MATCHDAY LIVE: Leeds 1 Wanderers 0

This live event has finished

4:53pm

All over. Dreadful game.

4:46pm

Andrews booked for dissent

4:39pm

Davies squared for Ngog, who spooned his shot over the bar from 10 yards out. Big chance missed for an equaliser.

4:37pm

Butterfield on for Spearing

4:37pm

Afobe booked for a foul on Tate.

4:33pm

Becchio heads over the top from Diouf's corner. Wanderers rocking a little bit now.

4:27pm

Ngog and Afobe on for Chungy and Pratley

4:26pm

Eurgh.... The run goes on. Mears had got away with one on McCormack earlier and this lunge was definitely a pen. Becchio sent Bogdan the wrong way from the spot.

4:24pm

GOAL LEEDS

4:24pm

Mears on McCormack. It was the first time Leeds had turned up the pressure.

4:23pm

PENALTY LEEDS

4:19pm

Penalty shout for Leeds as Mears wrestled with McCormack. Could easily have been given in my view.

4:18pm

Nearly an hour gone and I think we've had one shot on target.

4:12pm

Alonso has a blast at goal. Well over the top, but good to see the full-backs pushing on a little in this half.

4:04pm

Players out for the second half.

3:46pm

Half time coming up. Will be a bit of a relief, to be honest.

3:39pm

Eagles brightens things up with a brilliant 25 yard shot that forces Kenny into action for the first time, pushing it away for a corner.

3:37pm

Very little to write about. Warnock continues to entertain by harranguing the fourth official but aside from that, not much in terms of chances for either side.

3:28pm

Well it hasn't been a classic by any stretch, but Wanderers still on top.

3:24pm

Wanderers definitely winning their battles at the moment. They have been much the better side in the opening 20-odd minutes.

3:21pm

Eagles skims the post. Pratley made a fine challenge on Tate to win the ball in midfield, and after Davies had played him in, Eagles drilled a left-footed shot that nearly found the bottom corner.

3:15pm

Warnock in full rant mode at the fourth official after Alonso went down injured.

3:13pm

Pratley carries the ball deep into the Leeds half and tries his luck. Shot wasn't up to much, if I'm being honest.

3:12pm

Austin drives a free kick from 30 yards that takes a nick and drifts just wide of the post. Could have gone anywhere.

3:08pm

Eagles swings a free kick in for Pratley, who gets a good header in on goal but the ball drops just over the bar.

3:07pm

Byram goes in the book for Leeds. Cynical foul on Chungy.

3:07pm

Becchio skies the first effort for Leeds from the edge of the box. Game has yet to settle really.

3:06pm

Pitch doesn't look the best. Ball bobbling about a lot early on.

3:03pm

Diouf just got better of Alonso and swung a dangerous cross in. Important battle for the young defender that one.

3:02pm

Davies heads down for Pratley, who smashes a shot well over the bar.

3:00pm

Ready for the off now

2:58pm

Good following of Wanderers fans to my right. Would estimate about 2,000 in total. Hopefully Leeds can supply a figure later on.

2:56pm

As my travelling bud Jack Dearden has just told me, Neil Warnock was manager of QPR when Wanderers last kept a clean sheet away from home in the league. Omen?

2:53pm

Hardly a rousing reception as the players' names being read out on the pitch. Sure it will get noisier in a few minutes.

2:51pm

Freedman has a track record for bringing younger players through. Would be nice to think a couple of the Under-18s that have been doing so well will get an opportunity.

2:50pm

I'm also told that Tom Eaves has travelled with the squad today. Chris Lester and Zak Clough had been in the first team reckoning on Boxing Day too...

2:49pm

So for anyone that missed the teams, Wanderers are unchanged aside from David Ngog being named on the bench.

2:47pm

Moaning over, we're watching Tony Yeboah goals on the big screen with Survivor's Eye of the Tiger blasting out on the tannoy. Stirring stuff.

2:46pm

And there are no plug sockets...

2:45pm

Made it to the press box and found I'd been seated under a giant staircase that obstructs the view of the pitch...

2:33pm

Will soon head out of the press room to brave the cold. Expect the vast majority of my future updates to contain some reference to the weather. Brrr.

2:32pm

2:24pm Tue 1 Jan 13

boltonnut says

Errm,DF and 40 other managers are doing the same thing.The rich clubs wil win out.

2:29pm

 
Would assume that wages are an issue. Don't see anything wrong with signing players from lower leagues, though.

2:23pm

2:22pm

2:22pm

Sam Byram the one to watch in the Leeds team for me. Thought he was outstanding at the Reebok earlier in the season.

2:18pm

Diouf back in the Leeds team too.

Kenny; Peltier, Pearce, Green, Tate, Austin, Byram, Norris, Diouf, McCormack, Becchio.

2:17pm

Unchanged side for Wanderers - with Ngog back on the bench in place of Joe Riley.

2:16pm

2:16pm

Team: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Ream, Alonso, Spearing, Andrews, Chung-Yong, Pratley, Eagles, K Davies

Subs: Lonergan, Ngog, Petrov, Afobe, Ricketts, Sordell, Butterfield

2:13pm

2:13pm

Still waiting for teams, by the way. Hope they are worth it!

2:11pm

2:11pm

2:11pm

 
It means we need to start balancing the books a bit with FFP coming in.

2:10pm

2:10pm

Hope not. Nice easy-to-type names only please :-)

2:10pm

2:06pm

Freedman did indeed say he is keen to scour the lower leagues for bargains this month. Who would you like to see come in?

2:05pm

2:02pm Tue 1 Jan 13

nickyboy70 says

I beleive that dougie is looking for lower league players after searching here are a few names that should be loked at mcgoldrick from coventry 16 goals donaldson from brentford 12 goals clarke from scunthorpe 11 goals cassidy from tranmere 11 goals pope from portvale on 21 goals and cureton from exeter on 16 goals donna and nick blacpool whies

2:04pm

The last time I was here was November 2007, and I saw Bury beat Leeds 2-1 in the cup.

2:00pm

Nice, smart press room here at Leeds. They've even thrown in a New Year kebab for the reporters... although I did give them a wide berth.

1:55pm

Wanderers looking for back to back wins for the first time this season too, of course. That hasn't happened since March in the league.

1:53pm

Team news due in five minutes I'm told.

1:51pm

Leeds programme today a 26-page 'special' on the club's supporters and why they follow the team. I defy even the most ardent Leeds fan to plough their way through all that!

1:47pm

But that's where they need to start today. New year, fresh start and all that...

1:47pm

The last one was QPR on the opening day of last season. Wanderers did shut Aston Villa out in the Carling Cup too, I suppose.

1:46pm

Totted it up before and it is now 30 games since I last saw Wanderers keep a clean sheet in a league games away from the Reebok.

1:44pm

Just waiting in the press room for the team sheets, but I'd be surprised if there are many changes after a good performance against Birmingham.

1:43pm

It's breezy here at Elland Road, so make sure you wrap up if you are making the trip.

1:42pm

Good afternoon all, and a happy New Year.

Comments (12)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:02pm Tue 1 Jan 13

nickyboy70 says...

I beleive that dougie is looking for lower league players after searching here are a few names that should be loked at mcgoldrick from coventry 16 goals donaldson from brentford 12 goals clarke from scunthorpe 11 goals cassidy from tranmere 11 goals pope from portvale on 21 goals and cureton from exeter on 16 goals donna and nick blacpool whies
I beleive that dougie is looking for lower league players after searching here are a few names that should be loked at mcgoldrick from coventry 16 goals donaldson from brentford 12 goals clarke from scunthorpe 11 goals cassidy from tranmere 11 goals pope from portvale on 21 goals and cureton from exeter on 16 goals donna and nick blacpool whies nickyboy70

2:24pm Tue 1 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Errm,DF and 40 other managers are doing the same thing.The rich clubs wil win out.
Errm,DF and 40 other managers are doing the same thing.The rich clubs wil win out. boltonnut

2:27pm Tue 1 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Errm,DF and 40 other managers are doing the same thing.The rich clubs wil win out.
Errm,DF and 40 other managers are doing the same thing.The rich clubs wil win out. boltonnut

2:47pm Tue 1 Jan 13

nickyboy70 says...

i would like to see pope from portvale 21 goals this season donna blackpool whites
i would like to see pope from portvale 21 goals this season donna blackpool whites nickyboy70

3:03pm Tue 1 Jan 13

nickyboy70 says...

bolton need to win now watford lost 4-3 we can gain ground
bolton need to win now watford lost 4-3 we can gain ground nickyboy70

3:22pm Tue 1 Jan 13

nickyboy70 says...

whats happened to the write ups are you broke nothing ince 3 03pm
whats happened to the write ups are you broke nothing ince 3 03pm nickyboy70

3:44pm Tue 1 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

3.40 pm nil nil nickyboy70 I'll keep you upto date and I'm writing fro another country.Come on Bolton.
3.40 pm nil nil nickyboy70 I'll keep you upto date and I'm writing fro another country.Come on Bolton. boltonnut

3:50pm Tue 1 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Half time,I think Marc has nodded off,must have had a late night?????
Half time,I think Marc has nodded off,must have had a late night????? boltonnut

5:00pm Tue 1 Jan 13

swager123 says...

Freedman is worse than coyle!!!!! also this so called jurno from bolton cant even keep us up to date with the match!! sack him as well!
Freedman is worse than coyle!!!!! also this so called jurno from bolton cant even keep us up to date with the match!! sack him as well! swager123

7:32pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Citizen Cane says...

would any lower league or pub teams take Knight or Ngog?
would any lower league or pub teams take Knight or Ngog? Citizen Cane

9:13pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Reebok Al says...

So the Birmingham game wasn't the turning point after all. No surprise there. And no small irony that Diouf was the best player on view at Elland Road. Our supporters are only too well aware that an ex-Bolton manager with half a team of ex-Wanderers is keeping another club in the premiership.
Dougie Freedman already knows promotion is out of the question. I'll reserve judgement on him until it's his team that represents Bolton, and that certainly won't be before the start of next season.
So the Birmingham game wasn't the turning point after all. No surprise there. And no small irony that Diouf was the best player on view at Elland Road. Our supporters are only too well aware that an ex-Bolton manager with half a team of ex-Wanderers is keeping another club in the premiership. Dougie Freedman already knows promotion is out of the question. I'll reserve judgement on him until it's his team that represents Bolton, and that certainly won't be before the start of next season. Reebok Al

5:14pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Beyond News Forum says...

It goes without saying that Democracy on the Bolton News Website has gone out of the window. Having no ability to comment on the recent Dougie Freedman outburst at refs.

I just want to make a quick point or two.

I like Freedman he seems cool, but his rant at refs is just plain passing the buck from the reality of what has become at BWFC since the departure of Big Sam.

Since Sam left the club the hangover has flourished, this has nothing to do with just refs alone. We were in a division for the last decade with pro-refs but that has not stopped a quagmire of bad results, terrible management and ludicrous board decisions.

I fail to see how anybody at the top level of the club cannot address the familiar situation that crops up year in year out. That is funding!

Don;t get me wrong I really do appreciate everything the investors are doing in the way of bringing cash to the club, but it is not enough.

Take a look at the clubs that are up there in the top ten of the Premier League... somewhere BWFC fans had been getting used too several years ago when Big Sam was at the helm, Those clubs have had large amounts of money pumped at them, enough to keep stability and bring fans to the ground watching quality football and some quality players at the same time.

What was needed to keep BWFC in the position it was in 7 or 8 years ago was investment into a management style that was not too dissimilar to Big Sam. |But it wasn't and panic set in bringing in a name and a face, it is as simple as that.

What happened to the science of football at the Reebok Stadium? I know about it because I worked very close to behind the scenes during a few seasons and especially the wonderful push in 2001-2002.

What do I mean by that statement? Well Big Sam had a knack of bringing in big player profiles, some of which were at the end of a great career but turning them into out and out performers. People such as the much loved late Gary Speed, JJ Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff, Ivan Campo, Stelios, Dean Holdsworth, Gudni, N'Gotty, Nakata, Bobic, Diouf, Hierro just too name a few faces that blasted us up a league that once was seen as an impossible task at BWFC.

It is THAT ideology and philosophy that got us to the dizzy heights of the EPL and into a good run in Europe and the domestic cups.

It is THAT philosophy that should be being followed by Dougie Freedman and the whole club including directors.

Without that philosophy we will float around where we are in the Championship for many years to come.

Bring some high caliber players in Dougie if the board back you with cash, not just experienced Championship players - in fact I invite the directors an investors to do the right thing and open up the cheque book. As clearly what has transpired over the last 4 years has not worked for you or the club.
It goes without saying that Democracy on the Bolton News Website has gone out of the window. Having no ability to comment on the recent Dougie Freedman outburst at refs. I just want to make a quick point or two. I like Freedman he seems cool, but his rant at refs is just plain passing the buck from the reality of what has become at BWFC since the departure of Big Sam. Since Sam left the club the hangover has flourished, this has nothing to do with just refs alone. We were in a division for the last decade with pro-refs but that has not stopped a quagmire of bad results, terrible management and ludicrous board decisions. I fail to see how anybody at the top level of the club cannot address the familiar situation that crops up year in year out. That is funding! Don;t get me wrong I really do appreciate everything the investors are doing in the way of bringing cash to the club, but it is not enough. Take a look at the clubs that are up there in the top ten of the Premier League... somewhere BWFC fans had been getting used too several years ago when Big Sam was at the helm, Those clubs have had large amounts of money pumped at them, enough to keep stability and bring fans to the ground watching quality football and some quality players at the same time. What was needed to keep BWFC in the position it was in 7 or 8 years ago was investment into a management style that was not too dissimilar to Big Sam. |But it wasn't and panic set in bringing in a name and a face, it is as simple as that. What happened to the science of football at the Reebok Stadium? I know about it because I worked very close to behind the scenes during a few seasons and especially the wonderful push in 2001-2002. What do I mean by that statement? Well Big Sam had a knack of bringing in big player profiles, some of which were at the end of a great career but turning them into out and out performers. People such as the much loved late Gary Speed, JJ Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff, Ivan Campo, Stelios, Dean Holdsworth, Gudni, N'Gotty, Nakata, Bobic, Diouf, Hierro just too name a few faces that blasted us up a league that once was seen as an impossible task at BWFC. It is THAT ideology and philosophy that got us to the dizzy heights of the EPL and into a good run in Europe and the domestic cups. It is THAT philosophy that should be being followed by Dougie Freedman and the whole club including directors. Without that philosophy we will float around where we are in the Championship for many years to come. Bring some high caliber players in Dougie if the board back you with cash, not just experienced Championship players - in fact I invite the directors an investors to do the right thing and open up the cheque book. As clearly what has transpired over the last 4 years has not worked for you or the club. Beyond News Forum

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree