Leeds United 1 Bolton Wanderers 5: YEP Jury verdict

Luke Murphy.
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Our YEP panelists have their say on United’s 5-1 home defeat against Bolton Wanderers.

Name: Stephen Clark

Age: 41

United fan for: 
23 years

Lives: Shipley

Having had time to sleep on it, the overriding feeling regarding the latest debacle against Bolton at Elland Road is one of helplessness.

We can discuss the performance of the players or the selections of the manager but these will just be skimming the tip of the iceberg.

There will be no improvement in the lot of the Leeds United fan until the ownership issue is sorted out once and for all, and a long-term plan of stability is introduced to right the wrongs of the last ten years of financial mismanagement.

The irresponsibility of the Ridsdale years has been well-documented, but at least that was money spent chasing what all football fans want; success on the pitch.

We served our penalty for that, and relegation to the third tier was our punishment.

It’s hard to believe that those three seasons in League One would be a highlight of our recent past.

The real crime is how that side was allowed to be broken up, sold off because of the misjudgement of the chairman of that time.

When you stroll past the opulence of the East Stand reception area and you look at the banks of empty blue seats in the corporate section of the East Stand for the remainder of the season, think of the players who we have allowed to leave to pay for that white elephant.

Who knows what the future holds? Not glory on the football field that is for sure.

At the moment I don’t really care who is in charge or who plays tomorrow night against Reading.

I long for a club that knows where it is going, a team who play with passion for the White shirt and supporters who get behind the side and roar them on instead of hounding them off the pitch.

Saturday was the culmination of the mismanagement of a football club.

That wasn’t the Leeds United I bought into.

Unfortunately without a miracle it’s the club we are going to be stuck with for a very long time.

None of the players particularly deserve any praise after a display like that but at a push I’ll go for Luke Murphy as my man of the match.

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

Name: Keith Ingham

Age: 52

United fan for: 
38 years

Lives: Keighley

Back at Elland Road the near-30,000 crowd witnessed a second-half capitulation.

Brian McDermott was forced into one change for the first home Championship game in five weeks, Scott Wootton coming in for Jason Pearce who was absent due to him becoming a father. Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart kept their places.

Bolton had the first chance in an open game that saw the next effort from Luke Murphy, who’s strike just cleared the Bolton bar. Peltier tested Bogdan from distance but the keeper saved with ease.

Just as fans were making their way to the refreshments Joe Mason coolly slotted the ball past Butland.

Sam Byram replaced Peltier at the break but within minutes Jutkiewicz doubled the visitors lead and then Knight headed in a third.

Smith and Mowatt replaced out-of-form Kebe and Stewart.

Bolton increased the lead to 4-0 when Davies scored.

The misery was completed by Moritz scored via the underside of the Leeds bar. Smith headed a consolation goal for Leeds from McCormack’s cross.

This was a disgrace in front of a high turnout and I question the manager’s ability in guiding Leeds through these uncertain waters. HIS acquisitions – Butland and Wickham apart – are not good enough to fill the shirt they wear. SHAMEFUL!

Man of the match: Nobody in a white or green shirt.

Name: Michael Hemsworth

Age: 29

United fan for: 18 yrs

Lives: Leeds

I really do like Brian McDermott and the club needs to stop changing the manager every 12 months.

However, defeats like we witnessed on Saturday have to throw his future into serious doubt. How can he look at Lee Peltier and think “I’ll pick you ahead of Sam Bryam”? Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart were just lambs to the slaughter. I cannot see either of them recovering from the crowd’s reaction when they were finally substituted. Neither of them should have started.

Only Luke Murphy (just) and Connor Wickham came out of that match with any credit at all.

Man of the match: The fan who took the half-time penalties.

Name: Gary Newbould

Age: 42

United fan for: 
41 years

Lives: York

Leeds United’s season ended yet again before Easter as they were humbled. It was another tale of incompetent defending and lack of desire especially from the two wide men whose selection is undermining the manager’s credibility.

Man of the match: The plumber who repaired the half-time leak!

Name: Elliot Bransby

Age: 24

United fan for: 
18 years

Lives: Alwoodley

Bolton have now been added to our seasonal shambolic performances at home along with Preston, Blackpool, Nottingham Forest and Watford.

Different season but same story. Manager under pressure, ownership problems, a squad lacking quality and it’s simply not acceptable.

Is sacking Brian McDermott the answer? Who is actually running the football club? We desperately need stability and at the moment fans are split but I honestly feel without serious investment it doesn’t matter who the manager is. That said, some of his team selections are strange and next up is a game against his old club Reading tomorrow.

Man of the match: Don’t even go there.

Name: Jonathan Ford

Age: 23

United fan for: 
19 years

Lives: Beeston

Well that was just pathetic. How many times can the fans be subjected to this and be expected to back the team?

We missed Jason Pearce immensely, and with the exception of Luke Murphy and Sam Byram in the second half the players just gave up.

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

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