A late Max Gradel penalty spared Leeds United’s blushes at Hillsborough after former Whites midfielder David ‘Jesus’ Prutton scored a superb goal to put the Owls ahead within the first ten minutes.

The game proved to be more of a test for Leeds United than earlier friendlies, but the football on display was just as disappointing. As is always the case with pre-season friendlies, quality football comes second to building fitness and this was no exception.

Ben Parker suffered yet another injury and joins our growing list of players who are likely to miss the start of the season. You have to wonder how many more injuries Parker can take before his life as a professional footballer is prematurely ended?

Hungarian international Boldiszar Bodar started the game as a trialist for the Whites, but on today’s evidence this will probably be the first and last time I have to check Google for the spelling of his name.

Alex Mendy faired a little better than Bodar in his second outing as a Leeds United trialist and could have done enough in the last two games to earn himself a contract. Former Villa youngster Isaiah Osbourne was also given another chance to impress for the last 30 minutes but opinion on him is somewhat divided.

Simon Grayson once again made good use of his squad with six substitutions throughout the course of the fixture. Ramon Nunez was one of the players taken off, which was a little surprising as he impressed more than most and will be desperate to prove he’s ready to take the step up. His removal could however indicate that the Honduran has already done enough to seal his place in the starting line-up for Southampton away.

The real talking point was the lack of danger Leeds United pose upfront with Luciano Becchio and Davide Somma ruled out for the start of the season. Both Billy Paynter and Ross McCormack looked less threatening than our usual forwards, but it’s hard to judge in friendlies when you’re missing several key players who could be providing the chances for these two on opening day – most notably, Robert Snodgrass.

The amount of changes throughout the game and the standard below-par performance expected in friendlies means it’s a distorted view of the first team you get. At no point throughout the game did we have what I would consider to be our best available XI on the pitch, and with trialists thrown into the mix it makes it even more difficult to get an accurate picture of how we stand.

  • Dje

    Lol. Grayson has said he was impressed with Bodor today and is taking him off to Norway with the squad.

    One day our manager will know what a decent left-back looks like.

    • TSS

      Seriously? No better than the three we already have in my opinion.

      • Dje

        Yep, and it's that old 'bag's of experience' line. It might mean he's been an international, might mean he's also a bin man during the day when not playing football part-time.
        http://www.leeds.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?…

        • Gryff723

          'bags of experience in the Netherlands' doesn't sound quite so good.

          I hope I'm wrong but it's smacking of desperation.

  • 5_quid

    After hearing "Unbeaten in four matches" already this season I hope Grayson will be banned from using the "UNBEATEN" word this season. Why? Well nearly every time we heard it last season it meant we had just dropped another two points

  • mightywhite83

    i was watching youtube clips of this bodar guy and from the clips i saw he definatley was NOT plaing left back looked more like a defensive midfielder, maybe he didnt look impressive if he was been played out of position??

  • Matthew

    Dire game and result, we should of won against this tinpot team and if today is anything to go by, we will strugle next season.

  • Mark

    On the evidence of what I saw today no need to take any of the trialists to Norway or leave them to train with the reserves, just return them from wherever they came, simply not good enough (including mendy). No idea who recommended Bodar, assume it must have been his mum, Leeds would have been better off leaving parker on injured or giving Bessone a go.

    I know its only a friendly, I know we have a few injuries and I know grayson continues to promise quality additions to the squad (been hearing that for several weeks now though), but with two weeks to go to kick off does anybody really believe we will have a better squad than last season come the 6th August. Our defence hasnt changed at all other than we have a 2nd choice keeper as our number 1, central midfield numbers are light and my god how much do we miss Snodgrass and Becchio up front. I hope to god this doesn't represent our first 11 in two weeks, what a depressing thought. Even more troubling for me was the lack of quality Leeds had to come off the bench and make an impact on the game i.e. none. I know pre season friendlies are about building up fitness and fine tuning style of play etc however its the same for the opposition and in terms of quality wendy were on a par with Leeds today, if anything they looked the slightly better "team".

    I was hoping to be impressed with the trialists, I wasn't, and cant understand what is Grayson thinking of. If this is the best we can do we really are scraping the bottom of the barrel. I don't expect Leeds to be looking for new players in Harrods, but surely we can do better than the Primark players on trial today.

    Leeds need the 4 quality additions we keep being told are on the way, they cant come quick enough for me. I just hope someone other than Grayson is picking them because when it comes to spotting talent he simply hasnt got any.

  • Mark

    Great news. Our new signing tomorrow is Leeds 6th choice keeper who let in 60 goals in 33 games last season helping his then club to achieve its relegation dream.
    I take my earlier comment back, grayson is a genuis in the transfer market. Cant think of another manager in the FL that could have pulled this coup off.

  • trueyorxman

    LOYAL supporters, NOTHING in return

  • Matthew

    You would think considering we pay top dollar for tickets, we would get better than this, its ridiculus. Where does our season ticket money go? Not on players thats for sure. Bates never should of forced Kasper out, and any decent chairman would of invested a good few mill on players. But instead we get freebies and castoffs. Bates out, he is a cancer on this great club.

  • michael horspool

    well said Bates is starting to depress me as i think i may of said before. I didnt mind Mendy and think he could do a service if we play gradel upfront which may be an option as Painter looks about as dangerous as an infant with a spoon. Watched the game and Bozar can pick a pass very well and had quality on the ball just couldnt run or tackle which may be a problem for a left back. however on sega football manager he plays defensive left or central mid and youtube footage would suggest the same (always trust sega football manager a good guide for any real manager so i suggest larry gets a copy). also what is wrong with bassone whenever i saw him play i thought he was ok? is this correct or did i just see him on good form? he must be better than the others? I fear we are in trouble need a forward, central mid one centre back, left back and keeper and rub-crap-ka looks about as good in goal as painter does up front. seen a few of the pre season games and have one question, as rub-crap-ka made a save yet? by that i mean a refelx shot stop not a catch from 30 yard punt up feild. also may be the interent screning but he looks tubby to say the least and about 5 foot 9, so good size for a keeper

  • Matt BB

    I cant believe how worked up people are getting over a 1-1 Draw in a pre season friendly, Will Liverpool sack Dlaglish after Hull beat them 3-0? No, likewise we shouldnt be looking to sack Grayson or demand a standing down of the chairman (as much as I'd welcome that).

    Sheffield Wednesday as per usual like any of our local rivals always want to get one over on us, we made I think 8 substitutions in that game, and I dont think Wednesday made half that, for me that says that Grayson ws again just seeing who was approaching fitness.. Admittedly he even came out and said he was disappointed with the first half, but we did hit the wood work twice so I'm not too worried.

    Lonergan is an excellent keeper, and with Rachubka as backup I think we are stronger in those positions than last year. With Kisonorbo and Lees now looking available for the season start I am also pleased with the competition and quality there. I'm more concerned about lack of activity now though in the centre of the park, we need a Montgomery there or a Clingan, and I'm hoping the latter.

    Kepp at em Simon,

    MOT.

  • michael horspool

    well said Bates is starting to depress me as i think i may of said before. I didnt mind Mendy and think he could do a service if we play gradel upfront which may be an option as Painter looks about as dangerous as an infant with a spoon. Watched the game and Bozar can pick a pass very well and had quality on the ball just couldnt run or tackle which may be a problem for a left back. however on sega football manager he plays defensive left or central mid and youtube footage would suggest the same (always trust sega football manager a good guide for any real manager so i suggest larry gets a copy). also what is wrong with bassone whenever i saw him play i thought he was ok? is this correct or did i just see him on good form? he must be better than the others? I fear we are in trouble need a forward