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|Match Report: Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United - Bamford strikes thrice as Boro batter Whites|
by TimWhelan at 13:11:51
Amongst the many good points you made, I also thought that Pulis had done his homework and identified Saiz as our one potent threat. They were always quick to close the feisty Spaniard whenever he broke forward, and too often Saiz ran into trouble rather than passing to colleagues who were unmarked.
A direct contrast with Boro's second goal, when Traore was allowed to run unchallenged through four Leeds players. I don't get the obsession with playing Phillips and O'Kane week after week in a midfield that has no bite whatsoever.
|Match Report: Leeds United 2-2 Bristol City - first half throw-in farce sees Whites drop two points|
by TimWhelan at 10:09:08
I was glad to see Anita get a game and Dallas moved up the field, where he can be more effective (though a couple of his crosses from the right were over-hit). But no defence is going to be settled with Wiedwald behind them.
There was no need for him to come out for the cross that led to their first goal with defenders in front of him, and when he failed to get a good punch he was totally stranded. We need a new keeper urgently.
|Match Report: Sheffield United 2-1 Leeds United - Sharp strikes twice to down Whites|
by TimWhelan at 18:13:54
I would have selected Anita at right back, as he played there most of the time for Newcastle last season. This would have allowed Dallas to play further forward on the left in place of Roofe, who looked a bit lost on that flank. Roofe was partly at fault for their first goal, tracking back but failing to stop their winger getting the cross in.
As you say, it was a much better performance in the second half. The penalty looked clear cut at normal speed, but less so on the replay. O'Kane tried to pull out of the challenge and their forward was already going down before he made contact.