Leeds United 0 Huddersfield Town 1: YEP jury verdict

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What did the YEP jury make of Leeds United’s 1-0 defeat agaiinst Huddersfield Town?

By half-time we had witnessed a competent defensive performance from Leeds with Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley bossing the game in the middle of the park.

Liam Bridcutt.

Liam Bridcutt.

Up front, however, virtually nothing except for a mis-hit shot from Alex Mowatt.

Games against Huddersfield Town had traditionally been high-scoring affairs, but this was not going to be one of those.

Hadi Sacko was almost anonymous and Charlie Taylor and Luke Ayling had few chances to go forward.

Chris Wood was at his annoyingly ineffective worst, while Marcus Antonsson ran about without much to go for.

It almost looked like one of Neil Warnock’s sides in a relegation battle.

So, when the second half started we wondered where the goal would come from.

Sadly, it was from Huddersfield. An unstoppable shot and Town wer in the driving seat.

Garry Monk later argued that the goalscorer, Aaron Mooy, should have been sent off.

And his opposite number David Wagner agreed that he would have been sent off if the game had been staged in Germany.

None of this detracted from the fact that Leeds had nothing to offer up front.

Leeds rarely threatened and the only chance of note was a tame header from Wood which the Huddersfield goalkeeper saved in an unnecessarily theatrical fashion. At the other end, Rob Green showed that his reflexes were still working by tipping a tricky long-range effort over the bar.

Earlier Souleymane Doukara had come on for Antonnson.

I’m not sure what that brought to the party and he was only joined by Kemar Roofe in the last 10 minutes.

Against Forest, United created chances even though they didn’t take them. In this game they didn’t produce one credible chance.

The (Leeds United ) fans were strangely quiet as it became obvious to all that this is setting up to be yet another long, hard season.

Bright spots? Jansson and Bartley, and Liam Bridcutt in a team that toiled away but created nothing of note.

Man of the match: Pontus Jansson.

MIKE GILL

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After a two-week break I expected Leeds United to ‘fire out of the traps’ but instead nearly 30,000 fans saw a team that, at the moment, doesn’t do justice to the shirt they are wearing.

Huddersfield’s 1-0 win was thoroughly deserved in a match that bubbled a little but never boiled.

Huddersfield were more organised and quicker, while Leeds, though well-organised at the back, were weak when it came to the final third.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first. Town still looked the more likely to score and, after a good break, the ball fell to Aaron Mooy, who beat Rob Green with a superb shot. Town nearly doubled their lead, but Green scrambled back to turn the ball over the bar.

Strangely, Garry Monk brought off Marcus Antonsson, replacing him with Souleymane Doukara as Leeds tried to get back into the game.

To be honest, this isn’t good enough. Even if only six Championship games have been played, Monk is definitely feeling the pressure as his interview with BBC Radio Leeds commentator Adam Pope clearly showed after the game.

The game with Blackburn on Tuesday is a ‘must win’ game, or I feel the axe could fall on the under pressure head coach.

Man of the match: Pontus Jansson.

KEITH INGHAM

Another poor performance from United. Both the performance and the manager’s post-match interview were an insult to the largest Elland Road crowd of the season so far and we need a major rethink in the starting XI and their tactics.

Man of the match: Pontus Jansson.

MATTHEW EVANS

Games between Leeds and Huddersfield are normally anything but dull but the match between these two sides on Saturday is probably the most boring game I can ever recall watching at Elland Road.

As awful as Leeds were, if Huddersfield are the best that the Championship has to offer then the gap between the top flight and second tier is ever widening. Leeds had a game plan to sit back and defend. Town seemed a little more inclined to go forward, but barely threatened the goal in the 90-plus minutes. What they did have was one tremendous strike – the only moment of magic on a dreadful afternoon. Garry Monk will be on borrowed time if he doesn’t sort out the attack.

Man of the match: Liam Bridcutt.

STEPHEN CLARK

Organised, passionate, comitted are words that cannot describe Leeds’ performance on Saturday. And against your local neighbours, it is simply unacceptable. Gary Monk’s comments were that of a desperate man clinging to his job.

Man of the match: Pontus Jansson.

GARY NEWBOULD

Well, we did it again! The YEP jury to a man forecast Leeds would not lose this one!

Most fans were convinced Garry Monk would deliver a performance to be proud of having had his squad together for a fortnight. What we got was another tepid display that bore all the hallmarks of a side with no confidence and few ideas; another game in which we were second best areas and in which we mustered just two shots on target. It was the antithesis of the front-foot football Monk promised us when he arrived. By contrast, Wagner’s Terriers ran the game without ever being that good. It is hard to see how we pick ourselves up from this and Monk needs to think deeply about the 11 he sends out on Tuesday.

Man of the match: Liam Bridcutt.

DAVID WATKINS

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