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LUFC Opposition fans view v Burnley

Vital Leeds got in contact with Vital Burnley contributor Grimsby Claret and we got his thoughts on his day at Elland Road on Saturday as well as his views on the Leeds players.

I arrived at Elland road two hours before the game, thousands of fans were milling around the ground giving indication it was going to be a big crowd.

We sat on the steps of the Billy Bremner statue, saw Leeds fans with names like Revie , Bremner, and others from the great Leeds side of the seventies. We took our place with the 2,000 other Burnley fans behind the goal in the cheese wedge corner.
The old songs from seventies were amplified over the pa system 'His hair is red and fuzzy and his bodies black and blue he plays for Leeds Utd … glory glory Leeds Utd` etc…etc… But the Burnley fans were in full voice and from where I was sitting and watching the highlights; we made plenty noise to support the Clarets. Our team were not on form today and this inconsistency has let us down so many times this season.
Leeds played better and could and should have got a second, which would have made it more enjoyable for you Leeds fans.

Having said that we should have had a penalty, we were sat very close to the foul where Andy O'Brien climbed over the back of Chris Iwelumo. Kasper Schmeichel was then at his best to smother Burnley skipper Michael Duff's angled shot, but it was a clear penalty anyway

At one point it was like watching Barcelona v real Madrid, in that the game exploded, as a high challenge by Chris McCann on Gradel sparked a mass bout of pushing and shoving.
We nearly sneaked a draw at the death
Schmeichel turned a Ross Wallace free kick over the bar and there was an almighty goalmouth scramble but we could not get the ball in the net.

But well played to Leeds.


Team ratings

Schmeichel 8 - Two great saves

Lichaj 7
O'Brien 4 -3 Because he got away with murder!! Pulled Iwelumo down in box, we were sat very close it was a stone wall penalty
Naylor 6
McCartney 5

Gradel 7
Howson 7
Kilkenny 7
Johnson 8

McCormack 7
Paynter 7

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 1 2011

Time: 1:38PM

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I think you had a point about the penalty but the referee was inept all afternoon and he got worse as the game went on. Leeds and Burnley will probably now face an FA charge for not controlling their players and four getting booked from each side. They should look more closely at the officials.
dazza71
Yes the officials were poor and the ref lost control ( bit harsh on O' Brian not murder just a foul if the ref had given a penalty the result may have been different) Found the Leeds fans were friendly and enjoyed the good natured banter with them, As a West Yorkshire lad hope you make the play off's but it seems unlikely.
Grimsby Claret
A west Yorkshire lad supporting Burnley! I have to ask why?
dazza71
Burnley fans must have felt like we did at Crystal Palace on Monday. In such a big game they didn't look up for it.
King Billy
I support Burnley dazza because being born and brought up in Silsden (near Keighley) Being closer to Burnley than Leeds and more local lads supported Burnley in those days (the sixties) they ran a coach sometimes even two if the first one was full. It was also before Leeds became the team of the seventies, and Bradford City were a lower league team as now. You chose your football club and stick with them no matter what. We do have a lot of Leeds supporters who go to watch Leeds. Lets hope we both finish in the top two next year.
Grimsby Claret
You've certainly had plenty of downs since the 60's. Like you say, you have to stick with your side. We have shown in the past four or five years that we still have the fans even when the going gets tough. Problem is, if we ever get into the top flight, those fans that have stuck by us will suddenly just be another number as all the glory hunters come flocking back.
dazza71
 

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