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  1. Quite surprised to see several hundred seats still available for this game as we are playing a play-off contender. Possible reasons : 1) It's live on Sky 2) West Brom look certain to be in the play-offs, so there is no great "edge" to this game as it looks like there will be when we play Derby. 3) School Easter holidays are on, so some people might be away with their kids. Did I miss something ?
  2. I met Mick Fleetwood at a gig they did at a pub on the outskirts of Birmingham in 1970. There were about 30 people in the audience. Long before they moved to the States and Stevie and Lindsay joined them. It was during the interval and we chatted at the bar. I said I liked what they had done so far. He said "No way mate, we were crap, I am thinking of breaking up this band and starting again" !!! True story. Little did he (or me) know that they would go to make Rumours, which I agree is one of the two or three best albums ever made.
  3. Rovers were not mentioned. Why would they be ? Even though Leeds don't have a another League club in their city, they must be well aware that there is only one team in Bristol
  4. Yep. Got talking to some Leeds fans after the recent game and they said a) we had been some of the best opposition they had played this season and we should scrape into the play-offs and b) they were very impressed with the redeveloped AG (1st visit for two of them) which they said was definitely up to PL standard and actually better than the home grounds of some clubs in the current PL.
  5. Looks like it is for our fans in Sweden !
  6. Even during the lengthy run of defeats last season, I never joined the LJ Out brigade because I thought we should give him a chance to develop as a coach and I knew that a) he is backed 100% by SL and b) he is a former player and a decent man. After our recent great run of wins, it looked like I had backed a winner. I am fully aware that we should never judge our Head Coach on just one game BUT - what was he thinking of by starting rookie Semenyo for his home debut against hugely physical, hard-nosed Leeds ? Playing out of his normal position and against the most pressing side in this league. Madness. No surprise that it was his mistake that left Ayling to make a lovely pass for Bamford to score. Don't get me wrong, this young player has a great future and having seen the highlights of his sub performance away at Preston - he is a star for the future. So, I think that tactically LJ got most of it wrong v Leeds. I never ever boo City but I can understand that after a 1st half when we were totally dominated by Leeds who - will surely be in the PL next season.
  7. Wiemann and Taylor to start for me. After they came on on Saturday, we finally started properly competing with Leeds for the first time since KO.
  8. I can't remember the last time I've seen him have a decent game at home. Spudski. I always respect your views on here as I believe you have done (or still are doing) football coaching. Apart from agreeing with you about Fammy I would be interested in your views about how we should deal with sides like Leeds (and Birmingham at home recently) who press relentlessly. Leeds gave us a masterclass in this tactic on Saturday (especially in the 1st half). No sooner had any of our players got the ball than at least one of their players sprinted into place to challenge our player, barely giving him time to think about what to so with the ball, let alone actually completing a pass. I lost count of the number of times we gave away possession as a result of this. Pack in particular could not cope with this and it was no surprise when he was taken off. Should we "fight fire with fire" and give opposition teams the same treatment ? That did happen a bit in the 2nd half when Leeds backed off a bit and (the more physical Weimann and Taylor) came on. A final thought from me. In both our last two home games Matty Taylor has made a big difference. When is he going to get a start ? Or is he forever an "impact sub" ? I would start him on Tuesday if for no other reason that he offers the physical and aggressive approach to the game that we saw on display from the whole Leeds team on Saturday. Did I say final thought ? Surely Leeds are nailed on for auto promotion along with (I think) Sheff U
  9. A joke I presume ? Leeds won that game 4 - 0
  10. On the basis of the Leeds performance yesterday (especially 1st half) it won't be them in the play-offs. The non stop running off the ball, clever tactics and outstanding performances throughout the side but especially by Alioski and Phillips (IMO) made them look like a PL side in waiting. Nobody in the group I go with complained about the result. We were simply outplayed and frankly (thanks to Kallas, Webster and Wright) we were lucky to lose by only one goal. Could have done without the time wasting in the 2nd half by Leeds though. I don't know why they do that, it just makes extra time longer and 6 mins was no surprise yesterday - during which Taylor could have lobbed their GK if only he had lofted the ball a bit more. Bring on Ipswich Tuesday. Likely to be a very different game.
  11. Good to see some thoughtful Leeds fans like Cjay and Velroc posting on here ahead of the big one Saturday. We often get our members posting links to comments on rival fan's forums ahead of games, .but I have not seen any from Leeds yet - might have missed it. Just googled "Leeds United FC fan's forum" and it seems there are quite a few. Would our "friends" (no problem writing that ahead of Saturday) point us in the direction of the best forum please.
  12. No doubt about it - the biggest game of the season so far. Sold out stadium - apart from the segregation seats in the Atyeo - see the Leeds Allocation thread about that. Yes, we need to get AG rocking from the start. As an oldie Dolman season card holder, I join in the singing when it ripples down to Block E33 (the old block B in the Dolman) Having been in the Lansdown for cup games this season, we could hear block S82 in Lansdown W13 far better than in our regular seats. SO, the point of this is - fans in the Dolman near to S82 - you need to pick up the singing quickly and spread it down through the Dolman. It's not true that the Dolman don't sing - it's just that we can't always pick up on what we are supposed to be singing. Just down to acoustics.
  13. For me, this game is bigger than the cup games v both Manchester clubs last season. We will be tested against a very good current Leeds side, with Bielsa surely the best manager in the 2nd tier this season ? For debate perhaps. If we give a good account of ourselves and (perhaps) get something out of this game, then I think our play-off hopes are very much alive. If we get smashed, then it looks more likely we will end up 7th-10th at the end of the season. BUT - Leeds will be up against what is generally recognised as the best CB partnership in the EFL this season. Hopefully Kalas and Webster will be on top form - they will need to be.
  14. My eyes are moist. What an example to us all. It would be great for the club to get her onto the pitch half time on Saturday for a round of applause but I guess that won't happen as she is (not surprisingly) frail and she says in the film that she feels "alright" when she gets into her seat. So she would not appreciate having to get out of it at half time. When was she 100 ? It should at least be mentioned on the PA system. Not that we would hear that in the Dolman !
  15. Quite right harrys. Just checked and he left Leeds to become England Manager in 1974. So who took over from him at Leeds back then ?
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