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October 28: A first half free kick from former Leeds left back Dan Harding was the only goal of the game at Roots Hall on Tuesday night as Leeds slumped to their fourth away defeat in a row. A largely clueless opening saw Southend deservedly go ahead, and although Gary McAllister changed things around and the team came back into the game as it wore on, no chances were converted and another great opportunity to take command in this division was spurned. On the positive side, Bradley Johnson scored twice on his debut for Brighton as the Seagulls ran out 3-2 winners over Leicester and Scunthorpe were also pegged back, losing 3-0 to Oldham.
October 27: Ian Westlake has joined Cheltenham Town on a 3-month loan after a brief trial. He will not be eligible to play against Leeds next weekend but otherwise will be hoping for a regular slot and freedom from injury - both of which he's lacked at Elland Road. Meanwhile winger Bradley Johnson has gone to Brighton until January after featuring in the side just once this season.
October 26: Sunday saw the draw made for the first round of the FA Cup, and - sadly - we're in it. Leeds have been drawn at home to Northampton with the game due to be played on November 8. We really need to get promoted - it completely throws out my sense of where we are in the year when we're playing FA Cup games before Christmas!
October 25: At half-time, Leeds fans could have been forgiven for being a bit concerned: despite dominating the first half, the best chance had fallen to Walsall and there was nothing on the scoresheet. From the kick-off after the break that changed - as Walsall bumbled with the ball, gave away a corner and Fabian Delph crossed for Luciano Becchio to scramble the ball home. 20 minutes later, a long-range screamer from Delph doubled the lead. and with barely five minutes left on the clock, Delph repeated the feat to make it 3-0 and take Leeds inro second spot.
October 21: Former Leeds director Simon Morris - part of the cluelessly opportunistic Krasner consortium - was one of several people arrested by West Yorkshire Police's Economic Crime unit today as part of an investigation into fraud and money laundering. Morris's main property holding company and numerous subsidiaries called in the administrators two weeks ago with debts believed to be in excess of 50 million after the collapse in property prices (and city centre flat prices in particular) left the organisation with a blown business plan, under-capitalised, unable to service its debts and without any realistic hope of getting through the downturn in one piece. History repeating itself...
October 21: Jermaine Beckford missed a golden opportunity to get Leeds off to a flying start when he slipped as he attempted to put away a penalty for handball after less than 10 minutes against Leyton Orient tonight. Orient held on and took the lead against the run of play after 36 minutes when Dean Morgan cut inside Ben Parker and beat David Lucas with a decent shot. The visitors' lead lasted less than 2 minutes though when Beckford's attempt to find Luciano Becchio was diverted into his own net by Stephen Purches. Becchio headed home in first half injury time to give Leeds the advantage, and although Beckford pinged the bar after the break, that was the end of the scoring. With leaders Scunthorpe drawing, this result means that Leeds are just 3 points off top spot despite recent slips: now let's see if we can get further back on track by not laughing too long at Michael Ricketts at Walsall on Saturday (tempting fate? the lard-a**e scored his fifth of the season in the Saddlers' 2-2 draw at Leicester today so let's hope that he can now retire for a well-earned pie break).
October 20: Gary McAllister was less than impressed with the quality of his team's defending at the New Den at the weekend - and their overall ability to scrap for the result was also questioned. He said: "It was very competitive across the middle of the park but in the scruffy parts of the game, Millwall were most definitely winners. That helped them get the points. Millwall's work ethic was fantastic." He went on: "Their goals were poor defensively and I think there's a bit more responsibility to be taken in and around the back four. We don't want to concede the goals we did in that manner." Not the first time he's gone public on the defending - let's hope the message is getting through in the dressing room.
October 18: Hostile fans get behind their team to drag them back from a goal down and win the game. That used to be the story of Elland Road. Saturday's game saw us on the receiving end after Luciano Becchio's opener just past the half hour was cancelled out by Dave Martin within 10 minutes, and Neil Harris - who had made the equaliser - headed home on the hour and added a third for Millwall just before time ran out. The result allows the Lions to leapfrog Leeds in the table, with Gary McAllister's side slipping down to fifth spot. Still, nobody is running away with the league this year, so it's not the end of the world and no cause for panic - it's not as if we're Spurs...
October 11: Today's encounter at Elland Road will have been particularly disappointing for all those people who are more interested in pies and punctuality than football. With the first half looking to end scoreless and the usual suspects heading off for their half-time rest and refreshment stop, Luciano Becchio grabbed an opener at the second attempt on 44 minutes. Not much more than a minute later, Jermaine Beckford nodded home a cross from Fabian Delph to cause both managers to rewrite their half-time monologues. A relatively uneventful second half followed until - with the buses revving their engines and picking up their first passengers - Jermaine Beckford sealed the game in injury time. There was still time for Glenn Murray to grab a consolation goal for the visitors, but that didn't tarnish a good win that sees Leeds move back to third in the table.
October 11: Our condolences and deepest sympathy goes out to Lucas Radebe and his family tonight, with the news that his wife - Feziwe - has lost her battle against cancer at the way-too-young age of 34.
October 09: After Wednesday night's defeat by Rotherham, Gary McAllister made it clear that he has been less than impressed with his side's defending - not just at Don Valley but all season. He said: "I cannot defend the defenders and their performance. We've only kept two clean sheets this season so we have to be better in our own box because at the other end we don't look bad." Having bashed the defence, he rather inconsistently added: "We are all in this together, we win together and lose together, we will not be pointing fingers at individuals."
October 08: The dream is over - cruelly shattered by Mark Robins' well-organised Millers at the Don Valley Stadium tonight. Despite Leeds having the majority of possession and shots, the home keeper played a blinder and Rotherham just about deserved a victory - although 4-2 didn't really tell the story of the match. After going behind early, Jonny Howson levelled just past the half hour but Rotherham went into the interval in front after Mark Hudson managed to slot the ball home when David Lucas saved his penalty. 10 minutes into the second half it was all over after the home side scored twice, and although Enoch Showunmi got one back soon after, the third goal never came and Rotherham even had the ball in the net again, although their final attempt was ruled out for offside. So back to the main business of getting promoted with a must-win match at home to Brighton on Saturday.
October 07: The National Grid is preparing for an unprecedented kettle-boiling power surge and at least three advertising executives are missing, presumed dead after an argument over slots and programme bumpers turned nasty. It can only mean that Leeds are back on the telly! Wednesday night sees Gary McAllister's side continue to pursue their dream of a quadruple-winning season with a trip to Rotherham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. It will be a new ground to tick off for the many peripatetic Whites - the Don Valley Stadium providing Rotherham's temporary home is normally an athletics stadium. So, a bit like playing Zaporizhya in Dnepr - only without the ultra-cheap vodka and friendly local police then...
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