And so we come to the end of the first month of the 2016/17 season, a month that saw sheer panic in the first week... and then away wins in the EFL Cup and in the Yorkshire Derby to give us a taste of what winning with Monk might feel like. I argued after the first week that we needed to give Monk a month before rushing to judgment... and it’s nice to be right once in awhile.
The win at Sheffield Wednesday felt like the turning point of the month; while Chris Wood’s late goal at Fulham stayed Monk’s execution, Saturday at Wednesday felt like it let everyone at Leeds breathe again. Now, we go into the final match of the month not fearing a firing, but looking for the buzzword of the month: #momentum.
Our Anthony Linley put together a great preview of the match, yet again, so read that before 3:00pm. Will Tyler Denton continue his amazing week and make the 18? Will Ayling, Jansson, Bartley, and Taylor start together in the back line? Will anyone survive after seeing Rob Green wear this??
We’ll have live-tweets of the game at @ThruItAllLIVE, and we’ll be updating this gamethread with all the information as it comes in, lineups, predictions, everything... AND our staff and readers will be hanging out in the comments throughout the day. Join us there.
Please, let’s secure the #momentum heading into the international break and continue climbing back up the ladder. Let’s go.
Nottingham Forest v Leeds United
EFL Championship Fixture
The City Ground, Nottingham
LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds
Saturday, August 27, 2016
7:00am PT / 10:00am ET / 3:00pm BT
Leeds United's lineup
Green, Ayling, Cooper, Bartley, Taylor, Bridcutt, Vieira, Hernandez, Sacko, Antonsson, Wood
Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Jansson, Phillips, Mowatt, Roofe, Doukara
Nottingham Forest's lineup
Henderson, Pereira, Mancienne, Perquis, Lichaj, Burke, Lansbury, Cohen, Osborn, Kasami, Vellios
Subs: Smith, Mills, Traore, Vaughan, Cash, Ward, Veldwijk
Johnny Wakefield: 1-1 Draw. I’m excited about the squad, and I think we’re better than Forest, but as a Leeds fan, I just can’t believe we’ll win a fourth straight away match. It’d just be too good; we’re bound for a letdown. (And points on the road should still make us happy, right?) I want a win obviously and I think the conditions are there for it, but I’ll predict draw.
Anthony Linley: 1-2 Leeds. With 19 previous matches at the City Ground drawn, I can forgive you for thinking towards a draw, but Leeds seem to prefer playing their best on the road so far this season. An away trip to the City Ground with their shaky defence is not so daunting. Leeds's in form top guns should have enough firepower to cut down the Forest.
Ben Mallis: 2-2 Draw. Forest have one of the worst defences in the league to date, so I expect our revamped forward line to find the back of the net. Unfortunately, I still don't trust Green in goal. A point away is still a nice end to a good week.
Matt Robinson: 3-2 Leeds. Agree with Ben that Forest have 4 bombscare-Bambas at the back so scoring shouldn't be a problem. If we played this game a few weeks back, I would have said draw, but we look better in defence now. Bridcutt, Ayling and Bartley all brought solidity, and with 2 clean sheets of late I think we'll do okay. Still think we'll concede a few, but less then Forest.
Jack Dudley: 2-1 Leeds. Forest are likely to be missing their main hit man in Britt Assombalonga, but I'm still not entirely convinced we'll stay watertight at the back. It will be nice to see Jansson and Bartley together, please Garry. Antonsson and Sacko for Leeds.
Sean Ryan: 3-0 Leeds. I think we can finally keep a clean sheet. Without Assombalonga, Forest don't have very many attacking threats. Bridcutt brings the solidity that was needed in midfield and upfront Antonsson and Wood are starting to show why Cellino got the checkbook out. Big win to end a big week.
Joshua Gilbert: 3-1 Leeds. I think that Forest's offensive plans will sputter, and their defense will not be able to keep Antonsson off the score sheet. The lone goal Forest will score will be off of a corner, the Achilles heel to our defense.
And what do you say, Leeds fans? Here’s how you’re feeling this afternoon...
Sounds good to us. #MOT.