Rochdale v Leeds United: YEP jury FA Cup verdict

Sam Byram takes on Rochdale's Matthew Lund. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Sam Byram takes on Rochdale's Matthew Lund. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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The YEP jury deliver their verdict after Leeds United were dumped out of the FA Cup against Rochdale.

KEITH INGHAM

And new year more misery was piled on to the suffering Leeds fans when League Two Rochdale beat an embarrassingly poor United team.

Rochdale were far and away the better team and, but for Paddy Kenny, it would have been a complete hammering.

Brian McDermott did not, as I suggested, make wholesale changes with only Lee Peltier and Scott Wootton coming in and they lined up in what looked like a 3-4-3 formation with Sam Byram in a more advanced position.

Rochdale went for Leeds from the first whistle. Joe Bunney nearly got in early and only the whistle saved Leeds. Ian Henderson was proving to be a handful for the defence as the Leeds defence wobbled like a jelly.

Leeds finally got into the Rochdale half and it nearly brought a goal when a Matt Smith header was stopped on the line and cleared. From the next corner Marius Zaliukas’ effort was again dealt with.

Leeds’ best chance came when Smith knocked down a Danny Pugh cross to the advancing Wootton but the defender’s shot flew over the bar.

United eventually got a foothold and played their best football of the half but the Rochdale defence stood firm.

It wasn’t to last as Scott Hogan was played in but Kenny again came to Leeds’ rescue before Henderson fired a shot past the post.

With the first half nearing its end Hogan’s header flew into the net. The boos from the Leeds fans at the end of the half were well merited.

After such a woeful showing Leeds had to improve in the second half and nearly scored when Smith’s header was scrambled to safety. At the other end Bunney broke through the Leeds defence only for Kenny to again save his defence’s blushes. It was end to end and McCormack was unlucky when his shot crept wide of the post.

McDermott put on Noel Hunt to try and salvage the game but it was Rochdale who passed up two glorious chances to make the game safe, then Kenny made the save of the afternoon when he somehow diverted Vincenti’s goal-bound shot.

The home side then deservedly got their second when Henderson hit a volley into the Leeds net.

That was it, game over and the poor reception the players received at the end was all they deserved. The manager has said in the past that he never reads the papers whether they win or lose but I suggest he starts to listen to somebody because his honeymoon period is well and truly over at Leeds.

The players too should be ashamed of another limp performance as the fans deserve at least some effort!

Man of the match: Paddy Kenny – kept Leeds from being hammered.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

Disgusting, embarraSsing and inept are just three words I could use to describe Leeds United’s performance against Rochdale.

We got outplayed by the Lancastrians and without Paddy Kenny it could quite easily have been five or six nil.

We never really looked like scoring and similar to the last few games the tactics were shocking.

I can handle seeing Leeds lose but what I can’t accept is a complete lack of effort from the players.

I take my hat off to Brian McDermott for what he did on Saturday. He came over to the fans and took the flak first, and then he made the players stand there and face the supporters who pay good money and have a right to their opinion.

The players need to remember, they are in a very privileged position playing professional football. I expect all of the players are in a position financially that only I could dream of.

Stability is what we need and we can’t keep sacking managers. In my opinion McDermott is still working with the dead wood Neil Warnock left behind and is doing the best he can.

It’s time for GFH Capital to step up and back McDermott this transfer window and maybe get one or two in before the Sheffield Wednesday game, with one being Cameron Stewart.

Man of the match: Paddy Kenny.

GARY NEWBOULD

Leeds United produced a display that had about as much spine, backbone and commitment as the England Cricket team in Australia. The scoreline flattered the Whites. Lack of application is one thing but lack of passion and pride in the shirt is simply unacceptable.

Man of the match: No one worthy of the shirt.

JONATHAN FORD

Well it is fair to say the FA Cup game at Rochdale was shocking and embarrassing for all involved.

I think with cup ties against lower opposition it’s key to come out of the game without any embarrassment.

Our squad had more ability than our Lancastrian opponents, but in typical cup games if you can match effort, commitment and enthusiasm, then ability takes control.

Unfortunately, we lacked all three of them and Rochdale made us look like we had no ability, and basically we were pathetic.

Let’s hope Brian McDermott has some aces up his sleeve this month.

Man of the match: The United fans.

STEPHEN CLARK

The FA Cup defeat to Rochdale ranks up there as the worst performance I have ever had the misfortune to witness from a Leeds United side. Lacking in passion, belief and desire the team did not even display the basic skills required to overcome a limited Rochdale side.

Man of the match: Paddy Kenny.

MICHAEL HEMSWORTH

We may have lost to a non-league side five years ago, but in terms of performance, this was much worse.Histon won by a fluke, but Leeds were comprehensively outplayed by Rochdale, who would have won by a far greater margin had it not been for Paddy Kenny.

Scott Wootton and Luke Murphy, our two most expensive signings, looked like non-league players. Rodolph Austin just gets worse with every game he plays at the moment. However, in the overall context of the season, we’re out of a cup that we were never going to win. We need to put this result behind us immediately and move on.

Man of the match: Paddy Kenny.

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