Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United: YEP jury verdict

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The YEP jury provide their verdict on Leeds United’s clash with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

JONATHAN FORD

Well I think it’s a case of forget and move on for Leeds, but it isn’t all doom and gloom.

Luke Varney came in for Dexter Blackstock, and as much effort as Varney put in and tried, there just wasn’t that fluidity that Blackstock and Ross McCormack showed, and the latter just didn’t have a great day.

Although I think we lacked creativity and that spark,I also think that Blackburn didn’t really trouble us – except for the goal.

Brian McDermott said that a draw would have been fair and I would agree. We had a clear chance that Danny Pugh smashed straight at the keeper. If only it had been McCormack we might not be writing about a defeat.

I think we did get caught in midfield, and this is the first game that I think Alex Mowatt hasn’t imposed himself on and looked tired but did not stop trying, Luke Murphy battled hard without much luck and I thought Rudy Austin came in and out. Their midfield overran us at times and left the wing backs exposed.

Lee Peltier came in for some stick but teams will find, with the formation we play, that they can get two-on-one on the wing backs, which happened to both of them. Misplaced passes and little decision took the sting out of any attack or promise we showed.

The ref didn’t handle the game well. He gave a lot of silly freekicks at important moments. And his over-involvement turned what should have been a lovely roses clash into a stop-start, drab affair.

There were two penalty decisions in the second half and at least one was a penalty, but neither the ref nor the assistants awarded one.

That said, the referee didn’t lose us the game because we weren’t good enough to win it.

But a free flowing battle would have been more enjoyable for the fans, especially ours, who deserved a good performance and entertainment.

Finally, I just want to make two more points: firstly the fans, who did deserve a win and are the best fans in the world, if Brian McDermott had any doubts that we think he is the right man for Leeds then look at the away end at Ewood Park at full-time, we are fully behind the lads and we are all Leeds; secondly, a little word of respect for Ross McCormack who put a tribute under his shirt for Richard Ismail, and I thought that was amazing and showed he really is Leeds.

Man of the match: The fans.

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds suffered their first defeat in four games when Blackburn claimed a 1-0 win at Ewood Park.

Blackburn started well and Paddy Kenny was tested. With over five minutes of injury time played in the first half Dunn sent over a corner which Leeds born defender Spurr put past Kenny. On balance the lead was deserved as Leeds starved the front two of any decent service.

With nearly 7,000 fans roaring them on Leeds tried to find their way back into the game but found the Blackburn rearguard hard to get by. Kenny kept Leeds in the game with a superb save from King.

Leeds forced three injury-time corners with Kenny even joining the attack but to no avail. Blackburn on balance were the better team and Leeds had a off day. Such a shame after the recent good run.

Wigan will be a tough test on Wednesday as Leeds try to get back to winning ways and it is hoped that Ross McCormack can shake off the injury he came off with.

Man of the match: Paddy Kenny.

GARY NEWBOULD

United’s three game winning run was ended at Ewood Park with a goal just before half time following a corner for the home side.

Danny Pugh missed a chance in the first half and Leeds looked like they should have had a penalty in the second.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

Our three-match winning run came to an end with a disappointing defeat at Blackburn.

Other than the Danny Pugh opportunity we didn’t create many chances as we never really got going in a dour game against a poor side.

I expect changes to be made in midweek against Wigan with Byram, Warnock and Smith or Blackstock (if he is fit) to come back into the team.

With the possibility of a big cash injection in January, if we can keep on the fringes of the play-offs this month then we could have a fantastic chance next year.

Man of the match: Paddy Kenny.

STEPHEN CLARK

Leeds United’s win streak ended at three on a frustrating afternoon at Ewood Park courtesy of Tommy Spurr’s goal in first- half stoppage time.

Leeds disappointed early on, came on strong as the game wore on but were wasteful with the few chances they created.

Man of the match: Paddy Kenny.

MICHAEL HEMSWORTH

It seems the news of ‘significant investment’ arriving in January used up our good news quota for the day. To expect a cash injection AND three points in the same day would have just been greedy.

It’s a defeat to keep in perspective after a good run of results, but it was yet another away game where we simply didn’t perform.

I’m hoping Sam Byram and Stephen Warnock start Wednesday’s game against Wigan. Thanks to GFH’s fantastic gesture we can expect another 30k crowd and the chance to immediately get back to winning ways.

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

Thomas Christiansen

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