Didn’t go tonight, mainly because I find it hard to muster up any enthusiasm for a match I deem totally pointless. You see for me, the League Cup and FA Cup are trophies that can only be won by Premier League teams, so our run in them is completely irrelevant. I did contemplate going but after it was chosen for Sky I failed to see the point of leaving my house.

My lack of enthusiasm seemed to be mirrored by the display as Leeds eased to victory without ever making too much effort. The 1-0 scoreline is a fair reflection of a game where very little happened and where the main talking point was made off the pitch by the absence of Jermaine Beckford.

Simon Grayson insisted beforehand that his absence was due to a knock he’d picked up and attempted to reassure fans that he wasn’t being left out to avoid getting cup-tied. I aren’t one to be cynical of Grayson usually as he’s never given me a reason to be, but it’s all a little too coincidental for my liking. He seemed absolutely fine on Saturday and the links with WBA and Wolves continue to worry me.

As for the football, well there was little to talk about. Despite some claiming Grella was man of the match, I thought he was slow to react infront of goal and had a few chances he should have struck first time. Showumni let himself down when he sliced an easy chance wide, but did well to score the only goal of the game, stretching out and guiding in it with the tip of his boot. Maybe it’s a lack of confidence from them both since they’re playing second fiddle to Becchio and Beckford, but on tonights performance it wasn’t hard to see why.

Not sure how to summarise a match review that in itself was a general summary, but I guess we did what was required. That’s if you think there’s any point being in the competition in the first place anyway. Be interesting to see if there’s any further news on Beckford tomorrow, but other than that, it’s time to prepare for the important fixtures that resume Saturday.

  • Dan

    Watched the match..a bit frustrating at times but still worth watching as Leeds are not on TV very often. I have to disagree about your point about the League and FA cup. I love the FA cup and all it stands for, teams from various division meeting and the upsets are well worth it. I’m just waiting for Leeds to go on a good run and play a Premiership team…and then if we could beat them…all the better. Will be interesting to see who we play in the second round of the League Cup.

  • Dje

    I agree with Dan. We aren’t going to win either cup but it is a good chance to test our abilities against teams in higher leagues. Even if it is only a Championship team or two, hopefully it will give us a good indication of what we’ll be up against next season.

  • Grumpy Older Man