Leeds United: YEP Jurors give their derby verdicts

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The YEP jurors give their verdicts on Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Ipswich Town.

James Harrison

An extremely poor show in an up and down week for our club saw us get beaten comfortably at the hands of high-flying Ipswich.

Apart from the first 10 minutes, we were second best; we couldn’t keep the ball and we looked nothing like the side that beat Derby a week ago.

We started off terrifically, scoring inside the first five minutes but again we couldn’t hold onto a lead away from home. It has happened four times now: Bradford, Rotherham, Blackburn and Ipswich. To mount a play-off charge in this division, you need to pick up points away and we just haven’t done that this year and it has been really disappointing.

The first goal we conceded was a great header. We let them put a cross in too easily and it was a free header but you cannot take anything away from Daryl Murphy’s finish.

Neil Redfearn came out after the game and agreed with the referee’s decision to award the penalty against Stephen Warnock for their second goal. I agree with Redfearn, it was clumsy and a real soft penalty.

Their third goal was extremely poor from our perspective. They got in behind our left side too easy and Murphy ran 15 yards untouched and finished it comfortably.

Again, the fourth goal was avoidable. There shouldn’t be an excuse for letting them score a free header from a corner; all the goals we concede seem to be from our mistakes and it is costing us games.

The fans, as always, were terrific. They never stopped singing throughout the game even when we were 4-1 down. I think that the foreign players are starting to realize and appreciate how loyal our fans are.

One good thing about this time of year is that games start to come around thick and fast. In recent years, we always seem to be poor around this time of the year. We have struggled with the quick turnaround in games but this year it needs to change. If we pick up seven or nine points over Christmas then we will be right in the thick of it come the new year.

Fulham next week is a great chance to get back to winning ways and continue our good home form. It will see the return of 11-millon-pound-man Ross McCormack. I am intrigued to see what reaction he gets by our fans. I’m really unsure to be honest. We need three points to keep clear of the relegation zone.

I am confident we won’t get relegated but at the moment it is hard not to look over our shoulder because we don’t seem to be getting clear of the chasing teams.

Man of the match: 
Mirco Antenucci.

Gary Newbould

United fell to a disappointing defeat at high-flying Ipswich Town after taking an early lead.

The Whites need to find some away form and defensive stability quickly if they are to advance up the table.

Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.

Keith Ingham

Leeds United came back from Suffolk pointless after a 4-1 hammering in a very poor defensive display.

Neil Redfearn made one change from the team that beat Derby. In came Jason Pearce replacing the injured Giuseppi Bellusci. Dario Del Fabro made the substitute bench. Leeds started well and were in front in four minutes, Antenucci getting on the end of a Warnock run and cross. It was a great start but within eight minutes Murphy equalised for Ipswich with a good header. The turning point in the game came on 26 minutes when Warnock was adjudged to have impeded Paul Anderson, and David McGoldrick despatched the penalty to give the home side the lead.

Leeds sought an equaliser and Alex Mowatt had a effort that flew wide but after a breakaway Ipswich, through Murphy, made it 3-1 in first-half injury time.

Within minutes of the second half starting the game was over, a fourth goal going in with the defence absent without leave. Billy Sharp and Rudy Austin replaced the out-of-sorts Souleymane Doukara and Adyran but too late to alter the outcome. It was a shame to see on social media some fans singling out certain players to blame for the defeat. To them I say this, we win and lose TOGETHER!

A better display is needed versus Fulham.

Man of the match: The fans.

Stephen Clark

Just as our superb win over Derby County last weekend was overshadowed by off the field news and events, then – hopefully – the 4-1 hammering at Ipswich will be erased from the memory by an even worse result on the club’s balance sheet.

Despite an early goal from Mirco Antenucci, the Leeds defence crumbled under wave after wave of Ipswich Town’s attacks.

There was little to take in the way of positives from the game, and the news that – once again – the club is on the verge of financial chaos, means it has been a disastrous weekend all round.

Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.

Matthew Evans

United looked like a team that meant business for at least 10 minutes at the start on Saturday but again failed to translate home performances into an away game and succumbed to the professionalism of Mick McCarthy’s side.

The danger now is that the team’s confidence is irrecoverably knocked. The first real setback for Neil Redfearn this season saw the team practically give up hope at 3-1 down.

Defensively we looked weak, in the midfield we looked tired and the forwards had little or nothing to feed off. Hopefully we can put this behind us quickly and come out of the blocks fighting at home to Fulham next week.

Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.

Jonathan Ford

Well that was unexpected, by me at least, but I should have seen it coming.Mick McCarthy’s teams are physical and want to win everything, and we were bullied out of a game we took the lead in. Just get it out of our system and keep doing what we are doing.

Man of the match: The loyal fans.