This blog contains my observations and thoughts on football, life and the universe whilst following the mighty Leeds United around the highways and bi-ways of England. It is a true fans eye view of each of the matches focusing on the whole day from start to finish and the characters that we encounter along the way. I am based in a rural market town in the county of North Yorkshire and on match day I am accompanied by "The Happy Chocker" and his son "The Quiet one".
Friday, 30 November 2012
Can Leeds quieten the yapping neighbours?
Local derbies always have that extra ingredient in their recipe than the normal match day fayre. It's like the difference between a 99 and an ordinary ice cream. Everyone likes an ice cream but you know you've got something special when a chocolate flake is protruding from your dollop of Mr Whippy! And so Leeds United's short trip to the home of the Tesco bags for Saturday's derby is one of the many 99's we will devour in this year's championship season.
As if playing your nearest rivals isn't enough there are plenty of intriguing sub plots in this one to fill a journalist's note pad in the blink of an eye. Both managers have managed the other club. The Leeds captain was a one time favourite at the Galpharm (or whatever it's called this year) whilst on the home side we have Leeds cult hero Mr Beckford who scored a f****** great goal at the scum shit hole...............and last time out against Leeds he was more concerned with applauding the Leeds kop who were chanting his name than playing, a contributing factor to him getting the hook at half time. Also in the Town team will be Adam Clayton who presumably will be out to prove Neil Warnock wrong for telling him he wasn't good enough to play in his Leeds team. His midfield battle with Michael Brown will be a tasty affair that could well end up with at least one red card being displayed by referee Mr Dean. Off the pitch the intense rivalry between the two teams will make for a cracking atmosphere stoked by a smidgen of indifference from the mighty whites fans and a tinge of burning resentment from those supporting the Puppydogs. Even the unnatural lunchtime kick off won't take the edge of this one.
Leeds go into the game high on confidence after two remarkable wins in light of their previous form but inspired by the two new arrivals, Tate and Thomas, Leeds suddenly look a different prospect. Yes they still are not the finished article but in a week when nobody gave them a prayer of getting a single point they travel down the A62 looking for a 9 point haul from their last three games. Unbelievable Jeff! Town on the other hand have stuttered of late and have only managed a paltry point from their last three games leaving many doubts and concerns in the minds of players, fans and manager alike. The form book usually goes out of the window in derbies though so whilst Leeds should be confident of hauling back the two point gap between themselves and Town a lot will depend on who gets a foothold in the first twenty minutes. Diouf's calming influence on his team and irritation to the opposition will be a key factor in deciding the game I believe together with Jerome Thomas' pace on the flanks whilst on the Town side a lot will depend on which Beckford turns up. A game too tight to call? Possibly but a thrilling 3.2 win for the Leeds is my punt. Don't forget if it gets tight we've always got Agent Grayson to help us out.
After all we tamed the Eagles and the Foxes didn't we so quietening a few yapping puppies should be easy shouldn't it? Bring on the 99's.