Leeds are exciting. They are a sleeping giant as everyone knows. Probably the only big brand left in English football that could grow in terms of value.” According to The Straits Times, Radrizzani – one of the founders of global media firm MP & Silva – plans to invest in Leeds through Aser, a separate media firm established by him.Andre Tegner, Aser’s head of investments and strategy, was photographed with him at Elland Road during the defeat to Newcastle on NovDespite his links to technology firm Baofeng, Radrizzani revealed that Chinese funding was not behind his proposed purchase of shares in United.“This deal does not involve any Chinese parties at all,” he said. “I will eventually bring my team and management but I will speak more about my project and plan once this is finalised.” Rumours of a deal involving Radrizzani have been rife ever since the businessman was pictured with Cellino at a pre-season clash with Atalanta and United’s first game of the season away at Queens Park Rangers. Radrizzani told the YEP in August that he and Cellino had entered into a “simple conversation” about investment but confirmation of his plans last night are a firm indication that Radrizzani believes an agreement is close. The Football League, which would have to approve his 50 per cent purchase and subject Radrizzani to its Owners and Directors Test, is yet to be asked to sanction any sale. Cellino has controlled Leeds since completing his own 75 per cent takeover in April 2014. Earlier this year the Italian secured a 100 per cent stake by acquiring all remaining shares from the club’s former owner, Gulf Finance House.Cellino has made no comment about his discussions with Radrizzani and has remained in the background at Elland Road throughout this season. He and Leeds have been approached for a response to Radrizzani’s comments.The Straits Times said Radrizzani had declined to discuss the position of head coach Garry Monk or plans for future investment in players. Sunday Nov 20th Leeds United 0 Newcastle United 2 (Gayle 23, 54) Leeds: Green, Ayling, Jansson,   Bartley, Taylor, Phillips, O’Kane, Roofe, Vieira (Sacko 62), Doukara (Antonsson 78), Wood.  Subs not used: Silvestri, Cooper, Dallas, Grimes, Berardi. Newcastle: Darlow, Clark, Dummett, Colback (Hayden 83), Lascelles, Anita, Gayle (Mitrovic 79), Ritchie, Shelvey, Perez, Gouffran (Diame 76).  Subs not used: Mbemba, Yedlin, Sels, Atsu. Booked: Jansson (Leeds), Colback (Newcastle) Attendance: 36,002. Referee: G. Scott Venue: Elland Road    Report from LUFC Top of the table Newcastle United carried on their fine form as a Dwight Gayle brace handed Leeds United their first home defeat in eight matches.


Gayle of Newcastle celebrates

The visitors made a good start to the game and had an early chance through Vurnon Anita.  Jonjo Shelvey played a corner to him on the edge of the box, but the midfielder saw his effort deflect wide. Newcastle then tried to catch Leeds out with a quick free-kick, Gayle went through on goal, but he was denied by a super save from Rob Green. In the 11th minute of the match both sets of supporters stood together in a minute’s applause remember a legend of both clubs in Gary Speed. Matt Ritchie was next to go close for the Magpies, his deflected effort forced Green into another save. Newcastle took the lead in the 23rd minute, Jack Colback tried an audacious lob from range and goalkeeper Green could only direct his save into the path of Gayle who slotted home from inside the six yard area. Chris Wood went close with a header three minutes later, however he was unable to guide his effort on target. Leeds then had an opportunity at a free-kick, Kalvin Phillips put the cross in and found Wood, his header looped in the air and Luke Ayling headed at goal and he was only denied by a fantastic save from Karl Darlow. Garry Monk’s side pressed for an equaliser before the break with three consecutive corners and despite a claim for handball, Leeds were unable to breakthrough.  Pontus Jansson picked up his fifth yellow card of the season for his protests in the incident, meaning he will miss next week’s trip to Rotherham United. Half Time: Leeds United 0-1 Newcastle United After the break Leeds had a great chance to level through Eunan O’Kane, the Irishman turned brilliantly in the Newcastle area, before firing low, but Darlow made another fine save to keep the Magpies in front. Newcastle doubled their lead in the 54th minute, Anita played a neat low ball across the face of goal and Gayle slotted home his second of the afternoon. Ayling went close to pulling a goal back for Leeds, his effort from just inside the box, deflected over the crossbar. Souleymane Doukara had a good opportunity in the 73rd minute, Kemar Roofe put a good cross in for the striker who forced Darlow into action once again. Wood then had an opportunity late on when he charged down a Darlow kick, but he didn’t get the bounce of the ball required and the ball went out for a goal kick. The result sees Garry Monk’s side drop one place to seventh in the table, with Newcastle five points clear at the top. United came up against top class opposition on Sunday and but for a bad refereeing decision and a goalkeeping howler by Green things may have turned out differently. Denied a certain penalty on halftime the next goal was always going to be decisive. O’Kane nearly scored but for a top notch save by Darlow. Gayle was the difference on the day. That’s what 13M buys in this division and then 12M came on in the shape of Matt Ritchie. In truth no team will finish near the Geordies this season and United had two 20 year olds playing in midfield in Phillips and Vieira. Bridcutt, Hernandez and Berardi all have to return. If we keep what we have and strengthen in January this team will not be far away. No need for disillusion just yet.


The best defender in the Championship celebrates his first league goal for the Whites

Nov 8th Pontus Jansson on his first Utd goal Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson admitted it was great to score his first goal for the club on Saturday. Jansson’s second half header helped United to a 3-2 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road. Speaking to LUTV, the centre-back was pleased to pick up all three points and spoke about the character within the side. “It was a really good win, also to score my first goal for the club was a really special feeling,” said Jansson.”Norwich were in the Premier League last year and they are a really good team, but if you ask me I felt we played much better than them.”In the first 20 minutes it was the best period we have had this season, I’m really happy and pleased with the team and the performance.”We kept fighting and when I scored my goal I knew it was going to be a good day and we managed to get the win. “It was worth the booking to celebrate with the Leeds fans, there has been talk of a fine for me now too, but they can try to give me a fine for that one. “Even though they scored an equaliser, we had a feeling that if we kept going the third goal would come and it did.” Saturday’s victory moved Leeds further up the table and Jansson is hoping the team can continue with recent form after the international break. “I have always said since day one of me being here, I am here to play good football and take Leeds to the Premier League. “We are now in the play-offs, we need to take it one game at a time and keep doing what we are doing. “I don’t know if the international break has come at a good time with our momentum at the moment, but it will be good for the majority of the squad to have some good training sessions and a little bit of rest.”   Sat Nov 5th Norwich City 2 (Ayling O.G 24, Lafferty 88) Leeds United 3 (Jansson 57, Wood 74, Vieira 90+1 Norwich: McGovern; Martin (c), Bennett, Klose, Olsson; Thompson; Brady (Ja Murphy 75), Dorrans, Hoolahan, Pritchard (Lafferty 84), Jerome. Subs not used: Ruddy, Bassong, Naismith, Oliveira, Jo Murphy. Leeds: Green, Ayling, Jansson, Bartley, Taylor, Phillips, O’Kane, Hernandez (Grimes 89), Roofe (Sacko 55), Doukara (Vieira 72), Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Cooper, Antonsson, Berardi. Booked: Phillips, Jansson (Leeds), Hoolahan, Jerome (Norwich) Referee: A. Davies.Venue: Carrow Road Attendance: 26,903.


Fans favourite Pontus equalizes for Utd and jumps into fans

Ronaldo Vieira’s super strike in the first minute of stoppage time secured Leeds United a 3-2 victory over Norwich City. Garry Monk made one change to his starting line-up, with Souleymane Doukara coming into the side for Hadi Sacko. Graham Dorrans almost got Norwich off to a great start, he fired just wide from the edge of the box. Doukara then did well to pick out Chris Wood in the box but he was unable to guide his header on target. Kemar Roofe then went close for Leeds, space opened up for him on the edge of the box but he could only fire over. A Pablo Hernandez free-kick gave Kyle Bartley an opportunity to head at goal, but he could only put the chance wide. Kalvin Phillips then had a brilliant from range, which was only denied by a great save from Michael McGovern. Against the run of play Norwich took the lead. From a corner Robbie Brady looped a header at goal, Rob Green got to it, but he could only tip the ball on to Luke Ayling and the ball found its way into the back of the net. Leeds looked for a response and almost got one through Wood. Once again he combined with Doukara, but his volley was saved by McGovern. Roofe was next to test McGovern, this time from a narrow angle, but he was unable to get the better of the Norwich stopper. Half Time: Norwich City 1-0 Leeds United After the break Leeds almost got an immediate response, Hernandez whipped in a cross to Roofe at the near posts, but he could only head off target. Leeds deservedly hit back in the 57th minute. Wood won Leeds a corner and Pontus Jansson’s looping header found the top right corner sparking mass celebrations. Five minutes later Green was called into action at a Robbie Brady free-kick where he made a good save. At the other end Hernandez then showed great footwork to get a shot away from the edge of the box, but he couldn’t beat McGovern. Leeds took the lead in the match for the first time with 16 minutes remaining. Hadi Sacko showed desire to get to the byline, he played Ayling into the box and he teed up Wood to smash home. Wood then almost sealed the points with four minutes remaining, his effort from the edge of the box went just wide, hitting the side netting. Then in the 88th minute, Kyle Lafferty hit back for Norwich. A superb lay-off on the chest by Cameron Jerome set the Northern Ireland striker up and he couldn’t be denied. However there would be a winner for United. Leeds had a free-kick 30 yards from goal, Matt Grimes laid the ball forward for Vieira and he smashed the ball into the bottom left corner with his first goal for the club, to secure Leeds all three points Leeds manager Garry Monk: “Over the course of the game I thought we were the better team and got what we deserved in the end. “I think the first 20 minutes was the best start to a game we have had since I have been here. We looked sharp, should have put some of our chances away and then found ourselves behind when we conceded a really poor goal. “I told the lads at half-time that if they repeated those first 20 minutes in the second half there was a result to be had and full credit to the lads, they went out there and did just that. “That’s one for the fans to enjoy. It’s a great result, but there is nothing to be won yet. We know we are not the finished article yet, but we are making good progress.” Norwich boss Alex Neil: “I thought we were a bit nervy early on, but once we got our goal we settled down and at half-time I told them to go out and get the second goal. “But once Leeds scored there was a fear about us and although there was nothing wrong with the lads’ effort it was obviously a very disappointing result. “It’s a difficult time but three weeks ago we were top of the league. I don’t think I have become a bad manager in three weeks and I don’t think the players have become bad players in three weeks either. Having said that I accept the buck stops with me – if we do well I get praised and if we are doing badly I get criticism, I fully accept that. We just need to raise our game and turn this around.”.