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Leeds United: Emulating El Loco

Started on 17 December 2019 by joshleedsfan
Latest Reply on 31 January 2020 by Aaron
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I had a draft for the September update, then I lost it all. It'll be up in a few days when I'm over losing it all
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I was keen for us to get back on track in September, and with just three games to play during the whole month, I was hoping we'd take advantage of a more relaxed schedule. Back in the fold was Pablo Hernandez, Luke Ayling (for one game), Barry Douglas, Mehdi Zeffane and Jack Harrison, so we were well equipped coming off an international break, during which we went through triple sessions daily. Now unfortunately, I had drafted this update yesterday and lost the draft completely and with it went my match report notes that I was deleting along the way. So as my memory is a little cloudy on these matches now, instead of a match report I'll include my usual preview and summary that I tend to bookend the actual match reports with. So, without any further ado, let's get (back) into it...


Barnsley 0-2 Leeds United

Mads Andersen off 48
Helder Costa 57
Patrick Bamford 58

Leeds United 3-1 Derby County

Barry Douglas 26
Jack Marriott 64
Helder Costa 71,76

Charlton Athletic 1-2 Leeds United

Lyle Taylor 24
Helder Costa 25
Patrick Bamford (pen) 37


Who else? The man who shone even when we struggled for form last month has inspired this month's upturn in fortunes. Costa has now added goals to his game, netting four out of his last three, and there can be no doubt in my mind that he is, by some distance, the best player in our team at the moment. Absolutely unplayable on his day, he has been the main reason we've turned our fortunes around.


After three wins in a row, we have propelled ourselves from 18th up to 10th, just four points behind the playoffs and five behind automatic promotion. It goes to show just how open this league can be in the early stages, which is why our blip coming so early is such a huge advantage to us. As I mentioned in the previous update however, I wouldn't call a crisis on a winless run in August, so I won't be doing cartwheels yet over three straight wins in September. It is an achievement nonetheless, but we need to keep this momentum building through October now. The players' performances have got me Manager of the Month Award, although it is essential to stress how much that is down to the effort and application of the players.

That's all for now, apologies if it was brief but if I went and combed back through the games for play-by-play details, this update would probably never see the light of day. Hopefully I'll be back with a more familiar format for the next update (unless you guys prefer this format? Feel free to let me know) which should be out in the next couple of days or so.

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Back on the horse again! A fantastic month and well recovered after a torrid time in August.
A much better run of results makes for much better reading at this early stage of the season. Helder Costa has really hit some form and hopefully both he and his team can continue it.
A remarkable turnaround of results, and a strong September sees you go into the playoff hunt nice and early. Good luck! I'll be following this
Hopefully the month of September has helped put some confidence back into the players, good luck for the rest of the season
Great month there, hopefully you can keep the momentum through October
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Jack- well, just like a certain Leeds-based one-hit wonder, when we get knocked down, we just get back up again

ScottT- he's on fire so far, can he keep this up though?

Eoin97- good to have you on board man!

LittleLaney11- it certainly helps, it's all about not letting it become over-confidence

MJK46- suppose we'll have to see what November brings. Can't really use emojis as they probably won't work on her, but imagine the looking eyes one :D


We came into October off the back of three straight wins after the international break, which kickstarted a recovery from our poor start in August. With five games to play this month, it was obviously going to be difficult to keep winning game after game. As for the team news, we eventually got all our players back, with Luke Ayling returning to full fitness after the October break and Eddie Nkeitah coming back from a twisted ankle for Wednesday away. Alioski spent most of the month in the reserves however, after spitting his dummy out over a new contract.


Leeds United 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Liam Cooper 66

Millwall 0-0 Leeds United

Leeds United 0-0 Birmingham City

Preston North End 3-3 Leeds United

Patrick Bamford 2
Barry Douglas 13
Daniel Johnson pen 20
Daniel Johnson 29
Patrick Bamford 30
Tom Barkhuizen 32
Liam Cooper off 85

Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Leeds United

Bamford 79
Mateusz Klich pen 84


In a month where Costa's form dropped off and few players were particularly consistent enough to stand out, Bamford did at least contribute goals to the cause. The striker chipped in with three goals in two games against Preston and Sheffield Wednesday and was important to keeping us unbeaten and getting us back to winning ways. A stellar contribution from Patrick.


Another month unbeaten stretches our run to eight games without defeat. We did briefly holiday in the play-offs, moving into the top six after the Sheffield Wednesday win before being booted back out by Saturday's fixtures. An encouraging month though, and with the promotion pack firmly in our sights, it's time to get right in the thick of it in November.

That's all from me for now. Hope you've enjoyed this update as much as I enjoyed writing about it, even if there were a couple of goalless draws in there. We're right back on track though and I should be back shortly with November's update

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Think there's a bit of an issue with the coding in this update, as of commenting this. Regardless, irrespective of a couple of dropped points you've continued your unbeaten run. Bamford has been decent this month - which pains me to say, as a critic of his - but goals seem to be an issue at times. Potentially pairing Bamford with Nketiah could be the way around this as shown in the latter stages against Sheffield Wednesday, but I'll be interested to see how you plan to move forward
A few tough results in there mainly to Millwall, hopefully that is the last time you have to play at the Den for a while considering your tough run there. Despite some tough games eight games unbeaten is a great run and sees you moving up the league, good job.
Very tight in the top half of the table, as expected. All you need is one or two gameweeks to swing your way to be in the top six.
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ScottT- with the coding, I'm trying to bring in a new way of presenting the games, with home scorers to the left and away to the right. Took a little while to iron out and it almost made me late for work so just had to come back to it later. Regarding Bamford, he is a reliable striker, bound to get you double digits if he can stay fit, which is great because it winds up so many opposition fans ;)

TheLFCFan- I live and breathe for the day we don't have to go back to the Den. Absolute write-off every time, but at least we took a point this time

Justice- funny you should mention top 6 ;)


Going into this month, I felt we were in a really strong position to springboard from. We were in sniffing distance of the top six and unbeaten in eight games. If we could keep this going, surely this would be the month we get back amongst it all. Had a fully fit squad, with only form keeping a couple of big names out for a while. Let's take a look at what the penultimate month of the 2010s brought...


Leeds United 5-1 Queens Park Rangers

Mateusz Klich 2
Mateusz Klich 8
Mateusz Klich 22
Pablo Hernandez 38
Patrick Bamford 54

Jan Mlakar 72

Leeds United 4-0 Blackburn Rovers

Pablo Hernandez 2
Liam Cooper 53
Mateusz Klich 58
Mateusz Klich pen 62

Luton Town 0-3 Leeds United

Mateusz Klich 25
Jack Harrison 65
Mateusz Klich 86

Reading 0-2 Leeds United
Helder Costa 6
Helder Costa 81

Leeds United 2-1 Middlesbrough

Britt Assombalonga 21
Mateusz Klich 45+1
Mateusz Klich 71


WHO ELSE? Mateusz Klich is a man on fire at the moment. In a month, he's scored NINE goals in five appearances from midfield, including a hat-trick against QPR at the start of the month. Not only is he the club's player of the month, but he has also rightly earned recognition by the wider football community, winning the Championship Player of the Month Award. Try stopping this man, if you dare, because Klich is scoring goals.


The torrid start to the campaign now feels like such a distant memory, it's almost like it was many seasons ago. The players have achieved beyond anything I would've thought capable going into the first international break, going THIRTEEN matches unbeaten and signing the month off with a six game winning streak, seeing me named Manager of the Month once again (the players' award, not mine). Five points now separate us from 3rd placed Birmingham City. We play top side Huddersfield Town next, knowing that a win would take top spot in what promises to be a tasty Yorkshire derby.


It's November and the managerial merry-go-round is now in full swing. In the Championship this month, we have seen Nottingham Forest sack Sabri Lamouchi, with the club in 23rd place at the time. Lamouchi has since been replaced by ex-Crystal Palace boss, Alan Pardew. Elsewhere, Cardiff City have parted company with Neil Harris, with the Bluebirds sat 20th in the Championship. No replacement has been brought in yet, but the bookies' favourite at the moment is current QPR gaffer, Mark Warburton.

Elsewhere, Carlos Corberan, who left his role as Under 23s manager at Leeds to manage Sevilla B, has lasted just four weeks in the job. Perhaps the grass is not greener after all.

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That is an absolutely incredible set of results, particularly four-goal wins at the start of the month! Your defensive record has certainly given you an edge and you now have breathing space in the top two. Can't take the foot off the gas though, the only direction to aim is up!
An incredible run continues and only gets better and better. Klich has found a golden touch and dazzles with his performances and goals. He typifies the confidence displayed by your players at this moment in time. The league table makes for much better reading these days for Leeds.
Soaring right to the top of the table in no time at all there! I like the improved layout with the scorers of each team aligned left and right, it's the small details. The overall layout of this is really good and those match reports must make it take an age to update.

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