After "Defense Issues"
After our victory over Watford, we had a league game against Manchester United at Old Trafford. This was an important game for us to not lose, and a draw would be perfectly fine. So we played for that result and the game ended in a 0-0 draw. After that we played against a Liverpool team that we haven't really had trouble with since the first game of last season. We won 2-1 in what would be the start of Joel Pohjanpalo's 6 game scoring streak in which he found the net a total of 9 times. Barnsley in the FA Cup was our next game, and we held them to 3 total shots in an absolutely dominating game against lesser opponents. Next was Manchester City, and we beat them in a surprisingly similar manner to that with which we beat Barnsley. Norwich City weren't all that much of a fight for us, and we brushed by them rather easily as well. Then we played Leicester, a team that we have been consistently beating ever since I took charge in the Championship. The game was an absolute epic, with both great goals and defensive errors on both sides, and ended 4-4.
FA Cup 5th Round - 2/23/19
Bournemouth are one of the teams in the Prem that I have respect only for a couple of players in the entire team. The likes of the striker Callum Wilson, who seems to pull goals from nowhere, and their goalkeeper Matt Ryan, who I rate as better than Bournemouth. We come into this game having not lost since the Huddersfield game on December 1, nearly 3 months ago. Our team is full strength, with Adnan Januzaj returning to his spot on the right wing, and Mikkel Duelund coming into the position on the left wing. The rest of the team is unchanged for this game at Elland Road.
Well, to start the game off Callum Wilson did exactly as I said he would, and he opened the scoring only 14 minutes into the game. Lucking, our attacking maestro Oliver equalized for us a mere 3 minutes later. Joel Pohjanpalo put us ahead 2-1 at the 31-minute mark, I swear the man is just scoring for fun now, he also is going toe-to-toe with Harry Kane in a race for top goal-scorer. Right at the start of the Second half, Ronaldo Vieira netted again to put us up 3-1. Pohjanpalo got his second, and Alberto Grassi netted to put us ahead 5-1 just past the hour mark. Callum Wilson got his brace merely 4 minutes later, and Benik Afobe scored in the 88th to bring the game to it's final scoreline of 5-3. We maintained the edge of possession, and made nearly 3 times as many shots as Bournemouth did.
League Game 28 - 3/8/19
For the "away-leg" against Bournemouth in the league, we will be looking to gather the same result as last time out, though hopefully with less stress involved. No changes at all will be made to the side, as they have had plenty of time to get themselves together since the last game.
We held majority possession, and made more total and on target shots than Bournemouth today. We took a 2-0 lead in the first half with goals from the magical Adnan Januzaj, and left wing stand-in Milkkel Duelund. The second half saw us go up 3-0 thanks to a goal from Oliver. Four minutes later would see Benik Afobe get Bournemouth's first of the game, and Andrew Surman would get their second 11 minutes after that. This habit of conceding late goals is one that I think can be attributed to our lack of quality in front of the net, and is definitely an issue we will seek to resolve in the summer. This result sees us maintain 2nd place in the table, and we are now directly competing with Tottenham for the title.
FA Cup 6th Round - 3/17/19
The 6th round of the FA Cup sees us up against Norwich City. Since I took up this post at Leeds, we are 2-1-1 against Norwich, having not beaten them in the Championship, but we've taken all the points on both encounters this season since they've been promoted. We will not be making any changes to the side, as they have proved themselves capable of taking on any opponent at this point in time.
Well that was harder that I thought it would be. We barely edged possession, and we were about even in chances/shots taken. This was an all-around slug-fest. We got off the mark extremely quickly with a 1st minute goal by Alberto Grassi. We would score another by way of a Mikkel Duelund free-kick, but they would equalize just before the end of the half following a defensive error. Right at the start of the half, they scored their 2nd, and then got a 3rd 8 minutes later thanks to an Antonio Rudiger own goal. We pulled our 3rd and 4th late in the game thanks to a brilliant header from Jamaal Lascelles, and a neat finish from far by Adnan Januzaj. I thought that Januzaj's goal would be enough to win it, but I was proven wrong as Norwich man Steven Naismith managed to grab an equalizer 2 minutes later. This sent us to extra-time, during the first half of which Oliver scored with an excellent half-volley from close range to give us the win with a 4-5 score-line.
ONWARD to the Semi-Final
Now that we have successfully pushed farther than ever before in the FA Cup, we find ourselves drawn against Newcastle at Wembley Stadium in the Semi-Final. I like our chances here, as we have typically been able to get a good result against Newcastle in the past. The next episode will feature that game, along with league games 34 and 35, against Arsenal and Chelsea respectively. They will be big games against two of our contenders for European spots, and we will do our best to push forward like we have in every other encounter. There is an outside chance that we could beat out Tottenham to win the league if we can continue this immaculate winning form.
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