Lakenheath Old Boys

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

It's Leeds Time!

The mighty Leeds boys take to the hallowed pitch at Elland Road a goal down to Millwall from the first leg but knowing that a two goal difference will be enough to secure a place in a Wembley playoff final against either Scunthorpe or MK Dons.

Come on you Whites!

143 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams for today:

Leeds: Ankergren, Douglas, Sodje, Naylor, Parker, Delph, Snodgrass, Howson, Kilkenny, Beckford, Becchio. Subs: Lucas, Marques, Grella, Johnson, Robinson.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Whitbread, Craig, Frampton, Henry, Abdou, Bolder, Martin, Alexander, Harris. Subs: Pidgeley, Robinson, Grabban, Barron, Laird.

2:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's a sell-out crowd of 37,000 crammed into Elland Road tonight. And it would've been even more without the FA's decision to keep the away support to 1,000.

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great stream up through VSS.

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jermaine Beckford scored twice against Millwall at Elland Road earlier in the season. Let's have another brace, mate!

Kick-off!

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tremendous atmosphere at Elland Road tonight.

Go on!

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Let's have an early goal to settle the nerves, lads.

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit of argybargy already. Becchio was hacked there by Boulder and the Leeds boys didn't like it much at all.

Yellow card for the Millwall man.

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First corner for us swung in and cleared out.

2:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good early pressure for us. It's predictable that we're having a go at them. Millwall just trying to see off the opening onslaught.

2:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Millwall having trouble just getting out of their own half.

2:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Beckford's got two men (and sometimes three) hanging on him at every turn. That should open some room for Snoddy and Becchio.

2:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Come on. Keep it on the floor, lads.

2:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great run from Becchio. He spread it wide to Delph who fed a lovely cross in but Beckford just couldn't connect with the flying header.

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, Beckford had acres of space there, but he dithered on it and was tackled. Howson came in strongly on the Millwall defender and will probably get a ticking off.

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The ref's pulled over the two captains to have a word with them about the nature of the tackles going in.

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another good period of pressure here. We need the opening before it gets too late in the half. A goal would completely change the complexion of the match.

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, that should have been a penalty. The cross came over the big Sam Sodje was wrestled to the ground. Come on, ref - open your eyes!

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, Snoddy cut in from the right and had a go there but didn't get enough mustard behind it to get past the keeper.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fifteen minutes in and still deadlocked at 0-0. We need a goal.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Corner to Millwall...

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sodje is having a hell of a match so far. I hope we can hang onto him for next season rather than his going back to Reading.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Something happened off the ball there. Rugby tackle by Martin. He's going into Mark Hallsey's book too.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half way through the first half and I'm still on pins and needles.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ah, Beckford was through there for the first time. Great movement and he hit it first time. The keeper parried it out to Delph who just lost his footing as he shot.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, someone stamped on Delph there. And there's another big ruck that Hallsey has to sort out.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Somehow Delph was booked there, probably for something said.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ankergren did well to get down and hold onto that shot. First real threat from Millwall.

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear, it looks as if Neil Kilkenny is in some trouble here. He may have to come off. The trainer is out with the magic sponge.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's got very ping pongy all of a sudden. Our early burst seems to have dissipated. We need a goal to get the momentum back.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another great run from Snoddy, this time on the left. It opened up for a shot but he hit it straight at Ford.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good free kick opportunity now...

Sodje gone up for this...

Lofted in and it comes to nothing.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The camera lingers for a moment on that old tax scofflaw Captain Birdseye himself up in the stands.

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Snoddy is all over the pitch tonight, even tracking back to help out Douglas.

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now he's given up a corner for Millwall...

Whistled for a foul.

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kilkenny's down injured again and this time he won't be able to continue for sure.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Andy Robinson to replace Kilkenny. A good trade there. Perhaps a bit more creative than Kilkenny but it'll require a re-shuffle.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We've been knocking on the door and asking some questions of Millwall but no results so far. Coming up on the final five minutes of the half.

3:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Just checking in

I am off!

Fingers crossed

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, Alexander caught Ankergren late in the challenge there. But somehow the great Dane has come off the better.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheers, mate! We'll need all the luck we can get!

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Snoddy with a great cross in and Becchio did well to get anything on that. It's a corner....

Comes to nothing.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Four minutes of stoppage time to come now...

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another big penalty shout from Becchio. Referee waves it off.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robinson was tackled by the ref, there! And Mark Hallsey and then Bolder dives in again. He might be off! No, the ref's been lenient.

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Snodgrass free kick is knocked out for a corner. We're ending the half well here...

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The crowd's a bit impatient here. They want Leeds to get on with it.

Becchio goes down and it's a great position for a free kick. Come on!

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, Robinson tried to dink it over the wall but it was miles over the bar.

Half-time: I'm really nervous now. 0-0.

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit more argybargy on the way into the tunnel now. Ankergren's still having a go at Alexander.

3:37 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Sorry for being late to this. Looks like you've had opportunities with little product.

Are you Gooners in disguise? Are you Go-oo-ners in disguise?

3:38 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Good luck in the second half Bob.

3:39 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

A ruck in the tunnel? You are turning into Arsenal.

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams are back out and the second half has kicked off.

Come on Leeds!

3:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheers, Gooner! I'm hanging on the edge of me seat here.

3:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robinson over another free kick here...

Ooh, it went straight through and whistled by the backpost.

3:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

From the corner, Sodje went down again...

YESSS! Hallsey has given a penalty! I don't know quite what happened but I don't care. We've got a chance here!

3:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And the feed has gone dead at the worst possible time!!!!!

3:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm back just in time to watch Beckford miss the penalty!!!!!

Oh dear. The keeper went early but they all do. It's saved.

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Keep it going, lads. We've got the momentum now. Keep it going!

3:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Becchioooooooooooooooo!

1-0!

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Snoddy made a great run, stuck it through for Parker overlapping and he put across a brilliant cross for Becchio to knock home. Becchio deserves a lot of credit there. He made a brilliant run.

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Becchio's onto another long ball. Grayson's definitely got us up for this second half. Great response.

4:01 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

You Argie beauty!!!

Alright. That's one, fill your boots now.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

1-1 on aggregate now but what response can Millwall have now. Their whole game plan was to frustrate. That's out the window now. They'll have to commit more forward.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nineteen goals for Becchio this season now. 34 for Beckford. Brilliant partnership.

4:03 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

That's what you're hoping for. That might give Beckford more space to do what he does.

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheers, Gooner. Becchio's definitely a bit floppy for my taste, but that's his Argentine roots. They learn those "skills" in the crib, don't they?

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yeah, definitely. Another goal for us would definitely open things up. My only fear is that Delph is getting close to a red.

4:05 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

And it's early doors. That Bolder guy could pick up the second yellow easily.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The ref seems to be concerned that someone's lobbed a coin out at David Forde. What idiots!

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Snoddy to pump another free kick in and there seems to be a bad injury here for one of the Millwall lads. Bad head injury.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I can't tell who the player is but he seems to be knocked out cold. Not good.

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It looks as if the keeper David Forde kneed his own player in the head there. Nasty!

4:08 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Absolutely. Becchio reminds me of some of the South Americans that have shown up in the MLS.

Did you read that about how a couple of Mexican teams were looking to play their matches in MLS stadia until the H1N1 scare is over? And how it might signal the move to incorporate a second tier of Mexican clubs into the MLS proper? Blimey!

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Millwall lad is on his feet thankfully and Becchio does the sporting thing giving him a pat on the back. He does look a wee bit groggy.

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That would be a tasty little earner for those MLS teams who own their stadia like the Galaxy, Dynamo and such.

4:09 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Our sensitive souls in the Barra Brava have been chanting "Bring outcheer dead!" in this situation.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks as if Millwall are preparing a forward to replace their center back who's gone off. Interesting choice.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice Python reference, that.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

After a long break, we're finally back on the attack.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Corner to us as Neil Harris goes off to be replaced by Grabban.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We haven't had enough joy from the set pieces today for my taste.

4:12 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

True, it would put coin in pocket. But frankly, I'm more interested in the idea of playing the likes of Leon, Atlas, Monterrey, Santos in a league setting. That would be bound to improve standards.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Twenty five minutes left here. It's still on a knife's edge. That injury took the wind out of our sails a bit.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That would be great but isn't that the scheme behind the CONCACAF Champions League?

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, the through ball hit Beckford on the heel there. You'd have thought that he could have a peek over his shoulder for that one. He hasn't had the best match tonight.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great stuff from Delph, speading wide to Snoddy. His shot in was deflected by Beckford well over. That's the sort of flick that Tevez scored with last night.

4:18 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

That's too big a jump in class. It's always one of Guadelajara, America, Necaxa, or PUMAS that wins in Mexico. This idea is to cleave off the lesser clubs for the MLS and create a Mexican premiership, with the idea of relegation into the MLS and promotion into the Mexican Premiera. Workable? Maybe not, but very interesting.

4:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Beckford was onto a long ball out from Becchio but he just ran out of ideas as he beared down on goal.

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'd like to see that certainly, with some of the A League sides like Rochester Rhinos into the mix.

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bugger!!!!!!

Millwall have scored in hte 73rd minute.

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Douglas was poor there. The cross should never have gone over. Never.

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Seventeen minutes to go to rescue this one in front of a roaring crowd. Come on, you Whites!

4:22 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Just not the Wilmington Hammerheads. They're really bad.

I think all 4 of the Nocito lads could walk into the first team. Hell, stick a fake moustache on Kath and she'd be in with a chance.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Robinson goes into the book for some kind of retaliation there.

4:23 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

OOOHHH. That really sucks. Dammit.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Leeds faithful look shellshocked here. Come on. Keep up the faith lads.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bradley Johnson coming on to add a bit of oomph up front.

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No away goals rule in these playoffs though, so a goal back will get us into extra time.

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Time running out for us now. Just over ten minutes to go.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's gone eerily quiet now in Elland Road. You can actually here the 1,000 or so Millwall fans now.

4:28 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

No away goal implication?

Go on then. C'mon, it's Leeds time. There is nothing left of this season to hope for except this recovery. GET IN THERE SON.

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

There seems to be no real urgency on the part of the Leeds boys right now, especially Ankergren.

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No away goal implication. We just need a goal right now and some momentum back.

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That Snoddy cross got the crowd going again. Come on!

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh, the keeper's dropped it! But the whistle went nonetheless. My heart nearly stopped there.

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm kicking every bloody ball now.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nearly a disaster there from the Leeds backline. But Martin couldn't take advantage. That would have been curtains.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Clash of heads there for Beckford. He's in pain for sure.

4:32 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

No doubt. C'MON!!!

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Should be loads of added time given that serious injury worry in the second half.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Becchio wins a corner. Sodje is playing in the center forward channel now. All hands up front!

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The corner was far too shallow but we've won it back.

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One way traffic into the Millwall box now.

4:34 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Whatever happens, I hope your boys go over to the "trouble" end and clap the crowd. It'll deflect the really high emotion that could be problematic. You don't want any crowd issues.

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another corner...

I nearly headed that one in through the computer screen. But alas...

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ankergren to launch another ball into Millwall's box. We're just pumping long balls in now. Fairly agricultural stuff to be fair.

4:36 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

C'mon you whites!!! Scoal a goar!

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Superb effort from Brad Johnson and it's just wide of the post.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheers, West Ham!

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now Snoddy with a decent strike but always going high over the bar.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The goalscorer Jimmy Abdou is booked for something.

4:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If there's any justice, we'll get another ten minutes of stoppage time.

4:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No, it's only six minutes. Still....

4:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And another yellow card here for Tony Craig.

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The American boy Mike Grella is preparing to come on.

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Douglas to wing a long throw in as Grella to come on.

4:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Douglas was shouting for a handball there. But nothing...

4:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

About three minutes left. We'll need a miracle now.

4:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're leaving it very very late here.

4:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Millwall bench hanging onto the ball there.

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another minute has ticked by. About two minutes to play more or less.

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

COME ON, YOU WHITES!

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nearly let a Millwall lad in there for a second goal.

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear, Beckford's pushing the Millwall lad around. It was a bad challenge but you can't raise your hands to another player.

4:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Both players booked there.

4:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Time is up but Mark Hallsey is adding some on. Ankergren is up from the back for this free kick!

4:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Corner now...

the whistle is blown for something. I think one goalkeeper pushed another there. Ankergren into the book.

4:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it. Our season is over. The players are devastated, particularly Jermaine Beckford who's on his back in anguish. In reflection, Beckford scored 34 this season but he picked a poor time for a goal drought. We'll be playing Norwich, Southhampton and Charlton next season in Division 1.

4:47 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

Bob . . . I'm looking for you to post a YESS!!!! right now . . .

4:47 PM  
Blogger West Ham Rising said...

Alas, too late, sorry Bob . . .

4:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Just got home

I am so sorry Bob!

4:57 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Sorry Bob. Gutted for you.

5:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks for all the well wishes, lads. I'm afraid we're a cursed lot when it comes to these playoffs and knock-out competitions. We'll need to shoot for those first two automatic spots next season.

5:55 PM  

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