The YEP jury reflects on Leeds United's 2-1 win against Crystal Palace.
Years following United: 25
An excellent performance from the Whites saw us come from behind and make it a super seven games unbeaten. Despite falling behind on the stroke of half-time, I was quietly confident that we could reverse the scoreline and claim three more points. Grayson's subs did the trick as both Paynter and McCormack had a hand in both of Becchio's goals. We now found ourselves in sixth place leading up to the crucial christmans period. The next two games against Burnley and QPR could decide if were going to push for the play-offs or not.
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Years following United: 38
The Eagles were landed at Elland Road in an intriguing game settled by two late strikes by Becchio who was half way off the pitch anticipating his own substitution when Paynter was introduced 15 minutes from time. The bold substitutions were rewarded as United ended the game with Howson at right-back and the lively McCormack in central midfield. The impressive Danns gave Palace a shock lead and reminded the healthy crowd that victories in this division have to be earned and seven games without defeat is a record to be proud of.
Years following United: 18
I have said all season that mid-table consolidation should be our aim but I am struggling to not get too optimistic about our chances of promotion this season. Leeds showed real strength of character to come back from a goal down and keep plugging away even though it seemed like the ball was never going to go in. Grayson again made some positive substitutions, which underlined his shrewdness in this area – we ended the game with three strikers on the pitch. It was disappointing to not get a clean sheet but we are looking a lot stronger at the back.
Years following United: 39
Lives: Market Weighton
United moved back into the play-off positions with a thoroughly deserved victory on Saturday. An excellent start saw a Jonny Howson goal chalked off due to a marginal offside decision and a Robert Snodgrass effort was also ruled out. After Palace took the lead it looked like one of those days before Luciano Becchio socred twice in two minutes, the second courtesy of an excellent through ball from Robert Snodgrass. A welcome three points which extends United's unbeaten record to eight games.
Years following United: 17
Leeds dominated the game on Saturday and extended their unbeaten run to seven games. Crystal Palace were probably the poorest team to visit Elland Road this season and the 2-1 scoreline flattered them. I thought that Rob Snodgrass put in one of his best performances this season. Luciano Becchio once again provided he has the firepower at the business end of the pitch and we must surely get him re-signed by the next transfer window. There are a few tough games on the horizon now. Let's hope the good form continues.