Our YEP Jury have their say on United’s 4-1 reverse at Watford
Name: James Harrison
United fan for: 10 years
What another awful day for Leeds United Football Club. We are in a real mess at the moment and the whole atmosphere around the club is flat.
Although we lost 4-1 on Saturday, for 60 minutes we played okay. Apart from the first 15 minutes we were comfortable. Our midfield kept the ball well with Tommaso Bianchi and Rodolph Austin pulling all the strings. However, we just don’t threaten the opposition’s defence or goalkeeper. No shots on target in 180 minutes of football is simply not good enough and there is no excuse for that. We keep the ball well in midfield and defence but as soon as we get into the final third we freeze and look clueless.
I felt sorry for David Hockaday on Saturday; before Bellusci got sent off we looked like the only team who would go on and win the game.
After we went down to 10 men, he had a big decision in which player to sacrifice to bring Liam Cooper on. He chose Billy Sharp which resulted in boos in the away end of Vicarage Road. Hockaday justified his decision saying he thought Mirco Antenucci was more likely to nick a goal and to be honest I agree with him.
The fans started singing against Hockaday and the negative atmosphere rubbed on against the team. The third went in and Hockaday looked like a lonely man.
At the time I thought it could have been another huge defeat, I feared the worst.
The first goal we conceded was extremely soft, it came from a needless corner when Silvestri should have come and collected the ball after Bellusci shielded it back to him. Bellusci gave Silvestri a real telling off after he cleared the ball.
The second was the game changing point, a lapse of concentration from Giuseppe cost us the game and up to that point I thought he had a very strong debut. The third was a great goal from Watford’s point of view but a real soft one for us. Forestieri, the Watford man of the match took it round a few players and placed it across Silvestri. After seeing the fourth, I still can’t decide whether it is a great strike or just poor goalkeeping; to strike a ball from that distance, the keeper must get behind it and palm it away.
I thought Austin was our man of the match on Saturday, he worked his socks off for the team and he only misplaced a few passes. His distribution has improved a lot this season and on Saturday it was excellent.
We need to win on Wednesday, the whole club needs a lift and this is a great chance for that to happen.
Man of the match: Rodolph Austin.
Name: Keith Ingham
United fan for: 41 years
David Hockaday gave debuts to Bellusci and Antenucci at Vicarage Road. Surprisingly he kept the same midfield that performed so poorly in the first half on Tuesday.
In a open first 10 minutes, first Murphy’s through ball to Bianchi nearly breached the Watford back line but the United midfielder had strayed offside then Deeley’s headed effort just went over the bar. Watford took the lead when Forestieri benefitted from slack marking but Leeds were back level when Tamas put through his own goal diverting a Sharp cross.
In the second half, Watford retook the lead after Bellusci upended Forestieri who was through on goal, the Italian was shown a straight red card, Deeley scored the resultant penalty, with Leeds short at the back due to the sending off, Hockaday surprisingly withdrew Sharp with Cooper coming on. Forestieri then made it three as Leeds struggled with ten men, in added time Tozser found the net from distance and to completely finish a terrible day for Leeds, Sam Byram was harshly sent off in injury time.
I think it’s time to call a halt to the ‘coach’s’ reign and Cellino must realise the mistake he’s made in appointing an amateur in a professional league. In football as in life you get what you pay for!
Man of the match: Bellusci in the first half, second half the fans for seeing the funny side of a miserable afternoon.
Name: Matthew Evans
United fan for: 22 years
United’s midfield was overrun on Tuesday yet the same four players lined up again. It was a bizarre decision, topped by the one to withdraw Billy Sharp. You sense these are good players trying to get results in a flawed system.
Man of the match: Chris Kamara.
Name: Gary Newbould
United fan for: 43 years
We can talk about the result and/or the sendings off being harsh but the harsh realities are that we have conceded eight goals in four games and our joint top scorer plays for the opposition. This must turn around very quickly if we are not to be cut adrift.
Man of the match: The loyal hordes.
Name: Stephen Clark
United fan for: 26 years
The 4-1 defeat at Watford was another masterclass in tactical ineptitude, incoherent selection and substitutions and deluded thinking.
Taking off our only genuine goal threat, when coupled with the coach’s retention of the midfield who took part in our most inept display in years should be enough to condemn Hockaday.
But his bizarre assertion that he was very happy with our display demands his instant removal as head coach. Being 21st in the Championship might be the dizzy heights for him, but for Leeds fans these are desperately worrying times.
Man of the match: Gabriel Tamas – Had the only effort on target for Leeds all afternoon.
Name: Jonathan Ford
United fan for: 20 years
That game was a perfect example of how one mistake can really cost you! Before the red card, we were the most likely team to get a second. We had a slice of luck for our goal, but we started playing with confidence. The red card and penalty changed everything.
Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.