Aston Villa 3rd December 2016

Although the kick off wasn’t until 5.30 today, we set off early as I was going to the LFU meeting first and my husband was going in corporate hospitality. What I will say is that Leeds United totally outclassed Huddersfield Town in the hospitality stakes so well done!!

On the way to the Peacock I met Paul who was buying my third book which was co-authored with Andrew Dalton called The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Leeds United and a big thank you to him for the support. When I got to the Peacock I had a chat with a lad doing some research for his dissertation about the eighties and the impact the Premier League has had on football. It was good to chat and he had quite a few takers to put him in the picture.

We decided to go in early again as there was a big crowd again today. I followed my daughter and granddaughter to our seats but didn’t check the row. It’s a good job we woke up and got into our rightful row!

As I was taking photos of the mascots they were interviewed on the big screen. One said his favourite player was his dad. Then the commentator said and your dad is Ross McCormack (he now plays for Aston Villa but doesn’t seem to be in Steve Bruce’s plans). Layton said Leeds would win and was a mascot for Leeds, bless him but good to hear that he’s been brought up right!

The team today was Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor, Vieira, Phillips, Roofe, Sacko, Wood and Doukara. Subs used were Doukara for Dallas and Mowatt for Roofe. Attendance was 32,648 with approx. 3,000 Villa fans.

After waking up yesterday to Pontus’s magic hat going round and round in my head and then bursting in to song,  it’s surprising how happy it made me feel. It’s a good feeling to have and despite the defeat at Liverpool, the fact we hung on until the 75th minute before they scored against us, we put up a fight and took it to them in their own back yard. I couldn’t have been prouder to be a Leeds fan this week and long may this feeling continue!

Today we were up against Aston Villa who are another of the clubs relegated from the Premiership last season. I don’t reckon any game is easy in this division but anyone can beat anyone on their day. After our display at Anfield, we don’t need to fear anyone and as long as they go out and play their best, that is all that I ask. There was a minute’s applause for the Brazilian team killed in a plane crash last week.

For most of the first half Villa had a lot of the ball and continued to put us under pressure. They made things quite difficult for us but I wasn’t expecting it to be easy. The team kept plugging away though as we had a couple of chances not on target but it wasn’t good to watch. As usual we had some strange decisions from both the referee and the linesman to our left. I was glad to hear the half time whistle though.

The second half carried on much of the same with Villa putting pressure on us and Green pulling off a couple of saves. There was one chance they had where I was certain they were through with just Green to beat but luckily we managed to get the ball away. When Jansson was booked, a large amount of people around us just stared in disbelief. I know I’m biased but there was at least a dozen of us in agreement that it looked like he’d gone flying after a tackle but got up and carried on. According to a tweet on my daughter’s phone it said he’d dived! I’d have to see it again but it didn’t look like it from where we were stood in the Kop.

Then Leeds took the lead, Roofe was bearing down the middle of the pitch towards us and a great cross from Doukara came in. I just knew Roofe’s head was going to connect with the ball and score!! He certainly did and sent everyone into raptures. I’d answered his tweet last week when he was asking when he would score. I said that it would come in time; well it did and it wasn’t a long wait either. A fantastic atmosphere together with celebrations on the terraces was brilliant. Just before Roofe scored the whole ground was singing Pontus’s Magic hat (apart from the Villa fans of course) which obviously gave the team the boost they needed! Pontus went round getting the crowd going and we didn’t need much persuasion. Villa had a chance to get back into the game but luckily for us they didn’t. I had been discussing the amount of injury time there would be with the chap next to me and we were right with five minutes. I looked at my watch with a couple of minutes to go and then we killed the game off when Sacko came racing towards the goal and managed to get his foot in front of the defender to get a shot in. This slowed the ball down and I was just going to get a great picture of it going into the net when Wood was going to make sure it went in, but someone jumped up in front of me so I missed it!. The Leeds fans went wild as we knew then the game and the three points was ours!

There are some new vibes about the place. After capturing Radrizanni on my Newcastle photos that got lots of publicity, whatever is going on behind the scenes, we seem to have stability and are enjoying our football once again.

Next week sees us travel to Brighton before facing Reading and Brentford at Elland Road. I will continue to take each game as it comes but as usual just want as many points as possible. It is the first time in years we haven’t had the season written off by October/November so I am looking forward to seeing where we are in the next couple of months. For now I will relish the moment and savour it all.  See you next week – LUFC – Marching on Together!

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On the way to the Peacock I met Paul who was buying my third book which was co-authored with Andrew Dalton called The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Leeds United and a big thank you to him for the support. When I got to the Peacock I had a chat with a lad doing some research for his dissertation about the eighties and the impact the Premier League has had on football. It was good to chat and he had quite a few takers to put him in the picture.

We decided to go in early again as there was a big crowd again today. I followed my daughter and granddaughter to our seats but didn’t check the row. It’s a good job we woke up and got into our rightful row!

As I was taking photos of the mascots they were interviewed on the big screen. One said his favourite player was his dad. Then the commentator said and your dad is Ross McCormack (he now plays for Aston Villa but doesn’t seem to be in Steve Bruce’s plans). Layton said Leeds would win and was a mascot for Leeds, bless him but good to hear that he’s been brought up right!

The team today was Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor, Vieira, Phillips, Roofe, Sacko, Wood and Doukara. Subs used were Doukara for Dallas and Mowatt for Roofe. Attendance was 32,648 with approx. 3,000 Villa fans.

After waking up yesterday to Pontus’s magic hat going round and round in my head and then bursting in to song,  it’s surprising how happy it made me feel. It’s a good feeling to have and despite the defeat at Liverpool, the fact we hung on until the 75th minute before they scored against us, we put up a fight and took it to them in their own back yard. I couldn’t have been prouder to be a Leeds fan this week and long may this feeling continue!

Today we were up against Aston Villa who are another of the clubs relegated from the Premiership last season. I don’t reckon any game is easy in this division but anyone can beat anyone on their day. After our display at Anfield, we don’t need to fear anyone and as long as they go out and play their best, that is all that I ask. There was a minute’s applause for the Brazilian team killed in a plane crash last week.

For most of the first half Villa had a lot of the ball and continued to put us under pressure. They made things quite difficult for us but I wasn’t expecting it to be easy. The team kept plugging away though as we had a couple of chances not on target but it wasn’t good to watch. As usual we had some strange decisions from both the referee and the linesman to our left. I was glad to hear the half time whistle though.

The second half carried on much of the same with Villa putting pressure on us and Green pulling off a couple of saves. There was one chance they had where I was certain they were through with just Green to beat but luckily we managed to get the ball away. When Jansson was booked, a large amount of people around us just stared in disbelief. I know I’m biased but there was at least a dozen of us in agreement that it looked like he’d gone flying after a tackle but got up and carried on. According to a tweet on my daughter’s phone it said he’d dived! I’d have to see it again but it didn’t look like it from where we were stood in the Kop.

Then Leeds took the lead, Roofe was bearing down the middle of the pitch towards us and a great cross from Doukara came in. I just knew Roofe’s head was going to connect with the ball and score!! He certainly did and sent everyone into raptures. I’d answered his tweet last week when he was asking when he would score. I said that it would come in time; well it did and it wasn’t a long wait either. A fantastic atmosphere together with celebrations on the terraces was brilliant. Just before Roofe scored the whole ground was singing Pontus’s Magic hat (apart from the Villa fans of course) which obviously gave the team the boost they needed! Pontus went round getting the crowd going and we didn’t need much persuasion. Villa had a chance to get back into the game but luckily for us they didn’t. I had been discussing the amount of injury time there would be with the chap next to me and we were right with five minutes. I looked at my watch with a couple of minutes to go and then we killed the game off when Sacko came racing towards the goal and managed to get his foot in front of the defender to get a shot in. This slowed the ball down and I was just going to get a great picture of it going into the net when Wood was going to make sure it went in, but someone jumped up in front of me so I missed it!. The Leeds fans went wild as we knew then the game and the three points was ours!

There are some new vibes about the place. After capturing Radrizanni on my Newcastle photos that got lots of publicity, whatever is going on behind the scenes, we seem to have stability and are enjoying our football once again.

Next week sees us travel to Brighton before facing Reading and Brentford at Elland Road. I will continue to take each game as it comes but as usual just want as many points as possible. It is the first time in years we haven’t had the season written off by October/November so I am looking forward to seeing where we are in the next couple of months. For now I will relish the moment and savour it all.  See you next week – LUFC – Marching on Together!