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Leeds United 0 - Carlisle United 2

Elland Road

10/01/09 3pm

Attendance: 22,411

LUFC- Reality check for Grayson

Leeds played their first game of 2009 against last season`s promotion play off opposition Carlisle United.

New boss Grayson made just one enforced change from the side that beat Stockport County with Malcolm Christie replacing Jermaine Beckford in attack.
New signing Lee Trundle and Mansour Assoumani who hasn`t been seen since his debut at MK Dons were on the bench.

Fraser Richardson had Leeds first effort but his shot was easily dealt with by Krul in the Carlisle goal.

Former Leeds man Michael Bridges then had a great chance for the visitors when one on one with Casper Ankergren but Bridges effort was hit straight at the big Dane in the Leeds goal.

Leeds started to enjoy plenty of possession and chances fell to Becchio, Christie and Sheehan who all failed to properly test Krul.

Carlisle took the lead though half way through the first half when Danny Graham scored for the visitors.

Luciano Becchio almost equalised within five minutes but his point blank effort was saved by Krul.

Michael Bridges then came back to haunt his old club when he put the visitors two up when he scored from an acute angle.

The whites tried to get back into the game with Becchio having another chance and then Christie just failed to get on a cross from Hughes.

Once again though Leeds defensive frailties continue to let them down and the home side went in two down at half time.

Becchio had another chance early in the second half to get Leeds back into it but once again couldn`t beat an inspired Carlisle keeper.

Then some desperate defending by Carlisle kept their two goal lead in tact.

Just short of the hour Simon Grayson finally decided to make a couple of changes, Bradley Johnson and debutant Lee Trundle came on to bolster Leeds attacking options.

Becchio should really have got Leeds back into it but his effort hit the post, the rebound came to Robinson only a few yards out and he somehow failed to find the net.

Carlisle should have put the game beyond any doubt when Bridge Wilkinson missed an open goal with just over fifteen minutes left on the clock.

Leeds continued to look for a way back into the game but it was never going to happen, it`s back to the drawing board for Simon Grayson and maybe now he realises the enormous job he`s got on his hands at Elland Road.

Next up is the trip to Brighton and he must surely bring in at least one defender before this game.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 10 2009

Time: 9:54PM

Your Comments

Maybe now he'll concentrate on bringing in some defenders.
dazza71
dazza71. If Grayson cant see what we need now then we might get a 4th manager this season. (ONLY KIDDING) or am I ?
pete mc
result put a smile on my face :-)
merlin
Every time Kavanagh pinged a ball out to Taylor to use his pace Sheehan couldnt cope and the whole defence lost its shape.Another mix up between Lubo and Casper...when will it end. Did any of our defenders manage to hit one of our players with passes out of defence. No Beckford no pace in attack.
erni
Grayson still thinks we will make the play offs!!! He must be deluded.
dazza71
I made it to the match and it was trully atrocious at no stage did I think we would get back into the game. As for you merlin ***** off back to your scummy Chelsea inbred
BrighouseWhite
get mcallister back
mick66owl
if we had -15 points again this season we'd be in the *****in relegation zone!! sort us out grayson!!
Dobbo96
Show some balls and put the young lads in defence. They're better than the first team ****e defenders. Whats the point in bringing through good young players,then not playing them when they're needed? Buy good experienced defenders to play alongside them. Act now!! Before its too late.
8ballali
The transfer window is open for a while yet...Dennis pennis will need time to see just exactly what he has inherited...Still looks like he's no money to spend till he offloads...Expect a few loanees to shore up the cracks in the meantime...Poor results,low moral,this might take time...Be patient and give dennis a chance...
80s terrier
Did anyone watch the reserves match in midweek ?? The two best players , Johnson and assoumani, bossed their areas with energy and pace, they made the bench, Christie was one of the poorest and made the team. Ovington who replaced Chrisie changed the game. Fast, tricky and scored a good goal. ???
erni
HOPE LARRY`S SEEN ENOUGH. TIME TO SEND THESE IDLE LOAFERS (WHO ARE QUITE FRANKLY TAKING THE P*SS OUT OF OUR CLUB) DOWN THE ROAD AND BRING HIS OWN PLAYERS IN WHO WILL RESPECT THE SHIRT.
Rotherham White
its great that he knows we're crap now so he can bring in new players :)
Dobbo96
 

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