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Leeds United 1 - Sheffield United 0

Elland Road

25/09/10 3pm

Attendance: 33,622

Leeds leave it late against Blades

Leeds United moved back into the Play off places with a hard fought 1-0 local derby win over Sheffield United.

In a game that was never given a chance to get going due to an inept refereeing performance, it looked to be heading for a goalless draw when Bradley Johnson scored the only goal of the game with six minutes remaining.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson made three changes from the side that drew with Doncaster Rovers last week, including handing a debut to on loan defender George McCartney.

In a game of very few chances, Leeds had to wait until halfway through the half before finding any momentum.

Max Gradel`s ball into the middle was just missed by Lloyd Sam and then Bradley Johnson had the best chance of the half when Simonsen kept out his header at full stretch.

Leeds thought they had won a penalty close to half time when the referee looked to have awarded them a penalty for handball inside the area but the linesman rightly told him that it was Bradley Johnson who had handled the ball.

Sheffield United had to wait until almost half time when Stephen Quinn saw his free kick saved by Shane Higgs.

George McCartney had a decent chance on the stroke of half time for Leeds but lifted his shot just over the bar.

If the first half was poor, the second was worse, Leeds couldn`t find a way past the Sheffield midfield and the visitors looked the better side as the half wore on without ever looking like scoring.

Simon Grayson started to make changes, Snodgrass came on with an hour gone for Lloyd Sam and immediately looked lively.

It wasn`t long before he found himself in the book for kicking the ball away. Within minutes, Leeds players and fans were left infuriated when the referee failed to punish a Sheffield player for doing the same.

Leeds scored the all important goal with just six minutes remaining, a Sheffield defender missed the ball on the half way line which allowed Snodgrass in behind the defenders. It looked like he`d wasted the chance but after some good work he cut the ball back into the middle for Johnson to score.

Snodgrass continued to be the centre of attention after he had come on and he was shown his second yellow card of the afternoon for a block on a Sheffield player.

Sheffield really should have equalised deep into stoppage time when Ertl saw his header hit the bar and with Higgs stranded on the ground the follow up header was soft enough that he had time to get up and claim the ball.

There was still time for Sheffield United player Jamie Ward to receive a red card when he was sent off for a late tackle on Neil Kilkenny.

A very poor game but the three points are the most important thing. Leeds will play much better this season and come away pointless.

The win sees Leeds return into the Play off positions and they can now look forward to another home game against Preston North End on Tuesday.

Teams

Leeds
Higgs, Hughes, Collins, Bruce, McCartney, Howson, Johnson, Gradel (Kilkenny 72), Somma (McCormack 77), Becchio, Sam (Snodgrass 60)

Subs not used
Brown, Naylor, Faye, Watt

Sheff United
Simonsen, Jordan, Calve, Ertl, Nosworthy, Bartley, Britton, Montgomery, Quinn (Ward 59), Cresswell, Evans (Yeates 81)

Subs not used
Wright, De Laet, Bogdanovic, Lowton, Taylor

Attendance: 33,622

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 25 2010

Time: 10:22PM

Your Comments

A very poor game but at the end of the day you get no points for entertaining. I'm happy to get the three points.
dazza71
I would like to see nunez given a chance, the guy hasn't even made the subs bench yet. The middle of the park like johnson (even though he scored), does not look convincing - the defence however is looking much more like it
dangerousman
I agree with Dangermouse - glad to see we have sured up the back - Do wonder just how much that is down to Higgs, I have no doubt at all that Kasper is a better shot stopper but Higgs seems to realise its a team effort and works the players in front of him better - its my guess that he will have had a big role in the dropping of Naylor from defensive line - and midfield will come as all the best teams are built from back forward
simonfire1
I was watching Montgomery in their midfield closely yesterday, he would have been a great signing for us, he covered every blade of grass.
donnyed
Haha nice one simon - I quite liked dangermouse! I know its early doors but signing McCartney till the end of the season might not be a bad idea. The bonus would be if ben parker comes back injury free and playing better than ever. Becchio is another one that needs looked at, Somma is definitely worth his place at the minute, shame about Paynters injury
dangerousman
As much as I'd like us to have wrapped the game up earlier I do like it when we score late, it make the win feel even more satisfying. Oh and lets not forget the early leavers!!!lol
king billy
 

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