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Kelly's heroes - Podcast
by timcocking at 23:45:27

'It's been character building to support such a poor team from so early in my life...'

lol indeed.
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Striking conundrum - Preview
by TacticalR at 19:54:03

Thanks for your preview.

Yes, it's pretty hard to get a striker when you haven't got any money, and as you point out we've tried pretty much everything. At least this season the loans have come good.

In terms of form Sheffield Wednesday seem to be one of the most schizophrenic teams in a schizophrenic division.
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Bright, Masterson, and contentious refereeing decisions - Knee Jerks
by DavieQPR at 11:20:20

Did feel that Bamford dragged his foot along the ground until it hit Kelly.
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by TacticalR at 21:29:29

Thanks for your report.

Agree with kingfisher6404 that Leeds let us play, whereas most of the other teams at the top of the division have stopped us from playing.

I kept on thinking of Raymond Verheijen's point that players can be fit but not fresh (he got into a row with Ray Wilkins on Talksport about this). Leeds were fast, had a lot of possession, but were lacking in that creative spark needed to break us down, not to mention being hampered by Bamford's complete inability to score.
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Bright, Masterson, and contentious refereeing decisions - Knee Jerks
by kingfisher6404 at 12:58:58

Have to say I felt Bamford's collision with Kelly was just that - two players coming together. So no penalty for me! Sadly Leeds devote a lot of effort and time to getting onto the ref about supposed infringements and, meanwhile, Carry On Fouling! If I was the ref I would have not been happy with them, but this 'premiership-level' ref was poor....
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by kingfisher6404 at 12:43:55

Thanks for the match report Jordan, which was made or the more memorable read by winning! I would have had BOS as MotM (just) because he was at times unstoppable, but do think Masterson could become a class CB based upon that performance! I would only add the observation that playing Leeds suited us. They like to play the ball out too (and fancy themselves more than they should), so we were able to use all our skills. When we play a side adopting a more aggressive high-press and defenders dominating first & second balls we suffer. Great supporting the Queens park Rollercoasters though!
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Bright, Masterson, and contentious refereeing decisions - Knee Jerks
by Myke at 12:23:33

Cheers Antti - agree with most of that. Wise words on Masterson. Two years ago Smyth was the new messiah - how much has he developed since? Certainly BOS and Chair are well ahead of him. Totally disagree with you on Wallace, for reasons already outlined after Jordan's report. You should have included the 'penalty' he gave away in the opening minutes in your 'contentious' section. Speaking of which Bamford WAS fouled for the penalty. Yes Kelly pulled out, yes Bamford dived like an Olympic champion, but there was contact with Bamford's leg.
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by enfieldargh at 15:20:32

Great match report thankyou.

It was a real cliff hanger. Leeds play is relentless but fortunately this time it had little end product.

All our guys gave 100% and if they can get as MW says their efficiency levels up then we have the makings of an excellent team.

Been impressed with Masterson on his 3 appearances so far. Looks like a Roeder/Macca hybrid
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by Paddyhoops at 14:25:10

From where we were sitting in the lower loft, Masterson was barking out orders of his own . Great to see a young defender taking control even given the more experienced players around him.
He had a fine game apart from the ball over the top where Bamford turned him only to fire over when it was easier to score!
BOS was superb again and hats off to Todd kane who had his finest game for us yet!!
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by WestonsuperR at 13:06:18

Was delighted with the win and some good individual performances but can we admit it was not one of our best performances and we rode our luck to get the 3 points. We were at home against a team out of form, only managed 35% possession and allowed Leeds the majority of the better chances. We are quick to highlight when we unlucky felt the need to bring a bit of balance. Had Leeds got the early pen which should have been awarded could have been a very different match.
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by Marshy at 12:41:41

The little but of luck that has often eluded us this season, was gratefully received on this occasion. Nahki's goal really should have been ruled out, if the Ref had actually seen what happened. Although it was "ball to hand", it moved forward off his arm giving him an advantage in positional terms that he wouldn't otherwise have had. The Gods must have been smiling down on us on Saturday.

As the second half bombardment by Leeds continued, I felt it was just a question of time before they would score one, and then maybe another. But you have to give great plaudits to our defence who stood firm, and put in a tremendous solid display. Conor Masterson was also my man of the match. Considering his lack of experience and game time, it was, excuse the pun, a Masterful performance. There is no way that he should now go out on loan. If he can sustain this quality, our defence can only improve.
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by HastingsRanger at 08:22:11

This was a great performance against a decent team, who did not seem to lack confidence for a team on a bad spell. Still plausible that it is the Leeds classic implode, though they looked better value than last season.

I thought that Hall had one of his best games since his return and the centre back pairing was excellent on this occasion, almost to the point you felt safe if a cross came in and that has been a long time coming! Cameron had a very effective role ahead of them, Amos less so but not for want of trying. Scowen could have been brought on earlier.

The treatment of BOS seemed ridiculous, especially as the linesman was right on top of it. Wells had a good game but his miss seemed very poor, with time and space, and imagine the reaction if it had been a goalkeeper!

A good (if ugly) performance.

Not a fan of time wasting but on this occasion R's did it well as they were being steadily pegged back.
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by nix at 23:43:01

Thanks Jordan. Informative and entertaining piece.
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by Myke at 23:42:32

Thanks Jordan, great report. Interesting what you say about Wallace talking Masterson through the game and for that reason a better choice than Manning. If that was the reason - and I'd argue that despite Wallace's greater overall experience, Manning knows the Championship better - then it could be the only reason. I thought Wallace was very poor. He gave away a penalty in the very first minute in my opinion, which was a number of decisions that went our way in the game . His positional sense was poor, awareness of the opposing player's position/intentions poor and he tended to react (slowly) rather than anticipate. His booking epitomised that. A typical lower Scottish league player in fact. I have no doubt he is a straight up guy who showed tremendous mental resilience towards the end of his Rangers career. Probably a great guy to have in the dressing room and possibly future coaching material, but not the solution to our 'problem' left back position. Pleased for Masterson, pleased also that Warburton has the 'bigness' to change his mind and play Masterson, when he seemed destined to go out on loan. Bit nonplussed though that WB (or members of his coaching team) didn't see enough in Masterson either on the training pitch or reserve matches to give him a go earlier, given all our defensive woes. We need to give the kid space now. He is not the messiah to all said woes, he'll make mistakes and have dips in form, but long term he may be the real deal.
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by DonO at 21:53:07

Excellent write up Jordan...very considered. I thought it was a really good team performance. Yes Masterson's display is very encouraging and I thought Hall was superb on Saturday.
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by extratimeR at 20:56:28

Thanks Jordan excellent match report.

A truly great day at Loftus Road, loved every minute, yes Kane did very well, really got stuck in and battled hard when under real pressure in the second half when Leeds loaded up on his side.

The refereeing of Bright was a disgrace, constantly surrounded, kicked and elbowed by up to three Leeds players at any given time, yes you guessed it the ref gave it Leeds way, very important role Bright is playing, sucking in that amount of defenders must really take the pressure off elsewhere, one minor complaint when Kane and Bright do all the hard stuff and get into the box, why not fire off the odd shot now and again, time and again they did great stuff getting forward but were looking for a team mate rather than shooting , great performances from both though.

Cheers Jordan!
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by BrianMcCarthy at 20:42:52

Hugely enjoyable piece, Jordan. Lovely style.

Agree with your MOTM. On the aggregate ratings you're five higher than me which is only half a point a player, and I think I might have been too exacting yesterday.
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by 062259 at 20:16:25

8 points from safety
14 points above the drop zone
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by Burnleyhoop at 19:59:03

Thoroughly enjoyable performance and great to finally see a solid defensive, collective display. Masterson has taken the plaudits, but I was also pleased for Kane, who put in a tenacious, committed effort. Has good pace and gets stuck in.

Agree that the enjoyment of the game was spoiled somewhat by the ref giving free kicks for Leeds players going down if you farted in their general vicinity. Costa and Hernandez particularly culpable. Ironic considering they have hatchet jobs like Cooper and Philips in their ranks.

It’s coming together though, the pieces are starting to fall into place and we are becoming a very decent outfit with a surprisingly good squad. A big test at Blackburn awaits though. Not a happy stomping ground for us....especially on a Tuesday night.
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Wells' handy strike sinks Leeds in London again - Report
by Patrick at 19:42:47

Totally agree Connor should be MOTM - sometimes you see a young player in any sport and think "they belong out there". To quote the late great Ray Wilkins, "terrific". Please don't send him anywhere, our defence needs him. What a game. 5 or 6 romps against woeful Welsh are fine, but there's nothing so satisfying as a scrappy, brutal, unfair (well, let's be fair...) victory against an old enemy (especially one that imagines the championship should be gratfeul for their presence). Get in!!
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