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LUFC Fans view v Norwich City

Vital Leeds regular contributor Tiny T gives us his frank and personal views on the player performances in Monday nights 2-1 victory over Norwich City.


Higgs 5
Nearly fumbled the ball in to his own net early on, a la Gary Sprake, had to be replaced with reoccurrence of his thigh injury.

Crowe 5
Not as good defensively as when he attacks and he did little of that, didn't look fit and struggled but kept going.

Naylor 6
Early booking and injury, came back after treatment and stuck to the task but regularly beaten in the air.

Bromby 6
Looks more comfortable at Centre Half than at Right Back, troubled all evening by tough forward line but had never say die attitude needed.

Hughes 3
A liability at the back, gave the ball away too easily, our weak link.

Snodgrass 5
Great corner for the goal, but doesn't put himself about like last season. Crossing is poor to none existent and not quick enough, when we attack quickly to deliver early, he always wants at least one extra touch.

Doyle 5
Over run in the middle as Norwich bossed the show.

Howson 4
Like Doyle overrun and possibly his worst game in a White shirt.

Johnson 7
The pick of the midfield and a stunning header for the opener keep it up Bradley. A different player this season.

Vokes 6
Useful first start with nice touches and not afraid to shoot, great addition for next 3 months, how did Larry get him ? Needs more game time to improve match fitness

Beckford 7 Star man
Scored the winner after spurning some early chances, got stuck in and won headers, amazing.

Subs
Ankergren 6
Flapped at crosses as we know he can, but great saves to keep the score level, which allowed us to claim 3 points at the end.

Kandol 6
Got stuck in and started to turn the tide holding the ball and putting pressure on the Norwich back line.

Gradel 7
Turned the match inside out, ran at the defence at pace, just what we need. Would start him ahead of Snodgrass, or remove Hughes, Johnson to Left Back and put Gradel wide left.

A game we could easily have lost as we were under pressure for long periods.

Vokes will get better with game time and will get goals, Kandol is more useful than Enoch and with the pace of Gradel on the Left we may see some better signs than in recent games.

We need a Left Back desperately as Hughes isn't up to it and another Right Back, why did we let Fraser go?

Kisnorbo was missed last night as he is the leader and organiser at the back, lets hope he's well for the Millwall game.

The fourth official was useless supposed to keep control from the touchline, the Norwich keeper received coaching during the game from behind the goal and in a stoppage of play the goal keeping coach came onto the field of play to talk to him, didn't think this was allowed?

Disappointed with the crowd last night, know it was live on Sky but the team needs its fans on nights like this. If you can't turn up for a top six game how many will be there against a big Club like Yeovil next time out?

As always thanks for your own and sometimes controversial views Tiny.

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 20 2009

Time: 4:09PM

Your Comments

I must get some new glasses! I thought Snodgrass was our best player. I thought Beckford was nothing more than average and I was still calling him all the useless b***ards after missing when he got the winner. Then again would it have gone in without the huge deflection? We need a left back and fast before Hughes gets us into a lot of trouble, we can't wait till next year when Parker comes back.
dazza71
I thought Soddy did well until he tired second half. Beckford had a pretty petulant period and should have converted a couple of chances but good on him to keep going. While everybody else had their backs to the ball he was waiting his chance. Howson had a shocker and I though Hughes was made to look worse by the poor support the midfield gave to him when he was one on two several times.
erni
I can assure you, Hughes doesn't get any better, he looked just as "good" as he did in a Norwich shirt...
Saturday skin
How long before Beckford is sold?
merlin
The drive home for the Norwich fans will have been like a funeral procession What ever the stats say to lose it in the 93rd minute will have felt like a mugging But playing like that they will have their day im sure
Vital Maverick
At over 50 years old I could defend Snodgrass all day, don't allow him to cut inside, show him the outside hasn't a clue, just mine and a few others around me in the Kops view
Tiny T
I thought Snoddy was one of the better performers on the day until he tired about 60 mins and probably should have come off then. For me left back and right back have been the weak links all season even though we have the best defensive record in the league. Its their inability to keep the ball that really frustrates me. We lose possession so many times in a game because of them. Normally full backs are afforded more time on the ball so shouldn't be giving in away cheaply IMO. Crowe is better than Hughes but for me we still need a stronger right back. I think the defensive record is down to the outstanding centre backs and GK we have at the club. Be it Naylor, Paddy, Bromby, Rui or indeed Lubo this season, I can rarely find reason to fault any of them (other than a few pens given away early in the season). Also Higgs wasn't fit on Mon so I am not too worried by his shaking 15 mins, he shouldn't have been in the team. I though Norwich's fluid system was what allowed them to dominate midfield. Their players seemed to move across the pitch as the ball did creating three on twos all over the place whereas in the first half we were ridgid 4-4-2 which left us chasing shadows at time. Second half we changed it and we stiffled them somewhat. Back to players and I didn't think Johnson was overall better than any of the other midfielders, yes he got his goal but I can't remember any telling contributions from him in an extremely quiet second half from him.
PhilH92
I thought Kandol made a huge difference when he came on - he should probably have started but most definitely introduced a lot earlier - he held up the ball well, passed well & showed well for the ball. Much better as a link centre froward than Vokes.
donk
 

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