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The Same, But Different (Leeds United)

We go again...
Started on 27 April 2020 by joshleedsfan
Latest Reply on 16 September 2020 by joshleedsfan
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Harrison is going to be attracting some offers soon I imagine, his form this year has been incredible, especially the last couple of months. Great attacking and impressive at the back, seeming set for a good year at Leeds.
Gents (and/or ladies, some usernames aren't gender-specific), there's plenty more where that came from. TheLFCFan, you'll be pleased to know we have an option to buy so we've got dibs on Wor Jackie. Unfortunately, White may be a bit pie-in-the-sky

JANUARY 2020


RESULTS


West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Leeds United

Jack Harrison 5
Jean-Kevin Augustin 9


After a blistering finish to the year, we were hoping for more of the same in 2020. After all, why change a winning formula? After a good couple results in the wake of their win at our place back in October which broke them into the top 6, results have been on the dive for West Brom again and the Baggies were sat in 9th ahead of the kickoff.

We made a flying start to 2020, taking the lead in the first five minutes. It was Costa who delivered a neat through ball to Harrison, whose shot was too hard for Sam Johnstone who got a hand to the shot, but could only watch as it trickled over the line behind him. We doubled our advantage a few minutes later, this time Harrison turned provider, carving the West Brom back line open and putting Augustin through on goal. He was never missing that. It was another commanding performance as we made it 12 on the spin and now had a week and a half for a few key players to rest up.

Northampton Town 0-5 Leeds United
FA Cup Third Round

Ian Poveda 12
Tyler Roberts 25
Jamie Shackleton 41
Pablo Hernandez pen 75
Patrick Bamford 79


In a nice change of pace, we were able to put out a rested side for our trip down to a sold out Sixfields to play Northampton. We'd have been able to play a fully rested side had McCalmont not picked up a knock previously, so Phillips stayed in the starting XI.

We took the initiative just after ten minutes, when Alioski dipped over a cross from a deep position from the left, which Ian Poveda headed home at the far post to open his account for the club. It was 2-0 after 25 minutes, as Poveda bagged an assist, crossing from the right for Roberts head it in at the far post. Our third came just before half time, when Phillips floated over a free kick from the left which Berardi headed at the bar (we were nearly on the pitch) before Shackleton reacted fastest to the rebound to poke it over the line.

With 15 minutes remaining, we had a golden opportunity to make it four. Poveda was causing havoc once more, skinning Michael Harriman before being brought down in the box by him. Hernandez was never going to turn down the opportunity, coolly tucking it in the bottom corner. Poveda also pulled the strings for the fifth, playing through Bamford whose first effort hit the keeper, but he was never going to miss the rebound.

It was a professional and merciless display from the lads. It was nice to be able to give some of the younger players a run out and to Poveda play as well as he did was spectacular viewing.

Leeds United 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Mateusz Klich pen 51


Sheffield Wednesday were the last team to take any points from us before we went on this winning streak, beating us 1-0 at Hillsborough. This was a chance to get some sweet revenge and continue this red hot run that we're on.

The only allowed goal of the game came from 12 yards. Joey Pelupessy was adjudged to have shoved Hernandez in the box when Ayling sent over a cross from the right. Mateusz Klich stepped up, cool as a cucmber and rolled it into the bottom corner. The other goal came off Ayling's backside and into his own net, but it was ruled offside as Sam Hutchinson was deemed to be offside and interfering with play. Overall, it was an imperfect preformance in which we were pretty wasteful apart from the penalty. Sheffield Wednesday came back at us after the goal and our defence held out very well under pressure, in a match where game management ultimately became key.

Queens Park Rangers 0-2 Leeds United

Todd Kane o.g. 31
Patrick Bamford 80


After taking sweet revenge over the last team to get any points from us, the fixture list brought us back around to play against the team we started this run off against. QPR were being hyped as overachievers despite sitting in 10th, which says an awful lot about their expectations at the start of the season. For our part, we were hunting down another record. We've broken the club record for consecutive league wins, but now we were in for a Championship record. We'd won 13 on the bounce comng into this, with the record set at 14 by Preston, way back in the 1950/51 season.

QPR started well, but we grew into the game and grabbed intiative after half an hour. Hernandez's corner from the left was met by the head of White at the far post. His header- which initally looked on target- bounced in off Todd Kane and replays showed the header was actually going wide. We wrapped up the points with ten minutes to go, when Bamford dispossessed Yoann Barbet on halfway and suddenly found himself with the freedom of the QPR half. He bore down on goal and smashed it home from the edge of the box. QPR thought they had pulled one back through Conor Masterson on the 89th minute, but it was ruled out for offside. It was a game in which we progressively improved as the game wore on and out intensity ultimately allowed us to wear QPR. We'd also matched yet another record.

Nottingham Forest 0-3 Leeds United
FA Cup Fourth Round

Gjanni Alioski 55
Jack Harrison 81
Jamie Shackleton 85


Next up in the cup was a trip to the City Ground to face Forest, a ground we'll be returning to a few weeks later in the league. The Reds had been involved in tie of the round last time out, being held 0-0 at cross-city rivals Notts County, winning the replay 2-1.

It took a while for us to get going and like the game against QPR, it was the hosts who started strongest before we grew into the match. We went ahead ten minutes after the restart as Harrison found Alioski on the overlap, before Gjanni smacked a first time effort at the near post with the deflection going in our favour, behind Brice Samba and into the back of the net. I don't mention misses on this story just to trim it down, but Samba's save soon after is well worth a mention, getting across superbly to tip behind Harrison's free header at the far post after a good cross from Ayling. We doubled the lead with ten minutes remaining, starting with a patient build up before Douglas played a ball into Harrison, who skinned Matty Cash before firing into the far corner. We wrapped it up a few minutes later when Bamford led a counter attack down the left, left Cash for dead before playing a cut back to Shackleton, who buried it first time.

It was another patient performance in which we grew into the game and ground them down until they were too tired to resist our advances. Back to the league, with another record to break...

Leeds United 3-0 Millwall

Pablo Hernandez 29
Helder Costa 57
Patrick Bamford 70



So it had happened. In an unpredictably predictable move, Neil Harris had returned to manage Millwall. They were still struggling and they were next on the menu as we looked to hit a divisional record 15 straight wins.

Inside the half hour, we took the lead with a contender for team goal of the season. With shades of Guardiola-era Barcelona, we countered with a series of short fast passes, finishing with Harrison getting to he byline and cutting back to a wide open Hernandez just outside the six-yard box, who would never pass up the chance from there. We doubled the lead just inside the hour, when Hernandez nodded a headed clearance down to Costa, who lashed it home first time from the edge of the area. Bamford wrapped it up with 20 to go. Douglas intercepted a goal kick on the halfway and got it up to Klich. Klich played Bamford in one-on-one, with Bamford scoring first time.

Another record broken, best winning run at this level, first team to set the record in 69 years. It was a complete performance and at this rate, I'm rapidly running out of ways to describe each game.

LEAGUE TABLE



Now we're doing it. Now we've turned up the heat. We are running away with this and it's going to take a colossal collapse in form to stop us. 12 points clear of 3rd and 10 points clear of 2nd, I'm fully intent of seeing us push our foot further and further down on the neck of our chasers. The kind of form that just makes you feel alive.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH



He struggled to break into the team when Augustin was on form, but since coming into the team, Patrick Bamford has been a huge help to the team's cause, bagging three and assisting one. He's shown terrific patience and hasn't given me bother once for not playing, instead doing his talking on the pitch. He's been impressive at a time when Augustin and Roberts have slightly tailed off and fully deserves the award. Honourable mentions go to usual suspects Ben White and Jack Harrison for their continued form.

IN OTHER NEWS


It's been a month that's seen us tie a few young prospects down to new deals. Jordan Stevens, Jamie Shackleton and Oliver Casey- who have all featured in the first team this year- have all committed their futures to us, signing with us until summer 2022.

There was just the one managerial change in the Championship this month. It came at the start, with our 2-0 win over West Brom costing Slaven Bilic his job. He's been replaced by Chris Hughton, hoping to replicate what he achieved with Newcastle and Brighton. In the Premier League, Aston Villa's poor league saw the writing on the wall for Dean Smith who lost his job in the wake of a 3-2 win against Chelsea on New Years Day, leaving them in 19th. His replacement comes in the shape of abject managerial failure in Mark Hughes. Ten days later, Chelsea cost Nigel Pearson his job at Watford with a 3-0 win. He's been replaced OGC Nice boss and Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira.

In the FA Cup, we've been given a trip to the Etihad to face off against Man City, a match that I oddly fancy us for. There have been a few upsets in the competition: Newport were at it again, beating Derby 3-2 in the Third Round, before being trounced 5-1 by Man City in the Fourth Round; Swindon beat West Brom 1-0 in the Third Round and earned a Fourth Round replay by holding Watford to a 0-0 draw; Everton trounced Arsenal 3-0 in the Third Round; Barnsley beat Leicester on penalties in a Third Round replay; Shrewsbury beat Cardiff 2-1 in a Third Round replay, losing 4-0 to Chelsea in the following round; and Hull beat West Ham in the Fourth Round.

In the Carabao Cup, Liverpool and Burnley will face off in the final, with the former beating Chelsea 6-3 on aggregate and the latter beating Bounremouth 1-0.

Man City are currently running away with the Premier League, standing 8 points clear and well on course for a third consecutive title. At the other end, Watford and West Ham are starting to get cut adrift, sat 5 and 6 points from safety respectively.


That's all for today. Ironically, February is our busiest month of the year despite being the shortest, so strap in for a potential Saturday update.
Blistering. There is absolutely nothing stopping you. Your defence is astonishingly tidy.
Simply unstoppable at times. Surely nothing can derail Leeds now?!?
Did you install some form of wall in front of the goal?
Top of the Championship vs top of the Prem will be an interesting one. Hopefully you can continue this dominant run and topple the English champs which will be a good confidence boost going into next season when I assume you will be playing them a couple more times ;)
ScottT: absolutely nothing?

Justice: never say never...

Griffo: if I did, the below is why I want my builder to refund me

TheLFCFan: that is of course, assuming we get there...


FEBRUARY 2020


RESULTS


Leeds United 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Barry Douglas 12
Mateusz Klich missed pen 51



So this was it, the start of a 29 day period that would see us play seven fixtures. The first of those was at home to Wigan (Ten Man Wigan). There was still a black cloud hanging over LS11 after this fixture last year, when Leeds, a goal and a man up, contrived to lose 2-1 against a side fighting for their lives in the league. It would set off a chain of events that saw us blow 2nd place and lose in the playoffs we confined ourselves to.

The only goal of the game came pretty early on and it was a beauty. It was a text book Barry Douglas free kick curling into the top corner from just outside the area with his wand of a left foot. We had a chance to double our advantage when Phillips played a ball over the top for Roberts, who was brought down in the area by Nathan Byrne in the race for the ball. Mateusz Klich saw the resulting penalty saved low to David Marshall's right. The performance overall really wasn't up to our usual standards, but it ultimately got us over the line.

Nottingham Forest 2-2 Leeds United

Joe Lolley 40
Nuno Da Costa 45
Jean-Kevin Augustin 50
Mateusz Klich 75


Going into this, I was concerned we'd used up our good performance in this game in the FA Cup tie a few weeks earlier. We wouldn't truly be avenged for the defeat at Elland Road unless we beat them here, so it was important we got it right at the City Ground. Forest were sat in 3rd, so were hardly going to roll over for us.

In an evenly matched first half, it was the hosts who took the lead five minutes from the interval. Adama Diakhaby broke down the right and sent a cross over which was headed home by Joe Lolley at the far post. They doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time when a long free kick from Joao Carvalho was met by the rising head of Nuno Da Costa.

After a disappointing end to the first half, it was imperative that we approached the second half all guns blazing. We got a big goal five minutes after the restart, when Augustin met Douglas' left-sided corner with a volley at the far post, it was vital to our fight back. We got level with 15 to go, when Carl Jenkinson's headed clearance was met with a superb half volley from Klich 25 yards out into the bottom corner. It was a pleasing fight back in which we should great spirit. Shame to see the winning run end but that's football.

Brentford 0-1 Leeds United

Jack Harrison 5


Out of the frying pan and into the fire. After a testing visit to 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, we were faced with a midweek trip to Griffin Park to play 2nd placed Brentford. We hadn't won at this ground since 1950 and with our winning streak over, we didn't have that wave of confidence to fall back on.

The only goal of the game came five minutes in. Douglas sent in a delicious cross from the right which Harrison struck home first time at the far post. Although we weren't our usual dominant selves, I wasn't expexcting prime Barcelona against such a strong side. It was a dogged away perfomance that got us an important three points.

Leeds United 0-1 Bristol City
Benik Afobe 1


With just an unbeaten streak now to protect, our next challenge was a home game against Bristol City. We couldn't take anything for granted, Bristol City hadn't won at Elland Road since 1979, but in midweek we managed to get our first win at Griffin Park in 70 years, so all bets were off.

We were slow and sloppy and it showed. Before we'd even hit the 60 second mark, we were behind. Pedro Pereira sent a cross over from the right which Benik Afobe met with a tap in at the far post. We were sluggish for the whole 90 minutes and it wasn't good enough. It stopped our unbeaten streak at 18 matches and was a sign that we were starting to believe our own hype. A concerning result at this stage of the season.

Leeds United 3-0 Reading

Jack Harrison 36
Jamie Shackleton 54
Jack Harrison 58


With the unbeaten run finally over, we just had top 2 to play for again. In a way, it was a weight off our shoulders, but in another, it was hard to not feel a little lost as to what to do now we're dropping points again. With the busy February schedule, we weren't going to get an awful lot of time to figure it out.

We got ourselves on the scoresheet inside the last ten minutes of the first half. Shackleton floated over a high cross from a deep position on the right, which Harrison met at the far post with his head for his 20th of the season. We doubled our advantage ten minutes after the restart, when Douglas floated a cross from the left which Shackleton- one of the shortest players on the pitch- got his head to at the far post. A few minutes later, it was game over. Douglas' corner from the left was intercepted but then mis-controlled by Andy Yiadom at the near post. Harrison was straight onto him, bundling his effort over the line. This was much better. It felt like a reaction to the dropped points and its a mindset we need to keep going forward with.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Leeds United

Dael Fry 11


Up next was a trip to the Riverside Stadium in midweek, to play Middlesbrough. They're still managed by iconic ex-Leeds centre back Jonathan Woodgate and at this point, were sitting pretty in 4th. Another tough trip.

The only goal came after ten minutes, when Patrick Roberts' corner from the right was flicked on by George Friend and headed home by Dael Fry at the far post. We lacked creativity in this game and never made any meaningful chances. You may have noticed Hernandez's omission from recent team sheets, he's been injured with a thigh strain and I suspect we've been missing him sorely.

Hull City 1-0 Leeds United
Mallik Wilks 80


I'd had a little bit of time to reflect on our recent dropped points and figured that our lack of decent chances came from a lack of bodies in the final third. I tried a change of shape for this game, going for a 3-4-3 with wing backs and shadow strikers. After all, it was only 24th-placed Hull...

It did not go well. We were no more creative and once Hull realised we weren't overly intent on doing anything useful with the ball, they came at us. Mallik Wilks- deemed by Leeds to not be good enough to ever threaten the starting XI over the summer- got the winning goal ten minutes from time. He was picked out by a long ball from Jordy de Wijs and made no mistake one-on-one. I was always told that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. So here I am, saying nothing at all about our performance.

LEAGUE TABLE



The bigger they are, the harder they fall. We have fallen hard from our winning/unbeaten streak. The players started believing the hype and got complacent. There are of course other factors at play, we've been without Hernandez until I risked him still clutching his leg against Hull and it's been a month in which Berardi, Cooper and White have all picked up their 10th booking of the season, leaving us without each of them for two games at a time and without a consistent back four. With all players now available for selection, I'd like to think we can turn this around but we're going to have to improve fast, as the chasing pack have gained on us big time.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH



With inconsistent performances all over the pitch (him included), it could only really go to the player that's contributed to the most points. He was the only player coming between February turning from a metldown into a total capitulation with his goal at Brentford and a brace against Reading. He's also currently sitting on 21 goals, which for a winger is highly impressive.

IN OTHER NEWS


In the first major cup final of the English football calendar, Liverpool lifted the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 win over Burnley at Wembley. Burnley did pull it back to 1-1 with 20 minutes to go, but Liverpool found that extra gear in the final ten.

In the FA Cup Fourth Round replay, the dream ended for Swindon. Their away fixture at Watford did go to extra time at 0-0, but a red card for Adam May midway through the first half of extra time saw it all unravel. Three goals in eight minutes in the second half set Watford up with a place in the Fifth Round.

On the continent, the knockout stages of the Champions League and Europa League are underway. The Champions League has seen just one leg of the Round of 16 played so far. Liverpool currently lead PSG 1-0, Spurs will visit Signal Iduna Park following a 1-1 draw at home to Dortmund, Chelsea lead Shakhtar 1-0 whilst Man City hold the most commanding lead of the round, 3-1 up against LOSC Lille.

In the Europa League, Sevilla were dumped out of the Round of 32, losing 7-3 on aggregate to FC Basel; Arsenal were beaten on away goals by Champions League dropouts Barcelona in a 3-3 draw; Man Utd progressed with a 4-0 win over Porto; whilst Wolves also made it through, beating Celtic 4-2.

In the Premier League, Man City still hold a commanding lead at the top. They sit seven points clear of cross-city rivals Man Utd, although Man Utd do have a game in hand. At the other end, it's still looking bleak for Watford and West Ham as they both sit seven points adrift of safety, however West Ham have a game in hand.


That's all for today. The collapse is now in full swing, stay tuned for tomorrow's episode of Fuck Me, It's Happening Again
Hahaha that last sentence of the update hahahahaha
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I agree with Big Griffo, that last sentence had me cracking up hahahahahah :)) JUST DON`T BOTTLE IT, please ;)
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...Oh dear.
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I may have spoken to soon...
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Guys, we got this...

MARCH 2020


RESULTS


Manchester City 5-1 Leeds United
FA Cup Fifth Round

Adam Forshaw 5
Kevin De Bruyne 12
Kyle Walker 14
Raheem Sterling 24
Leroy Sane 47
Olexandr Zinchenko 87


After beating Northampton and Nottingham Forest, we were handed an away tie against English champions and fellow table toppers Man City. We weren't fancied, but we had to play, so may as well try and make something of it.

We caught them early and went in front five minutes in. Ian Poveda broke down the right and cut it back to Forshaw, who fired it home first time from the edge of the area. The lead didn't last long though and when Phil Foden's shot cannoned off White, Kevin De Bruyne was there to fire home the rebound. A couple of minutes later, City were in front, when De Bruyne's left-sided corner was headed home at the near post by Kyle Walker. They doubled the lead midway through the first half, when Raheem Sterling skinned Ayling and Berardi, before firing a finish into the far corner. They bagged a fourth a couple of minutes into the second half when De Bruyne's free kick from the right was met by Leroy Sane's header at the far post. It was at this point we went to a more defensive counter-attacking style, but it was very much a case of shutting the barn door long after the horse had bolted. They finished us off with three minutes to go as Olexandr Zinchenko headed home Riyad Mahrez's right-sided cross at the far post.

As expected, we were outclassed by a world class side and there's no shame in that. I could've helped us by going for the more pragmatic approach a little earlier, but I chose to come at them and we paid the price. A lesson learned.

Leeds United 2-1 Huddersfield Town

Elias Kachunga 15
Pablo Hernandez 22
Jean-Kevin Augustin 34



After back-to-back league defeats and an absolute hiding in the FA Cup, now was not the time to feel sorry for ourselves. We were straight back at it for the Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield, the late kick-off in front of the Sky cameras. We'd beaten them with ten men, so we fancied ourselves for this.

We didn't start too well and found ourselves a goal down after 15 minutes. Karlan Grant picked up a long ball and got past Ayling and Berardi, Casilla parried his shot straight into the path of Elias Kachunga, who wasn't going to miss half a yard from an open goal. We didn't mix anything up, choosing instead to remain patient and pick our moment. That moment came just seven minutes later, when after some patient build-up play, Klich played a short ball to Hernandez, who curled home a Pablo Hernandez special from 25 yards. We took the lead by gradually forcing their passing back to Jonas Lossl, who dallied on the ball for too long before being dispossessed by Augustin. He got through to an open goal and arguably the easiest goal of the season, taking it all the way to the line before nonchalantly rolling it over. We responded well to going behind and looked after the ball. We were back to playing well and back to winning ways at a crucial time. Hernandez was back to his game-changing best. With Fulham and Brentford due to play each other on Saturday, we had a golden opportunity to go at least six points clear of 3rd with a win on Sunday.

Cardiff City 1-1 Leeds United

Tyler Roberts 83
Junior Hoilett 90


Fulham beat Brentford 3-2 on the Saturday, which kept us four points clear of Brentford with the chance to go seven clear.

I became another one of those games that we made hard work of before getting hit with an ice cold slap to our aspirations. Augustin broke his leg under a tackle from Aden Flint. It was a cynical or dangerous tackle, just a horrible accident, but nonetheless entirely unhelpful. With us having just run out of subs, we were down to ten men. We did eventually take the lead though, when Dallas whipped a cross from the right to an unmarked Roberts at the far post, who buried it with ease. With time rapidly running out, Cardiff got an equaliser. We failed to clear a free kick and it fell to Junior Hoilett, who found the top corner with a thunderous drive from 25 yards. Pablo went missing and when he does that, we seem to struggle for creativity. Augustin was ruled out for 4-6 months.

Leeds United 0-1 Fulham

Aleksandar Mitrovic 4


With our lead at the top diminishing by the week, this was one of our most important games of the season. Fulham had now cut our lead down to two points and it seemed as though they could smell blood. They also had Mitrovic back.

So it was quite fitting that he scored the only goal within the first five minutes. It was a simple far post header, meeting Anthony Knockaert's cross from the left. The difference between Fulham with and without Mitrovic is like night and day. He's an outlet up front, strong as an ox with a great finish. They sorely missed him when we beat them at their place but used him to devastating effect at ours. As for us, we showed no real attacking intent and threw more points away due to another flat performance. This time it had real consequences as we slipped down to 2nd.

Leeds United 2-0 Luton Town

Tyler Roberts 10
Luke Bolton off 43
Mateusz Klich pen 72
Mateusz Klich missed pen 77



Having been finally knocked off our perch after four months at the top, it was back to the graft now that we had something to chase again. Our visitors were Luton Town, who despite starting the season well, were now sat in 23rd. A win would take us top as Fulham weren't due to kick off until tea time, in a West London derby away at QPR.

We got off to a good start and went in front after ten minutes.Harrison switched it from the left hand side into the path of Roberts, who took a touch and fired it into the far corner from the edge of the area. Luton were reduced to ten men on the stroke of half time, when Luke Bolton was given his marching orders for a dreadful two-footed lunge on Harrison. Poveda came off the bench in the second half and immediately won a penalty, going down under a shove from Sonny Bradley during Alioski's corner from the right. Klich stepped up and slammed home our second of the afternoon, to Simon Sluga's right. It could have been three when Poveda won us another penalty, this time drawing a foul from Brendan Galloway in the area after some good hold-up play. Klich went the same way as before, but Sluga got across well to tip it behind. We fully deserved the win, but it should have been at least 5-0. It was an important win that saw us break the club points record (previously 86) and the club wins record (previously 27). Another record breaking afternoon.

Oh, and QPR beat Fulham 2-0 in the later kickoff putting us back on top. Better still, Brentford were battered 5-2 by Reading.

LEAGUE TABLE



After another month in which results have slowed down, it's nice to see us still top. Ourselves and Fulham appear to be running a two-horse race for the title and I honestly couldn't care lesswho wins it, as long as we don't manage to come third. Would be a shame to give up top spot after all we've achieved, but in each other, us and Fulham have encountered a side having an especially terrific season. To be on 89 and 88 points with 18 still to play for is a tremendous achievement and I don't think either could begrudge the other the title.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH



An award that's long overdue to him, Mateusz Klich finds himself in the running for Championship Player of the Year and with good reason. He's the beating heart of our midfield, the one that makes us tick. Now, with three terrific performances out of three this month, no one deserves this award more than him. It could be twenty yards or thirty yards...

IN OTHER NEWS


In amongst the relieving good news of us coming out of March still top, Jean-Kevin Augustin's season-ending leg break sustained at Cardiff has cut his loan spell short and he has now returned to RB Leipzig. It's a hammer blow which now means the option to buy is no longer active, so getting him in permanently may not be a realistic proposition, not least because of how long it could before he's back to match fitness.

Tyler Roberts got himself amongst the nominations for Championship Young Player of the month, coming third behind Rekeem Harper and winner Danny Loader.

In the FA Cup, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City have all got a place in the semi-final after wins over Bournemouth, Watford and Wolves respectively. In shock of the round, Bristol City are through to Wembley with a 2-0 win over Burnley.

Man City are still looking a strong bet for the Premier League title, currently sitting five points clear of 2nd placed Man Utd, with the two sides playing each other at Old Trafford later next month. In the Champions League, Shakhtar pulled off shock of the round, beating Chelsea 2-1 on aggregate. Spurs are out after Dortmund came away with a 4-2 aggregate win. Liverpool and City are through, with wins against PSG and Lille.

In the Europa League, Torino dumped Man Utd out of the last 16 on away goals in a 1-1 aggregate draw, whilst Wolves also crashed out against Bayer Leverkusen in a 3-1 defeat.



That's all for this month. It's getting closer than I would have liked, but it would've been boring if we'd won it by the end of February. We soldier on...
Leeds can never be straight-forward. Just get the job done!
Now that is going to be one hell of a run-in! Shame nothing is ever easy with Leeds.
It would take a Leeds United masterclass to not get promoted! You've got PL football in the bag, surely!

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