Burnley 2 Leeds United 1: YEP Jury verdict

Alex Mowatt heads clear of Royston Drenthe.

Alex Mowatt heads clear of Royston Drenthe.

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Our YEP panelists have their say on United’s 2-1 defeat at Burnley.

JONATHAN FORD

Age: 23

United fan for: 19 years

Lives: Beeston

I know I always put Leeds to win every game because, like betting, I simply cannot back against my team, and I never will.

Whether or not I genuinely think we will win is irrelevant, that is what I do.

Did I think we would win on Saturday? No.

Did we deserve more from the game than what we got? Most definitely.

All Leeds fans want at this moment is a little effort and pride.

Over the past nine years it is safe to say we have had some pretty poor/average at best players but we as supporters only ask for one thing, a bit of fight, wear the shirt with pride.

You don’t have to be the world’s most skilful player but be proud that you are playing for this club, and these fans, because if you have the Leeds fans on your side I can imagine there is no better feeling, Andy Hughes will tell you that.

We started off really well and the good start rewarded us with a bit of defensive frailty allowing Ross McCormack a one-on-one with clear daylight between defenders and himself and he hit the post, just our luck.

We got the goal and I think we were good value for the lead, in fact we looked likely to get a second goal.

But this is where luck helps when you are up there, a mix-up allowed Kieron Trippier in to smash the ball across goal and Jason Pearce knocked it into his own net.

It was purely bad luck, because no matter what Pearce did he was stuck so we just dusted ourselves off and kept going, which is what we did.

I also think that events just before their winner could have changed the outcome.

Luke Murphy had the opportunity to get a first touch on a tackle on the halfway line and seemed to bottle it and they took a quick throw and scored from the cut across goal, albeit from two attempts after some great defending in the area.

That said Luke Murphy was outstanding and deserves a lot of credit.

He has come in for some criticism for the transfer fee, but he is showing that we have someone who is potentially a gem.I thought Matt Smith was fantastic and deserves a lot of credit, he stood tall and never gave up, a quality that is quite endearing.

One word sums up Saturday’s game – unlucky.

Man of the match: Matt Smith.

KEITH INGHAM

Age: 52

United fan for: 
38 years

Lives: Keighley
Burnley won a tight game at Turf Moor 2-1 but Leeds will take heart from a much-improved performance.

The manager brought in Matt Smith to spearhead the attack with Connor Wickham playing on the left-hand side of the attack.

Leeds deservedly went ahead when Smith flicked on Wickham’s throw-in and goal number 25 was registered for Ross McCormack. After the setback Burnley pushed forward and Ashley Barnes went close with a header that went just over. On 38 minutes the home side luckily levelled matters when Murray’s cross went through a sea of legs and unfortunately for Leeds it hit Jason Pearce’s leg and it went past Jack Butland.

The home side struck with over 20 minutes to go, the ball found Scott Arfield who netted after his initial effort was blocked by the Leeds defence. The home side tried to increase their lead but the Leeds rearguard kept the Lancashire side out.

A desperately unlucky defeat but when chances come they need to be taken.

The new formation looked better and the performance was a large improvement on recent displays.

The defeat left Leeds in 14th place with 44 points. Worryingly though only two wins in 15 Championship games must worry the Leeds United manager.

Man of the match: The incredible supporters.

MICHAEL HEMSWORTH

Age: 29

United fan for: 18 yrs

Lives: Leeds
TWO wins in 15 league games. That alarming statistic highlights what a dreadful run of form Leeds have been on since before Christmas.

We have 11 games left to find two more victories and hit that 50-point safety barrier. Saturday’s performance was an improvement on recent games but unless results improve then we will end the season in a relegation battle.

The sad fact is that a significantly smaller club with a significantly smaller budget than us have taken six points from us this season and are Premier League bound.

Meanwhile we are left looking nervously over our shoulder.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

STEPHEN CLARK

Age: 41

United fan for: 
23 years

Lives: Shipley
Leeds showed some signs of life in an improved performance at Turf Moor but ultimately fell to another defeat. The result leaves Leeds closer to relegation than the promotion race. All that is left now is to collect the four points which should see us safe.

Man of the match: Matt Smith.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

Age: 24

United fan for: 
18 years

Lives: Alwoodley
Before the game I think everyone could have predicted a Burnley win but it was major improvement after the two previous defeats against Bolton and Reading. You can see the players are enjoying playing away from Elland Road as the game mirrored the QPR game. We should have been comfortably ahead after dominating but conceded just before half-time which completely changed the second half. The fans we’re amazing as always, how many clubs would take 4,000 away when playing so badly? Fingers crossed the takeover situation is sorted this week and we can finally move forward!

Man of the match: The United fans.

GARY NEWBOULD

Age: 42

United fan for: 
41 years

Lives: York
LEEDS United slipped to another defeat after leading at Turf Moor, but at least we saw some long overdue fight and pride. The harsh realities for Brian McDermott is that the Whites have now won only two of their last fifteen league matches.

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

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