Preview of Barnsley vs Leeds United ryanlufc September 13, 2010 Leeds United 33 Comments BARNSLEY VS LEEDS UNITED (Tuesday 14th September) As it seems Barnsley fans are still struggling to grasp the concept of the internet, I was unable to find one who was willing to take part in the interview ahead of our midweek clash at Oakwell (Tuesday 14th September) and it wasn’t for a lack of trying! Instead I am going to do a short run down of recent events at both clubs and tell you how they will affect the first Yorkshire derby of the season for both clubs. Overview Barnsley come into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Norwich but prior to that game they had put together an impressive run of results, including a 2-0 win at home to promotion favourites Middlesbrough and a 3-3 draw at Ashton Gate against big spenders Bristol City. They are currently occupying 11th place in The Championship, but a win on Tuesday night would put them level with us on 10 points. They will be no pushovers as they are unbeaten and yet to concede a goal at Oakwell this season. Leeds come into the game as one of the Championship’s form teams of the moment. After 3 back to back wins, it is fair to say that most fans will be pleasantly surprised by our strong start to the season. One thing that has really impressed me about the team so far is the strong team spirit and never say die attitude that the players seem to have adopted, coming from behind to earn vital points on 3 occasions (Forest, Millwall & Swansea). Our strong start sees us sitting in a play-off spot and only 3 points behind early pace setters QPR. As always our fans have travelled to away games in their numbers and Tuesday night’s game will be no exception with around 7,000 Leeds fans expected to make the trip to Oakwell which will surely have a positive effect on our boys. All the ingredients are there for a fantastic Yorkshire derby and hopefully another 3 points for the whites! Team News Barnsley have just signed Scotland striker Garry O’Connor on loan from Birmingham. He could add some much needed firepower to their front line or could just turn out to be the next McSheffrey! He is likely to partner the nephew of former Leeds legend Eddie Gray, Andy Gray up front for the tykes. Another player to look out for is former Liverpool academy product, winger Adam Hammill who is joint top scorer with Gray so far this season with 2 goals each. On the topic of Barnsley’s attack, ex-Leeds hero Liam Dickinson is likely to feature on the bench for the home team. I’m sure he will receive a warm reception from the travelling supporters after his great efforts for us whilst on loan the season before last! As we know, Simon Grayson doesn’t like to change a winning team but he was forced to do so at the weekend. In form ‘keeper, Kasper Schmeichel missed out due to a foot injury and has also been ruled out of featuring against Barnsley. Blackburn ‘keeper Jason Brown, was brought in on a months loan as cover and he is likely to be on the bench again with Shane Higgs continuing in goal. It is understood that the reason behind Lloyd Sam’s absence from the starting line-up against Swansea was an ankle strain. It is unclear as to whether he will return, or if Max Gradel, who impressed on Saturday will keep his place. Another likely absence is that of captain Richard Naylor, as previous injuries prevent him from playing 2 games in such a short space of time. Alex Bruce is the obvious choice to replace him at centre-back with Jonny Howson taking over the captaincy. Long term absentees Robert Snodgrass and Billy Paynter are back in training but will not feature at Barsnley. It is understood they will both take part in a friendly behind closed doors at Thorp Arch during the week. It was confirmed on Leedsunited.com that new signings Amdy Faye and Ramon Nunez will not feature. It looks like we will see a very similar team to the one that beat Swansea on Saturday. Our strong start to the season sees Leeds as definite favourites despite being away from home and with the help of our travelling army, I expect Leeds to go to Oakwell and do the business, although it won’t be easy. Prediction: Barnsley 1-3 Leeds United Marching On Together! Jonathan Rhodes Good preview looking forward to the game tomorrow. It’s not barnsley fans that cannot use the internet however. All you had to do was search “barnsley fc” in to google and the 3rd result down is our fans forum. Someone on their would have answered your questions Paul South Wales Bruce in for Naylor, McCormack in for Becchio and Sam in for Watt. This time though come at them like a box of cocks from the first whistle. Get into them and get an early goal or two. We have a big squad so let’s start using it, unlike last season when the same players played week in week out and burned themselves out towards the latter part of the campaign. MOT Colin @Paul South Wales Bruce in for Naylor? – Nah, if Leeds do come at Barnsley like a “box of cocks”, then Naylor will definitely be playing I reckon it’ll be different to that though – i think Barnsley will go for it and be attacking and SG will setup Leeds to soak it up and play the counter attack, especially since he’ll probably go with one up front again. This has got rough and tumble and football going out of the window all over it. After a few minutes, it’ll be 22 players just trying to chase and kick each other. Barnsley will be up for this one – it’s like their Cup Final, minnows playing against the mighty Leeds, jealous of Leeds’ success and stature as the greatest club in Yorkshire with the Barnsley fans open mouthed as they see a rare sight of skillful and beautiful football and Richard Naylor grace the pitch at Oakwell… …Colin lights the blue touchpaper and walks away quickly waiting for the fireworks Colin “around 7,000 Leeds fans expected to make the trip to Oakwell” Barnsley’s average attendance is 11,500 and Leeds taking 7,000 fans ON A TUESDAY!! is awesome. That should bump up the Barnsley average attendance. If you’re interested, ours is 26,000, the highest in the Championship: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/stats/attendance?league=ENG.2&cc=5739 It’s not so bad for both Barnsley and Leeds fans playing on a Tuesday night, as the travel isn’t so bad, but it’ll be a tough ask for some away fans in the Championship to get to their Tuesday game. And is it just me or is it a bit harsh that Leeds will have under 72 hours between finishing the Barnsley match and starting Friday’s Doncaster match?? Ryan Parrish I tried that forum, but they deleted my post straight away! I tried everywhere 606, twitter you name it. People have either not replied or said they havent got time to do it & its been the first team this season I havent been able to get someone to do an interview for. There still might be one on its way but I’m not too hopeful! MOT henry vincent lewis Good preview ryanlufc. Actually Barnsley are firm favourites with the bookies. It will be a great atmosphere and a bumper crowd. A draw would be a good result, but a win would be just perfect!! Loki I’m expecting some squad rotation to start taking place in these games, might be wrong but I’ll be stunned if the same team plays all three games given what Grayson has said. I think tomorrow night is the night to make changes, I’d like to see Somma play because Becchio looked shagged after trying to decapitate Swansea’s keeper. Also Becchio deserves a rest. I’d also like to see McCormack get a start, he looked good on Saturday when he came on. Also Watt had a bad game by his standards so I’d leave him off the pitch for the first 60 or so. Still trying to figure out why we signed Bruce? Maybe tomorrow will tell. I’m expecting a win, maybe not a comfortable one though. Colin MENTAL BETTING ALERT: the bookies make Billy Paynter the favourite to score first. Oh and Grella, Nunez and Snodgrass are more likely to score than Bradley Johnson or Lloyd Sam. And Kisnorbo is more likely to score than 16 other Leeds or Barnsley players according to Bet365. Kisnorbo at 25/1 to be first goalscorer anyone?? graham allen Has everyone forgotten David Somma? Had a couple of great games but has disappeared of the radar. I am hoping he plays – and scores! Vince Canty I’ve Been to Elland Rd twice this season (I live in the Midlands) and twice Naylor has made howlers, captain or not, I don’t think he is quick enough, the back four look well shaky, the quicker Kisnorbo’s back the better! Leeds look good going forward, Becchio doesn’t know the meaning of lost cause, I thought Gradel & Sam looked good on Saturday, Watt had an off day. I agree about squad rotation, it’s time to give Somma & McCormack a start, should be interesting tomorrow night. Grumpy Well said Jonathan (Rhodes). Err.. would you like to answer some questions? Mersey Whites A very tough in prospect, Which ever team ends up with 11 players should win the game. Hope Gradel has learned his lesson . He is one player I would single out for a good kicking. I am sure Larry will have them focused and fully aware, that Inferior players try to kick lumps out of you, before you are allowed to play. A different type of test but I am sure we will be up for. Barnsley 0-1 Leeds Gradel. md How can Becchio need a rest after playing 1 game in 2 weeks? Christopher Gee I’m expecting our usual slow start with the home side all over us for 20 minutes. Hopefully we can mark Hammill better than we did Dobbie. btw Ryan you’ve been using the wrong search engine – for Barnsley it’s t’google.com Mike I think we have a large squad just cos for! Larry hasn’t the guts to make changes from what he knows. Why cant we make up a team of mostly newbies and if there are injuries we still have larry'[s favourites fit ! Craig @mikelufc ‘cos the newbies wouldn’t be used to playing together and would be a pushover for an organised opposition. Mikelufc And the crew tonight played as a team??? Something is wrong with larrys thinking and it is costing us dear but Ken will sort it soon unless he changes. West Stand Rebel I’m pleasantly surprised with the start we have made to the season and this must be down to Grayson and his staff. It’s so important to get points on the board as early as possible so that when a dip comes we are not staring into the abyss. Anyone seen Uncle Ken ?. The front row of the director’s box is decidely barren at the moment. Surely he’s not still on holiday in St. Kitts and Nevis is he ? JIMMY PARKIN 3-1 to Leeds you,re having a laugh are,nt you. Just like Middlesboro got a nasty surprise I think Leeds will come off second best, Barnsley always do well playing the better sides I expect The Reds to win 4-2! jmmyP. Matt BB I cant see Leeds getting a massive win at Barnsley, and I know people are generally optimistic about this game, but just like Huddersfield last season no matter how bad theyve been playing they will give it 300% when we rock into town. I think Grayson needs to stick with Naylor, because it builds a sense of continuity in the team, and putting Bruce in for a derby game when he has had no match practice is stupid. Although he had an appalling first half he wasnt on his own on saturday, I cant think of many who had a good one. Are we hearing calls for anyone else to be removed? no. I think Naylor will come good. les irwin hindsight is an exact science 5-1 against the cap n clog men BUMMMPPPP what a landing sitthha, somma scores again but at 5-2 now will he sack naylor and bring in bruce nah i know lets get rid of grayson you have to be ruthless which he cant be no friends in footy Matt BB this is a worrying result, and shows we need major surgery at the back doesnt it? I stand by my comments on naylor you cant just blame him. Bessone got subbed early on, but to be fair to him things seemed to go bad with hughes at left back – when will aidan white get a chance? or if we were going to be more conservative put Bromby there, or Bruce. Scoring twice away from home is very good but what happened there? were we that awful? socks to be pulled up before Friday as Doncaster will be rubbing their hands together after this. les irwin bessone is rubbish from what i’ve seen ben parker will play there asap, white will not get a real chance for another year or so hughes ? did he use his zimmer ,naylor ? bruce should be playing maybe with collins but defo when he is fit with kisnorbo .somma scored will he start him ,nah .he just won’t, why ? answers on post card … i was disappointed with his team selection on saturday so no surprises today sitting ninth now so still ok we can say it til we are blue we all know what our achilles heel is no pace at the back i know it, you know it does lazza yep im sure he does did he do owt about it nahh not any of our back 4 have pace or any of there likely replacements .higgs is not as good as kasper alright he is injured so thats, that ninth i will take now donny will beat us Dje Bessone? I’d play Johnson at left-back instead. Actually, I’d play Robinson there instead of Bessone, I really would. Cue: Grayson using the words ‘not good enough’ ‘feel sorry for the fans’ ‘fantastic support’ ‘don’t deserve that kind of performance’ ‘wake up call’ ‘certain players have to take a good long look at themselves’ ‘got to use the result as a turning point’, ‘ring the changes’ ‘Tis a merry-go-round. les irwin djedjedje—— cue larry i would play my mother and grandmother as appossed to half of our defence nobody gets passed them two to get their seats at bingo trust me and they are quicker im fed up off fans this and fans that ,we are no more in there thoughts at any time we are less when we have been beat but he is right to take 7000 away on tuesaday night is exceptional and to those who went well done and he is right they dont deserve half the teams he puts out its alright saying its not acceptable and they ned a wake up call but he picks em and he brought most of em in now he needs to give his head a shake its him who needs to wake and smell the colombian (coffee) we were due a beating lets be right if swansea had been more potent up front it would have come saturday but we are doing well from points lets hope they got a wake up call at 6 this morning to be at training for half past thats what we have 2 do 6 days a week Mikelufc More like a circus I would have said…Bleat Bleat what Craig? Max The only bright spot last night was that most of the games (QPR excepted) went against form, so Leeds’ drop in position from 6th to 9th was mostly attributable to a disastrous loss of goal difference. Difficult to know where to start with changes – the back five were all at different points awful, as was Hughes when he went on; central midfield was too weak and in attack, Somma is now our top scorer with 3 goals for 43 minutes played in 6 league games. Becchio has started all games and scored 2; McCormack has generally been preferred as sub and scored none. In terms of available changes, Grayson has Bruce and Bromby at centre half, Bromby and Crowe at right back, and, absent Parker, not really anyone at left back White seems more of a left winger, and Johnson, well he isn’t a left back – which leaves Hughes, not a brilliant result, but probably one that Grayson thinks he’s going to have to take at this point. It’s possible Simon might move for a left back on a quick loan, or play Bromby there, but then what is the point of Hughes? I’d expect Bruce and Hughes to come in for maybe Naylor and Bessone on Friday; Faye (again I’m skeptical but he’s the only defensive midfielder we have, if Bruce is in defence) and Howson in central midfield; hopefully Snodgrass and Sam on the wings (Gradel if Sam isn’t fit) and Becchio/Somma up front. Grayson may though move to take a left back on loan. I actually still think Bessone and Connolly will work out eventually, but Bessone’s confidence looks completely shot and he maybe needs to rebuilt it in the reserves. Matt BB i think with our appalling back four, we probably will end up playing faye in front of them on friday, or introducing clayton to midfield at the expense of the wasteful johnson. Am I totally alone in questioning graysons double standards with Bessone, he messes up and costs us a goal, well newsflash so did naylor on Saturday, and i happen to think he did the right thing by sticking with him, and i think he should have done with bessone, because when hughes came on it all went t*ts up. If we do need a replacement at left back, why not for a refreshing change try Bromby or Bruce – defenders. or if thats not working, three central defenders and wing backs, which Bessone was born to do. I just think we were lazy in playing same team same formation against a totally different team. We were unfortunate to come up against Gary O’Connor who is too good for the championship, but what happens when we meet Bellamy at Cardiff, or Nugent at Portsmouth? think fast Larry. Mark R An absolute disgrace . 5-2 at Barnsley … Barnsley ! This is the 1st time that I can say hand on heart that SG’s selection and tactics have been totally questionable. First and foremost away from home protect our vulnerable defence until it is sorted out. As Mike LUFC points out earlier – SG is not ruthless, he is not using the squad, and his weakness is his loyalty to players who performed admirabley in League 1, but are struggling in the Championship. Defensively as a team we’ve been vulnerable since the Derby game. Kasper’s magnificence has compensated for our defensive frailties. As many have said – a solid defence, a recognised defensive midfielder, more experience in midfield. I like Becchio, but he’s not the prolific striker we need. Somma deserves a run in the team, and the sooner Paynter & Snodgrass are available – the better. An absolute disgrace and I feel sorry for our 7000 fans who travelled and deserved better. To hear Grayson say he thought the team capitulated in the last 15 mins is unacceptable. Doncaster away on Friday was always going to be a tough match, and it’s now even harder as SG MUST change the team & tactics. MOT les irwin said it all along we got players but no quality i said all along we needed that, naylor should be sacked never play again he gives absolutely nothing to the team ,same with hughes ,we need a left back ,we had 1 with sheehan ???????????? .people who question simon grayson are right to do so we only just got promoted last year his ,team is too old on average and there is no pace ,sam has been 1 of our better players and he puts him on the bench on sat somma is top scorer and well we know about him ,had we not been promoted grayson would be unemployed now ,now im not saying sack him but i think there are better managers than ours iam happy about our start in general but i think its more luck than MANAGEMENT i could ,as we all could pick a better team on match days than grayson from our squad .its almost like benitez at liverpool he always has to tweek something the teams with the bigger trophy cabinets do 1 thing and there is a mathematical theory behind it BEST 11+BEST 6 SUBS X 44 MATCHES = WIN IN SHORT TERMS PLAY YOUR BEST 11 EVERY WEEK I F YOU CAN Max Heard Grayson on Radio Leeds … said that he had asked them to play long ball, given the conditions and the fact they were weaker in midfield – leading them to give the ball away and get caught on the break. They ignored him. I don’t think that’s a great testament to Naylor’s captaincy, but he seems to finally worked out his midfield isn’t working either. timm Whatever happened to Graysons philosophy of his players keeping the shirt as long as they’re performing well? I don’t remember Somma doing too much wrong? Naylor needs to be dropped in favour of Bromby, & Bessone looks woeful. It’s not fair to have a go at Hughes for being no better, let’s not forget that Hughes is a midfielder just like Johnson. Grayson started the Swansea game with a team from last season apart from Connolly & Bessone & we were nearly made to pay. I think the one good thing to come from last night is that it’ll force him to make radical changes for friday? Snoddy, Paynter, Faye & Nunez all came through the Boro game yesterday so it’s time to get them used. Did we need McCormack? He looks like just another striker who just plays for free kicks. I know it’s early days but Bessone looks like a poor signing as a left back, but he does look useful higher up the pitch. I can’t wait to see fridays team. Max. Couple of “by the way” comments: Bates, from the official site: “We have to assume that Doncaster will lift their game against us. They’ve got Billy Sharp, whose agent indicated he wanted to come to us in the summer so he will be out to prove something, and we will have quite a few of our own with a point to prove.” And the back 4 in the reserve game against Middlesborough earlier this week was: Crowe/Bromby/Turner/White. I assume the Turner was Nathan Turner (Lewis Turner is a winger). That was, in terms of where those players usually play when picked for the first team, 3 right backs (Turner hasn’t played for the first team, but is down as a right back) and a left winger. And we won.