Leeds United vs. Forest preview..

A week away from the misery and we’re back on the road with a tough trip to Neil Warnock’s new squeeze.  Seven days to recharge the batteries is certainly welcome ahead of the journey to Elland Road to face Leeds United, the Reds will also be heartened by the weekend’s results which broadly went pretty well with our fellow relegation scrappers not picking up a huge amount in their games leaving us still four points clear of the drop zone.

Whilst the run Leeds have had under new boss Neil Warnock doesn’t look auspicious – just one win in five games – they have had a degree of misfortune over those results, not least against West Ham at the weekend – a late Becchio goal looked to have given the Yorkshire side a win only for Danny Collins to have picked up a last minute equaliser for the Londoners, leaving Leeds frustrated.

They’re tenth and still with a very tenuous sniff of the play-offs, though, if they can put together one hell of an impressive run from now on – and certainly they’ll see this game as an opportunity to start one.  If they remember back to their visit to the City Ground they’ll remember an embarrassingly easy victory as they won comfortably without breaking out of strolling pace against one of the worst City Ground performances I’ve witnessed.

Still, that was then.  Cotterill will be forced to change his line-up for this game – the two bookings earned by Marcus Tudgay means he’ll miss the game, which lures the gaffer into either going 4-5-1 (hopefully not) or perhaps introducing Ishmael Miller for a start.  Fingers very much crossed that Danny Higginbotham and George Elokobi are fit to return from their hamstring injuries – we’ve missed Danny’s leadership.

Leeds hope to have Alex Bruce and Leigh Bromby in contention for the game – both have returned to light training in the last week after being out injured, aside from that ol’ Colin doesn’t have too many injury concerns which is what makes this seem like a pretty difficult trip for the Reds to undertake.  Whilst we’ve tended to fair better on the road, this is a trip I’m not holding out much hope for.

The weekend’s results going the way they did could turn out to be a real blessing for us if – as I’m afraid I expect – we leave Leeds with nothing.  I’m afraid it’s come to looking at how the rest of the strugglers might fair on a pretty much full roster of Championship games – Bristol City host Watford, Donny host Millwall, Portsmouth host Birmingham, Peterborough host Reading.  It could be tight at the bottom by the end of the night.  Well, it will be – all that remains to be seen is where we end up in the conundrum.

Ho hum.  None of us were expecting fun, were we?  We haven’t won at Elland Road since 1992, a 4-1 win in Brian Clough’s last season – it’s not a record I’m expecting to tumble tomorrow either.

Edit: good news, we beat Leeds in 1996 by 3 goals to 1 – which unforgivably evaded my research even though I was at the bloody match!!

20 Responses

  1. West Ham’s goal shouldn’t have even stood. Darren O’Dea would have cleared that had he not been flattened by a WHU player – something we had a goal ruled out for in the first half. Quite how we lost to Southampton is a mystery too. That should have ended 5-1.

    Was at your place for the hammering earlier in the season. Obviously we’re hoping for a repeat, but given our current run of luck, I’m not holding my breath.

  2. we have won there more recently than that, I remember winning three one, with Jason Lee on the score sheet! Still quite a while ago admittedly!!

    can’t see that happening tomorrow though sadly, but we can hope that perhaps Miller can come back in and make a difference. Although it seems now that Marlon has joined Derbyshite, Raddy and Mgoaldrought on the ‘injured / never to be seen again’ list.
    With those ones frozen out our squad suddenly feels quite small again

  3. If we go to Leeds with same mentality as Derby we will get beat I thought our tactics were clueless.

    We have to mix it I agree but get the bloody ball down the flanks and get reidy on the ball not hard in my book.Adilene G has to perform for me Moussi looked lost without him I firmly believe this fiasco of a season will go right to the wire.

    Oh and by the way I dislike Leeds with a passion and all that they stand for come on Forest stick it to em.

    U reds

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  5. Luke Varney deal has fallen through. Not sure he could add anythibg different to what already is a desperately out of form set of strikers, (bar Dex). If we play as we did v Derby, it could be even worse than the 4-0 drubbing we received in November. Our recent form has been win lose, win lose so by that token, it’ll be our first win at Elland Road since Jason Lee was being cruelly taunted by Skinner and Baddiel.

  6. We won at Birmingham !!! You never know if we play like that. The Leeds players may tire towards the end of the game as they have played the extra game..Thats the time to bring on our speedy substitutes ???

  7. Yes we are officially relying on other teams
    to falter for survival. How depressing.
    A month ago we had more strikers ( although
    non prolific ) than any team in the CC.
    Now we’re desperate to have 2 fit front
    This season just has that inevitable feeling
    about it.
    I think that’s now 10 games we have lost
    With a 1-0 score line. If only we had drawn
    3 or 4 of them Forest would be safe enough.
    But not to be….
    Good luck to the lads V Leeds.
    Forest should be fresher as they were
    against Birmingham, who struggled against us
    with the quick back up.
    All reports suggest Leeds’ game v the hammers
    was a torrid affair so let’s hope they’re flat.

  8. I don’t think it will be pretty this evening

  9. What a recovery by Madge??

    Not parking the bus then…..really going all out to get the 3 points no thought of 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1 or parking the bus????????

  10. What the F-ck we are 3- 6 up I have never seen anything like it.

    U reds


  11. 3 – 7 to Forest.

  12. What do I know about footie?

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  13. Nffc- please can you carry on writing really pessimistic previews for the rest of the season- after this and Birmingham I’m looking forward to more of the same!


  15. Oh my goodness me! Well, that’s what happens when you get rid of mediocre dross like Tudgay and play Reid, McCleary and get Radi back in the side. Wow. All we need now is Lewis back in the side and things will be swell (again).

  16. I think we take the tie on the away goals rule ….I’m off to work with a big smile – i’ll be whistling all day

  17. 3-7 good night—I have never seen this before.

  18. Oh the joy!!!!!

  19. 3-7…….simply fantastic,Red orgasm!!! =)
    Chris Cohen this is for you.

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