Vital Football

Latest Leeds United News

Lacklustre Leeds lose at home

Leeds United
0 - 1

Elland Road

17/12/11 3pm

Attendance: 23,162


Leeds stumbling season continued as they were beaten 1-0 by Reading in another lacklustre performance at Elland Road.

Reading won thanks to a solitary goal by Simon Church inside two minutes and Leeds lacked any real spark that could get them back into the game.

Andy Lonergan returned to the side in goal with Alex McCarthy unable to play against his parent side and it was his mistake, which lead to the goal.

Church was played in behind the Leeds defence and Lonergan stuttered and stalled on a decision, when he could have come out and easily beat Church to the ball.

With Lonergan in no man`s land, Church cleverly chipped him from an acute angle.

It could have been much worse for Leeds in the first half with Jobi McAnuff having a couple of good chances for the visitors.

He first shot just wide when he walked inside the Leeds defence and then Lonergan atoned for his earlier mistake to keep out a low shot.

Leeds best chance of the first half fell to Ross McCormack close to half time but his weak header from close range was easy for Adam Federici in the Reading goal.

Leeds came out with a bit more purpose in the second half and a cross from Paul Connolly hit the top of the crossbar with Federici back pedalling.

Danny Pugh then had a couple of good chances for Leeds blocked by the resolute Reading defence.

Simon Grayson made three changes for Leeds with twenty-five minutes remaining. One of them, Andy Keogh had a decent chance within a few minutes of coming on but shot over the bar.

Leeds lacked any invention and as the game wore on looked less and less likely to find an equaliser with Reading easily seeing out the closing stages.

Leeds are somehow still in the top six but after two shocking performances in their last two games they will soon find themselves slipping down the table unless Grayson can sort out the problems in his Leeds side.

Lonergan, Connolly, Kisnorbo, Lees, White, Snodgrass, Clayton (Vayrynen 65), Pugh, McCormack (Keogh 65), Becchio, Brown (Sam 65)

Subs not used
Taylor, O`Dea

Federici, Griffin, Gorkss, Pearce, Cummings, Karacan (Tabb 60), Leigertwood, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre (Antonio 90), Church

Subs not used
Andersen, Morrison, D`Ath

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 its 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.

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!

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.

Date:Sunday December 18 2011
Time: 9:43AM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Which loan player would you like back?
Suggested By:
Liam Bridcutt96%
Tom Adeyemi2%
Mustapha Carayol2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Leeds Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

2.Tiny T129
5.Spanky White57
9.King Billy18