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LUFC Fans view v Tottenham

Player ratings by Vital Leeds editor Dazza71 who along with 4,000 plus other Leeds United fans were present at another battling performance against Premiership opposition in the FA Cup.


Ankergren 9 Star Man

Without Ankergren`s heroics in the first fifteen minutes the tie could have been over.
Great stop from Defoe very early on and an even better one to keep him out from the penalty spot.
He`s now put in two very positive and outstanding performances in the FA Cup against Premiership opposition and needs to continue this in the League.

Crowe 7
Was given a hard time by both Bale and Rose on the right hand side.
Got forward to help the midfield and attack when possible.

Bromby 7
Once again in the centre of defence in the absence of skipper, Richard Naylor.
Put in a very solid performance and along with Kisnorbo managed to keep Defoe and Crouch relatively quiet.

Kisnorbo 8
Continues to be the colossus at the heart of the Leeds defence.
Certainly looks like he could play in the Premiership, I would be more worried about someone trying to pry him away from Elland Road in this transfer window than anyone else.


Hughes 7
Similar to Crowe, was given a very hard time by the wing men of Spurs. Looks totally in control at the moment and as been excellent for the side since early December.

Howson 6
Only player I thought who played below par, went missing for long periods of the game as the rest of the midfield worked over time.

Had a great chance to equalise in injury time but decided not to shoot when in a great position.

Doyle 7
Once again did the dirty work in the midfield, broke up play really well and was snapping at the heels of Spurs players throughout.

Kilkenny 8
One of his best games in a Leeds shirt, looked totally at ease at this level. Like Doyle, he continuously broke up play with some great tackles and was given time to pick out players when on the ball.

Snodgrass 8
Ran himself into the ground and looked out on his feet for the last ten minutes but kept going to the death.
Had a couple of good chances to opening the scoring and forced Gomes into one great save.

Only minus was once again the quality of his final ball into the middle sometimes lacked quality and a failure to beat the first man.

Johnson 7
Worked hard, didn`t really get many chances in the attacking area but worked hard to win the ball for Leeds when we didn`t have possession.

Beckford 8
For those that still don`t think he can cut it at this level, he continues to prove the doubters wrong with both goals.

Could have scored at least one in the first half, screwed one wide when in a good position and then drew a great save out of Gomes.
In the right place to swivel and score the first equaliser.

Looked to have the pace to beat Dawson and finally got the defender to lunge in on him inside the penalty area to win the penalty in injury time.

To say he`d missed his last two spot kicks and the amount of time it took for him to take the kick, he showed great composure and self belief to give Gomes no chance.

Subs

Becchio 6

Came on for the final ten minutes and was his usual bustling self, could have had a strike on goal when he made himself a bit of room inside the area but decided to check and look for a player.

White 7
Only came on with a few minutes of normal time left but quickly got into the action and made a couple of good bursts at the Spurs defence.
Maybe time to give this lad a bit more time on the pitch on the left hand side in an attacking position and not at left back.

Summary
Fantastic performance, fantastic battling and fantastic fans.

What we really need to do now is get back to winning ways in the league on Tuesday at Swindon Town.



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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 24 2010

Time: 12:26PM

Your Comments

Not a Tiny T report, must be why Hughes, Doyle and Kilkenny rated so highly!!! Always looking for anyone who would like to do this at away games, Tiny does the home games so to have someone who regularly attends away games and does it would be good. I will be at Swindon on Tuesday so will do another one on Wednesday.
dazza71
Good report mate! for me bromby was surprisingly the star man
anpalu
Crowe 7 and Howson 6? I thought Crowe was getting beat every single time by Bale.
benlufc
I agree with all your ratings exept Crowe who looked short of pace and positional sense (marking space for their first goal)and Howson who I thought should have gone off when Doyle went off. He was gettoing done by Bale all the time for pace. Nobody lacked effort though. I was there and it was an absolutely great day amid the mad people directly behind the goal. Perfect view for three of the four goals but wthout the big screen no idea what was going on at the other end.
erni
average team with average support - nah only kidding :-) yes we should have been out of site in the first twenty minutes but after that your boys more than deserved a draw. It would be good to see you back in the PL in a couple of years time. Awesome support. I think the reply could be a classic
arpant
Concentrate on the Cup don't worry about L1 games - well till after you play us anyway. Didn't watch the game, but on face value a pretty good result.
APG_STFC
Good report Daz from the TV I thought Johnson had a below par game never got going. Without doubt Ankergren was Top Man though Bale got it on TV,
Tiny T
Good report, fantastic performance and everyone deserves credit. Casper can stand tall, Beckford was composed when it needed it, Kisnorbi was a rock. Downsides....too many yellow cards and Mr Howson seriously lacks pace on the turn. Finally, I agree with Dazza that its time Aidan White got more of a run out and I hope Grayson gives him more game time soon.
Admiralsmiley
Great result guys and the best of luck in the replay - you can do it.
Thaibluefan
Great result and good luck in the replay - you can do it.
Thaibluefan
 

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