UK time is: 09:21:36
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Leeds United 1 - Portsmouth 0

Elland Road

01/10/11 3pm

Attendance: 22,476

Pugh goal enough for Leeds

On a day when everyone was talking about the record temperatures for the first day of October, something slightly more unrealistic was happening as Leeds kept their first clean sheet of the season in beating Portsmouth 1-0 at Elland Road.

Simon Grayson made just one change from the side that drew 3-3 at Brighton last time out.

Not surprisingly, it came in defence with Paul Connolly earning a recall at right back and Tom Lees moving into the centre of defence.

In a first half that was mainly dominated by Leeds, Robert Snodgrass was a constant thorn down the Leeds right.

Snodgrass made a good run down the right and teed up Ross McCormack and with the goalkeeper out of position, his shot was blocked on the line by a Portsmouth defender.

Danny Pugh, making his second home debut for the club after signing on loan from Stoke City, opened the scoring on fourteen minutes when he lost his marker in the area to plant his header into the net following a Snodgrass corner.

Snodgrass then went close to doubling the lead when Andy Lonergan`s quick throw set Snodgrass away, his right foot shot just going wide of the post.

Pugh then had another effort for Leeds with his shot going just wide of the post.

Portsmouth had offered very little in attack but they went close twice in the space of thirty seconds.

Greg Halford saw his header superbly saved by Lonergan and moments later, his header came back off the crossbar.

Leeds were continuing to cause problems out wide and Portsmouth defenders were forced into last ditch clearances on more than one occasion with Leeds forwards ready to pounce.

After last weeks game of two half`s at Brighton, Leeds fans were probably worried about what sort of second half performance they would see.

There was plenty of anxiety coming from the crowd as Leeds started to sit much deeper, allowing Portsmouth into the game.

David Norris had the best chance for the visitors but he shot wide after finding space inside the penalty area.

Leeds were showing little in attack, with a weak Andy Keogh effort the best they had to show in the opening twenty minutes of the second half.

The Leeds defence was looking much more solid. Paul Connelly was working well down the right and Aidy White continued his excellent form with another fine performance on the left.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson made three substitutions in the final quarter and one of them, Mikael Forssell came close to scoring his first goal for the club when he forced Stephen Henderson into a fine save.

With the game becoming stretched, Leeds were finding more space in attack and Jonny Howson saw his effort saved by Henderson.

Portsmouth almost earned a point deep into stoppage time when a cross from Liam Lawrence almost sneaked in at the far post but Lonergan scrambled back to tip the ball over the bar.

The final whistle followed shortly afterwards, much to the relief of the vast majority inside Elland Road.

Another three points and a rare clean sheet sees Leeds go into the international break in mid table although they do have a game in hand over most clubs.


Teams

Leeds
Lonergan, Connolly, Lees, O`Dea, White, Clayton, Howson, Snodgrass (Vayrynen 77), Keogh (Becchio 68), McCormack (Forssell 78), Pugh

Subs not used
Rachubka, Bromby

Portsmouth
Henderson, Ward, Halford, Ben Haim (Williams 85), Pearce, Mullins, Lawrence, Huseklepp, Benjani, Riise (Kanu 46), Norris (Rocha 68)

Subs not used
Ashdown, Mokoena

Join Vital Leeds

Join The Vital Debate


Vital Leeds are the proud sponsors of the Thames Valley Whites Regional Supporters club

The fastest growing Leeds United supporters club in the South of England, with over 200 members since it`s formation in April 2009, travel to all games home and away.

The branch has pick up points at Basingstoke, Reading, Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury and will consider other pick up points on request.



Vital Leeds offers everything that a Leeds United supporter could wish for. If you can think of something and suggest it, we`ll put it on the website!

With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

The site is regularly updated with news and views regarding all the current events at Elland Road, alongside a fully interactive message forum.


With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It's easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Leeds .



Bookmark and Share



Vital Leeds is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!

Vital Leeds on: facebook


Vital Leeds on: twitter

Join Vital Leeds

It's easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!




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

The Journalist

Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 2 2011

Time: 8:33AM

Your Comments

12 games since we last kept a clean sheet and the side deserved it defence was excellent
Tiny T
The difference was players playing in their natural positions. Two centre backs together. Both Lees and O'Dea looked much more solid. Full backs played really well. White and Clayton have been the finds of the season for us. Pugh gives white protection and he is quick to cover when White goes on a run, I just wish he would have more confidence to shoot when he gets into a good position. Funniest moment yesterday was when O'Dea went on a run. He got into their final third and suddenly he thought, oh my god, what do I do now. You could see it in his body language.
dazza71
Should have been all over by half time and then we find ourselves hanging on. We never do anything easy.
King Billy
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. dazza71 424
2. leeds1975 308
3. deslondon 156
4. erni 95
5. iwa 67
6. SimonTVW 47
7. Tiny T 42
8. PDIRISH 40
9. King Billy 38
10. ultraleeds 24

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Fulham 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Huddersfield 0 0 0 0 0 0
14. Ipswich 0 0 0 0 0 0
15. Leeds Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
16. Middlesbrough 0 0 0 0 0 0
17. Millwall 0 0 0 0 0 0
18. Norwich 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Financial Fair Play rules are restrictive
Wolves : 28/07/2014 09:00:00
Howe: Waiting on Camp injury
Bournemouth : 28/07/2014 08:09:00
Cherries beat Wimborne
Bournemouth : 28/07/2014 08:04:00
O'Hanlon to join Poole
Bournemouth : 28/07/2014 08:00:00
SaInts Chasing Fer
Norwich : 28/07/2014 07:35:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where do you think Leeds will finish in 2014/15?
Suggested By:  
Automatic promotion 8%
Play-offs 11%
7-12 18%
13-18 33%
19-21 7%
Relegated 23%