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LUFC Fans View v Millwall

Tiny T gives us his usual fans view, this time from the game with Millwall.

Leeds won 2-0 on a highly emotional day at Elland Road.

McCarthy 7
A couple of decent saves, but rarely troubled for long periods. His kicking game niggles me.

Connolly 7
Decent in defence and got forward but his passing was either a little heavy or not enough.

Lees 8
Solid if unspectacular, gave little away and with Paddy they gave little away

Kisnorbo 8
With Lees, gave Henderson little to work off, solid defending.

White 8
He was solid at left back and for the first 15 minutes at left midfield. He got past the fullback, just needs to deliver a better final ball.

Snodgrass 9 Star Man
Scored the goals that secured the points, but it was his all round game that caught the eye. Worked tirelessly all over the park. This is the Snoddy we need every week.

Howson 7
Until his untimely exit, he was lively.

Clayton 7
Weak first half but as the second half wore on, his game improved.

Brown 5
Slow start then was injured

Pugh 8
Played in three different positions and decent in all of them.

Becchio 7
A good first 70 minutes but was tiring towards the end. He took a lot of punishment from a rugged Millwall defence. Good to see him get 90 minutes though.

Substitutes

Sam 6

Anonymous on the Left but when he was switched to the right he got better. He had a decent 15 minutes, which helped to get us in front.

Keogh 5
Battled hard but needs to become more selfish in front of goal.

Summary
A lively first 15 minutes but the injuries to Howson and Brown in quick succession meant we had to re jig midfield and the team struggled for a while to get going again.

Perhaps McCarthy had the more to do but neither Keeper was rarely troubled.

A couple of tweaks at half time saw Sam and Snoddy swap sides and Sam was immediately more involved and a much happier bunny playing down the right, his natural side of the park.

A stunning free kick by Snoddy saw us take the lead and when he followed this up with a headed goal, which must be his first by my recollection, we were rarely troubled. Becchio should have set Snoddy up for his hat trick later but as Grayson put it, greedy striker.

Defensively sound, though Henderson did give Lees and Kisnorbo problems who both dealt with him well.

Up front, 90 minutes for Becchio was a plus but he was tiring at the end though Keogh needs to be a little more selfish when in on goal, he's a striker who doesn't score enough for me.

Let`s hope Howson`s injury is not serious as in his old role off the striker he looks good.

Looking forward, 2 clean sheets, 6 goals and 6 points let`s take the impetus forward to the Watford game next week.

Gary Speed - I have been very lucky that I have seen two of the best midfields in Leeds history, both were outstanding and the two players who wore the 11 shirt were fanastic players, Eddie Gray and Gary Speed. I had not realised it was Eddie who gave Gary his first Leeds contract until this week, how times move on.
If asked today who was the best I would find it difficult to separate them and which to leave out of my all-time 11.

The tribute today by the club before the game and by fans was exemplary, dignified, and epitomised Speedo's attitude to the game.

I like all football fans around the country wish his family my best wishes and condolences at this time and in the future.

Rest in Peace Gary Speed a true legend of the game.

Thanks for your thoughts Tiny

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 4 2011

Time: 9:27AM

Your Comments

marks slightly too high for a lot of them. Snodgrass was the only player before the goals looking to do anything. There was very little movement off the ball by players (apart from Snodgrass) and there was no momentum in the game at all (maybe the occasion didn't help). I couldn't see there being a goal until Snoddy's magic. I thought Keogh looked much better than Becchio after his arrival onto the pitch. I thought Clayton ran the centre of midfield in the second half and looked much more like the player we had in August and September. I thought Millwall were poor but we can only beat what is put in front of us. Isn't it funny that our defence issues seem to have gone away recently. I think this is more down to slow centre forwards like Henderson who came up against us yesterday. Let us see how we handle young Sordell at Watford next week. I think Howson will be out for a while. Not normally a player to stay down and he was screaming for the physio as soon as he went down. It was good to see him walk off but with our medical staff he will probably be out until the end of January. Final note on the fans. We still get lots of negative press but in the last week we have been fantastic. Saturday was a very emotional day but everyone stuck together, the singing, the tributes and the scenes inside Elland Road at the end were a fitting tribute to somebody who was a hero to many of us.
dazza71
and the fans - 10
simonfire1
I thought Sam had by far his best game for Leeds yesterdy aswell - not really sure how he can end up scoring below Pugh who looked wobbly once or twice for me (that said we didnt really have a player who looked out of sorts yesterday apart from possibly Brown)
simonfire1
I was sitting next to Simon and probably watched a different match. I thought we were generally poor in the first half and that the occasion overtook us. Everybody improved second half especially Clayton and Pugh who both had ineffective first halfs. I thoughyt the defence was solid and didnt look like conceding but sent too many long balls at Becchio who wasnt controlling a lot. I thought Keogh looked better than Becchio when he came on and made much more intellegent runs and had a better first touch. The only major difference between the sides was Snodgrass's magic especially second half when he looked like he had been drinking rocket fuel. After his goal everybody stepped up a notch and Sam looked a different player on the right. In the end we could have scored a couple more had Becchio got his head up with Snodgrass free although he nearer scored at the end and brought a great save out of the keeper. Fans were fantastic yesterday.
erni
Snodgrass was the stand out player in the win. He is now getting back to the Snodgrass we know.
king billy
 

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