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LUFC Fans view v Southend United

Tiny T gives us his usual no holds barred view of the players and their performance at Elland Road.

This time against struggling Southend United in a game that took Leeds an hour to go in front before clinching an important three points in a 2-0 win.

Higgs 5
Distribution poor as was his decision making, could have helped the defence more by coming out to collect the ball.

Bromby 5
Overlapped at times but crosses poor, one or two problem moments, but troubled very little.

Naylor 6
Exposed at times and won a lot in the air, but his distribution is one dimensional, long ball is all he looks for and at times the ball boys saw more of it than the front two.

Collins 7
Assured in the centre of defence, won the ball well and covered behind Hughes and Naylor when needed.

Hughes 4
Yet again his distribution is all over the place, tries to get forward but again poor link play. Why we need him when we had two others who can play left back available is beyond me.

Howson 7
A good stint and worked tirelessly to keep us moving forward.

Doyle 7
A good hard man display and put himself about in the middle, better than of late.

Kilkenny 6
Proved again he cannot tackle and his corners did not pass the first man, tries to go through the middle when we had men wide on the odd occasion.

Gradel 8 Star man
Workaholic performance and got the deserved goal.

Beckford 4
Totally off form and rightly subbed.

Subs

Johnson 6

Got forward well but booked and will miss next two games. A left footer playing on the left sid,e did I see something novel today.

Becchio 7
Proved how much we miss him, wins and holds the ball instead of giving it away. Got the second goal, not bad for thirty minutes work.

Watt
Not on long enough to give a score

Summary

When will we learn the team needs width and pace out wide. Its too late for this season but after three seasons in Division 3 its time our managers learnt we haven't any!

Praise from me for a Referee is like Rocking Horse Doo Doo but today`s let the game flow as much as possible and was largely anonymous.

Nervous start but when we got our noses in front we were always going to win and with Gradel and Becchio scoring, there confidence will be high.

I am not one to have a go at our fans, but the minority who booed Beckford when he was subbed are out of order. If it wasn't for his goals we possibly wouldn't be in the position we are, he is off form and needs our support not our condemnation so get behind him, we still need his goals.

Five Games left and fifteen points to play for, let us see where they take us.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 10 2010

Time: 8:57PM

Your Comments

Good to see Howson is continuing his recent upturn in form, he's been our most consistent player for the last four or five games. I have always been a big Beckford fan, I think the time as past to get behind him, the fans have given him a lot of slack since scoring against Manchester United. If Leeds were still cruising the table and on the verge of promotion then his poor performances would go unnoticed by most. He's lacked any commitment or effort since the FA Cup run ended and I think he might have started his last game for Leeds today. His antics in recent months have also put of a number of clubs fans already like Newcastle and Everton and if he plays for them with the same attitude he as at Leeds recently he will last two minutes. David Moyes certainly won't put up with him, he's binned a lot bigger and better proven Premier League goalscorers during his time in charge at Everton.
dazza71
Sorry missed this one off Snodgrass - 6 - A couple of good efforts but tries to go through rather than round the opposition, can't fault his commitment but his delivery and thought processes are poor and slow, needs to up his game
Tiny T
Who on earth in the premiership is going to pay beckford's wage on these last 3 months perfomances.......Severe loss of form I feel sorry for the guy but his antics do not help the cause....Time to let him go and to get Watt on a bit earleir to see what he is like before loan spell is over.
Only-Sleggin
Good freport Tiny I also thought Hughes had a poor game and 4 was about right despite his non stop effort but if he was 4 then the best beckford could be is 2 as he gave no effort, no contribution whatsoever and zero skill. He was a disgrace and even his loyal fans have now lost patience.. I thought Collins had another good game and Howson looks like he is hitting form at the right time. Becchio's impact was immediate and he must start the newxt game as he gives the midfield the time to join the attack with his ball shielding.
erni
Andy Hughes looked like he'd turned a corner at the start of the year but seems to have gone back to his old self after being swapped between right back and left back.
king billy
 

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