Leeds United Jury: ‘Pedestrian’ Leeds are taught a lesson by the streetwise Blades

Leeds United's Samuel Saiz and Sheffield United's Cameron Carter-Vickers battle for the ball.
Leeds United's Samuel Saiz and Sheffield United's Cameron Carter-Vickers battle for the ball.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 2-1 defeat against Sheffield United and look ahead to Tuesday’s home clash with Derby County

DAVID WATKINS

Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan saves at the feet of Sheffield United's Billy Sharp.

Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan saves at the feet of Sheffield United's Billy Sharp.

It’s fine margins in the Championship. If that Samuel Saiz shot went in, the game may have turned our way but equally two incredible Andy Lonergan saves prevented a Billy Sharp hat-trick.

In the end, the Blades had the edge in match management; they were far more streetwise than Leeds.

They made at least half a dozen professional fouls during the game, tripping or pulling back Leeds players in good positions, determined not to allow them through at any cost and showing they’re a crafty outfit. Their work rate and pressing was better than ours too, while our defending wasn’t great either.

When it came to the changes, the Blades’ substitutions had a cutting edge while ours were blunt; Jay-Roy Grot achieving little but David Brooks looking far livelier for them for example. Why do we concede so many goals to substitutes?

Once again we must be careful and not be too critical; we didn’t become world-beaters at Bristol and neither are we now rubbish.

Man of the match: Samuel Saiz.

MATTHEW EVANS

Friday night’s performance against Sheffield United was hugely disappointing and leaves us all wondering where to turn next.

It wasn’t that Leeds United were totally outplayed by the visitors but Sheffield United turned up with more conviction, more confidence and a greater desire to win the game.

The large and expectant home crowd did not help our cause.

A visibly nervous Leeds side was barracked on two minutes after conceding an early goal and hollers of despair rang around the ground with every backward or misplaced pass.

All of a sudden the ball became a hot potato, Sheffield United picked us off and we never really got going.

Throw into the mix a hopeless referee and it was one of the least satisfying evenings at Elland Road for a long time.

I would expect one or two significant changes against Derby County on Tuesday evening with head coach Thomas Christiansen having to go back to the drawing board.

Man of the match: Samuel Saiz.

KEITH INGHAM

Another defeat in front of a 30,ooo plus crowd at Elland Road, which will – if this bad form continues – dwindle in their numbers.

Leeds were second best, especially in the first half, as Sheffield United beat them 2-1 with a late winner from David Brooks, the win took them to the top of the Championship.

Thomas Christainsen must be careful, the early-season form has gone and we look an ordinary side in games like this one.

Surely it’s time to give Kemar Roofe or Jay-Roy Grot a chance or maybe play with two forwards?

Pierre-Michel Lasogga may be built like a ‘outhouse’ but he rarely uses it against defenders. He was a passenger for most, if not all of the game.

Derby County visit Leeds on Tuesday and the fans will expect a response, too many players are having ‘off days’ at the same time.

It’s time for the head coach to assert himself and if needs be, drop the players that aren’t performing, before the good start is just a fading memory.

Man of the match: Samuel Saiz.

MIKE GILL

Doctor Jekyll remained in Bristol as Mr Hyde returned to Elland Road on Friday night.

Leeds United were beaten by a faster, hungrier team in Sheffield United. Were it not for an heroic performance from Andy Lonergan, things could have been far worse.

Prior to this game, it was tempting to convince yourself that our problems had been solved by a change of tactics at Bristol City and that all would now be well.

Sadly, the Championship doesn’t work like that and a pedestrian display will always catch you out.

At least Leeds recovered from the early shock from old boy Billy Sharp.

Kalvin Phillips’ goal was a cracker and briefly warmed the crowd but a nervous hour followed and it was the home side who were hanging on for a draw.

When David Brooks found the net on 81 minutes there was an air of inevitability about it all. The classy Samuel Saiz was an exception but that’s about it.

Man of the match: Samuel Saiz.

GARY NEWBOULD

Leeds United slipped to a second consecutive home defeat against near rivals Sheffield United on Friday evening.

With barely two minutes on the clock former United player (and regular tormentor-in -chief) Billy Sharp capitalised on poor marking and anticipation to put the visitors in front. The next 15 minutes saw United come close to conceding a second, only a combination of poor finishing, luck and first class goalkeeping from Andy Lonergan kept the Whites in the game.

Just after the half hour mark Kalvin Philips restored parity with a fine finish and for the remainder of the half United played their best football of the match.

After a promising opening 15 minutes, with Samuel Saiz at the heart of all things creative, the second half once again saw United hand the initiative back to the Blades before the visitors secured the points with less than 10 minutes to go.

This was a another poor show in front of a remarkable crowd for a Friday night. The season needs to be rescued quickly.

Man of the match: Andy Lonergan.

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