FA Cup Third Round
6/01/2020 7:56 pm
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa had the weekend off given our FA Cup third round clash with Arsenal was bounced to Monday evening for the BBC television cameras.
With a 7.56 kick-off at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal went with a very recognisable lineup for the tie, and although we made a few changes ourselves, it was still a strong squad with a pretty strong bench.
It was a pretty typical performance from us as well and although it was scoreless at the half time break, you have to wonder how we didn’t have a one or two goal lead.
With 63% possession, 15 chances overall and limiting the hosts to just one on target, we all knew the second half would see a reaction from them and they gave it.
Allied to the fact we seemed to have lost control, our luck and our touch they took the lead through a flimsy goal, but nobody can deny they had the second half. It was a true tail of two halves and unfortunately we came up short.
There will be those who question the performance of Anthony Taylor with his severe inability to book Granit Xhaka or Aleksandar Lacazette for that pathetically childish kick out in the second period, but all in all, not enough of an officiating shambles to change the result methinks.
We again pay for our lack of clinical edge, the more positive will highlight the first half as our real potential, the more negative will highlight the same period and talk about strikers in January.