Date: 8th August 2009 at 5:08pm
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Leeds United started their League One campaign this afternoon at Elland Road against Exeter.

They gave debuts to all four summer signings Shane Higgs, Jason Crowe, Patrick Kisnorbo and Mike Doyle.

Leeds started on the front foot, two corners early on and a header from Becchio which tested the keeper.

Beckford also had an early chance but got the ball caught under his feet when in a good position.

Beckford did work they keeper soon after, Jones saving down low.

Almost within a minute Beckford flashed another effort just wide of the post with the help of a deflection.

Beckford who scored 34 goals last season soon started his goal run for this season, some great work from Ben Parker set up Beckford who cooly slotted home.

Exeter had to wait till over half way through the first half for their first chance but Corr wasted an excellent chance.

Beckford was giving the Exeter defence all sorts of headaches and his next chance, a header hit the cross bar.

Ben Parker was replaced on the half hour by Andy Hughes and the young left back went straight down the tunnel for assistance with a injury he must have picked up.

Leeds went in one goal to the good at half time but there was signs of Exeter getting into the game nearing the half time whistle.

Jason Crowe should have doubled the lead but his effort went straight at the keeper when he should have done better.

A slower start to the second half, Jermaine Beckford had Leeds best chance early on when he treid to chip the keeper but his effort cleared the bar.

Exeter were reduced to ten men when Barry Corr was shown a red card for what looked like dissent on the hour.

Exeter drew level totally against the run of play when Alex Russell fired past Shane Higgs from a free kick.

Leeds took the lead again when Jermaine Beckford finally scored his second of the afternoon after missing a host of chances with only two minutes remaining.

The referee added on four minutes of added time which Leeds saw out easily and claim their first three points of the season.


Higgs, Crowe, Marques, Kisnorbo, Parker, Howson, Snodgrass, Doyle, Johnson, Beckford, Becchio

Ankergren, Hughes, Robinson, Grella, Michalik, Showunmi, Prutton

Jones, Duffy, Russell, Seabourne, Taylor, Harley, Goldbourne, Corr, Cork, Edwards

Marriott, Tully, McAllister, Sercombe, Burnell, A-Henville, Norwood

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8 Replies to “Beckford back in the groove”

  • Phew! Nearly shot ourselves in the foot again. We`ve got to learn to kill teams off. But it`s only the first game of the season. Doyle did okay considering…and he`ll do a helluva lot better after this.
    And that`s right dazza-Thank god for Becks. Could have scored four today.

  • Same here 10 men I tough we were going to win 5-0 when we scored…went To sleep after the first…Deffo m.o.t.m for me has to go to Beckford…Three points is all that counts MOT

  • atmosphere was bit quiet today considering the number. ashamed to say but for the majority of the game out-sung by exeter! good to get off to a winning start tho.

  • I thought the atmosphere was typical first day football in the sun stuff. Congratulations to Exeter for bringing over 2000 on a long trip and for the ay the mixed in outsid ethe ground. We looked like champions for 30 mins and then lost the plot. We still created enough chances to have buried the game but only mnaged to scrape over the line. I thought Crowe and Kisnorbo (espcially before his 10 stitch head injury) did well. Doyle started well but faded badly (as did Howson to a lesser extent))and Higgs had little to do. Two keepers couldnt have stopped their free kick. Parker was having a good game before injury and his run for Becks first goal was A1. On the negative side Johnson had a poor game and snoddy was in and out of the action. Robinson was a waste of time when he came on. Why dos he head for the middle and into trouble all the time. Thank god for Becks in the end.

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