Another game that fans can’t attend after the planned reduced crowds ended up on the back burner. Sadly, there seems to be no sign of a light at the end of that tunnel at this moment. My thoughts go out to the friends and families of some of our Leeds United supporters who have died recently. Being together to help others through hard times is sorely missed.
After the recent International games saw some of our players return early, it looks like precautionary measures were in place. At this moment in time, I would happily give up the international games and let us concentrate on league games instead although I am sure there are many fans who would disagree with me!
Leeds have just celebrated their 101st birthday this week. Having seen a video appear on my timeline of me taking a penalty against Lucas the Kop Cat, at last year’s Birmingham centenary game, I couldn’t help but laugh. It was a case of mind your heads as the ball whizzed past some heads into the East Stand, oh dear.
The team: Meslier, Struijk, Koch, Ayling, Dallas, Costa, Harrison, Klich, Phillips, Rodrigo and Bamford. Subs: Poveda for Costa (71), Hernandez for Struijk (75) and Raphinha for Harrison (82). Subs not used: Casilla, Alioski, Shackleton and Roberts. Attendance: Zero, behind closed doors. Leeds lost the game 1-0. Referee: David Coote.
After hearing that Cooper had to pull out of the game after a recurrence of the groin injury which possibly was aggravated in the international game too, Struijk ended up starting the game. Leeds had plenty of possession in the first half and were playing some good attacking football. With one of their players on the floor after Phillip’s hand caught him in the face, to me it looked tame. I was shouting at their player to get up and stop making a meal of it. I then saw the blood on his finger and thought okay maybe he has got a reason to stay down after all. After a good move, Bamford headed the ball into the net, but I knew it wasn’t going to be allowed for offside. Go on Patrick we’ll have a hat trick from you instead was my cry. Just before half time Wolves looked as if they were going to score but Meslier made a vital save as we went into the break on equal terms.
After having most of the possession in the first half, Wolves came out of the starting blocks with a point to prove. Leeds were being put under pressure and scored what looked to be a good goal from the edge of the area. As I was saying damn, VAR made the decision that they had been offside in the build up to the goal and it was disallowed luckily for us. Ayling and Phillips were booked. I thought that we should be looking to change our game but then thought that Bielsa will do that when he is ready. Hopefully, it is a case of letting Wolves have their 10 minutes and we will get back on top.
By the time we did make a change we were a goal down due to an own goal by Phillips. This was due to Wolves getting a couple of slices of luck with first Struijk slipping but he managed to get back in position, then their player keeping hold of the ball which ended up with them scoring. Costa made way for Poveda and then Hernandez came on for Struijk who was injured earlier. It meant we had to reshuffle at the back as Leeds tried to get back into the game. Raphinha came on for Harrison and Leeds had been unlucky not to score just before that when Hernandez’s shot was deflected over the bar. Another good chance slipped us by, but the final ball bounced over our player. After Koch fouled their player the latter was lucky not to get a red card after kicking out and catching Koch as he tried to get out of the way. The longer the game went on, I just knew that we weren’t going to equalise. We deserved at least a point but need to move on to Friday’s game and make amends. LUFC – Marching on Together!