Leeds United v Blackburn: YEP Jury give their verdicts

Mirco Antenucci shows his frustration against Blackburn.

Mirco Antenucci shows his frustration against Blackburn.

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 2-0 home defeat to Blackburn.

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds United continued losing and maintained their unwanted record of not winning at home since March.

Last night’s display against Blackburn simply wasn’t good enough and there are players currently in the squad that are not performing, and as a fan, that is not acceptable.

Steve Evans kept the same team for the third consecutive game, Jordan Botaka recovered from illness to make the substitutes’ bench alongside Will Buckley, Alex Mowatt and Souleymane Doukara, a very attacking looking bench. Evans looked slightly nervous making his way to his first game as head coach at Elland Road.

Blackburn went for Leeds from the start and went ahead when Sol Bamba’s limp header dropped to Craig Conway and Rovers were in front after 17 seconds! Worse was to follow minutes later when Jordan Rhodes stole behind a square Leeds defence to beat Marco Silvestri easily, this fan sat bemused at the scene unfolding.

Lewis Cook had the home side’s first effort on goal with 20 minutes played, one thing that did lift the supporters was a tribute to Skye Thompson who died so tragically last week.

Mirco Antenucci so nearly reduced the arrears but Jason Steele beat him to a through ball and soon after Stuart Dallas put him through but his effort went wide – he at least looked likely to score. His team-mates offered very little else. Bamba was stupidly booked for walking away from the referee, it rules him out of the Cardiff game as it was his fifth booking of the season. A better example is expected from the club’s captain!

Tom Adeyemi was then inches away from a goal when his header came back off a post.

To me the first half proved that a few of the players on view in white shirts are not up to the job, the defence was a complete joke. In all, it was a shocking first half by Leeds. Botaka replaced Adeyemi early in the second half and the fans said it all when the chant of: “We’re Leeds United and we’ve had enough”. We really have.

Doukara then replaced the out of sorts Chris Wood but Steele joined a long list of goalkeepers who had a very easy evening or afternoon at Elland Road. Cook at least tried a shot to warm the keeper’s hands. Mowatt had Leeds’ last effort as the Whites slumped to their fourth defeat in a row. It’s never easy writing about your team when they perform without passion or pride in the shirt I love. There is no easy answer and I expect no better of these players who, at times, shame the shirt they wear. Evans has his work cut out with these under performers and a few need moving on. A terrible, lacklustre performance by Leeds.

Man of the match: Lewis Cook.

DAVID WATKINS

Once again almost 20,000 fans turned up at Elland Road on a Thursday night and most of them went there expecting Leeds to blitz Blackburn with the sort of renewed vigour we saw at Fulham and in the second half at Bolton.

What we got instead was one of the worst performances by a Leeds side that anyone could remember. The game was as good as over after just six minutes as Blackburn ripped into Leeds right from the kick-off to score the quickest goal seen in the Championship this season and then a second, just minutes later. There wasn’t an awful lot between two very poor sides after that, but the damage was done and that home victory still seems a long way off.

Man of the match: Gaetano Berardi – the only player who deserved to wear the shirt.

STEPHEN CLARK

Ross McCormack had it right when he left to go to Fulham last summer. This isn’t the Leeds United I fell in love with either.

Since his departure, Massimo Cellino has gone through four managers and wasted the £11m he got for the club’s most potent goalscorer in recent times.

And therein lies the problem. The owner runs OUR club on a whim, as a personal ego trip and until he goes, we will continue to stumble around in the lower reaches of English football.

It was almost inevitable that Leeds would concede at some point in the night, but to do so in 17 seconds was laughable. That word sums up United’s performance.

Lamentable is another and it’s difficult to think of anything positive that happened on the field.

Man of the match: Did anyone turn up?

JAMES HARRISON

That was one of the worst performances I’ve seen at Elland Road in my time as a season ticket holder. There was no fight, we didn’t create a chance, I just wanted the game to end. Something needs to change otherwise it’s going to be an extremely long season.

Man of the match: Gaetano Berardi.

MATTHEW EVANS

Choose any word you like: diabolical, abysmal, shameful. It was one of the worst Elland Road performances for many years.

The game was over after six minutes. United never looked like getting back into it, worse still they looked like they didn’t particularly mind either. The supporters were restless, the humiliation seems never ending and Steve Evans had to concede that this is a group of players that aren’t good enough.

There is so much going on off the field at the moment that you could almost forgive the players for being so unmotivated, almost, but not quite. There’s pride at stake for everyone and it is fast running out.

Man of the match: Gaetano Berardi.

GARY NEWBOULD

If Steve Evans needed reminding how large and problematic a job he has just taken on then 17 seconds into his first home game in charge he was given a sharp reminder. That was exactly how long it took the visitors to open the scoring at LS11 without the Whites even touching the ball. Another goal soon followed and yet another game at Elland Road passes by without the merest hope of victory. Simply not good enough yet again.

Man of the match: All the loyal hordes, at least they always turn up.

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