Match Review, Leeds United vs Tottenham

Leeds United 2-1 Tottenham

What a dreadful result and performance. Extremely disappointed to be out of the FA cup, it’s a cup that we wanted to win as it is a cup that we have a lot of history in and to be out is devastating. Leeds were average at best, but they worked extremely hard and deserved the win. It was the fact that we were so poor, makes it such a hard defeat to take. There were some brilliant performances from the Leeds players, Luke Varney and Ross McCormack gave our defence hell, which is hard to believe seeing as our centre backs deal with some of the best attacking forces in the world and don’t have that many problems, very disappointing.

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Clint Dempsey, got a lot of stick today, but it was very unneeded because he was playing in a role that he shouldn’t have, we lack a striker, so this window must bring the arrival of a world class finisher. Our centre back pairing of Caulker and Vertonghen was absolutely shocking, for brilliant centre backs they looked scared of an average Leeds attack. Assou-Ekotto looked quite solid today, a bright light in an awful display. Parker was very good as well, he gave it his all, a true leader he deserved to be captain today. An awful result, but we have to move on and get our form back on the right track. Our next game is in the Premier League against Norwich on Wednesday at 7:45pm. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Leeds United:
Friedel – 7
Naughton – 5
Caulker – 5
Vertonghen – 5
Assou-Ekotto – 7
Lennon – 7
Parker – 8
Huddlestone – 5
Bale – 7
Sigurdsson – 5
Dempsey – 6

Subs:
Dembele – 7 1/2
Obika – 7
Walker – 6

Match Preview, Leeds United vs Tottenham

A difficult occasion for us, but one that we should definitely win. The FA cup is a trophy that we as a club have always had a soft spot for, and it’s a trophy we really want to win. We have the opportunity this season to do the double, with the Europa League and the FA cup, so it’s a definite incentive for our players. Leeds are a team that will try and tough it out, and try to defend well and nick a goal. Hopefully we expect this and get an early goal; if we do, the game will open up and we could win by a heavy margin.

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Aaron Lennon will be returning to his former club, so he will want to show what he can do at Elland Road. Clint Dempsey will want to continue his scoring form in the FA cup after netting two in an impressive 3-0 win over Coventry, also after his performance against Manchester United, he will want to stay in the starting eleven so that he can continue his form. I expect a strong team, but in goal I expect Brad Friedel to play instead of Hugo Lloris. Hopefully we can get a big win at Elland Road to progress in the FA cup. The game is live on ESPN, coverage starts at 3:30pm on Sunday. COYS!!

My preferred team to face Leeds United in the FA cup:
Friedel
Walker – Dawson – Caulker – Assou-Ekotto
Lennon – Carroll – Parker – Sigurdsson
Dempsey
Defoe