Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

The Gary Monk Revolution Begins!

I'm cautiously optimistic as Leeds enter the new season with a new manager, Gary Monk, and nine new signings including Rob Green in goal. We've got a tough start with an away fixture at Loftus Road against QPR followed by a trip to Fleetwood in the Capital One Cup in midweek and then Birmingham next weekend. Within a week, we should know what this new look Leeds is going to be made of. Join me for the beginning early doors tomorrow.

70 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, chaps - I'm up early doors to see what this new look LUFC is all about, cuppa and bagel by my side as usual.

7:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams now out in this bright sunshine:

Queens Park Rangers
Smithies; Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Bidwell; Chery, Gladwin, Henry, Luongo, Shodipo; Polter. Subs: Ingram, Lynch, Cousins, Washington, El Khayati, Perch, Kpekawa.

Leeds United
Green; Berardi, Bamba, Bartley, Taylor; Diagouraga, Vieira, Grimes, Dallas, Roofe; Wood. Subs: Turnbull, Coyle, Cooper, Phillips, Mowatt, Sacko, Antonsson.

Referee: Mr O. Langford (West Midlands)

7:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away at Loftus Road - come on, you yellows!

7:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell - QPR have scored one of the scrappiest goals you'll ever see within the first few minutes. New keeper Rob Green flapped at a corner and Onouha bundled it over the line.

We're 1-0 down within a few minutes.

7:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

QPR really have their tails up now - we're under the cosh. Come on, lads - settle!

7:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First touch for Kemar Roof, our new summer signing from Oxford. He was a top scorer in L2 last season.

7:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is better now. Charlie Taylor earns us a first corner now after a lovely sweeping move.

7:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gary Monk cutting a neat and tidy shape on the touchline with a sweater and tie number. I really hope he can turn around our fortunes. He's the 9th manager we've had in three years.

7:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The commentator mentions that Charlie Taylor is looking to move to Liverpool by the end of the transfer window. Not good. He's been a key feature in our midfield on the left.

7:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Massimo’s in. Sitting quietly and observing the football so far, but the dayis still young.

7:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The replay of the goal suggests that it may well have been an own goal off either Bamba or Green. Horrible.

7:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chery is allowed a baffling amount of time to try some tricks down the right, his cross is cleared and the ball finds its way to Luongo on the left, who hits just about the worst cross you’ll see all season, sliced into the stands.

7:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

All QPR possession now - we've only shown fleeting moments here at Loftus Road.

7:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another bit of a flap from Rob Green - he looks really nervous returning to Loftus Road.

7:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It appears that Lewie Coyle - one of our LUFC Academy players - is making an early substitute appearance. Berardi is coming off and he isn't happy about it, punching the side of the dug-out as he comes off. Not a good start for the Italian.

7:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The QPR faithful are having some fun and games with Rob Green now and he plants an easy clearance into the stands. Oh dear.

7:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Charlie Taylor is hacked down out wide left by Gladwin, who picks up the game's first yellow. And we've got a good free kick opportunity. Come on!

7:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that's a horrible free kick from Stu Dallas, well over the mark and out of play.

7:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Chery flicks one off the post! We were nearly two goals down.

7:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

MOT - great noise from the Leeds away contingent now.

7:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jake Bidwell talks himself into the book there.

7:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice touch from Ronaldo Vieira but Taylor's cross was overcooked.

7:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit better now from us but now it's given away and QPR run it back up the pitch and Poulter hits the post with his effort.

7:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shodipo chases Coyle down the left and charges down a clearance. Early days, but this kid (only just 19) looks bloody mustard.

7:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

More signs of improvement. Well, it could only get better.

7:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - a decent cross there from Taylor that just evades Chris Wood but it runs to Dallas who blazes well over. That deserved better.

7:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One minute of added time. Leeds gently, gently, gently creeping back into it. A bit.

7:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - Leeds troop in 1-0 down but it could have been worse. We're still in this one but things have to improve in the second half.

7:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're underway again at Loftus Road - no further changes to either side.

8:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good start from us, which produces an early free kick chance. Come on, lads - get this one back!

8:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Matt Grimes with a left footed effort but it's up and over. Didn't quite dip enough over the wall. Grimes is on a season long loan from Swansea.

8:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ben Gladwin went in very heavily on Ronaldo Vieira and he was booked already in the first half. Lucky boy.

8:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another free kick chance now - Chris Wood is over it this time.

8:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Straight into the wall (sigh)....

8:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

More pressure from us - this is good.

8:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Leeds fans in fine voice now as Lewie Coyle wins a corner.

8:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First change for Rangers - Gladwin is pulled before he gets a second yellow. Jordan Cousins for him.

8:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Matty Grimes goes into the ref's book now for a high one.

8:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Leeds have definitely been better since the break, although that wasn’t saying a great deal.

8:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'd like to see Gary Monk make some real changes now.

And here it is - Marcus Antonsson on for Grimes. That still seems like for like. I'd like to see 4-4-2.

8:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chris Woods wins us a corner - more good work. Come on!

8:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now a QPR corner. Let's keep it tight lads.

8:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Onouha goes in heavily on Taylor, but nothing doing from the officials there. He’s back up in rapid order, mind.

8:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Taylor can lob a long throw in for us now. And wins a corner.

8:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shodipo has looked good for QPR but he's making way now.

8:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Poor short corner routine, which would have really irked UWS if he were watching.

8:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Chery shoots from a narrow angle and Green saves well.

8:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

QPR looking dangerous again now.

8:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Substitute El Khayatti shoots through a crowd and Green saves again. He's been much better since that initial flap.

8:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - bugger. Ronaldo Vieira bundles over his man and QPR have a penalty.

8:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chery steps up and converts an excellent penalty - Green guessed right but he couldn't keep that one out.

2-0 QPR

8:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Roof gets the hook after an uneven performance.

8:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hadi Sacko on now for the last 15 minutes - hard to see us getting back into this one now.

8:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Antonsson wins a corner now.

8:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If we can get something from this set piece, it will at least be an interesting last ten minutes.

8:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear - Antonsson with the best chance of the afternoon and he's pulled his shot horribly wide with only Smithies to beat.

8:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sacko has at least injected some energy into our attack here.

8:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Sacko has it in the net but he's flagged off for handball.

8:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chery troops off after an impressive debut for QPR. James Perch on for JFH.

8:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We need to get it up the pitch in a hurry now.

8:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gary Monk not pleased by what he's seen.

8:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kyle Bartley has at least looked composed on his debut at centre back.

8:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into four minutes of stoppage time now....

8:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Antonsson has a chance at the back post but blazes over. Not been pleased with his debut.

8:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still haven't had a shot on goal this match.

8:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A chant of ‘Massimo, time to go’ starts up from the away end.

8:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

3-0 - Sebastian Polter rifles in a goal from an impossible angle to add to our misery.

8:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How on earth does Rob Green get beaten from that angle at his near post?

8:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And that's it - the referee puts us all out of our misery.

8:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's enough for me, lads. I'll be back with a fresh post for the Community Shield in a couple of hours.

8:53 AM  

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