What a goal. There is no other place to start; what a goal from Adam Reach. Had that goal been scored in the Premier League it would be a non-stop loop throughout the weekend. Credit where credit is due, the Leeds goal was also a great finish but Adam Reach's goal was on another level.
My prediction was for this game to finish 2-1. I thought there would be goals and a winner. I think the referee was largely useless. I think he got several decisions wrong, including the penalty shout early in the match. Had any player other than Forestieri gone down, I believe that would have been given.
This is the first time I've seen Leeds this season and they look like an athletic and talented side. I'm not quite sure they will win the Championship. I don't think their 'keeper is up to much and I think they need a proper goal scorer. They will be in the mix for top-six though, without doubt.
Match stats taken from the BBC.
The first half was fairly balanced with both sides having chances. Leeds probably had the best chances and I felt at times our play was a bit disjointed. The goal came from nowhere. It was such a stunning strike. The second half was almost completely attack against defence. Wednesday still had some chances and I felt we only needed one good chance against a very shaky 'keeper. Leeds launched attack after attack and probably should have scored more. This is where I think Leeds will fall down. They need better quality in the final third if they want to be ruthless and put teams away. It's that clinical attacking threat that separates the top-six and the clubs that run away in first place.
There were times throughout the match when I felt we desperately needed a leader in defence. We started with Baker, Penney, Thorniley and Dawson in the back six ('keeper plus defence). Throw in Hector and Lees who are both under thirty and neither really have a commanding presence. With a strong leader in the back line, I don't think we would have looked anywhere near as vulnerable in defence.
Before the start of September I suggested we needed to take at least ten points from the month to be in with a chance of a play-off push. In the end we took eight points; two wins, two draws and a defeat. That's not really a bad run of form but I still feel we should have taken more points from Stoke or Forest. The first twenty minutes against Stoke really cost us and although we did a great job pulling it back to 2-2, it does feel like a missed opportunity in hindsight.
The younger players today again looked extremely capable for the most part. I was talking with my Dad through the match and we both agreed that Penney looks like he has great potential. The club does need to decide whether he is a winger or a full-back. I think he has greater potential as an attacking player, but we will have to trust the club's judgement. My only criticism of Penney was that I think he needed to concentrate a little more. There were times when I felt he was a bit casual in his decision making and passing. This will come with experience though.
Looking ahead to October there is a good chance to get some more wins on the board. We start the month against West Brom at home and our only other home match in October is against Middlesbrough. I would take two points now if offered, if we could be guaranteed seven points from the three away games at Bristol City, Birmingham and QPR, but football doesn't work that way. I believe we will need at least nine points from these games to still be in the mix for top-six though, where ever those points end up coming from.
Wednesday's fixtures through October. Only one 3pm Saturday afternoon kick-off.
I would just like to offer a slow, not at all sarcastic, round of applause to those people who decided that a Friday night kick-off was a good idea for this game. Already reports of the trams being stopped near the stadium because of fighting and I can hear the police helicopter circling above our home. Such a well thought out decision. Not.
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