Date:Sunday September 30 2012
I made the trip to Bristol City on Saturday to see Leeds United make it three wins in a week and move to within three points of the top of the table.
He certainly doesn`t look fully fit. He was very conservative with his kicking all afternoon. He could do little with either goal, apart from that, he had a pretty easy afternoon.
He played at right back but spent most of the second half running at the Bristol defence. It was his run in behind the Bristol defence that set us on our way. He has made a brilliant start to the season. I hope it can continue, he has been a huge bonus for Warnock so far this season.
He is looking so much better this season having a decent centre back alongside him. He is getting better with every game, him, and Pearce and forming a great partnership.
Another good game from Pearce, something we are growing accustomed too.
I think he has now played all the way across the back four this season, playing at left back this time.
A superb goal for what proved to be the winner. I thought he could have done better with their first goal as he stood and watched their man run in unchallenged. He is looking fitter and stronger with every game.
'The enforcer` He is colossal. Box to box midfielder and he came close to scoring on three occasions. He knocked a Bristol player out when they clashed heads. Austin didn`t even give his head a rub. I know why he has the nickname the beast but for me, he is the enforcer. Great moment when he went over to check on the Bristol City defender George Elokobi, who had suffered a serious injury. Not only tough and mean but also a great sportsman.
He had a good second half running at the Bristol defence. He is getting stronger in the tackle but I thought he could have done better with the winger, when he got his cross in for their first goal.
A steady game. At times, he was guilty of ball watching but he did play his part. Good ball for Byram, which set Leeds on their way with the first goal.
One of his off days. The fact he is carrying an injury and three hard games in the week may be the reason. He did get his head to the ball though to set up Diouf for his second of the afternoon.
Diouf 8 Man of the Match
He is the orchestrator for Leeds. Everything good is coming through Diouf. He has amazing strength to hold the ball up with his back to goal and wait for teammates. Two goals from close range and both well taken. Once again, in the closing stages he knew how to run down the clock in the corner, something we have not been able to do for years. His experience is rubbing off on the rest of the team. He is playing the game with a smile on his face at Leeds, enjoying the abuse from the opposition supporters and quickly becoming a cult hero to the Leeds fans. Who would have said that at the start of August?
He came on in injury time and he showed his experience along with Diouf to frustrate Bristol by running down the clock.
A fairly forgettable first half. We had plenty of the ball but were often guilty of over-playing it and the Bristol defence were happy to sit in and let us. Second half we looked more up from it from the off and Rodolph Austin had two early chances to score.
Sam Byram was causing them all sorts of problems down the right. The young lads had a cracking start to the season and long may it continue, I just hope he has the stamina for the season and isn`t done in by Christmas.
The lads are suddenly playing with a swagger and despite the injuries and small squad; Neil Warnock has got them playing the Warnock way.
Two games now in the next week, starting at Bolton on Tuesday. They are under pressure and let us hope Leeds can take advantage and banish our shocking midweek form in the championship.
I will be making the long trip (for me) to the Reebok on Tuesday night and will have another fans view to report on the day after.
The last point always goes to the Leeds fans. Once again, tremendous following and support on the road. We (The Thames Valley Whites) met up with the Hampshire Whites and Harrogate Whites for a few beers before the game and made our customary late entrance. Could someone please tell me what happens before the game kicks off.
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Date:Sunday September 30 2012
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