Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 2-1 hom defeat to Cardiff City.
It was really poor on Saturday. The players didn’t show much interest in the game and it was one of the worst performances of the season.
The only exciting part was seeing young Kalvin Phillips score on his home debut; it couldn’t have been better scoring on his Elland Road debut.
We defended really poorly and never adjusted to the wind; they looked threatening from all their set-pieces and the two goals we conceded were extremely soft.
We played awfully but I still think we were the better team. Before they scored their second, it looked like we were the only team who were going to go on and win the game but it wasn’t to be. We didn’t create any chances and that was the really disappointing part because they looked shaky at the back all game.
Having nothing to play for, we should be playing with freedom and putting numbers into the box but we didn’t do that for some reason. Both sets of players looked like they didn’t wanted to be there and our lads seem to be looking forward to the end of the season.
I thought Luke Murphy was outstanding again. He won so many balls in the middle of the field and he worked so hard in both attack and defence. The former Crewe man looks like a player who could take us to the next level and he is looking like a top Championship player. He did a few stray passes but he was the only player looking to break their defence so you can’t put any blame on him.
Gaetano Berardi has impressed me extremely in recent weeks. He has looked like our best defender and he is comfortable playing on both the right and the left. For next season, I would definitely play him on the right side, as I don’t think Scott Wootton is good enough to take us to the Premier League. A new left-back is a must in the summer but we never seem to have luck when we sign left-backs.
We have missed Lewis Cook in recent weeks; we have lacked some pace and power in the middle of the field and it has showed how important he is for us when he hasn’t played.
I hope Jonny Howson gets a good reception from the Elland Road faithful on Tuesday night; I’d love to have him playing for us now!
Man of the match: Gaetano Berardi.
After an abject performance by Leeds United, Cardiff City became the latest team to do the double over us. On a day that new season ticket prices were released there was nothing on view on Saturday to persuade supporters to sign up for another season.
Kalvin Phillips made his Elland Road debut, and Brian Montenegro made the bench after impressing in the under-21s recently.
Cardiff were ahead after 14 minutes, but Leeds were level within moments, Marshall spilling a Charlie Taylor cross and gifting Kalvin Phillips the opportunity to open his Leeds goal account.
The fans expected a better second half from the home side but, on Grand National day, the players just weren’t at the races, and Cardiff, not surprisingly, got the winner. And it came from another corner.
Since Steve Thompson departed a few of the experienced players seem to me intent on leaving it to the youngsters in the team to carry them through games. You’d expect better of players with experience.
For me, changes need to be made for the visit of Norwich City or else we could witness another Forest/Watford hammering.
How football and players attitudes can change in such a short period.
Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.
Games like this, with nothing to play for, are a matter of just going through the motions. Unfortunately, Leeds United didn’t even remember to do that on Saturday with a performance lacking urgency and quality.
There were some good performances. Charlie Taylor has continued to improve game on game, Kalvin Phillips improved on his debut and grabbed his first goal and Luke Murphy was very busy in the midfield. Unfortunately at the same time players like Scott Wootton, Sol Bamba and Mirco Antenucci sauntered about as if they were already on holiday.
And there was a lack of atmosphere thanks to the draconian treatment of Cardiff City’s fans.
Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.
Well, three defeats from three since Steve Thompson’s departure.
Add to that a performance like we had on Saturday – and it doesn’t look good.
And the only people I’m blaming are the decision makers at the club, whoever they are.
Why is it acceptable to take a settled squad, with a settled back room staff, and remove it without real reason.
Surely we supporters deserve answers.
Back to the match against Cardiff, and the players on parade looked like they were ready for the end of the season.
And, when you take everything that’s happening at the club into consideration, well, so am I.
Man of the match: Kalvin Phillips.
It’s now 31 years and 17 matches since the Whites last triumphed over The Bluebirds. Slap-dash defending of the highest order very much contributed to this defeat, however a home debut goal from Kalvin Phillips brought renewed hope for the future.
United are now mathematically safe from relegation, despite the comedy circus of this season. Time for some common sense to prevail.
Man of the match: Marco Silvestri.