Date: 31st August 2018 at 10:19pm
Written by:
Leeds United
0 – 0
Middlesbrough

Elland Road

Championship

31/08/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 35417

Referee: Robinson

Leeds United Middlesbrough
Peacock-Farrell Randolph
Ayling Ayala
 
Berardi
 
88 Flint
 
Cooper
 
Fry
Douglas
 
Shotton
Phillips Besic
 
Harrison 92 Clayton
 
Saiz
 
Friend
Klich Downing
Alioski Howson
Roofe 90 Assombalonga

Substitutes

Bamford 90 Konstantopoulos
Roberts Leadbitter
Dallas 92 Braithwaite
Jansson 88 Hugill
Pearce McQueen
Blackman McNair
Baker Wing

Game Statistics

11 Goal attempts 9
3 On Target 3
6 Corners 5
11 Fouls 16
4 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
62 % 38

Leeds United hosted Middlesbrough at Elland Road earlier this evening for the top of the Championship table clash even though the 2018/19 campaign is still in the very early stages.

Both sides went into the game having taken 13 points from the opening five games in the second tier but we just cancelled them out and they returned the favour under known ‘defensive minded’ Tony Pulis.

He’ll certainly be happier than we will on the back of that showing and both teams only managed to test the opposition goalkeeper three times apiece, but we did dominate possession which is something.

It was, however, largely a game to forget for fans but if we are groping for positives, Pulis sides have a tendency to nick games and we frustrated them as much as they frustrated us, so again the other side of our game and digging in when we need to – whilst maintaining our focus – came to the fore and there are positives in that even if it’s not great to watch.

It bodes well that we are taking points when not at the top of our game, whatever the reasons for that might be.

 

4 Replies to “Well That Was A Let Down – Then Again Not Everything Under Bielsa Is Going To Be Rosy”

  • What nonsense! Thought Leeds were the only team trying to play football.
    At times Boro were more like a rugby team!
    We would have lost that game last year.

    • Ah somebody else who can’t read and has the attention spell of half a headline. Try again in terms of ‘we would have lost that game last year’ and pay attention to ‘Pulis sides have a tendency to nick games and we frustrated them as much as they frustrated us, so again the other side of our game and digging in when we need to – whilst maintaining our focus – came to the fore and there are positives in that‘. I’ve bolded the important bits for you as a favour. Unless I’ve completely misread your post and should retire for the night now I’m drinking? In which case I apologise.

  • Impressed that we did not flag, kept up the pressure and managed their aerial threat. But I thought we badly missed Henandez, who is the player that makes us tick. Bielsa knows full well that pressing alone will not do the trick (Argentina have shown that). Neither side showed much creativity though.

    • The focus is the plus point, and whilst showing we can be free flowing in attack when allowed, the defensive focus and determination is also impressive. On the creative front, hopefully that’s what Izzy Brown will bring when up to speed as a different option. Thought Bamford might be a better fit for this one rather than Roofe – purely from the perspective of wanting to get one over Pulis myself.

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