The appointment of a new captain this week sent a surge of positive vibes through the fans of Leeds United. But the positive outlook quickly shifted back to negativity after Leeds lost in the West Yorkshire Derby 0-1 to Huddersfield Town. The Whites fell to 22nd in the Championship Table after the loss, and many fans are wondering how all of this has happened.
On Saturday, the Whites were captained by a new man, Scottish international Liam Bridcutt, after Sol Bamba left the Whites on 1 September. But Bridcutt was not the star of this match; that would be Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy.
The Australian midfielder put on a show, proving to many why Manchester City bought him in this summer transfer window. After moving on loan to Huddersfield Town, he has been on a tear.
The first half was full of excitement in the stands as the crowd was hyped, but dull on the pitch as neither team could get a shot on target.
Alex Mowatt had a chance, but shot it to the moon. Chris Wood had a free header, but put it just wide. Rob Green and Kyle Bartley collided and had to receive treatment, but both continued on in the match. And Marcus Antonsson went down in the box, but the ref saw nothing in it and didn’t give Leeds fans the PK they desired.
This video summed up the first half well...
And the half ended with Aaron Mooy getting a yellow card. It was a nasty challenge that Garry Monk thought deserved to be a red.
The 2nd half started with no changes being made to either side, but only 10 minutes later, should-be-off Aaron Mooy scored the winning goal for Huddersfield Town. Mooy absolutely smashed the ball from 20 yards out, getting the ball past Rob Green, who probably should have done better as it sailed past his right side into the net.
The second half subs left a lot of Leeds fans guessing, as Antonsson and Sacko came off for Doukara and Roofe. Antonsson and Sacko were probably our best players on the pitch before they came off, so Monk’s like-for-like moves were sure to draw some anger from fans.
But Leeds didn’t have too many chances, and their game was rather dull. Even with over ten minutes of added time, Leeds couldn’t grab a late goal and the final result was Leeds United 0, Huddersfield Town 1.
After the game, Garry Monk said that: “I thought the two teams cancelled each other out today - there was nothing in it, but they took their chance. The one mistake we made - not closing the ball down quick enough - was punished and they scored from distance. We've got to get this disappointment out of our system quickly by getting the three points we need on Tuesday night."
He’s delusional. We were outplayed in every aspect, and our squad didn’t have a chance.
The team is struggling to find it’s identity. It seems that little errors are causing this team to lose, and that comes with a lack of chemistry, but one win in six is just awful.
I thought that once the international break came, we would have a clean slate and erase the August memories quickly. But after a dismal performance yesterday, it seems that the international break didn’t help at all. Maybe Eunan O’Kane will come save the day soon.
It is absolutely essential to get a positive result on Tuesday. This team needs a point or three, as it seems like the only way Leeds can go now is up. Either that, or we’re looking for a new manager again soon. MOT.