REACTION AND RECAP: Sheffield United 2 Leeds United 1

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Leeds United's woes continued with a 2-1 loss at derby day hosts Sheffield United. Here is how the defeat unfolded with reaction and analysis too.

Reaction from Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom:

"We’re disappointed with the result, especially with the way we came back in the second half.

“It is something we need to look at.

"Sheffield United are a team who, in my opinion, are the best in the league at building momentum with their style of play, keeping possession and playing forwards.

"They got the ball in the box and they got a goal from it. I know when I watch that goal back there’ll be things I don’t want to see. They’re the things over time that we need to improve."

Reflecting on the second half, Heckingbottom added: "“It was pretty simple to see what the difference was. "Sheffield United were playing forwards all the time, putting us under pressure.

"In our own half we were playing backwards, inviting pressure.

"That made Pierre isolated when we did go forward.

"We had to change that and we had to play forwards more often.

"We did that and we gained the territory."

"We can’t rely on a bit of magic from Pablo to win games.

Stick here for full reaction to come. Much better in the second half but, yet again, too little too late.


90 + 3: LEEDS CHANCE! De Bock long shot deflected just wide. Frantic finale.

90': HUGE SHOTS FOR A BLADES PENALTY. Pennington collides with Clarke but nothing given.


90: FINAL BLADES SUB: Sharp off for Holmes.

90': CHANCE LEEDS. Cross from the right headed wide by Lasogga.

87': BLADES SUB: Evans off for Lundstram.

84': CHANCE LEEDS. Plenty of Whites pressure, Hernandez cuts into the box and curls a powerful shot just over. Very close. United's best player by a mile. Appeals for a Leeds penalty for handball by Stevens then waved away.

79': HUGE CHANCE FOR BLADES. Clarke is played in at close range but lashes a wild shot over. That should have been goodnight. Leeds have now gone 4-4-2 with Ekuban alongside Lasogga. O'Kane and Forshaw centre mid.

77': FINAL LEEDS SUB. Phillips off for Ekuban. Blades sub too - Duffy off for Leonard.

75': LEEDS SUB. Alioski off for Sacko.

73': GOAL BLADES. Sharp hammers home the penalty. No chance for Wiedwald. Smashed it down the bottom left.

72': BLADES PENALTY. O'Kane dives in on Sharp from a free kick. Sharp went flying. Pen. Would have to see that one back as to how much contact there was but if you dive in that's what can happen.

70': Silly foul by Phillips as Leeds were building pressure. Still end to end. Blades getting back on top.

64': BLADES CHANCE: Very nearly 2-1. Duffy cuts inside and lashes a fierce effort just over. Impossible to call this one. Both sides going for it. Before that a lovely pass from Hernandez almost sets Phillips away.

58': LEEDS CHANCE: Low shot from Hernandez after a Phillips cross deflected just wide. Close. The Spaniard has been excellent. One minute he's on the left, the next on the right. Blades then survive a scramble from the corner.

55': Couple of Blades attacks dealt with by Leeds. The home side turning the screw again.

47': It's 1-1!! Leeds win possession, lovely cross from Hernandez from the left finds Lasogga in the box. Excellent downward header beats Blackman all ends up. Leeds quickly go in search of a second but Clarke boots away a Hernandez corner. Away end went crazy with that goal.


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HALF TIME. Not good enough again basically. Okay, Jansson was unlucky with his header - great save by Blackman - and Lasooga's shot was a very decent try. Also, Evans was maybe lucky to stay on the pitch after that foul on Alioski which may have warranted a red. But Leeds again look very shaky at the back and there is not enough threat in open play. Plenty of food for thought for Heckingbottom who will be counting down the days until Saiz returns.

45 + 2: GREAT SAVE: By Blackman. To keep out a Jansson header from the free kick taken by Hernandez. Top save that. Meantime Alioski is fine and he is getting hammer from the Blades fans for staying down for so long. Leeds then clear a Blades corner with a header by Dallas.

44': BLADES YELLOW CARD. Evans dives in on Alioski who is rolling around on the floor. Leeds sub while he is down - Roofe off for Hernandez. Getting quite feisty this. Doubt it will end 11 a side. Five minutes added time.

42': ROOFE GONE OFF. Looks like he is concussed. Hernandez coming on. Blades attack Leeds with ten men but Duffy fires a decent chance at Wiedwald.

34': CROWD SINGING FOR HERNANDEZ. Chants of "Pablo Hernandez" from the away end as Roofe went down injured. Leeds win their first corner but waste it. Roofe and Alioski both having very frustrating games. The talents of Dallas look wasted at right back with Leeds so poor on the wings at the moment. But what do you do? Put Anita there? Need to change something or quickly improve.

28': TWO HUGE BLADES CHANCES. A Sharp cross flashes across goal, Clarke fails to get any sort of touch which would have meant a goal. Then Duffy fires just wide from 20 yards. And now Roofe is down injured. Not good this from Leeds. Blades could and should have scored three or four by now. Roofe is now okay.

27': MORE BLADES PRESSURE. Pinball in the Whites box, cross after cross desperately cleared. That looked like being 2-0. Leeds survive.

23': CHANCE LEEDS. And a good try from Lasogga. He's 25 yards out and central, turns, lovely shot, just wide. Unlucky.

19': ANOTHER LEEDS YELLOW. Roofe this time for a foul on Basham on the left wing.

14': BLADES YELLOW CARD. Sharp for a tackle on Dallas. Looked a bit harsh that and Sharp furious. From the free kick which is initially cleared, Alioski's overhead kick is straight at Blackman. It's a 4-1-4-1 for Leeds, the same system that Heckingbottom used at Barnsley. O'Kane is sitting in front of the back four as a defensive midfielder with Phillips and Forshaw ahead of him. Roofe is on the left and Alioski on the right. Lasogga up front on his own. At the moment, it ain't working.

10': BLADES CHANCE. Sharp heads over from a free-kick, should have scored. Alioski then balloons one well wide at the other end.

5': YELLOW CARD. Very nearly double disaster for Leeds. Forshaw goes in late on O'Connell on the touchline. Crowd calling for a red. Referee Andrew Madley keeps his cool. Yellow card which was the right call. Blades well on top. Duffy also lashed a good chance over in the fifth minute.

2': GOAL SHEFFIELD UNITED. Dear me. But what a goal. One minute and 15 seconds in, brilliant Billy Sharp volley after O'Kane attempt to head a cross clear dropped to him.

12.31pm: KICK-OFF. We are underway here at Bramall Lane. Leeds get us started.

12.28pm: Here we go!! Players are out on the pitch here at Bramall Lane. WIFI is a bit hit and miss. Hold on to your hats!

12.15pm: Warm ups coming to a close. Cracking atmosphere at Bramall Lane. There's a real sense that this could be a cracker. And when was life at Leeds ever dull?

12.05pm: A fifth captain of the season today for Leeds. O'Kane follows Hernandez, Berardi, Ayling and Cooper in taking the skipper's armband. Oddly, Jansson, arguably the most obvious candidate for a captain, has yet to be skipper.

11.50am: Strong bench for Leeds, even with all the injuries and bans, and a very attacking one. Anita the only defender there. Hernandez a gem of a player to have as a sub. Vieira too. And will we see Ekuban who had looked so promising before getting injured for the second time?

Let's just pray for no more shenanigans or injuries or cards or anything basically at the back. Forshaw would head into defence should anything else happen there, God forbid.

11.40am: BLADES TEAM: Blackman, Basham, Stearman, O'Connell, Baldock, Stevens, Evans, Duffy, Fleck, Clarke, Sharp. Subs: Lundstram, Donaldson, Wilson, Leonard, Lafferty, Holmes, Eastwood. Duffy and Sharp both play, Blackman fit to return. Moore, Holmes and Wilson drop out

11.35am: That looks like a 4-3-3 to us or at the very least a 4-3-2-1 with Forshaw, O'Kane and Phillips in centre midfield and Alioski and Roofe either side of Lasogga. Dallas at right back by the looks of it. Big calls in leaving out Vieira and Hernandez but great to see Ekuban back on the bench. Evidently no worries with Jansson but no Roberts again. Heckingbottom said he might need time, he definitely rates him, tried to take him on loan at Barnsley. It's three changes for Leeds. Dallas, O'Kane and Phillips come into the side, Berardi (banned), Hernandez and Vieira drop out.

11.30am: LEEDS TEAM: Wiedwald, De Bock, Jansson, Pennington, Dallas, Forshaw, O'Kane, Phillips, Alioski, Roofe, Lasogga. Subs: Lonergan, Anita, Hernandez, Cibicki, Sacko, Vieira, Ekuban. O'Kane is captain.

11.29am: Leeds have not won here since 1992. The day they won the league! Not won in five visits since.

11.25am: Ekuban is here. Could he back sooner than we think?

11.10am: The likely team....Very difficult to say as there is no guarantee that Heckingbottom will line up in 4-2-3-1 and indeed the 40-year-old favoured a 4-1-4-1 at Barnsley.

But it looks a pretty safe bet that Pierre-Michel Lasogga will start upfront and probably in a lone striker role.

Assuming Pontus Jansson is indeed fit after being stretchered off last weekend, the Swede will surely partner Matthew Pennington at centre back and Laurens De Bock looks a sho-in for left back while Felix Wiedwald will surely start in goal.

But unless Heckingbottom plays three at the back, right back could be interesting with both Berardi and Ayling out and Stuart Dallas played there after Berardi's dismissal against Cardiff. Vurnon Anita would be the other option.

In midfield, both Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O'Kane are back from suspension but will Heckingbottom fancy Ronaldo Vieira and Adam Forshaw instead?

Then it's anyone's guess who will start out wide and whether or not the new head coach will play two or even three upfront or have Pablo Hernandez as a no 10 or even Kemar Roofe there.

What's for sure is that recent performances simply must improve with Hadi Sacko and Pawel Cibicki challenging for spots out wide, plus also Dallas who may well ultimately find himself on right back duty.

But you just wonder about three at the back?

Team news at 11.30am.

Oh, and wrap up warm if you are coming along.

10.55am: A fresh start, a clean slate. That is the view of new head coach Heckingbottom and there has been plenty of discussion about what changes the new man at the helm might make. But the facts are that Heckingbottom could be without seven players today through injury and suspension so he is hardly spoilt for choice. Samu Saiz, Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi are all banned whereas Luke Ayling, Conor Shaughnessy and Caleb Ekuban are all definitely out through injury and there are also doubts about Tyler Roberts too.

10.45am: And the perfect game too. So says new Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom who insists that today's Yorkshire derby is the ideal game for him to start his Whites tenure in.

"It’s perfect for me," he says.

"I know what it means to the fans. I enjoy the big games and the derbies, especially”

10.30am: Good morning from Bramall Lane! Where it is cold and wet, absolutely perfect for a Yorkshire derby you might say.