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LUFC Leeds Fans Views v Nottingham Forest

Vital Leeds have two fans views following the humiliating home defeat to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

Tiny T gives us his usual fans view from the games at Elland Road and fellow season ticket holder erni gives us his thoughts as well.

erni

Lonergan 4

He had a poor night in front of a poor defence. Should have stopped at least three of the goals from tight angles and dropped a couple of crosses.
He made two good saves but not our answer to a keeper. If he cannot kick better than he is doing, we may as well have an outfield player doing it.

Connolly 5
Forest soon discovered it was more profitable to attack down the left. He constantly gave ball away but at least kept going to the end

O'Dea 4
Dithering, dithering and long ball forward. He always looked like being beaten for pace by the Forest forwards

Lees 6
Kept going and at least tried passing the ball out but found himself with two men to mark too often.

Robinson 2
Really exposed by the pace of the Forest forwards and for an experienced player he pressed the panic butting too often. He should have been subbed at half time.

White 5
The only one who could match the pace of McCleary in defence but did nothing with the ball in midfield. Subbed at half time but should have gone to left back to nullify McCleary.

Clayton 2
Not in the game and he looked off the pace all night. Passing was wayward and his usually zippy tackling totally absent. He may as well have stopped at home.

Brown 6
Looked of the pace but passing was better than the rest of the midfield and at least he got stuck in to let them know he was about. He scored a good half volley and he kept going to the end.

Snodgrass 6
He did not really get into the game as he normally does but scored the penalty. Provided the cross (deflected) for Becchio's goal and had a good shot saved. He was still trying in 94th minute.

Becchio 3
Not at the races for most of the night and he hardly won a header. Scored a neat goal but I have marked him down for real lack of effort. He hardly chased a ball and his head went down early.

McCormack 5
He worked hard but to little effect. Never really got in a position to trouble Forest, which has been the case for a few games now. First touch let him down a number of times.

Subs
Pugh 2

Looked totally out of his depth at left back and the Forest speed merchants went past him as though he was not there.

Webber 4
Worked hard but final ball rarely beat the first man. Some touches of skill but tries to beat too many people. Looks like another who excelled in his first game and is now having trouble reproducing the same form.

Paynter 3
He came on to a round of applause but contributed nothing in his 10-minute stint other than a lot of unproductive running around.

Warnock 4
Come on Neil what were you watching. Robinson was being murdered down the left from the first minute and you waited until they had scored 5 before taking him off.

The only one on the bench who could have provided a bit of pace in a woeful midfield was Thompson and he never came on.

Summary
A really abject performance across the board. We were never at the races and 7-3 did not flatter Forest.

We had defenders bumping into each other, appealing for fouls and offsides while Forest played.

Generally, a lot of players were hiding and not accepting responsibility.

Make no mistakes, Forest played really well with a skill level we have not seen at Elland Road all season.

I do not understand how they are where they are, if that is their standard.

Warnock has now seen how bad the midfield and defence can be when the going gets tough and he will not have been impressed.



Tiny T

Lonergan 3

At fault for at least two of the goals and his kicking game is a nightmare.

Connolly 4
He kept going to the end and that is about it.

Lees 4
He struggled but his partner switched off a lot of the time leaving him covering large gaps

O'Dea 2
Outpaced, outmuscled, outthought and no concentration. Back to his usual game under previous manager Grayson.

Robinson 2
Most of the goals came down his side. Says it all

Snodgrass 4
Early penalty, should have given him a lift, but wasteful in possession and his dead ball delivery was poor.

Clayton 2
I did not realise he was playing until he gave away a foul after 20 minutes.

Brown 4
Got the equaliser, and tackled his heart out but he was left doing too much in the middle.

White 4
He should have moved to left back at half time. Instead, he was subbed. He has pace but under used

McCormack 4
Won the penalty, worked but too little avail and often caught too deep. He either under hit, or at one stage hit the opposite corner flag.

Becchio 3
Took his goal well but off the pace and looked shattered.

Subs
Pugh 1

He was no better than Robinson.

Webber 3
Beat his man but no end product.

Paynter
Not enough time on the pitch

Summary
We were poor as erni says, but a lot of them looked tired physically and mentally. Time for Warnock to shake it up a bit.
On a plus point, we cannot play that bad again can we?


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