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LUFC Leeds Fans View v Swindon Town

I made the trip to Swindon Town on Tuesday night as Leeds United continued their preparations for the new season.

After disappointing performances against Mansfield Town and Chesterfield in the last week, Leeds looked much better against League One Swindon as they played with much more intensity.

Having not been impressed with the new signings at Chesterfield on Saturday, Souleymane Doukara, Tommaso Bianchi and Gaetano Berardi all impressed at Swindon.

Doukara showed pace and power as he played as a loan striker for Leeds. The young striker was a constant threat playing on the shoulder of the Swindon defence, he got in behind Swindon on a number of occasions, and he really should have opened his Leeds account. He saw one effort cannon back off a post after showing his pace down the left and another effort, just before the break deflected wide. He played his part in both goals, setting up Steve Morison for a tap in for the first and after getting in behind the Swindon defence again; he was brought down by Wes Foderingham in the Swindon goal to earn Leeds a penalty.

Bianchi linked up well with Sam Byram down the right in the first half and again with Berardi in the second. Bianchi worked hard throughout the game and he was also involved with both goals. He linked up well with Byram and Doukara for the first and it was his slide-rule pass that put Doukara in for the penalty.

Berardi replaced Byram at half time and after finishing the game at left back on Saturday, he showed his ability on the right. He looked unflustered and he dealt with any problems that came down his side as well as linking up well with Bianchi further forward.

Stuart Taylor replaced Marco Silvestre in goal and he had little to do but he didn`t fill me with much confidence when he was involved. He came off his line on one occasion and he gave Stephen Warnock a clear shout that he wanted the ball. Warnock left it, Taylor got nowhere near it and Leeds were lucky not to concede as Nathan Thompson got in between them and fired just wide.

We never saw a fully fit Byram last season after he missed pre-season and the start of the season through injury. He looked back to his old self last night and he linked up really well with Bianchi.

Jason Pearce looks like he will be the new Leeds captain this season as he once again captained the side. I still feel he needs some experience alongside him, as Scott Wootton doesn`t fill me with any confidence.

Warnock was either very good or very bad. He did the good things, really good and he could quickly follow some good play with something bad. He did make one superb last-ditch challenge to deny Swindon a chance on goal.

There is definitely something still missing defensively and we conceded another sloppy goal.

Rodolph Austin provided the power in midfield again. He has looked good the last two seasons until November when he has then gone totally off the boil. I just hope he can keep it going this season.

Luke Murphy also did well in the middle and he got in behind the defence on a couple of occasions but he could not pick out a pass with a lack of support in attack.

Michael Tonge did ok in the first half but he looked out on his legs in the second half and I was disappointed that young Chris Dawson wasn`t given at least the final thirty minutes.

A much better performance by Leeds but still a few areas need additions before the first game of the season.

Once again, a superb turnout by the Leeds fans with just under one thousand making the trip to Swindon with a good number making the trip to Northern Ireland the following day. About time the players started to deliver for the fans that deserve much better.







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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 30 2014

Time: 7:26AM

Your Comments

Chris Dawson 45 min. today hopefully and next Saturday in place of Luke Murphy, okay this is a dream but Benito Carbone has been giving positive comments of CD. But I am pretty sure that he will be given games this season both in League Cup as well as in occasional games in FL. He is a top top player in the making. Tare
Tare
Also went to the game slightly different view point! Can see why Taylor hasn't played any football recently, gave back four no confidence, Warnock once again dire, worse player ever to wear the colours, Pearce is becoming very consistant, Wootton, wrong side most times trying to win balls he can't win , gives the ball back far to cheap, best 45 from Byram for 2 years without a doubt, but still gets too square going backwards and was saved by Rudy twice, this is where we differ Tonge did nothing wrong all night and for me with Rudy who also done well was our best two in the middle, Murphy decent at times but goes in and out of the game too much, Bianchi was a duck out of water first 15 mins then got into the game, but I was embarrassed for him when he was faking injury then started sprinting! Morrison more interested with westling the midget at right back than playing and was out the game for too many periods, the Duke upfront showed promise but was lazy or unfit when he gave the ball away. Absolute joke to give Smithy 4 mins at the end and not give some of the younger lads gametime, for me not bad, new players will take some time bedding in and mid table at best on last night. Don't want to be too negative though. Liked the Swindon ethic of playing neat football but no cutting edge, would take the goalkeeper looks very comfortable.
Marcobatman
I shouted at Bianchi to get up when he went over, within twenty seconds he was chasing a loose ball. The foreigners will soon realise it isn't the done thing in this country. I share your point about Tonge, I thought he did ok, I just thought he looked shattered.
dazza71
 

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