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Sat 29th of April Leeds United 3 (Wood 45+1, Bartley 49, Hernandez 78) Norwich City 3 (Naismith 28, Oliveira 34, 45) Leeds: Green, Ayling (Pedraza 72), Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, O’Kane (Phillips 82), Vieira, Hernandez, Roofe, Dallas (Doukara 62), Wood. Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Taylor, Sacko, Coyle. Norwich: Ruddy, Dijks, Dorrans, Martin, Naismith, Howson, Oliveira (Jerome 83), Pritchard, Bennett, Pinto, Murphy (Klose 90). Booked: Berardi, Jansson (Leeds) Dorrans (Norwich) Sent off: Naismith (Norwich) Referee: T. Harrington Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 34,292  Report from LUFC

Leeds United fought back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Elland Road, but the result, coupled with final scores elsewhere, all but ended the Whites’ Play-Off hopes.


Hernandez celebrates Leeds drawing level but no winner was netted on the day

The visitors made a bright start and Ivo Pinto threatened with a long range effort, striking just wide. Eunan O’Kane who returned to the starting line-up, played a fine looping through ball, trying to play Kemar Roofe into the box, but the forward couldn’t get on the end of it. Luke Ayling and Pablo Hernandez then put crosses in looking for Chris Wood, but both were slightly too high and the New Zealand striker couldn’t direct his headers on target. Norwich took the lead in the 28th minute, Steven Naismith picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and as the Leeds defence stood off him and he fired into the top left corner.

Nelson Oliveira nearly doubled the lead for the Canaries, his curling effort from the edge of the box went just wide. Oliveira did double Norwich’s advantage just a minute later, Josh Murphy beat the offside trap, before playing the ball across the face of goal, for Oliveira to tap home. Straight from the restart it could have been three, Alex Pritchard put in a great low cross, but this time Oliveira fired wide.

Pritchard then fired from the edge of the box, but his effort was just wide of the target.

In the final minute of the half, Jonny Howson played Oliveira up-field and he drove forward, before finding the top right corner. United striker Chris Wood pulled a goal back for Leeds in added time, converting at the back post, following Stuart Dallas’ cross, to give Leeds hope.

Half Time: Leeds United 1-3 Norwich City

Leeds came out fighting in the second half, O’Kane played Hernandez into a good position, but the Spaniard fired wide. The Whites then reduced the deficit further, Hernandez whipped in a corner, Pontus Jansson headed towards goal and Kyle Bartley bundled the ball over the line. Norwich then had an opportunity to restore their two goal cushion when Pritchard played in Oliveira, but he was denied by a fine save from Rob Green.

O’Kane then drove forward before crossing and Kemar Roofe was only prevented from equalising by John Ruddy. Green was then forced into another great save, this time he denied Ivo Pinto from a narrow angle. Oliveria was then picked out in the box, but he was once again denied a hat-trick by some more brilliance from Green.

In the 76th minute Gaetano Berardi won a free-kick on the edge of the box and Pablo Hernandez equalised, superbly finding the back of the net from the set-piece, to level the scores and keep the Whites’ Play-Off hopes alive. Naismith was shown a red card for the visitors with two minutes of regular time remaining, following a horror challenge on Ronaldo Vieira. With six minutes of added time, Leeds continued to push for the winner, to stay in contention for a top six spot, substitute Alfonso Pedraza put in a fine cross, but Bartley couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Despite continuing to press for a vital goal, United couldn’t get the better of the Canaries defence and were made to settle for a point, to end Leeds’ Play-Off hopes. Almost a great escape which would in theory bring our fight to the last day. But giving any side especially one as free flowing as Norwich a three goal lead is suicide. Good character to come back but moral draws are not what is required at the business end of the season. It’s wins and nothing less. We’ve capitulated at the final few hurdles.

Sat 22nd of April Burton Albion 2 (Sordell 75, Kightly 78) Leeds United 1 (Bartley 80)Burton: Bywater, Flanagan, Brayford (McCrory 79), Mousinho, McFadzean, Turner, Sordell (Varney 85), Akins, Dyer (Kightly 65), Christensen, Irvine. Subs not used: Campbell, O’Grady, Naylor, Palmer. Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor, Vieira, Phillips (Pedraza 66), Hernandez, Doukara (Sacko 61), Roofe, Wood. Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Antonsson, O’Kane, Dallas, Berardi. Referee: D. Bond. Booked: Kightly (Burton) Venue: Pirelli Stadium Attendance: 6,073

Two quick-fire goals from Burton Albion in the second half gave the Brewers a 2-1 victory over Leeds United at the Pirelli Stadium.

Leeds made a good start to the match, Pablo Hernandez went close inside four minutes striking just over the crossbar from the edge of the box. The Whites continued to pressure winning back to back corners and had the ball in the back of the net, Pontus Jansson saw his header at goal blocked and Kyle Bartley’s looping header was finished by Chris Wood, but the goal was disallowed for a foul.

Burton then got on top and pinned the Whites in their own half, winning a number of corners, but failed to create a clear cut opportunity.

Leeds looked threatening at set-pieces and from another corner, Bartley saw his effort blocked. From the next resulting corner Luke Ayling went close, but he couldn’t find the back of the net, following Bartley’s header across goal. Pablo Hernandez picked up the ball following a decent pass from Ronaldo Vieira and tried to play the ball across the face of goal, but it was intercepted by Kyle McFadzean.

Kalvin Phillps had a good chance on the stroke of half time, a corner fell out to him on the edge of the box, but he could only fire over the crossbar on the half volley. Half Time: Burton Albion 0-0 Leeds United

After the break Charlie Taylor put a cross into the box and Hernandez got his head to it, but he could only glance it wide.

Substitute Hadi Sacko created a decent opportunity for Wood, following a ball into the box, but the Leeds striker was flagged offside, when he headed his effort on target. Jansson had a fine chance to give Leeds the lead in the 74th minute, Hernandez whipped in a corner and the Swedish centre-half had a free header, but could only fire over. A minute after Jansson’s chance Burton took the lead, he turned on the edge of the box, before firing into the bottom right corner, past Rob Green.

Wood v Burton

No goals when Wood doesn’t score has ultimately cost us at the death

The Brewers then doubled their lead, less than two minutes later, Michael Kightly went through on goal and he got the better of Green, despite the United keeper’s best efforts. Leeds pulled a goal back in the 80th minute, Wood’s goalward header was poked in by Kyle Bartley to give the Whites hope. Kemar Roofe then had a chance to level the scores, four yards from goal, he had his effort cleared off the line as Burton cleared to safety. Leeds pressed during the five minutes of extra time, but couldn’t find a leveler, as the Whites lost further ground on the Play-Offs.

Full Time: Burton Albion 2-1 Leeds United This has all but ended our play off hopes. 1 point from Wolves and Burton is disastrous. Failing to spend in January up front to help Wood and also to supplement our central defensive partnership has finally come home to haunt us. I blame Cellino on this.


Sat 17th of April Leeds United 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 (Dicko 38) Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi (Taylor 63), Phillips, Bridcutt (Sacko 56), Hernandez, Roofe, Pedraza (Doukara 72), Wood. Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, O’Kane, Dallas, Coyle. Wolves: Lonergan, Doherty, Edwards, Stearman, Saville (Evans 68), Dicko (Bodvarsson 68), Coady, Saiss, Williamson, Weimann, Marshall (Hause 85). Subs not used: Burgoyne, Evans, Iorfa, Price, Bodvarsson, Hause, Gibbs-White. Booked: Bridcutt, Bartley (Leeds) Referee: J. Simpson Venue: Elland Road. Attendance: 32,351 Report from LUFC

Nouha Dicko handed Wolves a 1-0 victory to dent Leeds United’s Play-Off hopes at Elland Road.

Leeds had a good opportunity inside ten minutes, Alfonso Pedraza and Kalvin Phillips linked up well in the Wolves area, before the latter tried to play a dangerous ball across goal, but Andy Lonergan was on hand to make a vital interception with Chris Wood lurking. The visitors had a fine chance to take lead when a mix up between Pontus Jansson and Gaetano Berardi lead to Andreas Weimann going through one-on-one with Rob Green, but he couldn’t get the better of the United stopper, who made a brilliant save.


Phillips just one of many players out of sorts v Wolves

Wolves had another chance soon after from a free-kick on the right wing. The ball was crossed in and fell kindly for Dave Edwards to strike and he forced another good save from Green. Leeds went close on the counter attack, Kemar Roofe put a fizzing ball across the face of goal, but no United player could get a head on it.

Wanderers striker Dicko then threatened, he cut inside before unleashing a long range effort, which went just wide. Leeds then showed some good pressure, going close from a number of set-pieces. Kyle Bartley had a penalty shout turned down, before Gaetano Berardi went close with a thunderous volley, the ball felt o him 30 yards out and his effort went just over the crossbar. The visitors took the lead in the 38th minute when Dicko scores on the counter after Pontus was caught out of position.

Chris Wood had a good chance to hit back four minutes later, he superbly controlled a long ball into the Wolves box, but his effort deflected away out of play for a goal-kick. On the stroke of half time the Kiwi striker had another opportunity, Pedraza played him through on goal, but he couldn’t control and Lonergan collected.

Half Time: Leeds United 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

After the break Wood’s determination almost lead to a goal, he charged down a Lonergan kick, but it deflected off target, before Luke Ayling fired wide from the edge of the box. There were then big shouts for a penalty, Wood crossed and his delivery appeared to hit the arm of Richard Stearman, but the referee waved away the protests.

Jansson had an opportunity from a corner, Hernandez crossed in, but Jansson at the back post could only head over the bar. Hernandez then delivered another dangerous cross, but this time Bartley was unable to find the target.

In the 70th minute Lee Evans shot on goal from range for the visitors, but it was straight at Green who made an easy save. The Whites again went close from a corner two minutes later, Roofe headed across goal to substitute Souleymane Doukara, who was only denied by a super save from Lonergan. Throwing everyone forward Leeds then had a late chance from a Hernanadez corner, Roofe’s looping header was cleared off the line as Wolves held on for the victory.

The loss ended the United’s unbeaten run at Elland Road and other results in the division means Leeds slip out of the Play-Off places to seventh spot. The wheel starting to come off ? – GC Not to even get a point against an ordinary Wolves side shows how are form can alarmingly dip at the wron time (eg QPR a few weeks ago). Other teams arouns us are in form and we ar hitting serious blip. Out of the play offs for the first time in five months is disastrous.

Friday April 14th Newcastle United 1 (Lascelles 67) Leeds United 1 (Wood 90+5) Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi (Taylor 78), Phillips, Bridcutt (Doukara 76), Hernandez, Roofe, Pedraza (Sacko 61), Wood. Subs not used: O’Kane, Dallas, Vieira, Peacock-Farrell. Booked: Shelvey, Colback (Newcastle), Bartley, Jansson, Phillips (Leeds) Referee: C. Kavanagh. Venue: St James’ Park. Attendance: 52,301

Leeds United striker Chris Wood’s

95th minute minute effort snatched the Whites a dramatic late point at St James’ Park. The home side started brightly, Jonjo Shelvey played a neat through ball trying to send Aleksandar Mitrovic through on goal, but Rob Green made a good interception. Leeds almost broke the deadlock inside nine minutes, Alfonso Pedraza’s shot from the edge of the box hit the crossbar and Kemar Roofe’s rebounding header was cleared off the line. Newcastle then went close from a corner, once again Green was called into action, denying Matt Ritchie from a narrow angle



Wood (who else ?) nets v Newcastle in 95th minute

Shelvey was next to test Green, his corner was heading goal-wards and the Leeds stopper had to punch his effort off the line. Ritchie then saw an effort from range, just float over the crossbar as the home side pressed to take the lead. Pedraza, who was a real threat for Leeds down the left wing again went close with a strike from the edge of the box, his low effort went just wide and Kemar Roofe wasn’t far away from turning it goal-wards, but couldn’t quite get on the end of it. Yoan Gouffran nearly gave Newcastle the lead, Pablo Hernandez lost possession and the Frenchman struck from the edge of the box and hit the post, before Pontus Jansson made a fine block to stop Ritchie’s follow up.

From the resulting corner, Leeds again had Green to thank, denying Chancel Mbemba’s header, to keep the scores level at the break.

Half Time: Newcastle United 0-0 Leeds United

After the break the hosts went close from a free-kick, Ritchie bent his effort around the wall, but couldn’t beat Green. Jamaal Lascelles almost gave the Magpies the lead, he headed just wide from a Shelvey free-kick. Mitrovic was then only denied by some brilliant defending from Pontus Jansson, he managed to get the ball over Green, but couldn’t get the better of the Swedish defender on the goal line. Newcastle took the lead in the 67th minute, after continuing to pressure at set-pieces, Lascelles saw his effort creep over the line, despite the best efforts of Green in the United goal. Leeds had Green to thank to stop the home side from extending their lead further, denying a Ayoze Perez header at a corner. Shelvey nearly made it two from another set-piece, he fired a free-kick just off target as the hosts looked to push on.

After play had been halted due to a pitch invader in added time, the Whites managed to grab a crucial point. Kemar Roofe was felled on the halfway line and Leeds piled everyone forward at the resulting free-kick. The ball eventually came out to Roofe and he crossed in, finding Chris Wood unmarked and his 95th minute leveler sent the Leeds fans into delirium.

Sat April 8th Leeds United 3 (Roofe 18, Hernandez 45, Doukara 90) Preston North End 0 Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Vieira, Phillips, Pedraza, Hernandez (Taylor 88), Roofe (Dallas 70), Wood (Doukara 80). Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, O’Kane, Barrow, Coyle.

Preston: Maxwell, Vermijl (Johnson 61), Cunningham, Pearson, Clarke, Gallagher (Makienok 72), McGeady, Huntington, Baptiste, Barkhuizen, Robinson (Beckford 72). Subs not used: Lindegaard, Horgan, Browne, Spurr. Booked: Wood (Leeds) Sent Off: Baptiste (Preston) Referee: P. Bankes Venue: Elland Road


LUFC Louth roar Whites on to 3-0 victory

QPR6Leeds United got back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Preston North End at Elland Road. The Whites almost got off to the worst possible start, Marnick Vermijl crossed into the box and the Whites had Rob Green to thank, making a super save from Tom Barkhuizen’s header. At the following corner Barkhuizen had another opportunity to give Preston the lead, but he could only head straight at Green.

Leeds came close to countering superbly, Alfonso Pedraza did well down the left, before trying to play Kemar Roofe through on goal, but his pass was intercepted with a last ditch effort.


Whites in a huddle and Preston in a muddle

Leeds took the lead with their first real chance of the game, Kemar Roofe played a great one-two with Chris Wood and his deflected effort looped over Preston stopper Chris Maxwell and into the back of the net. Aiden McGeady tried his luck from range to try and equalise for the visitors, but his low effort was off target. Ronaldo Vieira then put a great cross into the Preston box and Wood was just inches away from getting on the end of it. Luke Ayling then drove an effort from range at goal, but Wood couldn’t get the crucial touch to send the shot on target.

Wood then thought he had doubled the Leeds lead, he went through one-on-one before slotting home, however after the celebrations were complete, the goal was eventually ruled out for offside. Pedraza then did really well to get to the byline for Leeds, he teed up Roofe to try and score his second of the afternoon, but the forward scuffed his effort wide. However Leeds did get a second goal before the break, Pablo Hernandez was played in on goal and he slid in, beating Maxwell to the ball and his effort eventually trickled over the line. Half Time: Leeds United 2-0 Preston North End Ten minutes into the second half, Leeds almost extended the lead from a corner. Hernandez delivered, Kyle Bartley headed down and Wood saw his effort denied by the crossbar. Hernandez almost grabbed his second, he found space in the Preston box, but saw his effort deflect just wide.

From the resulting corner, Bartley headed at goal, but saw his effort cleared off the line by Ben Pearson.

Vieira was next to go close, he fired at goal from the edge of the box and he was only denied by a super save from Maxwell.

Preston substitute Jermaine Beckford was given a warm reception on his introduction, he tried his luck from range when he stole possession from Gaetano Berardi, but Green was equal to it. The visitors should have pulled a goal back in the 76th minute, Green makes a great save to deny McGeady, then Barkhuizen fired the rebound against the crossbar, before Simon Makienok heads over, with the goal gaping. Leeds substitutes Stuart Dallas and Souleymane Doukara then linked up well, with the latter going through on goal, however he couldn’t beat Maxwell, who deflected his effort wide of the post. Alex Baptiste was then shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Hernandez, before Doukara sealed it late on, with a run from the right hand side, beating Maxwell at his near post, to cap off a great victory.


Tues April 4th Brentford 2 (Sawyers 19, Vibe 34) Leeds United 0 Brentford: Bentley, Dean, Yennaris (McCormack 67), Woods (Kerschbaumer 84), Sawyers, Clarke, Vibe, Henry, Jota, Barbet,Canos (Jozefzoon 73). Subs not used: Pofmann, Egan, Bonham, Field. Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Bridcutt (Doukara 72), Phillips, Barrow (Roofe 66), Hernandez, Dallas (Pedraza 59), Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Taylor, Vieira, O’Kane. Booked: Sawyers, McCormack (Brentford) Referee: D. Coote. Venue: Griffin Park. Attendance: 10,759   Report from LUFC 

Leeds United suffered a second successive Sky Bet Championship defeat as two first half strikes gave Brentford a 2-0 victory at Griffin Park.


Ayling in action v Brentford on a bad night for the defender

There were warning signs for Leeds from the start, when Sergi Canos went close inside two minutes, he cut inside from the left flank, but could only fire over the crossbar.

Canos again came close to breaking the deadlock, Josh Clarke did really well on the right before teeing up the winger in the box, but again skied his effort over the crossbar. At the other end Modou Barrow did well breaking forward for the Whites, he got himself into the penalty area, but scuffed his shot and Daniel Bentley made an easy save. The home side took the lead inside 18 minutes, Rob Green made a brilliant save to deny Canos, but he couldn’t prevent Romaine Sawyers from smashing home the rebound.

Leeds looked to hit back through Chris Wood, he was played in down the left flank after a good ball from Kalvin Phillips, but he could only fire over after cutting inside well.

The Whites then went close from a Pablo Hernandez corner, Kyle Bartley had a free header, but couldn’t direct his attempt on target, before Luke Ayling flicked over. Lasse Vibe almost added to Brentford’s lead when he was played in by Sawyers, but luckily for United his effort went wide of the post. Brentford doubled their advantage in the 34th minute, Green was again on hand to stop another Canos effort, but this time was unable to prevent Vibe from poking home the rebound. 

It could have been three for Brentford before the break, Canos went through on goal and attempted to lift the ball over the out-coming Green, but the Whites stopper denied him with an amazing one handed save. Half Time: Brentford 2-0 Leeds United

In the second half Barrow again caused problems, he broke inside from the wing and fired at goal, but his effort was blocked by Harlee Dean. Stuart Dallas, facing his former club, then put a decent ball into the box, but Wood’s attempt was off target. Wood then turned provider to tee up Barrow in the box, but he saw his effort well saved by Bentley. Substitute Alfonso Pedraza then did well to break down the left wing and get to the byline, however he shot at goal from a narrow angle, despite Wood crying out for the ball to be squared.

Leeds then went close from a set-piece, Hernandez whipped in a free-kick from the right flank and Pontus Jansson saw his header cleared off the line by Dean. Jota won himself a free-kick for Brentford and nearly added to the Bee’s lead at the set-piece, but for a good save from Green. Jota then went through on goal and was again denied by Green who made a splendid save, before somehow denying substitute Florian Jozefzoon from the rebound.

Kemar Roofe introduced from the bench almost pulled one back for Leeds, Ayling put in a low cross which he got on the end of, but he couldn’t beat Bentley.

Green then prevented Vibe from adding to his tally, as Brentford looked to catch Leeds on the counter attack late on. Full Time: Brentford 2-0 Leeds United

Sun 2nd of April Reading 1 (Kermorgant 21) Leeds United 0 Reading: Al Habsi, Gunter, Beerens (Grabban 60), Swift, Obita (Oxford 70), McCleary, Moore, Kermorgant, Williams, Blackett, Kelly (Mutch 67). Subs not used: Meite, Popa, Watson, Legg. Leeds: Green, Taylor, Cooper, Bartley, Berardi, Bridcutt, Vieira (Roofe 86), Sacko (Doukara 60), Hernandez, Pedraza (Phillips 67), Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Dallas, O’Kane, Barrow. Booked: Swift, Williams Kermorgant (Reading) Referee: K. Stroud Venue: Madejski Stadium Attendance: 23,055 (3,546 Leeds) 

Yann Kermorgant’s first half strike secured Reading victory at the Madejski Stadium, as the Royals leapfrogged Garry Monk’s side in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Chris Wood who flew home early from international duty with a knock was fit enough to start, but Pontus Jansson missed out with a hamstring injury. Kalvin Phillips also returned to the squad following suspension.

Pablo Hernandez had a great opportunity inside five minutes, catching the Reading defence out, he picked up the ball in the area and was through on goal, but his effort was weak and Ali Al Habsi made the save.

Less than a minute later the home side had a good chance of their own. Roy Beerens played in John Swift, but he could only fire his effort over the crossbar.  Leeds went close from a set-piece, Hernandez delivered and Al Habsi missed the cross, but Kyle Bartley at the back post could only head into the side netting.

Alfonso Pedraza then fired just wide from the edge of the box after Charlie Taylor’s low cross fell nicely for the Spaniard.

Reading took the lead in the 21st minute, a clearing header from Taylor fell to Kermorgant who drove his effort into the back of the net.

Leeds almost hit back five minutes later, Hadi Sacko did well on the flank before crossing low into Pedraza who got a flick on it, forcing Al Habsi into a decent save.  Roy Beerens had a fine chance to extend Reading’s advantage, he went through on goal, controlling, before unleashing a volley, but he couldn’t find the target.

Garath McClearly then found himself one-on-one with Rob Green after being played in, but he couldn’t get the better of the United stopper who made a fantastic save.  From Green’s save Leeds countered, Pedraza played in a wonderful cross, but Hernandez at the back post couldn’t find the target.

On the stroke of half time, Kermorgant nearly doubled Reading’s lead, his shot from the edge of the box was only denied by the post.

Half Time: Reading 1-0 Leeds United

Ten minutes into the second half Beerens should have extended the Royals lead, he found space in the box, but took too many touches and Green pounced to make the save. Hernandez then tested Al Habsi, forcing the Reading stopper into a good save with an effort from the edge of the box.

Leeds then had an opportunity from a corner, Hernandez whipped in, Bartley headed down, but Cooper could only put his effort over the crossbar.  Substitute Souleymane Doukara then tried his luck from long range 11 minutes from time, his effort was parried by Al Habsi onto the post and out for a corner.

Charlie Taylor put a good cross into the box after doing well down the left flank, Ronaldo Vieira fired at goal from the back post, but he couldn’t get enough power on the shot and Al Habsi made the save.  United continued to press in the closing stages, but were unable to find an equaliser, as Reading held on for the victory as Leeds slipped to fifth in the division.