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Monday, Tuesday, smashed for 6 by Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, dreading Leicester on Saturday!

 

Where do I start with what I can only call one of the most embarrassing afternoons as a Leeds United fan for over 30 years and there have been a few!
I am sorry Mr McDermott, but you got it massively wrong today with your selection and tactics. It still amazes me how Leeds United cannot get up for a Yorkshire derby! We laugh and joke how it is the other teams "big game" and not ours, but surely these players and staff know that the "other team" are going to be up for this and give everything for their team and fans. To play a formation that has failed for over a month with players that don't seem to be able to get themselves up for any game, never mind a Yorkshire Derby! Yesterday there was a lot of happy Leeds United fans with the signing of 2 wingers, but come on Brian, to play Kebe from the start when he is not match fit in a formation that does not suit him or Stewart is beyond me. I am sure that most of us thought a 442 would come into play today, or at the very least a formation that can get at Sheffield Wednesday and cause them problems with Kebe on the bench as a plan B and maybe give him a 20 minute run out at the end.

I don't think I am being too harsh putting a lot of the blame on Brian for his selection and formation, I also blame the 11 Clowns on the pitch, well 8 of the starting 11 and 1 that decided that in record time a red card would be worth it! I can't really blame Kenny with the shower of sh**e in front of him (minus Pearce who I think did OK with his last ditch tackling and putting his body on the line) or Ross McCormack that worked his bo****ks off all game with no service or end product. I just cannot believe how a team of players that know each other, know the fans and how important the game is to all, that they couldn't get up for this game.

I have seen the red card back and I think Smith is a little unlucky, some refs would give it, some wouldn't. I just see him mis-timing his jump, but always looking at the ball, not the player and I therefore don't think there was any intent from him. I do however believe there is no chance of a successful appeal!

I could single every player out today for how bad they were, but lets be honest, most of them were terrible. Lees, Peltier, Pugh and Zaliukas didn't know what day of the week it was and forgot how to defend against a team battling with relegation! This game was also too much for Mowatt, we should of had an experienced head in there running the midfield and don't get me started with our "Club Captain" has he forgot how to play football, tackle, pass a ball or motivate the team! New signing Cameron Stewart could not get in the game or work to the formation and Kebe was clearly not match fit or neither did he look like he had kicked a ball before! The only thing we can do is support them and hope that once they have bedded into the team they will become good, but they definitely had debuts to forget!

I am hoping that this "strategic partnership" with the 49ers is beneficial and helps the club in the long run. I just hope the board didn't mix up the NFL with Soccer and in doing so thought they were getting our version of a football team!

So, we are all fuming, hurt and unsure where we go from here. As Brian rightly says "back to basics" and as for calling for Brian's head, lets not be too drastic and lets give him the chance to turn this around.

Leicester next, I hope there is a miracle formula for next week as they are on fire!

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave your comments below.

MOT

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14 January 2014
Like all Leeds fan I'm still hurting from the last two embarrassing, gutless performances and it is easy to start asking for heads to roll etc.
I am trying, with difficulty, to look at things in perspective. About four or five weeks ago, these same players were winning games albeit not playing that great so what has gone wrong?
They look jaded because they spend most of the game chasing after the ball because they simply cannot retain possession of the ball. BMD is right, we need to go back to basics like passing to someone in the same coloured shirt in a position where he can control it and have options to keep the passing movements going. It's a simple game, if you have the ball the oppo cannot hurt you and if you score more goals you win. simples. I trust BMD to get it right, I'm sure a few rockets have been fired into backsides since Saturday. I'm looking at a big improvement in skill and attitude over the next few games. MOT Ron.

 

13 January 2014
Spot on

 

13 January 2014
The game was lost in the first half with that stupid formation decision. in what world do you play 2 wingers and 2 wingbacks?! Utter nonsense! Smith's sending off was unfortunate. Yes, it was nasty, but he'd been on the pitch 75 seconds. The ref should've booked him and said "That's it". Give him a chance to bed in to the game. Derbies are always lively affairs, and players (Admitedly not most of ours this week) generally get dug in that bit more, so you get more questionable tackles and at 2 -0 down, he wanted to make an impact. Unfortunately, the Ref didn't see it that way, and his impact was to tear us apart. Anything Brian had said at half time was out of the window, and it was a half of ball chasing.

Still. We've bounced back from similar results in the past V Barnsley and PNE, and we'll bounce back here. be just our style to beat the Foxes on the weekend!

If back to basics means picking a team on merit, and playing the formation that suits them, then yeah, its the way to go. We've played some fluid football this year. we need to get back to playing the ball to feet and stop the hoofball nonsense that always seems to appear when we're under pressure.

Consistency is key. Unfortunately, the last 4 years seem to dictate that we are consistently poor in the second half of the season!

 

12 January 2014
Spot on with your comments. cannot for the life of me understand the formation being used. Against Rochdale it should of been 442 and he should of played at least 8 others players i.e. the players that have been on the bench for a while plus a few reserve players. {Ed013 - I think Brian must have been down the boozer mate and let the barmaid pick the team}

 

12 January 2014
True on the whole. Absolutely ridiculous formation and tactics, almost all players had a bad game, sending off was unlucky but no excuse for going to pieces like we did.

I would have sorted the central midfield out first rather than wingers and then playing them both straight away like a kid at Christmas made no sense. {Ed013 - If only David Batty was available!}

No Mat Smith option now also for Leicester game I presume.

BMD needs to show some balls and drop Austin and Zaliukas ( although I'm not sure who you'd replace the latter with )

MOT

 

12 January 2014
Well said mate. Worst performance I've ever seen. Saw a mate in the pub this afternoon who didn't go. When he asked who was in defence, my reply was "Nobody." Really hoping McD sorts this mess out. Dreading Leicester on Saturday. {Ed013 - lets hope they shock us and pull it out of the bag against Leicester mate}

 

12 January 2014
The first question that was asked in our household yesterday when the teamsheet was announced was 'why has smith been dropped when two wingers are being selected surely this is exactly what he needs?' Brians team formation has not worked and yet he is insisting on sticking to it and if something is not done soon to correct things we will surely be on a downward spiral. The starting eleven were disgraceful yesterday and should hang their heads in shame. {Ed013 - Fully agree mate}

 

12 January 2014
TOTALLY AGREE WITH EVERY SINGLE COMMENT! THAT WAS AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE! 4-4-2 WITH WINGERS SURELY? AUSTIN NOT UP TO IT, BYRAM AND KEBE NOT MATCH FIT, TOO BIG A GAME FOR MOWATT AND WOOTTON, LEES TOO ERROR-STREWN. SMITHY WAS A BIT UNLUCKY I THOUGHT, A BIT TOO PSYCHED UP!
NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR NEXT WEEK, ANOTHER HIDING ON THE CARDS AT THIS RATE! PROLIFIC STRIKER REQUIRED URGENTLY TO EASE BURDEN ON ROSS (LE FONDRE AVAILABLE!) DORRANS OR SIMILAR FOR MIDFIELD! WE NEED SOME CREATIVITY AND SOME BLOODY PASSION. GET RID OF DEADWOOD NOW, PAY THEM UP (DRURY, WHITE, BROWN, TONGE, VARNEY, EL DIOUF, NORRIS, HUNT, MAYBE EVEN PELTIER AND AUSTIN)!
THE REALITY IS THAT WE ARE NO LONGER ''MIGHTY'' AND A BIG CLUB, SADLY! BUT BY GOD WE DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS RUBBISH

 

12 January 2014
I have to agree with a lot of what you say. the tactics if indeed there were any, were unbelievable. I have not been convinced by our managers ability to motivate his players and I am yet to be convinced by any of his signings. Yes he got Reading promoted, but he also took them to the foot of the Premiership and why would you employ a manager who did that.

 

12 January 2014
"How can you expect the leeds team, a big proportion of which have been slated for being ..crap ..not good enough.. Deadwood ..to get up for a Yorkshire derby regardless of getting paid ...all players need to be wanted by the club they play for not hear or read they will soon be moved on or replaced. Just one player not being bothered can effect a team so I'm really not surprised with a handful of players being totally rubbish on by there on fans that we have recieved this result, a result based on fans telling these players that's how good they are!" You are wrong. The most important part of a club is the fans. We don't have transfer fees to and watch other clubs. We stay at one club all of our lives because we grew up supporting that team after many of our family had in the past. A club without fans would no exist. The fans have a right to be angry at every part of the club right now. The fans pay top dollar to watch rubbish performances week in week out. Yet the players most of which have no loyalty to the club still pick their wage up and go back to their houses in the hills. There is a breakdown between the team we tell ourselves represent our area and the fans that are FROM that area.

 

12 January 2014
"How can you expect the leeds team, a big proportion of which have been slated for being ..crap ..not good enough.. Deadwood ..to get up for a Yorkshire derby regardless of getting paid ...all players need to be wanted by the club they play for not hear or read they will soon be moved on or replaced. Just one player not being bothered can effect a team so I'm really not surprised with a handful of players being totally rubbish on by there on fans that we have recieved this result, a result based on fans telling these players that's how good they are!"......Exactly the type our club don't need.

 

12 January 2014
What's happened to Green? Get him in there we gotta sort out the midfield Austin is out of form rest him. McCormack is the hardest worker but gets no support.
Big three games coming up and we need points.
The team r low and need a pick me up because another performance like that at Elland road against Leicester we will let McDermott know about it.
Leeds your in my heart your in my soul always marching on together.
It's behind us now, let's move onwards.

 

12 January 2014
Spot on - where do we go from here? back to basics? Thank goodness Paul Green is coming back, at least he can pass a ball to our players and he works hard too. I really hope we can get some discipline back and get rid of the collective ball watching that has become a feature in recent weeks. The players must take responsibility for their own game and concentrate 100% as they are all prone to switch off at vital times eg peltier on the corner today that gifted them the first goal. It's about time players got paid on points won and only a basic living wage otherwise - they might concentrate and do the business then!! Jim B

 

12 January 2014
EMBARRESMENT if last Saturday was Brian mc's worst day in football I have a feeling yesterday was probably the worst in his professional life, the only way the team are going to get any respect out of this week is to donate their wages to charity including the board & coaches, then have a long hard look at themselves & decide if they want to play for LEEDS UNITED. Has for 3 man defence we haven't been able to keep clean sheets with 5 in defence let alone 1 boy with prospects 1 blocker & a good experienced defender who is too slow for the formation.

 

12 January 2014
How can you expect the leeds team, a big proportion of which have been slated for being ..crap ..not good enough.. Deadwood ..to get up for a Yorkshire derby regardless of getting paid ...all players need to be wanted by the club they play for not hear or read they will soon be moved on or replaced. Just one player not being bothered can effect a team so I'm really not surprised with a handful of players being totally rubbish on by there on fans that we have recieved this result, a result based on fans telling these players that's how good they are!

 

12 January 2014
What happened to the old adage that if a player isn't performing then he gets dropped? BMD is sticking with too many out of form players, especially in my opinion Austin. How about leaving him out and putting the experienced Tonge or Brown in midfield - not ideal, I concede, but they are all we have and surely can't do much worse than Austin. Make these players have to fight for their places and maybe that may shake them up. BMD has been moaning all season that he has no wingers but as soon as he gets two he leaves our 6ft 6" striker on the bench. I don't understand his tactics at the moment but I do believe he needs to change them fast. There is talent in this team, it just needs to be used in the correct way and that's down to McDermott.

 

12 January 2014
Yesterday and last week must be the worst pair of results in living memory - and I'm getting old! BMD has a massive task changing this sense of doom and gloom very quickly. In the first half of December things were so different - what's happened? With new signings talked of shouldn't the existing players be playing out of their skin to keep their places? Mystifying.

 

12 January 2014
Yesterdays problem was tactics as much as anything, you don't play 2 wingers in a formation that the rest of the team are not used to especially when they only came to the club within the last couple of days, they nedd 2 or 3 training sessions to get used to the other players and the way we play. All I saw yesterday was long ball hoofing and hoping that a midfielder or forward would latch onto it. It has been far too long that any Leeds side have actually passed the ball. It is a dying art, pass the ball to one of your other players and make your opponents get it, and furthermore when you do lose it, have the tenacity to win it back. Again, all I see is Leeds players standing off the ball afraid to tackle and that lets the opposition get to the edge of our penalty area and have numerous shots on goal, eventually they get lucky! I am a believer in wingers running at the opposition and it is good to see that we may have some width soon but yesterday was not the day for that, it was a day to get stuck in, fight for the ball and keep possession, chances will come but when you only have 1 real shot on goal in the whole game you are not likely to win may are you!! Come on Leeds!! Show some spirit, I can accept it if we are out played and we have given our all but that didn't happen yesterday and if that means more new players then the owners need to supply them, we have a great academy but with great young players you need great experienced players ..... and a David Batty keeping everyone honest!

 

12 January 2014
Spot on Ed!
It didn't seem like 2 strangers joining a team today it seemed like there were 11 strangers out there. Unreal! What gets me is all the folk that write on this website and they pretty much agree. If we can all see it why can't a manager that's getting paid thousands to do a job we would all do for peanuts can't see it? To play 2 new players immediately was a mistake but then when they were selected to leave big Smithy out was unbelievable. I felt so sorry for Ross today. Robins got it right at Udders with Wells today didn't he?
Also 4-4-2 if you are playing wingers Brian please. And get Byram and Warnock in at the back. Peltier doesn't even know how to defend or what offside is as he is always playing the opposition on. And to finish the truth is that we need another 4 or 5 CLASS players now! I have been a big supporter of Brian but I am getting more than a little worried. Ps totally agree with comments about the kit too. It's awful - yellow or blue away please!

 

11 January 2014
You have a bad week hope Leeds will cheer you up and you get that. Then we always hope next week will be better and so on.....

 

11 January 2014
The only sorting out to do is to get rid of the crap and let the manager bring in 6 or 7 players fit for purpose.

 

11 January 2014
There are no words. We were appalling. If Brian McDermott thinks 'back to basics' will do the trick then fine. Go for it. I do not want to see a repeat performance next weekend. Rest Austin, bring back EHD and for heavens' sake hang on to Ross or he will walk and we will all be going to hell in a handcart. Such a shame that the good news about signings and the 'strategic partnership' earlier on this week have been blown out of the water in a mere 90 minutes. Forever Leeds but my patience is running thin .......

 

11 January 2014
Back to basics for the team or back to basics for the manager???

 

11 January 2014
Never seen such a disjointed tired unenthusiastic leeds performance in over 30 years watching the whites.... I can only think that bmd has been distracted with the transfer window - looked like there was no team spirit, no fight and no direction
fraid to say thrashing again next weekend and we'll be looking for a new manager

 

11 January 2014
I Never been so ashamed for a Leeds team as whole, yes we have had some bad results and performances, were a couple or a few individuals have not turned up that day. But when a team comes across to trying to applause us after a Cup Knock Out listening to us then throw our anger towards them, you think it may planted a seed that they need to show us that they care for us and the club and what a better day to show passion and grit to prove that in a Derby game and to be lackless, clueless and think its easy for them to say that they was embarrassed and sorry... well you said that last week and we got this performance so i`m dreading the Leicester game if that`s all they can do to say sorry...

 

11 January 2014
I Never been so ashamed for a Leeds team as whole, yes we have had some bad results and performances, were a couple or a few individuals have not turned up that day. But when a team comes across to trying to applause us after a Cup Knock Out listening to us then throw our anger towards them, you think it may planted a seed that they need to show us that they care for us and the club and what a better day to show passion and grit to prove that in a Derby game and to be lackless, clueless and think its easy for them to say that they was embarrassed and sorry... well you said that last week and we got this performance so i`m dreading the Leicester game if that`s all they can do to say sorry...

 

11 January 2014
Not sure about Mcd lost players for some reason no leadership on or off the pitch can't do basics pass tackle run with ball close players down no light at end of this tunnel players not up for fight bored with all excuses
Mot

 

11 January 2014
I for 1 if we do not get a result at home against leicester, I know it's going to be hard, am going to stop going to ER until this shower of rubbish is sorted out

 

11 January 2014
The problem with our team has been going on for far too long. I looked at this seasons results comapared to last seasons up to the Championship January fixture we have just lost 6-0 in. McDermott currently has 35 points. At the same point last year Warnock had 33 points. plus Warnock beat Tottenham Everton and Southampton as well as facing Chelsea and Man City. I personally think Warnock got too much abuse from the fans and it was not deserved. He became a villain for the fans to vent their frustrations at. Yet Brain McDermott has got off lightly as he has not done much more if anything better than Warnock. The fans got on at Warnock for the team 'hoofing the ball forwards' yet this season all leeds has done is hoof the ball up. The fans need to realise that GFH, The Manager and The Players are all part of the problem. If you want change then vote with your feet. Stop going to the games only to be let down, stop expecting players to be brought in who never come and stop buying into a '2 year plan mentality'.

 

11 January 2014
Wednesday fan hope you appreciate these are honest comments, first time I have ever seen a Leeds team turn up for a derby looking totally unprepared. Wednesday team have individual and team work ethic, and basic organisation Leeds lacked energy and enthusiasm. Actually felt sorry for your fans who turned up, no football fan deserves what your team served up. Yorks football fans are some of the best and we have been short changed for good few years now and it will be a few more by this seasons efforts.{Ed013-Fully agree mate, thanks for your comments}

 

11 January 2014
I've been supporting the team for 67 years and cannot recall when I have been so ashamed of them. Surely it was obvious how Sheffield would be giving their all in this game. The lethargic attitude of the Leeds team brought back memories of how an enthusiastic Colchester team once chased us out of the FA Cup.

 

11 January 2014
We as fans on twitter have all seen a midfield devoid of skill for long enough. Yes we needed pace up front but every successful team in any league has a solid base and a midfield with hard workers, good movement, vision and no fear. Its been what successful Leeds teams were built on. Batty, Speed, Bremner, McAlister etc etc. The midfield we have now isn't worthy of league 1 let alone The Championship. They've gone as far as they can so why hasn't McD done something about it. EHD is the only player with the class to be in there but we've allowed him to basically wander off for months, partly through personal stuff and partly because McD saw Austin, Murphy, Brown, Tonge etc in front of him. EHD isn't the soul answer to our problems but McD's handling of a classy player shows he has no idea what he's doing right now. Our defence doesn't was ok until recently however if there's nobody to protect them, nobody they can trust to give the ball to and nobody in front of them wanting the ball they are hung out to dry and what follows is loss of confidence, bickering and a fear of the ball. Now we come to our front line. Ross has done unbelievable to score so many goals considering the service he's had. He will score given opportunities which now aren't forthcoming. Smith is being used simply because we can launch long balls upto him and now and then he'll score. That doesn't suit the way Ross plays and I use Blackstock as an example. When Dex was with Ross things opened up and we were a much better attacking side. All of this has culminated in McD buying two wingers, maybe not the two we wanted (Nahki Wells) but all yhe same good players. Now see where this is going. How the hell does our team function and pass, exploit opposition defences without the ball. Its so obvious to us all but clearly not McD. We have needed a top quality midfield general along with skillful grafters around him to come to the ball, want the ball, with movement off the ball eg Bowyer, a midfield with an eye for a pass to slip Ross in, to track back and battle. Sadly until this is resolved with real money for real talent were screwed. Blame the defence, blame the forwards, blame the wingers but you'll be wrong. Blame McD for not building a midfield or even seeing that this is where our problems stem from. Austin capt my arse, Murphy £1m my arse. Buy us a midfield until Mowatt & Dawson become it in a year or so. Give them someone with real class to learn from or we'll be in the same boat next year

 

11 January 2014
I agree with all the comments made, I cannot understand why Warnock is not starting, I saw the game at Harrogate and thought he did very well, I also thought Chris Dawson did well when he came on, but may not be quite ready yet, Only having a back 3 was a mistake, and if you have wingers, you need someone with a bit of height to receive the passes, Ross is not tall enough.This is just the humble opinion of a woman who was there in the 60's.

 

11 January 2014
The midfield has been woeful all season... Rudy starts well in the sunshine but come winter looks like hes gone into hibernation. Murphy's been a disaster - looks a poor signing and Mowatt deserves better players around him. Green, Brown, Tonge and Diouff are getting paid under false pretences. Ross and Smith have been ok up front and Pearce, Kenny & Zalukas have had a few good games along the way. Pelts isnt good enough and Lees makes a few too many mistakes. Byram's still struggling after missing pre season and his best will come next season.
Stewart and Kebe both looked off the pace from lack of games and bewilderment at their team mates. We need wholesale changes in the summer and then Brian will have to be accountable. Until then he's still trying to muddle through with Bates / Warnock's misfits.

 

11 January 2014
Couldnt agree with you more, overun all over the field,

 

11 January 2014
We need a leader

 

11 January 2014
Agree with most of what you say some very strange decisions today both tactically and selections, dont recall Stewert getting a kick in the second half today. I know he is not everyones cup of tea but I would bring warnock back at full back with Byram on the otherside, I would also bring Wooten back. Ross McCormack is the only player worth his place at the mo and the rest should take a leaf out of his book otherwise they will be on the opposite side to him before long, why should he work twice as hard? As an ex ref, al be it at local level I thought the decision on the sending off was harsh but I could also see why he was sent off, it could have been avoided but I think Smith was probably a bit pumped up having watched the first half shambles. Stick with B Mac because at least he shows some passion and I think he will get it right.{Ed013-It baffled me mate}

 

11 January 2014
Awful display, outplayed, no emotion, no class, no effort!!

Stalled of it!

 

11 January 2014
About right but back to basics god thought that was as basic as it gets today

 

11 January 2014
No protection in front of defence. Remember David Batty? Sat in there, won the ball, passed it simple to someone who could 'play'. Agree that Austin is shocking and not Captain material. He didn't even want it when offered it! Time for a change. Quick!

 

11 January 2014
A very balanced and well-written blog with which I totally concur, following a performance which was humiliating enough to unbalance us long-suffering Leeds fans. My fear is that this was so inept and woeful an effort that it will take a very long time for us to recover; we've plumbed new depths at the conclusion of a winless month which it seemed before today couldn't get lower. I've been willing McD to succeed since his appointment. However, I think this may yet be the beginning of the end for him, hasty though many will feel that is. You have to be something really special to recover from something as dire as this and the signings this manager has made since last summer have been wholly unexceptional at a club which needs exceptional talent to live with being a successful Leeds Utd player. I was happy until a couple of weeks ago with the view that we are "work in progress" and the real end game for LUFC getting to the Premier League is next season or possibly the season after, but we are dropping like a stone and focus has now to be on looking down below us rather than the teams above.{Ed013-Thanks buddy, really appreciate everyone's feedback tonight and I agree, I would start Byram}

 

11 January 2014
I cant understand why Sam Byram isn't in the team from the start. He has the potential to be one of the best full backs in the country and yet McD seems to be trying to find a position for him! I agree the 3 at the back nonsense has to stop immediately. And never mind a striker or goalkeeper (although they would be welcome!) we need a playmaker in the middle of the park to have any chance at this level!
Paddy, Dundalk Leeds man.

 

11 January 2014
Always comforting to know that just when you thought things could not get worse and there may be a working week without ridicule......here comes Saturday! Do like McD as feel he is as honest as they come but following a poor run to then produce two absolute shocking performances need something of a miracle. Still far too many abject performers in and out of the current squad. Must give the 2 newbie's a chance.

 

11 January 2014
Yes I totally agree despite the harsh sending off we were second best all afternoon. The quality in our squad is abysmal we have no chance of making the play-offs, something needs to change money needs to be spent on game changing players. Maybe this new low first Rochdale then today will shake the powers that be into action! Leeds United deserve better than this! MOT

 

11 January 2014
Very true, totally agree with everything you said, lets hope they sort themselves out before the Leicester game or we will be slaughtered

 

11 January 2014
Agree, except I think BMD is wrong man for our club. Yet another wasted season with wrong manager

 

11 January 2014
A very candid but measured response to another bad performance by the team and strange tactics by Brian. He is the best manager that just needs time. MOT.

 

11 January 2014
I think u said it all, I've bin a Leeds fan along time and that really killed me to watch that today .

 

11 January 2014
I think u said it all, I've bin a Leeds fan along time and that really killed me to watch that today .{Ed013- Great post mate, much appreciated}

 

11 January 2014
Quite simply too many poor footballers at our club coupled with some tactics that are as baffling as any I've seen in 40 years of playing/watching. I usually want to give managers time but it's fairly obvious that Brian is clutching at straws. I could go on and on but to give two players their debuts 24hrs after signing and then not playing to their strengths is a just schoolboy stuff. Very poor and I bet anyone with a fair knowledge of football could and would be doing better with the players. Enough is Enough!

 

11 January 2014
We lack leadership on the pitch, we actually played like 11 individuals or 10 as it was 2nd half, at 2-0 down and down to 10 men it was alarming that we continued playing the same, McDermott didn't even have a clue how to shut up shot and put the team on the defensive and hit Wednesday on the break, a decent Captain would sort this out, Paul Reaney highlighted this on New Years day that Austin isn't captain material, on his last 4 perfomances he's not even midfield material, he isn't even half the player Vinnie Jones was,

 

11 January 2014
Brian McDermott still has my backing, though very fragile at the moment, not convinced of his formation today especially, but even so whatever formation why can't the players at least put in a good shift for him excusing Ross McCormack who always does even when he does not score, come on you guys, wake up !

 

11 January 2014
Absolute f**king rubbish, new signings waste of time, Austin ****in useless headless chicken, why sign 2 wingers then drop smith. Feel sorry for Ross, whats the point of lumping high balls up when he, s on his own.

 

11 January 2014
Brian McDermott still has my backing, though very fragile at the moment, not convinced of his formation today especially, but even so whatever formation why can't the players at least put in a good shift for him excusing Ross McCormack who always does even when he does not score, come on you guys, wake up !

 

11 January 2014
Hi ed, I didn't think Kebe did too bad to be honest especially to say he arrived yesterday but what a ridiculous call on building the team around 2 players who arrived late this week. Ou defence is a shambles and even though Pearce did give his all, he's not a good enough player. Zaliukas looked like a scottish 3rd division side not an ex spl captain. I also don't know where we go from here but Austin is appalling which I have said for months but everyone seemed to defend him! He does win the ball and then pass it back to them in a better position than they were in the first place awful player! {ed013- it was unfair mate I agree and I think a bus load of old ladies would have done better}

 

11 January 2014
Spot on... Can't disagree with anything you've written. I worry about playing Leicester now. Perhaps we ought to play 11 goalies next week???

 

11 January 2014
So true, the team selection was a disaster, Kebe has hardly kicked a ball all season, Byram has to start ahead of Peltier, I could go on. I like McD, but his honeymoon is truly over.

 

11 January 2014
Spot on

 

11 January 2014
Need a tough tracking cm who gets stuck in and passes the ball simply a leader. all club's have these ugly players Barry Barton Fernando buskets alonso mikel lucas all teams need them leeds haven't had one since Doyle we need this type of player Brown is too old to do it this is where we should spend and spend big otherwise we will always be light weight.
go back to 442 and make us hard to beat can't take many more 6-0

 

11 January 2014
Spot on Austin has never seen a footballer. Anybody that knows anything about football knows that if you are struggling go 5 4 1 and defend properly the rest wiil happen. MOT

 

 
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