QPR v Leeds United: YEP jury verdict

Connor Wickham.

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Our YEP panelists have their say on United’s 1-1 draw at QPR.

Name: Michael Hemsworth

Age: 29

United fan for: 18 yrs

Lives: Leeds

Leeds completed a run of four straight away fixtures by taking home a well-deserved point from Loftus Road.

When the five-week gap between home games opened up in the fixture list I feared the worst, so although we have now only won one in four, escaping this period with just one defeat should be seen as a positive.

A point keeps us in touch with Reading but Wigan increased the gap between us and the top six with a very impressive win at Forest. They look to be timing their run perfectly and with no more Europa League fixtures to distract them they look like certainties for the top six. That leaves us with an 11-point gap to catch one of the other top five. Even with a run of five home games out of the next seven fixtures, that is a huge gap to close at this stage of the season.

In terms of Saturday’s game, Connor Wickham impressed on his debut. He already looks like he could link up well with Ross McCormack and could have won it with two great efforts in the second half. McCormack’s penalty was a poor one but it was typical of the character he has shown this year that he got himself onto the scoresheet almost immediately afterwards.

Jason Pearce was rock solid again at the back, but Stephen Warnock looks to be the weak link in the defence and his error cost us a deserved half-time lead.

Having waited the entire first half of the season to see us bring some width into the side, the performances of Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart were hugely disappointing yet again. Kebe in particular just looks lazy and disinterested. He has to be taken out of the starting line up for next week’s game. He proved at Reading that he is a talented player but other than for 45 minutes against Huddersfield he has done nothing in a Leeds shirt.

Just as he had done at Elland Road in August, Clint Hill wheeled away in celebration at scoring a late “winner”.

Thankfully this time the linesman’s flag saved us and QPR’s DJ had to swiftly turn off their goal music.

Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram (albeit for just 30 seconds) both made cameo appearances from the bench. When fit, these two have got to be starting games for us, beginning with next week’s game against Bolton. They had an impressive victory over Blackburn this weekend but our first game at Elland Road in over a month is a chance to put out our best possible starting line up and lay down a marker for the rest of the season.

Man of the match: Connor Wickham.

Name: Keith Ingham

Age: 52

United fan for: 
38 years

Lives: Keighley

It was an entertaining end-to-end clash at Loftus Road as, after a impressive first half from Leeds, QPR rescued a point with a late first-half goal.

Brian McDermott brought in Connor Wickham for his first start and Tom Lees returned at centre-half. Leeds took the game to QPR and it was no surprise that after a good build up and Wickham’s clever flick on ten minutes sent Ross McCormack through on goal only to be stopped by a foul by Richard Dunne. But McCormack put the penalty too close to the goalkeeper. Leeds weren’t to be denied and four minutes later after a foul on Austin, McCormack’s free-kick deflected off an ‘R’s’ defender into the net. Leeds continued to dominate the home side but slowly QPR came back into the game and the United defence was put under pressure. It stood firm though, marshalled by the impressive Jason Pearce. Just as Leeds thought they had ridden the pressure a good passing move ended with Jermaine Jenas coolly planting the ball past Jack Butland on 44 minutes.

Although they were under pressure in the second half, the commitment of the away side could not be faulted. And without doubt this was a point gained as many, myself included, would have settled for it before kick off.

Good performances by Wickham and Pearce. Fantastic support by the fans.

Man of the match: Jason Pearce.

Name: Jonathan Ford

Age: 23

United fan for: 
19 years

Lives: Beeston

I thought we were fantastic and deserved three points, and had it not been for two errors maybe we would have won.

Ross McCormack missing the penalty effectively cost us three points, but he was terrific. The one defensive lapse we made cost us a goal.

Man of the match: Jason Pearce.

Name: Elliot Bransby

Age: 24

United fan for: 
18 years

Lives: Alwoodley

A good away performance and I would have taken a point before kick off.

As the game panned out it was disappointing not to take all three but a draw was a fair result. The penalty miss was costly but McCormack made up for it instantly with a free-kick which took a deflection past Robert Green. I don’t like criticising our own players but I am afraid Jimmy Kebe offers very little and keeping Sam Byram on the bench for nearly the full game puzzled me slightly. I was extremely impressed with Connor Wickham, his all-round play was excellent and it will be interesting to see if we get another loan player of his calibre in this week.

Man of the match: Connor Wickham or Jason Pearce.

Name: Gary Newbould

Age: 42

United fan for: 
41 years

Lives: York

United emerged from Loftus Road with a very creditable point which was the least that they deserved.

United more than held their own at Harry Redknapp’s highly-rated team and debutant Connor Wickham put in an impressive display throughout.

Man of the match: Jason Pearce.

Name: Stephen Clark

Age: 41

United fan for: 
23 years

Lives: Shipley

Leeds completed a run of four straight away fixtures by taking home a well deserved point from Loftus Road.

Connor Wickham impressed on his debut.

He already looks like he could link up well with Ross McCormack and could have won it with two great efforts in the second half. McCormack’s penalty was a poor one but it was typical of the character he has shown this year that he got himself onto the scoresheet almost immediately afterwards. Jason Pearce was rock solid again at the back, but Stephen Warnock looks to be the weak link in the defence and his error cost us a deserved half-time lead.

Man of the match: Connor Wickham.

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