Leeds United 3 Blackpool 1: YEP Jury have their say

Liam Cooper celebrates his goal with Lewis Cook.
Liam Cooper celebrates his goal with Lewis Cook.
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Our YEP Jury give their verdicts on Leeds United’s 3-1 victory over Blackpool

KEITH INGHAM

After nine games, Leeds United finally registered a win, 3-1 against the poorest team that they can hope to face in the Championship season.

A mention must be made of the impeccable minute’s silence shown by players, management and president.

One hundred years may have passed, but the sacrifice of the fallen will never be forgotten. We salute you.

Neil Redfearn made one change to the starting line-up, Jason Pearce replacing the suspended Giuseppi Bellusci. Rudy Austin and Billy Sharp made the substitutes’ bench after missing games through injury.

Leeds were on the front foot from the first whistle and within minutes the Blackpool keeper Joe Lewis thwarted both new father Mirco Antenucci and Stephen Warnock.

Leeds though would not be denied as man of the moment Alex Mowatt’s shot was deflected to the waiting Liam Cooper who made no mistake with a shot that beat the Blackpool goalkeeper with ease.

A great first goal in the White shirt for the ex-Chesterfield centre-half. Leeds certainly deserved the lead and Antenucci nearly doubled the lead when he coolly beat the offside trap.

Just after a half an hour, a thing of beauty happened. Cook found Adyran and the young Brazilian ran nearly half the length of the field before a left-foot pass found Souleymane Doukara and the resultant shot found the bottom corner of the Blackpool net. A truly brilliant goal.

Just before the break Doukara’s mesmerising run was half- cleared but the ball fell to Antenucci and his deflected shot shot nestled in the Blackpool net.

Three-nil at the break as Leeds had played some brilliant football and deserved the standing ovation they received.

Blackpool, although three down gave their best and David Perkins’ shot fizzled past Marco Silvestri’s post.

Tommaso Bianchi was replaced after he came off worse in a challenge and the Seasiders took advantage of poor defending at a corner when Nile Ranger rose highest to plant the ball past Silvestri.

Substitute Austin nearly connected with Antenucci’s shot when the ball fell kindly to him, before Ishmael Miller almost reduced the deficit when through, but defender Warnock made a telling block.

In the last action of the game, Austin’s effort although cleared found Doukara but the striker hit his effort wide.

This was a welcome win for players, management and president and most important, the long-suffering fans.

Enjoy the break all, but come back stronger and meaner. It’s a happy fan that writes this report, we so needed this win.

Man of the match: Adyran, incredible run to set up the second goal for Doukara.

STEPHEN CLARK

Leeds United got back to winning ways with a comprehensive victory over an abject Blackpool side.

Casting aside the weakness of the opposition, the first-half display by United was a joy to watch. With the midfield under the total control of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, above, Leeds moved the ball at will.

To see a centre-back smash in a volley was special enough, but Liam Cooper’s opening goal was overshadowed by the Whites’ second.

A sweeping move from box to box, with the ball never leaving the floor, ended with a lovely finish by Soulemayne Doukara, a goal as good as anything that was scored all weekend.

Mirco Antenucci added the icing on the cake to a special weekend for him with the third goal, and despite an under par second half, Leeds deserved to score a couple more.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

MATTHEW EVANS

United found their groove in the first half against Blackpool and with such positive passing and running they would have given anyone a game.

A poor Blackpool team only decided to show up for the second half where they showed far more fight. In the end, United’s youngsters coped admirably with Blackpool’s renewed strength and aerial threat, something that has let us down in previous games. Picking a man of the match could be done by lottery. Sam Byram, Liam Cooper, Stephen Warnock, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Adryan were all worthy of mention, but it was Souleymane Doukara who nicks it with 90 minutes of real tenacity and the goal of the game.

Man of the match: Souleymane Doukara.

GARY NEWBOULD

So the seventeenth league match of the season, whilst on seventeen points finally brought some good fortune and a deserved three points to the Whites and new manager Neil Redfearn. Three great goals – especially the second – crowned a fine win.

Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.

JAMES HARRISON

A much-needed three points! The first half was the best I have seen us play in a long time.

We played some great stuff and worked really hard for each other. The second goal was terrific; we haven’t passed the ball well in years so it was delightful to see.

The second half was one of the worst I’ve seen us play this season. We did everything opposite to what we did in the first half and made a really poor side look good. I came away from the game feeling like we lost the game because of our second half.

However, it is a huge three points and hopefully will kick- start our season.

Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.

JONATHAN FORD

Three points were a must and we got them, and if we play like we did in the first half for the rest of the season, we will prove a real handful.

The second goal was a joy to watch and it was a very good team goal. Leeds stuttered in the second half, but still a solid win.

Man of the match: Sam Byram.

EXIT DOOR: Souleymane Doukara.
 Picture: Bruce Rollinson

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