FAN'S VIEW by Alan Houghton: Leeds United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Joe Mason had chances to score at Leeds

Joe Mason had chances to score at Leeds

First published in Sport

WE crossed the Pennines for the first six-pointer of the season against a team in bigger turmoil than us in Leeds United.

The mood was pessimistic from both sets of fans as we each thought that we would lose and that we are in for a battle against relegation.

It was made worse as the Drysalters has changed to a dreaded ‘Matchday menu’, basically chips or burgers in starter portions.

The match lived up to its pre-match billing of a struggle between two poor sides.

Having said that, we were the better team and the three points were there for the taking, if we could have encouraged someone to stick the ball in the net.

Their goal was a slow, driven cross from ex-Wanderer Stephen Warnock which surprisingly eluded Adam Bogdan.

Joe Mason had the best two opportunities in the first half, forcing good saves out of Marco Silvestri.

At the end Jermaine Beckford and Chung-Yong Lee were similarly thwarted in a mad scramble.

It was a tale of missed chances but it was also a tale of too few chances and too many players off form.

The defence was better, despite losing David Wheater early on, but that was more a reflection of Leeds’ lack of threat.

I think most other Championship teams would have stuffed Leeds on the day.

We had to wait 11 matches for our first league win last season and a similar wait is looking likely this season.

Dougie Freedman has to sort it out. It’s his team now. He is not getting the best out of the players he has got.

Why do we have to get Valentine’s Day out of the way before we start playing decent football?

At least the Capital One Cup draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the thrid round has given us supporters something to look forward to, as we plan our day out in London in this increasingly-depressing season.

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4:53pm Sun 31 Aug 14

stantheman133 says...

Get rid of Freedman as soon as possible.
Get rid of Freedman as soon as possible. stantheman133
  • Score: 9

5:27pm Sun 31 Aug 14

byrom57 says...

we have some good players in mark davies, jay spearing, chung yong lee and others but freedman doesnt know what to do tacticallly to use them to thier best and he cant motivate the team, he needs to go as soon as possible, then we should make a good investment by employing a manager with premiership experience like david moyes or tony pulis, it will cost i know, but then the fans will return the football will be better and we would probably make the play offs or go up direct and recoup the money by the 60 million sky money for premiership teams... oh and by the way sack phil gartside for getting us in this mess in the first place by employing cheap no hopers like sammy lee and gary megson
we have some good players in mark davies, jay spearing, chung yong lee and others but freedman doesnt know what to do tacticallly to use them to thier best and he cant motivate the team, he needs to go as soon as possible, then we should make a good investment by employing a manager with premiership experience like david moyes or tony pulis, it will cost i know, but then the fans will return the football will be better and we would probably make the play offs or go up direct and recoup the money by the 60 million sky money for premiership teams... oh and by the way sack phil gartside for getting us in this mess in the first place by employing cheap no hopers like sammy lee and gary megson byrom57
  • Score: 11

6:55pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Cynic_Al_14 says...

Agree and Disagree byrom57. Sam Allardyce has zero Premiership experience when he took the realm. He learnt his trade in Ireland and lower leagues. A premiership manager would come for a pay off and to put a few quid in the pension pot. We need long term stability however at the moment we just need a guy who puts 11 players on the field who are confident to beat the 11 they face.

Think we agree though, Dougie must go. (How has he not already?)
Agree and Disagree byrom57. Sam Allardyce has zero Premiership experience when he took the realm. He learnt his trade in Ireland and lower leagues. A premiership manager would come for a pay off and to put a few quid in the pension pot. We need long term stability however at the moment we just need a guy who puts 11 players on the field who are confident to beat the 11 they face. Think we agree though, Dougie must go. (How has he not already?) Cynic_Al_14
  • Score: 13

7:02pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Townleys says...

byrom57 wrote:
we have some good players in mark davies, jay spearing, chung yong lee and others but freedman doesnt know what to do tacticallly to use them to thier best and he cant motivate the team, he needs to go as soon as possible, then we should make a good investment by employing a manager with premiership experience like david moyes or tony pulis, it will cost i know, but then the fans will return the football will be better and we would probably make the play offs or go up direct and recoup the money by the 60 million sky money for premiership teams... oh and by the way sack phil gartside for getting us in this mess in the first place by employing cheap no hopers like sammy lee and gary megson
Agree with all apart from the thought of getting Moyes. Pulis or even Curbishley would be good. Freeman, Gartside and even Eddie Davies should be considering their futures.
[quote][p][bold]byrom57[/bold] wrote: we have some good players in mark davies, jay spearing, chung yong lee and others but freedman doesnt know what to do tacticallly to use them to thier best and he cant motivate the team, he needs to go as soon as possible, then we should make a good investment by employing a manager with premiership experience like david moyes or tony pulis, it will cost i know, but then the fans will return the football will be better and we would probably make the play offs or go up direct and recoup the money by the 60 million sky money for premiership teams... oh and by the way sack phil gartside for getting us in this mess in the first place by employing cheap no hopers like sammy lee and gary megson[/p][/quote]Agree with all apart from the thought of getting Moyes. Pulis or even Curbishley would be good. Freeman, Gartside and even Eddie Davies should be considering their futures. Townleys
  • Score: 8

5:29am Mon 1 Sep 14

beechd says...

time to act as the clock is ticking, DF your time is up, on a hiding to nothing in my opinion from the start but typical BWFC doing somthing on the cheap!!!
time to act as the clock is ticking, DF your time is up, on a hiding to nothing in my opinion from the start but typical BWFC doing somthing on the cheap!!! beechd
  • Score: 2

8:10am Mon 1 Sep 14

David_J says...

In my view Dougie should be given a bit more time. We are only 4 games in and on Saturday we could and should have won easily based upon the stats. I don't think he did much wrong but still fans criticise in frustration. If we had won they would have still criticised just to get at the manager. Many are just focused on getting him out and nothing else. It's a sorry situation and the fans are making things worse by criticising the manager and players. We need some proper support after the international break to encourage and give them a chance. I only want what's naw for MY CLUB and we don't want another Gary Megson situation. Dougie has had to put up with such difficult financial circumstances but fans seem to dwell on how good things were in the past and have false expectations. Come on BW fans, we have as much a part to play as the players and manager!

Great article Alan as usual!
In my view Dougie should be given a bit more time. We are only 4 games in and on Saturday we could and should have won easily based upon the stats. I don't think he did much wrong but still fans criticise in frustration. If we had won they would have still criticised just to get at the manager. Many are just focused on getting him out and nothing else. It's a sorry situation and the fans are making things worse by criticising the manager and players. We need some proper support after the international break to encourage and give them a chance. I only want what's naw for MY CLUB and we don't want another Gary Megson situation. Dougie has had to put up with such difficult financial circumstances but fans seem to dwell on how good things were in the past and have false expectations. Come on BW fans, we have as much a part to play as the players and manager! Great article Alan as usual! David_J
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Mon 1 Sep 14

mrs philainsy says...

David Moyes is available, get him in.
David Moyes is available, get him in. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 2

1:49am Tue 2 Sep 14

Hardy83 says...

Omg you lot havin a laugh agree gartside needs to go but Eddie Davies is going nowhere the amount of money the club owe him is ridiculous dougie is doing a good job considering what he has to work with cut the wage bill from all the high wage players from our premier league days. We need to get behind the team not against them we will finish mid table top half at a push because that's where we are at there's no money because gartside as wasted it on new managers go back to why big Sam left because the club wouldn't back him he leaves and we get sammy lee who brings in about 14 players oh look he got backed with money and that didn't work so did megson he spent money still didn't work oh look could got money as well and look where that got us relegation from the premier league. Dougie is doin a good job with what he as so back off and support the team or go support some other club coz we don't want ya
Omg you lot havin a laugh agree gartside needs to go but Eddie Davies is going nowhere the amount of money the club owe him is ridiculous dougie is doing a good job considering what he has to work with cut the wage bill from all the high wage players from our premier league days. We need to get behind the team not against them we will finish mid table top half at a push because that's where we are at there's no money because gartside as wasted it on new managers go back to why big Sam left because the club wouldn't back him he leaves and we get sammy lee who brings in about 14 players oh look he got backed with money and that didn't work so did megson he spent money still didn't work oh look could got money as well and look where that got us relegation from the premier league. Dougie is doin a good job with what he as so back off and support the team or go support some other club coz we don't want ya Hardy83
  • Score: 1

1:51am Tue 2 Sep 14

Hardy83 says...

Hardy83 wrote:
Omg you lot havin a laugh agree gartside needs to go but Eddie Davies is going nowhere the amount of money the club owe him is ridiculous dougie is doing a good job considering what he has to work with cut the wage bill from all the high wage players from our premier league days. We need to get behind the team not against them we will finish mid table top half at a push because that's where we are at there's no money because gartside as wasted it on new managers go back to why big Sam left because the club wouldn't back him he leaves and we get sammy lee who brings in about 14 players oh look he got backed with money and that didn't work so did megson he spent money still didn't work oh look could got money as well and look where that got us relegation from the premier league. Dougie is doin a good job with what he as so back off and support the team or go support some other club coz we don't want ya
Meant coyle not could sorry
[quote][p][bold]Hardy83[/bold] wrote: Omg you lot havin a laugh agree gartside needs to go but Eddie Davies is going nowhere the amount of money the club owe him is ridiculous dougie is doing a good job considering what he has to work with cut the wage bill from all the high wage players from our premier league days. We need to get behind the team not against them we will finish mid table top half at a push because that's where we are at there's no money because gartside as wasted it on new managers go back to why big Sam left because the club wouldn't back him he leaves and we get sammy lee who brings in about 14 players oh look he got backed with money and that didn't work so did megson he spent money still didn't work oh look could got money as well and look where that got us relegation from the premier league. Dougie is doin a good job with what he as so back off and support the team or go support some other club coz we don't want ya[/p][/quote]Meant coyle not could sorry Hardy83
  • Score: 0
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