Sheffield Wednesday 6 Leeds United 0: YP jury verdict

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The YEP jury have their say on Leeds United’s 6-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

JONATHAN FORD

Well I don’t think with the amount of words I can write, I can honestly describe just how pathetic we were on Saturday.

Each player needs to take a long hard look at themselves.

They have let the club, the manager and themselves down, but most importantly, they let the fans down big time.

We don’t deserve this and it was disgusting.

United made four changes to the team with Sam Byram, Luke Murphy, Matt Smith and Scott Wootton making way for Tom Lees, Alex Mowatt and debutants Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart.

I also think Brian McDermott got his tactics wrong, the wingers plus Smith in the team begs for 4-4-2.

The first half was pretty poor and we went into the break 2-0 down. The players didn’t even break sweat with the exception of Mowatt.

The second half was one of the worst I’ve ever seen.

Looking through the team you could pick faults from everyone. Smith getting sent off didn’t help but I also think the decision was incorrect.

Marius Zaliukas played like he was drunk and was catastrophic and Lees looks like a player who has had his ability ruined by Neil Warnock’s long ball tactics.

Jason Pearce showed heart but found it difficult having to do the job of three centre-halves.

Kebe and Stewart just never got going or got the chances, but they have shown for other teams they can do it.

My main issue though, was regarding Rodolph Austin, what has happened to him?

He was diabolical, we needed a commanding presence and someone to help Mowatt but of the two, Austin looked lost.

Jose Semedo had him in his back pocket and that is embarrassing.

The Owls will probably get relegated this season and we have lost 6-0 to them, it is sickening, these players get paid good money to put the effort in.

If I was as bad at my job as they were at Hillsborough, I would be at the Job Centre this morning.

Ross McCormack divides the fans but he simply hasn’t been good enough.

He is just as bad as the rest, every thing he does wants to be a trick or flick, when simple passes are easier.

Once again the fans were the man of the match, we turn up when you don’t.

Man of the match: The United fans.

KEITH INGHAM

January continued to be a bad month for Leeds as they were destroyed 6-0 by a rampant Wednesday side. This must be the lowest of the low.

Leeds’ new recruits Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart were both given their debuts at Hillsborough. They lined up in a strange formation which looked something like a 3-4-3. So the wing-back system was still being used despite having two wingers in the team. Strange that.

This capitulation against Wednesday was one of the lowest I’ve felt whilst watching and reporting on the club. This defeat was the heaviest against Wednesday in the club’s history and without doubt the worst I’ve seen Leeds play in the Championship since their promotion from League One.

Brian McDermott has to somehow lift the players this week for the visit of the leaders Leicester City.

Maybe it’s time for him to lose “the nice guy” image and start kicking some players’ behinds.

A shocking display from a very poor Leeds team.

Man of the match: The supporters.

MICHAEL HEMSWORTH

I’ve suffered many humiliations watching Leeds, but this probably ranks as the worst. Brian McDermott stuck with the same disastrous formation as Rochdale. The change at half-time was right, but after Matt Smith’s mindless red, the second half dreadful.

Man of the match: Ross McCormack.

GARY NEWBOULD

After the shambles at Spotland and the fall-out that followed, Brian McDermott must have expected a reaction.

All he got was an abject, pathetic surrender. Don’t be fooled that not for the first time this season Matt Smith failed to use his head and was sent off. Wednesday fought for every ball and clearly wanted it more than the Whites who continue to lump the ball aimlessly forward.

A poor run of form is rapidly becoming a crisis and it now remains to be seen how many of these players have the backbone for a fight. Messers Kebe and Stewart must be wondering what in earth they have let themselves in for.

Man of the match: United’s fans, at least they turned up.

STEPHEN CLARK

Another miserable day for the fans who once again paid through the nose, only to see it rubbed in the dirt by a pitiful display. It’s time for everyone connected at the club to take a long hard look at themselves, and concentrate on the only thing that matters – the football.

Man of the match: Nobody.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

Well, last week after Rochdale we said it couldn’t get any worse, well it has.

The only player to come out of the game with any credit was McCormack, who showed some fight, chased and harried. He looked a frustrated figure as balls were aimed at his head all afternoon, whilst he played all alone in attack with little support. The entire team were awful and in that meeting yesterday morning at Thorp Arch, I hope it started with a whip-round to refund the cost of tickets for those unfortunate enough to have paid for the experience of witnessing it. The rest of their wages should be donated to charity because not one of them deserves to be earning them this week.

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