Leeds United v Doncaster Rovers: YEP jury predictions

Rodolph Austin in action against QPR at Loftus Road.
Rodolph Austin in action against QPR at Loftus Road.
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The YEP jury have their say ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Doncaster Rovers at Elland Road.

MICHAEL HEMSWORTH

Victory over Millwall brought brief respite to the turmoil we have endured so far in 2014, but the bad news returned with a vengeance this week.

First, Sunderland recalled one of the few players of any real quality we have seen this season. Then we had the inevitable news that the Football League did not believe Massimo Cellino was a fit and proper owner.

For a moment, we thought we could at least enjoy seeing Nottingham Forest fans endure Neil Warnock’s brand of football. We even had that snatched away from us.

Then we had yet another on -field capitulation. I do not care if the players are worried about whether they will get paid or not; right now none of them deserve a penny. 1,300 Leeds fans took time off work, travelled nearly 550 miles, incurred a fortune in travel costs and were rewarded with yet another embarrassing performance.

If the players are lucky enough to get paid on time then the first thing they should be do is compensate each one of those travelling supporters.

I have long been a supporter of Brian McDermott but my patience is wearing thin. A manager who oversees humiliation after humiliation cannot possibly command the respect of the dressing room. Then we have the constant chopping and changing of formations, his inability to make game-changing substitutions and his terrible signings.

For now, we have to stick with him, simply because with our ownership situation there is no alternative.

Right now, the focus has got to be on getting an owner in who can take Leeds United forward in the long-term.

Doncaster have won one away game all season. They will see tomorrow’s game as an ideal opportunity to put an end to that baron run.

With our current form, it would hardly be a surprise if they claimed their first win at Elland Road since 2008.

McDermott is certain to make changes from Tuesday’s line up. What he tries next is anybody’s guess, but the one certainty is that we will have to endure another 90 minutes watching an inept performance from Rodolph Austin. He is one of the worst midfielders we have had at this club, yet remains completely un-droppable.

It shows what a sorry state the club is in right now when I cannot even bring myself to predict a victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Doncaster Rovers 2.

KEITH INGHAM

Another spineless performance was delivered at Bournemouth on Tuesday night by the worst professional footballers I’ve seen shame the shirt of Leeds United.

Apart from Jack Butland, who we’ve borrowed, Jason Pearce, Luke Murphy, in some games, Ross McCormack and Matt Smith, the rest should also be seen as ‘not fit and proper’ to represent the thousands of fans who regularly follow the football club up and down the country.

It’s difficult to support a manager who, despite the horrendous circumstances he is working under, continually plays players who are not doing what he tells them to.

The alternative is to either use the ‘deadwood’ within the squad or give the youngsters in the development squad a chance.

In my opinion, Chris Dawson definitely deserves a chance in midfield.

Doncaster have Billy Sharp in their ranks and he will be one for the defence to be wary of.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Doncaster Rovers 1.

JONATHAN FORD

The soap opera that is Leeds United just goes on. The players might not be paid, there’s talk of administration and three wins in 2014. Tomorrow is must win, Doncaster are a poor team but so are we. I will go for a Leeds win. Is dreaming allowed?

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Doncaster Rovers 0.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

Just another normal week at United really – a failed takeover bid, another shambolic display at Bournemouth and excuses relating to the performance.

Do the management understand what efforts United fans make for these long midweek games?

Ten years we have had everything thrown at us, yet we continue to support the club in numbers.

I will say it again, Leeds United fans deserve better than what we are getting. 

I would love to talk about the Donny game tomorrow but I just want this season to end and this mess to be sorted as soon as possible.

Prediction: Show you care!

GARY NEWBOULD

United know a victory over Doncaster would take them to the 50-points mark, but after another torrid week dominated by yachts, ownership and wages, god only knows what we’ll see on the football pitch tomorrow. I’m expecting a nervy draw.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Doncaster Rovers 2.

STEPHEN CLARK

Once again Leeds United resemble a circus being run by clowns. The football side has become a sideshow to the constant turmoil in the boardroom.

Tuesday night saw another capitulation which heaps even more pressure on a manager who has been left in an awful position.

Our current form can only leave us fearing the worst fortomorrow.

I’m not sure Brian McDermott even knows what players will be available to him, as the farcical Lee Peltier situation shows, so I have no idea what our side will be or what the tactical plan will be. The entire club is a farce.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Doncaster Rovers 2.

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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