Elland-Road-Floodlights-nightSteve Morison scored his first goal in a Leeds United shirt as Blackpool were defeated 2-0 at Elland Road. Not only did the Whites take the spoils, but a confident and exhilarating performance thoroughly entertained the crowd of 25,000 (an inflated midweek attendance due to GFH’s much welcomed reduced prices for the match).

The win takes Neil Warnock’s men back to within 6 points of the play-off positions, with a game in hand over the side currently in sixth position. The unlikely scenario still seems a pipedream, but if Leeds can unearth a level of consistency and replicate this manner of performance away from Elland Road, then there is still a glimmer of Premier League glitz on the horizon come August.

Despite being goalless, the first half was an enjoyable one in which the away side were fortunate to end all square. Leeds’ front three of Morison, Ross McCormack and Luke Varney continually terrorised the Tangerines’ back line.

Varney continues to rewrite his end of season review, refurbishing the interior of his critics’ opinions with another industrious showing.

The clearest openings of the first period fell to Morison who had a shot well saved, and McCormack who volleyed narrowly wide.

At the other end, Blackpool were dangerous on the break. Tom Ince (son of his new manager, Paul), Matt Phillips and Ludovic Sylvestre all had shots beaten away by Paddy Kenny. The save from Sylvestre’s long-ranger was particularly notable as Kenny produced a solid showing between the sticks.

The second half began with a brief and unusual period of pressure from the away side, before Leeds broke and Varney saw a shot clip the post.

Shortly after, Leeds gained a thoroughly deserved lead. A corner from the right found its way through the cluster of bodies in the penalty area and was fired into the bottom corner by David Norris from 12 yards.

The second arrived just minutes later. Encouraging build up play took the ball into the Blackpool penalty area, and the ball fortunately broke to Morison in acres of space. Leeds’ new number 9 sent the keeper the wrong way and lofted the ball in at the near post to herald the arrival of a new striker for the Revie End faithful to lavish with love.

Leeds saw the game out with consummate ease, breathing new life into a faltering season.

Many thanks to those who entered my ‘predict the score’ competition on Twitter. The closest guess came from Steve Gaughan (@s90rny) who correctly predicted a 2-0 victory. Send me your predictions for the next home match to @Matt_K_Burton

11 Responses

  1. spellz

    That was a really polished performance and a thoroughly deserved win, a season high performance due to reduced prices was a great incentive, also it is a move in the right direction from GFH everyone’s been saying recently how Leeds for them is a short term business venture by trying to flip our club to make a quick profit.
    Even if it that is the case no business is profitable unless its thriving and they know that so it is great they did get fans back through the gate and you never know we might just start rebuilding what bates tried to destroy, the unity of Englands greatest fans, M.O.T.

  2. Matthew

    A very positive performance in general, if we can build on that and the club brings in more players in the next transfer window, I see no reason why we can’t hit the playoffs/auto next season.

    It’d be a hard ask for the team to win 10 games out of 14 at this point. None the less, playoffs or no playoffs, that has to be value for money none the less.

  3. Chareose

    Oh well….If this carries on it looks like we will be stuck with Neil Warnock….Id better put away all the bunting and visit the razor blade shop instead !

    • mrbigwheels

      Don’t worry ‘C’… Birmingham are a good calling and/or big ops with Plymouth.
      Keep the bunting dry.

  4. Irving08

    Memorable evening: got a chidren’s ticket for £3 for an allegedly impeded view at the back of the Kop (as a senior min ecost only £9). Keep it up GFH. It was memorable in another way too: Warnock changed the tacftics aftera firs thalf which saw them getting too easily at our back four. From 4-3-3 he switched to 4 1 4 1, with Tongue dropping back in front of the back four, McCormack pushed out wide right, and Green with Norris forming the central midfield. Amongst other beneficial effects, it meant that Lees, in particular, had less recourse to hoof (sadly Kenny seems addicted to it), since Tongue was there for the short pass. My first look at Warnock only reinforced my belief that we lose something when White is not at left back, namely, a capacity to counter attack at pace into open space from full back when the opposition attack breaks down. I would have to see him against a genuine wide man to judge him defensively; but he was solid enough last night. Varney again impressed by his overall play. Warnock senior should now stick with the second half formation, using Brown as back-up.

  5. mrbigwheels

    Hopefully Warnock is now on with a mission.
    “the baarstaards won’t grind me down”.

    Personally, I can’t wait to see him back into the old Huddersfield hair dryer days.

  6. PMH

    Have to admire NW for his candor. No BS with him, what he thinks is what you hear. I can see why his players like to work for him. I hope we end the season with some good performances, good crowds and some optimism for next season. (We are nowhere need ready for promotion.) It would be better to stick with a successful formula than to have to chop and change again.


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