Saturday, 25 October 2014
Leeds United v Wolves. 25th Oct 2014.
Darko's team sheet again raised eyebrows as Berardi relegated Byram to the bench? Morison did start up front with Cook replacing the injured Austin in midfield. The game kicked off with Leeds looking for their first win under Darko's short reign. The young Leeds midfield opened well with Adryan, Cook and Mowatt gliding around with youthful confidence. Leeds dominated the early exchanges against their high flying opponents. Maybe for once this was going to be one of the more enjoyable afternoons at Elland Road?
On 13 minutes the much maligned Morison consolidated his good start as he latched onto an incisive ball from Pearce and lashed a shot goalwards from a tight angle............Ikeme could only parry the ball into the path of Mowatt who frustratingly slid his shot into the side netting. Leeds's momentum was building though with the visitors struggling to cope with the slick passing of the home midfield and on 17 minutes they got their just reward. Mowatt powered through from the centre circle and clipped a lovely ball to Morison on the right who picked out Antenucci on the edge of the box. The Italian coolly finished the move by shooting through the defender's legs into the bottom corner. Goal Leeds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leeds continued to have the better of the game with Bellusci commanding the back aswell as hitting some sweet balls up to the front two of Morison and Antenucci. Mowatt failed with another good chance whilst at the other end Silvestri comfortably kept out an effort from Lee Evans. Chances continued to flow for Leeds. Bianchi glanced a header inches wide, both Antenucci and Morison had shots blocked as Leeds looked for the vital 2nd goal. The half came to an end with Leeds just the one goal to the good and disappeared down the tunnel to a healthy ovation from the admiring home crowd.................just like they did for the Rotherham game!
Most of the half time comments concerned how well Morison and the team in general were playing with the slight note of caution over the single goal lead. Surely we have learnt from the Rotherham game though. Unfortunately we were about to suffer an awful groundhog 2nd half.
Most fans strode away from Elland Road in stunned silence. Those who were talking were using words such as relegation, rubbish and clueless. What had been an encouraging first half turned into a 2nd half debacle after the bizarre tactical change from Darko. As I'm writing this blog news that Darko Milanic has managed his last game in charge of Leeds United breaks with Redfearn replacing him with immediate effect. Whilst not altogether unexpected given Cellino's hair trigger reputation the swiftness in which Massimo has reacted is breathtaking and leaves our great club once again the laughing stock of the football world................not for the first time though!
Supporting Leeds United is a birthright I carry with great passion and pride but sometimes it is bloody hard work. Still roll on Cardiff next Saturday.................will Redders still be in charge?