Written by Conall Doidge
Leeds United triumphed 2-0 over Reading FC last night in a playoff ‘6 pointer’ at Elland Road. In a game where both teams were missing influential players in midfield, fans were probably expecting a bit more direct football than what they are accustomed too. This is not what happened. Jaap Stam’s side came intent on presumably boring the Leeds United squad into booting it into their own net. Reading’s centre backs, Paul McShane and Liam Moore, with the help of ‘keeper Ali-Al Habsi, attempted to replicate the performances that prime Xavi would put in for Barcelona.
Leeds had the first chance of the game in the 11th minute when Hadi Sacko skipped past Reading left back Tyler Blackett(a regular occurrence in this match) and set up Kemar Roofe who shot agonisingly close over the bar. The next significant event was in the 18th minute when Kyle Bartley made a fantastic interception from a Gareth McCleary cross and from the resulting counter-attack Chris Wood slammed home a scuffed cross from Sacko for the 1st goal of the game and his 14th of the season.In the 30th minute Wood went down with a hamstring injury which meant the return of whites captain Liam Bridcutt from a layoff with a fractured foot bone and a switch to a more traditional 442 from the 4141 The Whites started out with.
United started the half the stronger side again as Souleymane Doukara was just inches away from getting a finishing touch on Sacko’s cross. Reading then had their first chance of the game when Beerens seized on a poor Charlie Taylor backpass but Rob Green saved his shot well. The only goal of the half came in the 90th minute as Charlie Taylor broke into the Reading box and was tripped from behind, the resulting penalty was duly dispatched by Doukara. With the last kick of the game United cult hero Pontus Jansson cleared Yakou Meite’s header off the line and secured the clean sheet for United.
Man Of The Match
In my opinion Hadi Sacko was the clear MOTM as he created a lot of chances (including 1 assist) and generally made Tyler Blackett wish his Mum was there to give him a hug and say its all going to be okay.
Leeds fans, who was your man of the match? Let us know in the comments below!
featured image by Chris Robertshaw