UK time is: 08:11:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

LUFC Grayson - No excuses for the defence

Simon Grayson made no excuses for his back four after the side let in three goals at Southampton.

Only Paul Connolly in the defence has featured in all the pre season games for Leeds this season.

Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan was making only his second appearance in a Leeds shirt whilst left back Darren O`Dea only joined up with the squad on Friday after signing from Celtic.

Andy O`Brien played his first game of pre season last weekend after suffering a hip injury at the start of pre season and fellow centre back made his first competitive start for Leeds since March 2010.

Grayson also blamed lack of protection from the midfield but stated that as proven professionals there was no excuse for their performances.

Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Grayson said, "It was difficult for the back four today because they weren`t getting too much protection in front of them. We had O`Brien, who had only played 45 minutes against Newcastle and a practice match the other day. Paddy (Kisnorbo) played his first full game in the league for a long time, Darren O`Dea only came in on Friday, but that is no excuse, it`s not like we have thrown the team together, as proven professionals, what we`ve done all pre season and what we did last year, we can`t use that as an excuse."

Leeds were picked apart for all three goals. The midfield was nowhere to be seen for the first goal, with Southampton midfielder Dean Hammond travelling twenty yards unchallenged before firing past Andy Lonergan.

Adam Lallana made experienced defender Andy O`Brien look statuesque for the second goal, cutting inside him with ease.

The third goal came after a quick interchange between the Southampton attackers found David Connolly in plenty of space, with time to pick his spot.

The performance showed that Leeds could once again be conceding many goals this season, after letting in seventy in the Championship last season.


Join The Vital Debate

Vital Leeds are the proud sponsors of the Thames Valley Whites Regional Supporters club

The fastest growing Leeds United supporters club in the South of England, with almost 200 members since it`s formation in April 2009, travel to all games home and away.

The branch has pick up points at Basingstoke, Reading, Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury and will consider other pick up points on request.

Vital Leeds offers everything that a Leeds United supporter could wish for. If you can think of something and suggest it, we`ll put it on the website!


With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

The site is regularly updated with news and views regarding all the current events at Elland Road, alongside a fully interactive message forum.


With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It's easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Leeds .



Bookmark and Share


Vital Leeds is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!


Vital Leeds on: facebook

Vital Leeds on: twitter






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 6 2011

Time: 8:56PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Leeds Articles

LUFC On This Day - March 27th (Friday March 27 2015)

LUFC Redfearn explains Adryan absence (Thursday March 26 2015)

LUFC On This Day - March 26th (Thursday March 26 2015)

LUFC Mowatt on England bench (Wednesday March 25 2015)

LUFC On This Day - March 25th (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Archived Leeds Articles

List All Vital Leeds Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. dazza71 551
2. deslondon 212
3. erni 146
4. Tiny T 127
5. SimonTVW 82
6. Oyper 59
7. King Billy 43
8. bago 36
9. thefallengiants 32
10. ultraleeds 17

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Blackburn 39 14 12 13 1 54
11. Charlton 39 13 15 11 -2 54
12. Sheff Wed 39 13 14 12 -4 53
13. Leeds Utd 39 14 10 15 -4 52
14. Cardiff 39 13 12 14 -2 51
15. Birmingham 38 11 14 13 -12 47
16. Brighton 39 10 15 14 -3 45

Breaking League News

Slade: Jones loan a financial decision
Bournemouth : 27/03/2015 08:00:01
LUFC On This Day - March 27th
Leeds Utd : 27/03/2015 07:21:01
Fleming: Norwich Is Special To Me
Norwich : 27/03/2015 07:00:00
RUFC - Rayns Disappointed With Reserve Loss
Rotherham : 26/03/2015 22:55:00
LUFC Redfearn explains Adryan absence
Leeds Utd : 26/03/2015 21:19:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How many points will Leeds end on this season?
Suggested By:  
52-55 5%
56-58 3%
59-62 35%
63-65 35%
65+ 19%