UK time is: 23:21:52
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.







Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 30 2014

Time: 7:26AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Leeds Articles

LUFC Redfearn to finally land his man (Wednesday December 17 2014)

LUFC On This Day - December 17th (Wednesday December 17 2014)

LUFC Leeds miss out on cash windfall (Tuesday December 16 2014)

LUFC On This Day - December 16th (Tuesday December 16 2014)

LUFC McCormack - I'll be back one day (Monday December 15 2014)

LUFC Leeds hit with transfer embargo (Monday December 15 2014)

LUFC On This Day - December 15th (Monday December 15 2014)

LUFC Pearce takes top spot (Sunday December 14 2014)

Archived Leeds Articles

List All Vital Leeds Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. dazza71 238
2. deslondon 62
3. erni 53
4. King Billy 52
5. Tiny T 47
6. SimonTVW 33
7. Oyper 22
8. ultraleeds 13
9. 1972Glory 12
10. trickyfandango 10

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
15. Birmingham 21 6 7 8 -9 25
16. Reading 21 7 4 10 -10 25
17. Huddersfield 21 6 6 9 -11 24
18. Leeds Utd 21 6 5 10 -7 23
19. Millwall 21 5 8 8 -8 23
20. Bolton 20 6 4 10 -6 22
21. Rotherham 21 4 9 8 -10 21

Breaking League News

Bournemouth : 17/12/2014 22:25:00
LUFC Redfearn to finally land his man
Leeds Utd : 17/12/2014 19:12:00
FA Cup 3rd Round Ticket News
Fulham : 17/12/2014 17:40:00
Palmer One Off Career Milestone
Sheff Wed : 17/12/2014 17:35:00
Fulham Youngsters Moment of Glory
Fulham : 17/12/2014 17:32:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Will we be in the relegation zone at the turn of the year?
Suggested By:  
Yes 58%
No 42%