The difference in pace between divisions was clear in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup match between Leicester City and Leeds United.
Leicester were set up to play on the counter attack but the disappointing thing was, after taking the lead, United conceded a bad goal soon after.
Our poor goalie [Felix Wiedwald] I’m afraid should have done better.
I also thought we didn’t carry enough threat up front and both Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki seemed to lack the tigerish qualities needed to trouble defenders.
Onwards and upwards though. Let’s take the three points tomorrow against Sheffield United and we will feel a lot better.
Stephen Hemingway, via website
We are quickly learning about the depth of our squad – these League Cup games have let everyone get tested. And we’ve got some raw ones in Pawel Cibicki, Jay-Roy Grot, Felix Wiedwald and others. Caleb Ekuban needs to get fit as he is ahead of Grot just now.
But we gave Leicester a game – there was much naivety shown by us for their goals but weighed against this was that it was effectively our second team.
We have a base – we’ll need additions in January – but make no mistake, we’re in it this season and we’ll make the play-offs.
Whisper it, but second place is within our grasp.
Over to you Thomas Christiansen and this astonishing, travelling, unrelenting, juggernaut of fans.
Hugh Crow, via website
in a spirit of post-match calm, the lads did okay at Leicester, and the game means little, other than showing we have depth in our squad (at Championship level).
Promotion is worth a million times more than a quarter-final place in the Carabao Cup and three points against Sheffield United tomorrow is much more important than Tuesday night. Nothing to upset the general optimism and, hey, Marching On Together!
John Bennett, via website
I always said at the beginning of the Carabao Cup that the competition was a distraction we never needed, nor would we ever win it. What Tuesday night’s game showed was that three players were just not good enough – Felix Wiedwald, Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki.
Now to the real test tomorrow night against Sheffield United. Three points is a must or we will be 10 points behind the Blades. It’s quite simple really.
Michael Robinson, via website
It’s got to be Eunan O’Kane before Mateusz Klich for me.
I’m still not 100 per cent convinced about Gjanni Alioski though. Pablo Hernandez is a cracking player with loads of talent, but the fact he choses when and where to put a proper shift in, is really disapointing and something we can’t afford.
We need to get an out-and-out quality left-back, a quality, experienced midfielder with vision and the ability to organise/control the midfield, and a hungry striker with something to prove. Do things right in January Mr Radrizzani, and we WILL get promoted.
Brian Roberts, via website
As far as I’m concerned as long as Felix Wiedwald doesn’t get anywhere near the starting XI again we may have a good season. I’m so glad we signed Andy Lonergan. I liked him last time he was at Leeds United – he’s our number one now.
Here’s how I’d like to see United team going forward: Lonergan, Ayling, Jansson, Pennington, (new left-back), Klich, Vieira, O’Kane/Phillips, Alioski/Roofe, Lasogga, Saiz.
Eventually, I feel this will be our strongest XI with the others on the bench with Pablo Hernandez and Vurnon Anita.
We need to buy an outright left-back as it’s going to cost us in the long term.
Also we need a goal-scoring option from the bench – either Premier League or a lower league goal scorer.
Rob Norris, via website