Why Grayson's Beckford blast is WRONG! Opinion
Sunday, 15th Mar 2009 21:50
Dunno about you, but I'm SEETHING at Simon Grayson's attack on Jermaine Beckford!
Jermaine Beckford hit the headlines for the right and wrong occasions agianst Swindon on Saturday.
Barely five minutes after giving United what turned out to be a priceless winner against Swindon, Beck's was red-carded when he picked up his second yellow for dissent.
His punishment is a one-game ban against Crewe. Beckford has not long served a three-match ban when he ADMITTED using an elbow in the game against Millwall.
I cannot believe some of Simon Grayson's words following Beckford's dismissal. The Leeds boss is widely quoted as saying: ""Jermaine scored the goal and then left us down to 10 men for a few minutes. I don't mind players being booked for a mis-timed tackle but dissent is a disappointing way to be sent off when you've already been booked.
"I thought the first booking was a bit harsh because he got a bit of the ball but the second was needless and now he has to serve a one-match ban, which is disappointing."
Yes admittedly Beck's was daft to throw the ball at the ground in injury time, when the game was clearly won and he was denied a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 to Leeds and.....THIRTY GOALS for him this season!
But to me, Beck's reaction gives a much needed glimpse that has been so woefully lacking this season that Leeds' promotion MEANS something to somebody on the pitch.
Beckford is the guy who was booted out of Chelsea, having been on a hiding to nothing with all their expensive imports. Beckford is the guy who through sheer hard work and determination worked his way back into the professional game having scored a bucketful of goals for Wealdstone.
And then it was not plain sailing! He was given scant opportunities by that footballing dodo Kevin Blackwell and Dennis Wise almost let him slip through the net to Scunthorpe, ironically after Beckford had scored the goals to ensure that Scunthorpe and Leeds swopped places in the Championship and League One respectively.
An unnecessary show of petulance maybe, but to me it shows that he CARES! By God, how we could have done with some of this attitude earlier in the season, then we would not endure the embarrassment of lingering in fifth place behind teams like Millwall, MK Dons, Peterborough and Leicester who work their socks off and don't just turn up and collect their wages, like so many of our so-called "stars" have done this season.
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