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LUFC Leeds fans view v West Ham

Tiny T gives us his usual fans view from the game at Elland Road.

This time it is after Leeds 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Lonergan 7
A couple of good saves, no fault for the goal, but his kicking is at times awful.

Connolly 7
He worked hard and hit the bar with a header.

Lees 7
Kept Maynard so quiet he was subbed. He dealt with Cole as well, though at fault with the goal when he let Collins in front of him.

O'Dea 7
Another gritty display but was out muscled by Cole for the goal.

Robinson 8
The pick of the defenders, hardworking tough tackling just what we need. If he is available at the end of the season, I'd have him.

Snodgrass 6
Off the pace and when given the chance to deliver into the box quality was lacking, though his free kick in the first half only just missed.

Clayton 7
Another good display strong all over the pitch, better first half than second though.

Brown 8 Star man
His best game in a Leeds shirt. He covered a lot of ground, made Nolan disappear for long periods.

White 6
Like Snoddy, a quiet game.

McCormack 7
Worked his socks off but it just did not happen for him today.

Becchio 7
Usual display from Luc. He worked hard, won the ball and got a deserved goal.

Subs
Webber 6

He added a bit of pace out wide.

Forssell 5
He struggled to pick up the pace.

Summary
A very hard working display, enthralling at times. Unfortunately, a draw but we deserved the win in my view.

Shoddy defending let them equalise, the Ref did not spot Cole dragging O'Dea to the ground but saw Becchio push the Hammers defender in the first half, which very few others did.

Solid defensively but we lacked quality when getting the ball into the box form wide and set pieces.

McCormack needs a goal just to give him a boost.

We have played the top two in recent weeks. Lost when we battered the League leaders and should have had 3 points again today, things are looking up

Looking forward, Forest next and if we play like that again its 3 points.

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 18 2012

Time: 9:19AM

Your Comments

A few strange ones in my eyes. I think your being a bit harsh with O'Dea with the corner that led to the goal. Like you have put in your summary, its a foul, so outmuscled illegally. I thought Brown had a solid game but not his best performance. Since Warnock arrived that was probably one of his weaker games, but still did ok. I thought Clayton was brilliant in the first half, a bit quieter in the second but still hard working. Paul Robinson is made for Leeds United. He was the spark the game needed in the second half after we had started the second game a bit quieter and not quite at the tempo we played in the first half. He could have quite easily have been sent off when he got a yellow card, seen a lot of refs produce a red and the tackle a few minutes later had me looking through my fingers. Wasn't it great to hear and see Elland Road full and rocking, it was like the good old days. My marks: Lonergan 7 - Came out and blocked Maynard and could do nothing with goal as Nolan had taken him out of the game. Kicking - shocking Connolly 8 - Getting better and could have scored twice Lees 7 - At fault for goal but did well otherwise O'Dea 7 -Looking a better player every game. Robinson 9 - star Man Not only strong and committed but if you watch him, he is constantly talking to Lees and O'Dea and marshalling the back line. Brown 7 - I thought he was quiet first half but always there, busy and in the action. Clayton 8 - Best player in the first half. Strong in the tackle, breaking up play and setting us off. McCormack 7 - Working hard both going forward and helping out defensively. Becchio 7 - Gave the West Ham defence a tough afternoon, especially in the first half. In right place to score when there was boots flying around. White 7 - We never got it going on the wings all afternoon but the better of the two. Snodgrass 6 - I think he's not been at his best the last few games but is it because his teammates have uppered their game. Frustrating at times, trying to beat everyone when chances to cross or shoot. Subs Webber 6 - Added a bit of speed out wide. Forssell 5 - He looked shattered when he came on. Warnock would be better giving Barn Door a go. At least he is scoring for the reserves.
dazza71
The one point I didn't make and was a criticism of Clayton. Exactly what was he doing for their goal. Not on the post, a yard in front and marking exactly nobody. If he was on the post it would never have been a goal.
dazza71
once again I had Connoly as the star - did think Brown was a bit short of his best yesterday but have to admit that even on a dull day he's solid - McCormack did work hard but got exactly nowhere yesterday - his confidence seems to have gone
simonfire1
I am somewhere in between the two of you. I thought that Snodgrass and White we 6 at the best and both lacked quality on the ball. I would also have given McCormack a 6 as he worked hard but never looked like getting the better of the West Ham defence or getting into positions to hurt thm. Otherwise it was a very good array of marks with everyone doing their bit. Lees lost hs man badly for the goal and also lost Carlton Cole ten minutes earlier when he put a good chance over the bar. I think he is more comfortable with people who play on the floor than big bustling headers of the ball. Connolley has been a revelation last few games and was close to MoM for his defending and two good headers in the box. I made robinson my MoM although i thought he was a goner with that robust tackle. He doesnt just defend well, he organises and gets his head up putting long balls into the box. I thought Brown had a great second half and Clayton a great first half but we need 90 minutes from both if we are to get into the play offs.
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