Burnley v Leeds United: YEP jury verdict

The YEP jury give their verdict on Leeds United's 3-2 win against Burnley.


Age: 25

Years following United: 25

Lives: Leeds

A real game of two halves if ever there was one! Not at the races in the first half, magnificent in the second. We were missing Andy O'Brien and that showed as we went in 2-0 down at the interval. The second half, however, was a different story as we battered Burnley and could have ended up with five or six. The change of formation with Gradel being pushed up front certainly worked and to go to a side that has just come down from the Premiership and turn around a two-goal deficit is some achievement.

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Age: 46

Years following United: 38

Lives: Yeadon

If anybody questions why you get up at stupid o'clock and travel 500 miles in a day on occasions the victory at Turf Moor provided the answer. The unbridled joy at the final whistle was a sight to behold as yet another huge following wallowed in a tremendous comeback that looked on the cards as soon as Gradel swept home United's opener. A subdued first half gave way to an ebullient second with Snodgrass again the catalyst as Becchio slid home the equaliser following a rampaging run and cross from Connolly and Howson majestically stroked home the winner having turned Carlisle this way and that.

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Years following United: 18

Lives: Skipton

As Leeds didn't turn up for the first half, I won't dwell on it. Suffice to say we were terrible and it's the worst we've played for a while, conceding two goals in the process. Grayson must have had a word or two to say at half-time as the Leeds players ran out of the tunnel purposefully. Gradel scored before Grayson – never one to shirk a positive substitution – brought on McCormack in place of Kilkenny, which swung the game in our favour. Becchio and Howson netted and a fine save from Schmeichel brought the points home.

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Age: 39

Years following United: 40

Lives: Market Weighton

A memorable win for United as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The Whites fell behind on the half-hour and the arrears were doubled just before half-time.

An early goal in the second half was essential and duly arrived via Max Gradel and with Connolly and Johnson outstanding, and spurred on by over 4,000 travelling fans, the equaliser arrived courtesy of Luciano Becchio. Five minutes from time euphoria turned to ecstasy as Captain Fantastic Jonny Howson capped a fine run with a sublime finish.


Age: 28

Years following United: 17

Lives: Bramley

When Simon Grayson retires from football he could have a successful career as a motivational speaker. The side that came out for the second half against Burnley was a million miles from the one that left the pitch just 15 minutes earlier. Quick, clever passing and movement coupled with a desire to win the ball ensured another three points for Larry's men. Up to fourth in the table and unbeaten in eight, can we continue the good form against QPR, Leicester and Portsmouth to make 2010 a very merry Christmas?

Sam Byram.

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