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Leeds United: Beat ’Boro’ and we’re right back in equation - Gray

GOAL-GETTERS: Leeds Uniteds Ross McCormack, with ball, celebrates scoring his penalty with Steve Morison.

GOAL-GETTERS: Leeds Uniteds Ross McCormack, with ball, celebrates scoring his penalty with Steve Morison.

  • by Eddie Gray
 

It looked like we were heading for a much-needed away win at Wolves on Saturday.

You get in front, time is virtually up in injury time and then you concede a corner kick from a mistake by Paddy Kenny.

He has tried to be a little bit clever which has resulted in a corner kick that has cost us dearly.

I thought we did quite well on Saturday but a draw was a fair result.

I know Neil Warnock says we should have won but Wolves had as many chances as we did.

Paddy Kenny made a couple of good saves and I still think we have got to be more creative in the last third when we get on top of teams.

We never created that many chances – we had a few shots from the edge of the box but not clear-cut chances.

I thought Luke Varney did well, he took his goal well and he was very unlucky not to get a second after a good save by their goalkeeper.

But their big centre-half Danny Batth should have scored with a header to put them two up, he missed a great chance – a sitter – when he headed it over the bar from about six yards.

Paul Green also headed one off the line from him but unfortunately for us it was third time lucky for him. It was disappointing the way it panned out.

Before the game, I’d have taken a point at Wolverhampton as I think we’ve got a better chance of winning at Middlesbrough tomorrow.

They’re having a bad time, they are not playing with a lot of confidence and with them going 2-1 up on Saturday and then getting clawed back to lose 3-2 to Barnsley – that will be a disaster for them.

We actually gained a point on them on Saturday.

You’d have looked at it beforehand and said ‘well Middlesbrough will beat Barnsley and if we don’t win the game against Wolves then we are going to go a minimum of eight points behind, maybe nine, and we have still got to go up there.’

But now it’s a completely different ball game as if we beat them tomorrow night up there we are only two points behind them and they’ll still be in the top six. But I still think we have got to play better.

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We were playing against a very average side on Saturday and I think Barnsley are different class to Wolves and Barnsley are in the bottom three.

If you are playing teams like that and you are trying to get into the Championship race then you should be winning.

It’s all right having all this possession but the players have got to more clinical in and around the box and that’s something they have got to work on.

And I’m not just talking about finishing, I’m talking about the final balls in, the final pass, picking people off at the right times.

That’s the thing that’s going to get us there and I think they are capable of doing that.

I thought our new players did all right on Saturday but the big centre-forward Steve Morison never got in the game much. He did okay but I think our most dangerous player was Luke Varney.

He’s having a good patch just now and credit to him because he’s had a bit of stick off the fans but he’s come through it and he took his goal brilliantly. He was a constant threat to them. Now you just hope that the Ross McCormack and Steve Morison partnership takes off.

The left-back Stephen Warnock did all right but you have got to feel a little bit sorry for Aidy White because he hasn’t done much wrong recently.

The defence did okay but we have still conceded two goals which is disappointing. But I have to say there’s still a chance that we can get in the play-offs.

Then on Sunday we go to Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup but they are having a bad time as well!

They were well beaten on Saturday at Southampton who I thought played well but City looked all at sea. We might just catch them at a good time!

 

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