Vital Football

Latest Leeds United News

Leeds Suffer New Years Hangover

Leeds Suffer New Years Hangover

Leeds United surrender their unbeaten home record in some fashion following 3 first half Oldham goals, and a second half comeback that just didn`t quite make it.

Leeds didn`t start brightly and their slightly hungover look led to Oldham striking first, with Reuben Hazell taking the ball on his chest following a poor Leeds United clearance, firing a dipping volley from 25 yards past Ankergren for an early lead.

The Leeds keeper was called into action minutes later as striker Craig Davies capitalised on a misplaced pass by Frazer Richardson. The resultant corner left Neal Trotman unmarked to double Oldham`s lead.

When you`re 2-0 within 35 or so minutes, you don`t care where the goals come from, even if it`s from more defensive minded players. Unfortunately for Andy Hughes, his goal on the 40-minute mark was whilst technically sound, was at the wrong end of the pitch, the former Norwich man having the final touch to make it 3-0 to Oldham.

With 25,000 fans inside Elland Road on this rather dismal New Years Day, Dennis Wise wasn`t leaving it any longer than half-time in which to make a few changes. The former Millwall boss opted for the bizarre move of having all four available strikers, on the pitch, at the same time. A bizarre move that looked to have paid off as ex-Port Vale forward Leon Constantine knocking what was to be a consolation goal home from short range.

Leeds did have the ball on the back of the net once more, however Kandol`s effort on 66 minutes was ruled out as he had been in an offside position. Bad luck for a striker who really hasn`t been firing on any cylinders of late, let alone all of them!

The result sees Leeds slip further behind league leaders Swansea City, despite a late goal from 10-man Swindon pegging them back to a 1-1 draw. Nottingham Forest`s late winner, despite also having a man sent off should see them stay in touch with The Swans and put further pressure on Dennis Wise to improve things in time for the visit of Northampton on Saturday. Transfer window work to be done for our Dennis as it appears we are somewhat short on strength in depth.

Whilst not wishing to make it an excuse, a special mention goes out to Shaun Derry, who refused to return to Elland Road to give the management more options in central midfield. With a bit of luck we won`t see him again.

Other amazing results from League One, Crewe and Tranmere shared 7 goals as a late O`Donnell goal meant the Railwaymen came away with a 4-3 win. Carlisle moved into second place as they defeated Hartlepool United 4-2.

The Poll results for the Leeds V Oldham match: 67% wrongly said a win, 22% correctly predicted a defeat for Leeds, 0% figured it would be a draw. An amazing 11% of voters were half right, the half wrong bit being that with Leeds lacklustre display, the game probably should have been abandoned due to hungover players!

Click Here To Join Vital Leeds United

Writer:LUFC1
Date:Tuesday January 1 2008
Time: 4:56PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Leeds United Articles

LUFC Leeds United v Newport County Team News

Team news ahead of the game on Tuesday evening.

LUFC Defender In EFL Team Of The Week

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has been included in the EFL Team of the Week

LUFC Radrizzani - We Only Want Players Committed To Leeds

Leeds United have issued a statement to regarding the departure of Chris Wood to Burnley

LUFC Wood Completes Burnley Move

Burnley have completed the signing of Leeds United striker Chris Wood

Archived Vital Leeds Articles

Vital Leeds articles from

Site Journalists

Dazza71
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How do you think Leeds will do against Newport?
Suggested By:
Win in 90 minutes89%
Lose in 90 minutes9%
Win in extra time0%
Lose in extra time0%
Win on penalties0%
Lose on penalties2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Leeds United Results (view all)

Leeds United Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dazza71175
2.deslondon77
3.King Billy63
4.erni59
5.Tiny T49
6.@OxonWhite43
7.Dublin White33
8.Whiteknight31
9.Oyper31
10.SimonTVW29
Write for Vital Football