Wigan Athletic 1 Leeds United 0: YEP jury verdict

Jason Pearce challenges Wigan's Nick Powell.
Jason Pearce challenges Wigan's Nick Powell.
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Our YEP jurors have their say on United’s defeat at Wigan and Massimo Cellino’s appeal victory.

Elliot Bransby

Age 24

United fan for 18 years

Lives: Alwoodley

It was a fairly emotional day to be a Leeds United fan on Saturday.

Firstly, as ever on the 5th of April we remember Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight who were sadly taken from us fourteen years ago whilst supporting their team in Istanbul.

On 14 minutes a minute of applause to celebrate their lives was overwhelmingly joined in with by the Wigan fans showing respect little seen in modern football.

An improved performance against a team challenging for promotion saw us unlucky perhaps not to get a point out of the match.

What we lacked in craft we made up for in effort, the midfield pair of Tonge and Brown in particular giving Wigan little time or space on the ball.

There were little clear cut chances for either team but a bit of good fortune (or poor keeping from Butland) saw Waghorn score the only goal of the game. It’s clear we lack quality and the 1-0 defeat was the seventh in eight games, and now won just three of our last twenty one games.

However the best result came off the pitch, and it was the news that Leeds United supporters had been waiting a long time for.

As I was walking back to my car news broke that Massimo Cellino had won his appeal, an independent QC overturned the Football Leagues decision to refuse him permission to take control under their ‘Owners and Directors Test’ after being convicted of tax evasion last month in a Sardinia court. What will happen to Brian McDermott?

Our new eccentric president has a history of sacking managers during his time with Italian side Cagliari.

No excuses, it’s a six-game season now and results will probably decide his future, starting with a trip to Watford tomorrow night.

There were fears that we could slip into administration if Cellino’s appeal failed but the Italian will now settle outstanding wages and repurchase Elland Road and the club’s Thorp Arch training complex.

A new era at Leeds United starts now.

As usual it will be a rollercoaster ride but it certainly won’t be boring. All the off-field problems have clearly affected the players, as the results in 2014 have shown but let’s have a good finish to the season, make sure we move away from the relegation area and look to build again in the summer.

Man of the match: Benvenuto a Leeds United il signor Cellino!

Keith Ingham

Age 52

United fan for 38 years

Lives: Keighley

Leeds lost another battle on the field 1-0 to Wigan, their fourth on the trot but in some people’s minds more importantly Massimo Cellimo won his appeal against the Football League as the QC viewed his ‘indiscretion’ in Italy didn’t stop him becoming a director and owner of the troubled Championship club.

On the field another defeat slips Leeds further into trouble at the wrong end of the table.

There was a show of support and remembrance was shown to the families of Chris and Kevin by both sets of supporters in the fourteenth minute, we shall never forget our brothers so cruelly taken from their families, fourteen years ago on Saturday.

Wigan took the lead on the 33rd minute when McArthur was given far too much room and he played in Waghorn who easily put the ball past Jack Butland. Later Warnock blocked a Perch effort then at the other end Matt Smith headed over the bar when well placed. Dominic Poleon was introduced into the fray with less than 25 minutes to play and immediately gave the Wigan defenders something to worry about with his pace. In the last ten minutes, Ross McCormack so nearly brought Leeds level but his chipped effort drifted wide of a upright and with time nearly up Jason Pearce headed over the bar.

Man of the match: Men, women and children who have never given up in their support of their club. Incredible loyalty.

Gary Newbould

Age 42

United fan for 41 years

Lives: York

LEEDS United slipped to their seventh defeat in eight but for the first time in weeks there was some desire and passion about the display.

Mr Cellino now has his Ferrari, it should be an interesting ride for everyone!

Man of the match: The QC.

Michael Hemsworth

Age 29

United fan for 18 years

Lives: Leeds

The terrible run of results continues, but this defeat was a hard one to take as we did not look like a side that were happy to just lay down and die.

More important was the outcome of Massimo Cellino’s appeal. Over to you Massimo.

Man of the match: Michael Brown.

Stephen Clark

Age 41

United fan for 23 years

Lives: Shipley

On what could prove to be a momentous day off the pitch it was the same old story on it as Leeds fell to another defeat at Wigan.

The performance though was much improved although there was a distinct lack of cutting edge as Leeds rarely threatened the Wigan goal.

Jack Butland will be disappointed with his efforts to keep out Wigan’s goal but on the whole Leeds will feel unfortunate not to collect a point.

Brian McDermott made a pointed effort to applaud the travelling support and the question as to whether he will get the opportunity to do so again will be the latest installment in the soap opera that is Leeds United.

Man of the match: Michael Brown.

Jonathan Ford

Age 23

United fan for 19 years

Lives: Beeston

Well there was a sweet end to a bitter few months at Elland Road. Welcome to the best club in the world Mr Cellino!! Hopefully now we can move onwards and upwards. We didn’t deserve to lose at Wigan and I was happy the players gave everything thay had.

Man of the match: Jason Pearce.

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