Leeds United Jury: Ninety-minute display needed to end an ‘appalling’ run of results

Hadi Sacko.
Hadi Sacko.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s Championship clash at Brentford.

DAVID WATKINS

Thomas Christiansen.

Thomas Christiansen.

Leeds face Brentford on the back of an appalling run of six defeats in eight league games, having started the season with no defeats in seven before that Millwall debacle.

The Bees have lost only one of their last 11 and earned creditable draws with Wolves, Villa, Derby and Middlesbrough.

For the fourth league game running we face a form side, a team fresh from wins at Birmingham and Preston this week.

We can win at Griffin Park but only if we reproduce the 90-minute performance shown at Bristol. Against the Blades we performed in the middle third and against Derby for an hour but both games were lost in the remaining minutes. I’m assuming we can find that Bristol form.

As Thomas Christiansen continues to tinker with his line-up, I’d expect his next move to be a start for Hadi Sacko. Sacko has faults but I still think he’s a more natural winger than Kemar Roofe. Other than that, I’d guess we’ll stick with the XI that started against Derby.

Prediction: Brentford 2 Leeds United 3.

MATTHEW EVANS

While Reading and Sheffield United deserved to beat us, that wasn’t the case at all with Derby County on Tuesday night who, for most of the 90 minutes, were incredibly poor.

Tuesday’s atmosphere was more upbeat and a win looked on the cards until some sloppy defending and a woeful attempt to track back from Kemar Roofe let Derby back into the game.

The referee did the rest with a questionable penalty decision.

Our games are starting to remind me of those under Gary McAllister or Darko Milanic in years gone by.

We approach our play with an admirable ethos but are simply not picking up the points. Thomas Christiansen is lucky that we have an owner more patient than the previous regime but this losing streak cannot go on.

Unfortunately, we never seem to do well at Griffin Park and, with the growing pressure and another TV audience, I don’t see that changing tomorrow.

Prediction: Brentford 3 Leeds United 1.

KEITH INGHAM

Where do I start? A team at the top of the Championship has now lost three games on the trot at Elland Road and eight games out of 10.

I fail to understand how a team can play so well for 60 minutes, then turn off and let their opponents come back into the game. Three defenders let ONE striker past them to score the equaliser and then the referee gave a harsh penalty to Derby to claim all three points. He’d previously missed the clear push on Gjanni Alioski when it was 1-0 to Leeds.

I’m struggling to pick my first XI because, apart from a few players – Samuel Saiz, Ronaldo Vieira, Andy Lonergan – the rest are underperforming so much they don’t deserve a place in the first XI and that has to change. Thomas Christiansen has a couple more games to turn the situation around or he may be out of the door if defeats continue.

Leeds travel to Brentford – not a happy hunting ground – for another live game on Sky. It’s time for the players to show what they are capable of and, in doing so, show me that I’m wrong about them.

They’ve done it before but this time it’s more important than ever.

Prediction: Brentford 1 Leeds United 1.

MIKE GILL
The unjust and unwelcome performance from Leeds United at Halloween brought the inevitable demands for Thomas Christiansen’s blood.

It has to be said that the ghouls were not all deluded and misinformed fans either. It is difficult to pinpoint the root cause of United’s fall from grace other than their loss of confidence.

There are issues which the coach must be given time to address and, in some ways, our fantastic start is working against him.

What is needed against Brentford is a solid, committed performance for 90 minutes, not just the first 45.

A bit of luck combined with some decent refereeing would also be useful. It is really not helpful to speculate about the January transfer window because the Whites could be out of the running by then.

Leadership, a calm head and a steady hand will see us through.

That and a ban on the ‘Leeds are falling apart’ song, lest the irony expressed turns into a horrible reality!

Prediction: Brentford 0 Leeds United 2.

GARY NEWBOULD

After succumbing to a third home defeat on the trot in midweek Leeds United have a Saturday evening TV encounter down at Griffin Park against Brentford.

The Bees have had a poor opening to the season and currently lie seven points and 12 places worse off than the Whites.

However, United have an extremely poor record in west London.

A seventh loss in their last 10 competitive matches has also eroded all the early-season confidence that had been so palpable around Elland Road.

However, United are still – remarkably – (just) two points off the play-off positions despite the poor run.

Whilst coach Thomas Christiansen might not quite yet be drinking in the last chance saloon, results over the next three to four matches will surely dictate whether he will be entrusted with any transfer-window funds come mid-season.

A blip has now developed into a bit of a crisis for Leeds which needs to be turned around very quickly.

Prediction: Brentford 2 Leeds United 1.

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