Friday, January 30, 2009

Yorkshire Evening Post 30/1/09
Naylor: I'll lead my way
By Phil Hay
Richard Naylor's voice was hoarse by the time he left Elland Road on Tuesday night, proof if any was needed that he is making himself heard at the centre of Leeds United's defence.
Compensation for his sore throat came in the form of the man-of-the-match award presented to him after Leeds' 2-0 victory over Southend United, the latest of three back-to-back wins in which Naylor's performances have been roundly commended. His voice is one that United would like to hear in their dressing room for the 19 league matches to come.
The centre-back arrived at Leeds with a reputation for solid organisation and no-nonsense defending and Simon Grayson has not been disappointed. One goal conceded in 270 minutes of League One football with Naylor in his line-up has led to United's most consistent run of results for four months, a fact their manager does not see as a coincidence.
Repaired
Plans are already afoot to extend Naylor's month-long loan from Ipswich Town – a deal which will end after Leeds' re-arranged visit to Hereford United on February 17 – and Grayson has uncovered the stabilising influence he was charged with finding when the transfer window opened on January 1.
Before this month's game at Brighton, Leeds had not kept a clean sheet for 13 matches. Since Naylor's arrival the club have recorded two and repaired the defensive credentials which suffered so much damage during the first half of the season.
For the past two matches, Grayson has entrusted Naylor with the captain's armband in the absence of Frazer Richardson and he will do so again at Walsall tomorrow if the 11 players who started against Southend are deemed worthy of another outing.
The 31-year-old has years of experience of captaining Ipswich and his style of control was aptly demonstrated by the near loss of his voice on Tuesday night. As he remarked on the day of his transfer to Leeds, he is not afraid to rattle cages.
"It's not an easy job captaining this club but it is a special honour and I'm doing the job in my own way," Naylor said.
"Coming here and being made captain after a couple of weeks is a little bit of a worry because you don't want to put anyone's nose out of joint.
"Every captain has his own style of leadership, but I had to be aware that other players have been here longer than me and were still to get to know me.
"There's a certain way of going about things.
"In all the time I captained Ipswich I felt that you earned respect on the pitch, with your performances and the way you conduct yourself.
"I've always tried to be professional in the way I go about my business because it seems to me to be the best way of getting lads to respond to you. But it is my style to make myself heard."
Naylor was candid with his assessment of United's league position when he joined the club on January 15, admitting that the season was in danger of "petering out" if the first month of 2009 failed to carry Leeds closer to the business end of League One.
A victory over Walsall at the Bescot Stadium tomorrow would complete a haul of 12 points from five games since the turn of the year and the division has bowed quickly to United's form.
On Boxing Day, Leeds faced a 13-point gap to second place and a seven-point margin to sixth. After their 2-0 win over Southend, those deficits were cut to six points and three points respectively.
Naylor, who scored the second goal against Southend, said: "The way the league stands, we've got a great chance of doing something this season.
"It's almost the end of January and we're six points behind second place. That's a decent position to be in and it gives us the opportunity to achieve what we want to.
"At the end of the season, we won't have the excuse of saying there was too much ground to make up.
"It's all there for us and the priority now is to keep the run going. These three wins have made a big difference to the league and you don't climb the table by winning a game here and a game there – you need consistent results, week after week.
"I can't comment on what went on here before I came but what I do know is that Leeds have got some very good players. They've obviously struggled at times this season but I wouldn't say that's down to a lack of ability, at least not from what I've seen.
"You need a little bit of luck to go with ability and we've had that in a couple of games that I've played in – moments where other teams have missed good chances or hit the post."From what I could gather, the team were getting punished for every mistake and sometimes you just need a break.
"We're looking solid and my first thought when I went into the team was to try and help the people around me. To help good players – and they are good players – to find their best form.
"It seems to be clicking but you must be wary of getting ahead of yourselves."
That principle applies to Naylor's contractual situation which United hope to resolve before Monday's transfer deadline, the cut-off point for the club to agree either a permanent deal or a loan deal until the end of the season.
The defender is out of contract at Portman Road this summer but his wife and three children are settled in Suffolk and any long-term transfer would be considered by Naylor with their best interests in mind.
United's improving league position may help to persuade him that Elland Road is a viable destination for a player whose long career has been played out in England's top two divisions.
And their opposition tomorrow is a Walsall team that has claimed one victory from their last eight league games, a clear opportunity for Leeds to extend their sequence of wins into a fourth match.
"If this month hadn't gone well then perhaps our chance would have gone," said Naylor. "But we've grasped the nettle and we're heading into the last few months of the season knowing it's all to play for.
"That's what I was looking for when I came here – to help to start the turnaround."

Leedsunited.com 30/1/09
STRIKER JOINS CHARLTON
Striker Tresor Kandol has joined Charlton Athletic on loan until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old returned to training at Thorp Arch on Thursday morning after spending the first part of the season on loan at Millwall.
Kandol scored eight goals in 20 appearances for the Lions, but returned to Leeds when his loan spell ended this week.
Manager Simon Grayson had moved to strengthen his strike-force with the arrival of loan marksman Lee Trundle.
21-goal marksman Jermaine Beckford is fit again after injury while summer signing Luciano Becchio has scored 12 goals so far this term.
Robert Snodgrass also provides an additional option in the front-line.
Kandol has joined Charlton ahead of the Addicks weekend clash trip to Burnley and could make his debut for the Coca-Cola Championship strugglers at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Yorkshire Evening Post 30/1/09
Grayson's regret at Christie exit
By Phil Hay
Simon Grayson has expressed surprise and regret at Malcolm Christie's decision to walk out of Leeds United.
Christie left the Elland Road club yesterday after asking to be freed from his non-contract agreement with Leeds, and United manager Grayson admitted his sudden exit had blocked his plans to hold talks with the striker over a possible deal until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old agreed a pay-as-you-play contract at Elland Road towards the end of last year – a deal which earned him money every time he was named in Grayson's matchday squad – and he made a total of five first-team appearances for Leeds between his debut in November and his outing at Brighton earlier this month.
Christie's career has been blighted by injury and his time with United helped him to regain his match fitness, but he recently revealed his desire for a more secure contract having been without a professional club for almost two years. The former Derby County and Middlesbrough striker has not confirmed whether an offer from another club was behind his decision to move on.
Grayson said: "His contract situation was that he could give seven days' notice and, as a club, we could do that as well.
"Malcolm took that opportunity last week and I'm disappointed that we never got the chance to talk about extending his contract."He must have an opportunity to move to another club and I'd be surprised if he hasn't, and maybe he thought he might not figure too much here.
"It would have been nice to have given him the option to be here until the end of the season at least, but wherever he signs we wish him good luck because he's had two years of bad luck."
Christie scored his only goal for Leeds in the club's 3-1 win at Stockport County on December 28, but the recent loan signing of Lee Trundle from Bristol City has increased the competition for places in Grayson's squad.

Yorkshire Evening Post 30/1/09
HAY: Now Grayson must ensure new trio stay course
By Phil Hay
Inside Elland Road
With the exception of clubs who, like Southend on Tuesday, are unable to muster a 16-man squad, the transfer window is a time when quality signings should take precedence over quantity.
The majority of the Football League's 72 members have adhered to that mantra during a January window which, for all the hype that preceded it, can be described most accurately as subdued. In comparison to the activity seen 12 months ago, when six-figure fees were commonplace beneath the Premier League, the 2009 market has been stagnant.
It is possible that the hours before Monday's 5pm deadline will vindicate the window's dramatic billing, but there is no obvious enthusiasm for expensive transactions in the lower divisions. Be that a sign of prudence or a general lack of money, that trend has set in across the board.
Leeds United have been no different, despite the seven-figure profit announced by the club late last year. Their incoming business in the first 29 days of January totalled three temporary signings, not exactly what might have been expected when their former manager, Gary McAllister, alluded to major plans to revise his squad before Christmas.
The idea of targeting loanees might not have met with the approval of many supporters before the window opened but it is plain to see how well Simon Grayson's three signings have been received. So far, so good after performances which have met the standard of recruit sought by Leeds this month.
Unusually, the fans I spoke to after Tuesday's win over Southend were not consumed by thoughts of what else might happen in the few remaining days of the transfer window, and nor were many expressing the opinion that further signings were necessary.
The general feeling was rather that Grayson's foremost task should be to guarantee that his loanees – Lee Trundle, Richard Naylor and Carl Dickinson – do not slip through United's grasp by returning to their parent clubs next month. They are losses that Leeds could scarcely stomach, to gauge by the impression that the trio have made in their short time at Elland Road.
The loan market is a fickle conduit, but the beauty of it has always been the power it gives lower-league clubs to sign players who would not look twice at a permanent transfer.
United might visualise themselves as a future Premier League club, but a player like Dickinson – a top-flight left-back with a solid contract at Stoke City – cannot be expected to do the same. Had Grayson stuck blindly to the idea of nailing down long-term signings, Dickinson would not have been considered a serious option. Through the alternative of a loan, his arrival became possible.
It was imperative this month that Leeds made some attempt to capture players from the divisions above their own. United have made hard work of this season, but there are a limited number of available signings in Leagues One and Two who would have significantly improved their squad. Dickinson has done that and the same is true of Naylor and Trundle, professionals whose experience supplements their ability.
All three players have done more than swell Grayson's squad. They have taken hold of first-team places and deservedly retained them, Trundle pushing to the bench on Tuesday an established player in Luciano Becchio. However comfortable Grayson feels about the number of signings made – and I don't get the impression that he seeks masses more – he can be happy with those he has completed.
How successful those deals ultimately prove will now come down to United's power of persuasion and their willingness to support Grayson by bearing the cost of keeping Naylor, Dickinson and Trundle at Elland Road for the foreseeable future. A transfer strategy which has been effective so far will be open to more critical examination if Leeds are unable to retain them.
Grayson has intimated that Naylor's deal could become permanent, and securing the centre-back is an absolute priority in view of the organisation he has brought to United's defence since his winning debut at Brighton.
Trundle's importance to Bristol City is more difficult to assess, and the fact that Dickinson extended his contract at Stoke City on the day he joined Leeds would suggest that a permanent agreement for the 21-year-old is unlikely. But retaining these three players until the end of the season at all reasonable costs and by any means necessary is now essential. The outcome of United's second year in League One may depend on it.
There is always an unavoidable risk with the loan market – the fact that the players available in it are the property of other clubs. It is something that Leeds have fallen foul of before.
Lubomir Michalik has experienced an inauspicious season at Elland Road, something the Slovakian might admit himself, but his loan from Bolton Wanderers to Leeds in 2007 was an unqualified success.
In his seven appearances for a team who, prior to his arrival, lacked any semblance of form, United collected 14 points and rallied strongly against the threat of relegation from the Championship. But, having signed Michalik until the end of the season, Leeds saw the Slovakian recalled by Bolton with three matches remaining and eight days later the club were relegated.
It is wrong to argue that Michalik's departure was the difference between survival and relegation but it did not help Dennis Wise to see an established player torn from his ranks 24 hours before a crucial game at Southampton. Wise was angered by the loss and questioned Bolton's motives, but his reaction missed the point. Recalling Michalik was Bolton's prerogative, regardless of their reasons for doing so.That is the danger of loan signings and the pitfall that Grayson must work to avoid.
He has accurately targeted the type of players needed to rejuvenate United's defence – the biggest weakness at Elland Road before his appointment – and Trundle's recruitment has brought on board a striker who has previously shown himself to be a 20-goal poacher in League One.
They are already vital assets and players that Grayson will rue the loss of should they drift back to their parent clubs next month. For Leeds, the point of this transfer window was not to find momentary fixes but to consolidate the club for a League One run-in which looks full of potential once more.
To a man, United's three loan signings have earned acclaim for themselves and for Grayson. It would be a desperate shame if the improvement they have helped to initiate was watered down by the temporary nature of their deals. If United's boss ensures their season-long retention before Monday's deadline, he can view this window as a clear success.

Sky 30/1/09
Gardner departs Leeds
Young defender leaves Elland Road
Young defender Scott Gardner has departed Leeds United after his contract was ended by mutual consent.
The 20-year-old, who was a product of the club's academy system, made two appearances in the 2007/08 season.
He made his debut against Macclesfield in the Carling Cup before making his league bow against Gillingham in May.
"I'm sad to be leaving because I've been here for a long time, but this is the next chapter for me now," he told the club's official website.
"There's a good squad of players here, and hopefully this is now an opportunity for me to play regular competitive football."
Meanwhile, 18-year-old reserve team keeper Matt Edwards has joined Salford City on a month's loan.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Yorkshire Evening Post 29/1/09
Naylor: I'm open to offers
By Phil Hay
Richard Naylor today admitted he is open to the idea of a long-term deal with Leeds United – but insisted his family would be a major consideration in any negotiations with the League One club.
Naylor is three games into a month-long loan at Elland Road, and the Ipswich Town defender's impressive impact during his short time with Leeds has provoked a clamour among supporters for United to secure him on a permanent basis.
Leeds manager Simon Grayson hopes to increase Naylor's deal beyond the initial month agreed with Ipswich, and Naylor has already established himself in the centre of United's defence, carrying the captain's armband for their last two matches.
The 31-year-old is out of favour at Portman Road, where he has been a professional player for almost 15 years, but his family are based in Suffolk and the defender has hinted that a secure and lengthy agreement with Leeds would be needed to persuade him to uproot and return to his home county of Yorkshire.
Naylor said: "I'm still an Ipswich player at the moment and although the gaffer at Ipswich (Jim Magilton) said I could come here for a month, he didn't say I could leave permanently. It's up to the two managers to sort it out, and it's out of my hands until that happens. But I want to play football and I'm really enjoying myself here.
"(A longer deal) is something I'd be interested in but it is a bit difficult because I've got three young children down in Ipswich. I don't want to live away from them but if there was a situation where I was moving the family up here with me then that would be different. That's definitely something I'd look at."

Leedsunited.com 29/1/09
CHRISTIE DEPARTS
Striker Malcolm Christie has parted company with Leeds United.
The former Middlesbrough and Derby marksman has been registered with the club since October and had featured in the first team on a non-contract basis.
The 29-year-old made his United debut at Northampton in the FA Cup and went on to make five appearances for the club.
He scored his first senior goal for 18 months during our 3-1 win at Stockport County on December 28.

Leedsunited.com 29/1/09
CHRISTIE THANKS UNITED
Following his departure from Leeds United, striker Malcolm Christie has moved to thank the club for its support over the past 18 months.
The 29-year-old striker made five appearances on a non-contract basis - scoring an emotional goal at Stockport on December 28 - and has now parted company with the club.
Malcolm said: "After speaking to my wife and family over the last few weeks, I made the decision on Thursday January 22 to leave Leeds United with immediate effect.
"This was a decision solely made by myself, contrary to reports that I had been released. I felt my circumstances had changed following the arrival of the new manager.
"I would like to thank all the medical team and especially Harvey Sharman who has helped me massively over the past 18 months in order to get me fit.
"My best wishes go to the squad of Leeds United for the remainder of the season."

Leedsunited.com 29/1/09
BOSS ON FAB
United manager Simon Grayson has been quick to praise the attitude of young midfielder Fabian Delph.
The England under-21 international has been the subject of intense media speculation during the January transfer window, and the boss says he has dealt with the increased focused with real maturity.
"You can't stop speculation", conceded the boss.
"You only have to look at the papers on a daily basis - and this isn't just our players, it's a lot of players and a lot of clubs - there's always some link and half of the time it's a load of rubbish because they don't have anything better to write about.
"What Fabian's done is not let it affect him. Since I've been here, he's had speculation about possibly leaving or people wanting to buy him, but nothing has affected him.
"He needs to concentrate, and I'm chuffed to bits he's been able to do that. It shows great maturity from him."
Fab, who is in contention for the PFA League One Player of the Month award, will be looking to maintain his form when United head for Walsall on Saturday.
The boss has reported no new injury worries ahead of the game, although Frazer Richardson is still sidelined with a thigh problem.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yorkshire Evening Post 27/1/09
Whites start to make their move
Leeds United 2 Southend United 0
Simon Grayson's first priority at Elland Road was to treat and eliminate the rot that had taken hold of Leeds United's season. Six games into his job as manager, his squad look ready to start turning the screw.
Grayson could not promise an overnight solution on his arrival from Blackpool late last month, but in footballing terms the improvement seen under the 39-year-old's management has come close to instantaneous.Leeds registered a third straight victory at Elland Road last night, something their squad last achieved at the end of September.
Their victory over a depleted and mis-matched Southend United team was set up inside ten minutes and completed with the ease expected of Leeds before their campaign struck a pocket of turbulence.
And with Walsall and Leyton Orient next on the agenda, this period is a prime opportunity for United to attack the prize they set out to claim 27 league matches ago.
Leicester's stride towards the League One title is already in full flow and Nigel Pearson's team will deserve that prize after rampaging through their fixture list, but the one remaining automatic promotion place is no longer unattainable for Leeds or any other club in the group below.
Courtesy of MK Dons' defeat at home to Leyton Orient last night, Leeds are as close to second place as they could have hoped to be a month after Grayson's appointment and a defeat for Oldham Athletic against Scunthorpe United did no harm to the table either.
Grayson's effect on Leeds has been three-fold – it has resolved the atmosphere of a nervous dressing room, restructured a defence which needed work and encouraged pragmatism among footballers whose previous penchant for style did not always pay – and the product of those changes is a team that has revised the art of winning matches.Saturday's victory over Peterborough United was a fine result at the end of a finely-balanced match, but Southend were walking wounded last night and lacked the personnel to hope for much from a game at Elland Road.
The confidence with which Leeds brushed them aside should be immensely pleasing for a coach who was fighting fires six games previously, even if he castigated his squad mildly for failing to conduct a full-blooded rout.
Given Southend's problems and acute lack of experienced players, Jermaine Beckford's re-introduction to Leeds' starting team last night was a wonderful luxury for Grayson and the selection was easy to fathom after the striker's single-handed mastering of Peterborough.
Grayson's justification for restricting him to the role of a substitute last Saturday was a sense of loyalty to the players primarily responsible for beating Brighton, but he was not tempted to look his gift horse in the mouth.
Beckford's inclusion offered Luciano Becchio the rest which the Argentinian striker has seemed in need of since the turn of the year and Grayson must have seen in Southend an opportunity for Beckford to open the floodgates further after bringing up his 21st goal of the season against Peterborough.
Last night's visitors were badly ravaged by the loss of seven players to a variety of fitness complaints and suspensions, so much so that their manager, Steve Tilson, was able to name only four players on his bench. His squad was a shadow of that which carried Southend into last season's play-offs and they reached Elland Road without anything like a full array of weaponry.
If they looked liable to crack easily then Grayson was not disappointed. Leeds applied only the merest of pressure before a crashing header from Rui Marques in the sixth minute began what would come to be a thankless night for Tilson's team.
Simon Francis did not help Southend by conceding a corner with a lax clearance on the edge of his own box and Bradley Johnson's deep set-piece was met by the head of Marques, who drilled the ball through a static defence and inside Steve Mildenhall's left-hand post.
Beset by their own internal issues and the worst start imaginable, Southend caved in like a house of cards, leaking a second goal four minutes later.
Their durability was questioned by a flurry of chances inside their box, the last of which yielded another corner. Johnson's short pass gave Andy Robinson the responsibility for producing a cross which Richard Naylor headed home unattended. Both goals exposed a defence whose League One record away from home is almost unrivalled in its generosity.
Grayson's own defence, in contrast, had gelled impressively during their previous matches against Brighton and Peterborough, improved immeasurably by the signings of Naylor and Carl Dickinson and last night's match became an opportunity for the back four to familiarise themselves with each other under a minimal amount of pressure.
Southend's quality in attack was as limited as their out-numbered squad suggested it would be – their only sight of Casper Ankergren in the first half which Franck Moussa wasted was presented to him by a stray pass from Marques – and United's patient midfield picked at Southend persistently, depriving Tilson's team of any useful possession.
The few sniffs that Southend received were generally of United's making.
Beckford was unusually wasteful when Lee Trundle's flick and Robinson's header played him into enough space to do more than scoop the ball over Mildenhall's crossbar in the 22nd minutes, but even at that early juncture, it did not seem likely that Leeds would require the comfort of a third goal.
Tilson could hardly credit the job on his hands when a hamstring injury to James Walker saw one of his reduced number of substitutes, Damian Scannell, sent on three minutes before half-time.
Mildenhall kept the scoreline under control with two good saves from Beckford at the start of the second half, a positive sign that Southend had not surrendered to the inevitable and their position was very nearly improved by a rare chance in the 64th minute.
Robinson lost possession after being pushed off the ball inside his own half and Theo Robinson, Southend's striker, attacked Ankergren with a fierce shot which evaded the keeper's dive and struck the outside of the right-hand post.
Southend's fightback started and finished there, though not for a want of effort from their young line-up in the second half and Damian Scannell was denied by reactive goalkeeping from Ankergren four minutes from the end.
Tilson will have seen fairer fights in his time but he knew better than to look for sympathy from a club who have been shown none themselves this season.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Leedsunited.com 26/1/09
BECKS FASTEST FOR 40 YEARS
Jermaine Beckford has become the fastest Leeds United player to score 20 goals in a season since Peter Lorimer some 41 years ago.
Becks bagged his 20th and 21st goals of the campaign against Peterborough United last weekend, with his second goal of the afternoon proving enough to take him past last season's 20-goal haul.
Elland Road legend Lorimer netted 30 goals during the 1967/68 campaign with his 20th goal coming on December 2 1967.
It took Becks until January 24, on his 27th appearance, to reach the 20-mark, and had it not been for a double hamstring injury, he may well have been celebrating earlier.
In more recent years, Mark Viduka scored 22 goals in the 2002/03 season, but didn't reach the 20-goal mark until April 22.
The Aussie also scored 22 goals during the 2000/01 campaign - including four in the Champions League - and on that occasion he hit his 20th on March 31 to secure a 2-0 win at Sunderland.
Other 20-goal a season men in recent years include Michael Bridges (21) in 1999/2000, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (20 and 22) in 1998/99 and 1997/98, Lee Chapman (20) in the title winning season 1991/92.
Chapman also scored 31 goals during the 1990/91 season, but didn't pass the 20-mark until February.
Looking further back, Ray Hankin scored 21 goals during the 1977/78, Allan Clarke scored 20-plus goals a season on four occasions, and Lorimer netted 23 in 1972/73, 29 in 1971/72.
The all-time leading goalscorer in a season remains John Charles with 43 goals in the 1953/54 campaign.

Times 25/1/09
Lee Trundle rekindles an old friendship and his form at Leeds
Leeds United 3 Peterborough United 1
Ian Whittell at Elland Road
Andy Robinson, the Leeds United midfield player, believes that Lee Trundle, the Coca-Cola League One club’s on-loan forward, is the best man for the job in several senses, a point underlined by the impact the veteran has made on the promotion hopes of his temporary employers. The pair’s friendship dates back to their days with Swansea City and blossomed to the extent that Trundle was best-man at Robinson’s wedding.
“I was in our old manager Gary McAllister’s ear about signing him because I knew he was having a rough time at Bristol City,” Robinson said. “They were playing him on the right, on the left, then sometimes he wasn’t in the squad at all.
“We both came into the game late, so feel we have something to prove. We want to play at the highest level and there’s no better place to do that than at Leeds.
“I’d encourage him 100 per cent to sign. I don’t need to sell Leeds to Lee. He’s here until the end of the month and, hopefully, that will be extended until the end of the season and if he proves himself, hopefully we’ll get a crack at the Championship.”
The odds of reaching that target have improved thanks to an impressive win over a Peterborough United team beaten only once in their previous 21 league matches.
Trundle’s pass set up a decisive second goal for Jermaine Beckford after he had scored a 61st-minute opener – three minutes after coming on as a substitute – when Joe Lewis, the Peterborough goalkeeper, failed to hold Bradley Johnson’s free kick. Craig Mackail-Smith reduced the deficit for the visiting team before another substitute, Jonathan Howson, wrapped it up in injury time.
Disappointment for Darren Ferguson, the Peterborough manager, was tempered by a strong 60 minutes from a team that he is confident are good enough to secure a second straight promotion. “My chairman [Darragh MacAnthony] offered me about five players this week who would have cost over half-a-million and I said no to them all,” Ferguson said. “I don’t think we need them. Hopefully, I’m proved right at the end of the season. If you’ve got a close-knit squad and believe in it, I don’t see the point in changing it and right now it would take a good player to get into our team.”

Monday, January 26, 2009

Yorkshire Post 24/1/09
Leeds United 3 Peterborough 1: Trundle is ready to prove again he's the best man for United job
by Richard Sutcliffe
ANDY ROBINSON has urged Lee Trundle to extend his stay at Elland Road and help shoot Leeds United back into the Championship.
The two native Scousers, team-mates at Swansea City for four successful years, were reunited this month when Trundle moved to Elland Road on a month-long loan deal after falling out of favour at Bristol City. Robinson was particularly delighted by the signing with the Robins striker being such a close friend that he fulfilled the role of best man at the United winger's wedding last summer.
Trundle has made an immediate impact in a Leeds shirt with his goal in a 2-0 win at Brighton having been followed by a superb display against in-form Peterborough that brought a standing ovation from the 22,766 crowd when he was substituted shortly before the end. The home fans' appreciation was understandable with the 32-year-old having capped an impressive showing with a sublime piece of skill to create Jermaine Beckford's second goal.
Trundle's loan spell runs out on February 9 after Leeds have hosted Millwall and Robinson admits he is already busy trying to persuade his best man to stay longer at Elland Road.
The 29-year-old wideman said: "I was in (previous manager Gary) McAllister's ear all the time about Lee because I knew he was not in the team at Bristol City. Or if he was in, he was being played out of position.
"So, it was great when I found out we were in for Lee. It is a big coup for Leeds United to have someone like Lee in League One.
"We are from similar backgrounds and we both came into the game at a later age. We both want to play on the big stage and there is no better club to do that at than Leeds United.
"I would like to see his stay become permanent. I have told him that, though the good thing is I do not have to sell Leeds to Lee. This club sells itself.
"I am sure the fans would like Lee to stay as well because he is an entertainer. Some of his skills are unbelievable. You saw that with the skill that created out second goal. He has that in his locker.
"Maybe we can extend the deal to the end of the season and then we can both have a crack at the Championship next season."
United's hopes of mounting a promotion challenge were certainly given a boost by the manner in which Darren Ferguson's side were condemned to only their second defeat in 22 league outings. The visitors were well organised, possessed plenty of attacking verve and, in George Boyd, had the game's top performer. That it was Leeds who prevailed was testament to the resilience and determination that new manager Simon Grayson has instilled since succeeding McAllister a little over a month ago. United had been marginally second best in the opening 45 minutes with Casper Ankergren twice having to react smartly to deny Boyd, whose movement when coming in off the flank made him a constant threat.
After the restart, however, it was a different story with the introduction of Beckford just before the hour proving key. It took just four minutes for the club's top scorer to make a mark, the striker winning the free-kick that Bradley Johnson drilled so fiercely that Posh goalkeeper Joe Lewis could only parry into the path of Beckford and he made no mistake from close range. Nine minutes later, Beckford had netted his 21st of the season after taking advantage of a stunning piece of vision and skill from Trundle on halfway. The game seemed to be over, only for Mackail-Smith to set home nerves jangling by scoring from close range after Boyd's header had struck the crossbar.
Suddenly, Posh sensed a way back and only a brilliantly timed tackle by Naylor prevented Mackail-Smith having a clear sight of goal after seemingly getting away from the defence. The fourth official revealing a few moments later that there would be four minutes of stoppage time only added to the drama with the home fans, mindful of how Ferguson senior's Manchester United has benefited from late goals over the years, bemoaning the likelihood that the referee's watch was running on 'Fergie time'.
They need not have worried with it being Leeds who scored the game's final goal in the first of those four minutes when a long ball out of defence was flicked into the path of Jonny Howson by Beckford.
The substitute, one of three outnumbering Posh defender Gabriel Zakuani, then bizarrely opted to try and pass to Robert Snodgrass rather than shoot, a decision that was rectified a few seconds later when the Scot returned the ball to Howson and he drilled a shot into the net.

MATCH FOCUS
Hero: Richard Naylor
The Leeds-born defender brought some much-needed organisation and determination to a defence that has been a shambles for much of the season, meaning Naylor just pipped the game’s standout performer – Posh midfielder George Boyd.
Villain: Darren Ferguson
Guaranteed a hot reception from the home fans due to who his father is, the Peterborough manager was mercilessly taunted with chants of 'Fergie, Fergie, what's the score?' late on.
Key moment
88th minute: Richard Naylor slides in to make a timely block and deny Craig Mackail-Smith an equaliser.
Ref watch
Anthony Taylor: Kept an entertaining end-to-end encounter flowing, though was inconsistent in use of cards.
Verdict
If the club's top scorer, Jermaine Beckford, can remain free of injury from hereon in, promotion may yet be on the cards for United.
Quote of the day
We might have to go unbeaten between now and the rest of the season if we are to go up.– Darren Ferguson's take on how competitive the League One promotion race is shaping up.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Yorkshire Evening Post 18/1/09
Grayson's the loan arranger!
By Phil Hay
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson will continue to turn his hand to temporary transfers during the January window if loan opportunities offer his club more potential than permanent deals.
Grayson's first three signings as Leeds boss have all been agreed as initial loan moves, bringing Lee Trundle, Richard Naylor and Carl Dickinson to Elland Road, and the 39-year-old does not intend to overlook his preferred targets for the sake of securing long-term arrivals.United are bidding to fight their way into League One's play-off zone and, after a period of troubled form, are highly likely to make permanent additions to their squad before the transfer window closes on February 2.
But Grayson's willingness to use the loan market has already secured him two recruits from the Championship and one from the Premier League.Trundle and Naylor have arrived at Elland Road on one-month deals from Bristol City and Ipswich Town respectively, and Dickinson left Stoke City to agree the same length of temporary contract with Leeds on Thursday afternoon.
Trundle has strengthened Grayson's attacking options with Jermaine Beckford fighting to overcome a succession of hamstring strains and Enoch Showunmi unlikely to play in the near future after suffering a blood clot on one of his lungs, and Naylor and Dickinson have answered the more urgent call for new defenders at Leeds.
A 2-0 defeat to Carlisle United last weekend once again highlight the need for changes in United's porous backline and the successful bids for Naylor and Dickinson allowed Grayson to travel to Brighton yesterday with two new options to work with.
Grayson said: "It works both ways. Sometimes you don't want to go in too quickly and make permanent signings which turn out to be the wrong ones or are made for too long a period.
"There will be one or two permanent deals coming in, whether they're on free transfers or with transfer fees involved, but at this moment in time the task has been to get fresh faces in from the loan market to make us more solid and get us back on track.
"Some teams utilise the loan market and some teams don't and I just feel it's an option for us to do it that way.
"It can benefit us in the short term but also in the long term as well because if you get players in on season-long loans then you've got them for a decent length of time, and if you can turn loans into permanent deals then even better.
"I'm trying to bring players in whether it's on permanent deals or loans and it's simply to make sure that the club starts winning matches."
Trundle, who joined Leeds in time for their clash with Carlisle at Elland Road last weekend, has already indicated that his stay in Yorkshire may not run beyond a month, but Grayson revealed that United have the option to sign Naylor permanently from Ipswich before the end of the transfer window.
Naylor, 31, is a lifelong Leeds fans and an experienced centre-back who Grayson hopes will rectify the failings of a defence which had kept only five clean sheets before yesterday's League One game at Brighton.
The Ipswich club captain has made in excess of 300 appearances for his parent club during more than 13 seasons in Suffolk, while left-back Dickinson brought with him experience of winning promotion to the Premier League with Stoke last season.
The 21-year-old was involved with City's first team regularly during the 2007-08 term but has found a first-team place difficult to come by since the summer and has been allowed to depart the Britannia Stadium by Stoke manager Tony Pulis.
Dickinson and Grayson worked together briefly while United's boss was manager of Blackpool in 2006, and Dickinson is understood to have rejected offers from Blackpool and Charlton in order to move to Leeds.
Grayson said: "In the past things have worked out for me with transfers.
"I've managed to spot a player and I've hopefully turned lads into better players. I like to think I know enough about the division to be able to bring the right people in.
"I won't sign players for the sake of it and they need to fit into the framework of the footballing side here and also fit into the dressing room.
"You do a lot of work on this and spend a lot of time watching games, and by doing that you hopefully get the right players in more often than the wrong ones.
"I've been analysing the squad that was already here and I said from day one that they were all on an even keel.
"I've now got my opinion on certain players who I don't think will fit into the way I want to play so there will be one or two leaving before the window shuts and one or two more coming in."
Leeds have not sanctioned the departure of any of their existing first-team players during the first fortnight of the transfer window, though the club are willing to listen to offers for the likes of Tresor Kandol and Ian Westlake who are currently on loan away from Elland Road.
Grayson has a squad of over 25 senior players and is planning to trim down the number of professionals available to him and keep a grip on the wage bill.
The United boss said: "We've got a good-sized squad and I can't just keep bringing players in while keeping the existing squad because we've got far too many here.
"It's also unfair to keep players here who aren't going to feature."
Leeds have been linked with a host of other defenders this week, including Derby County centre-back Claude Davis and Cardiff City's Darren Purse, both of whom are out of favour with their present clubs.
The Elland Road club have rejected a chance to sign former Scunthorpe United captain Izzy Iriekpen – another central defender – who is available on a free transfer after cutting his ties with Glanford Park.

Yorkshire Evening Post 17/1/09
Whites down Seagulls
By Phil Hay
Brighton 0 Leeds United 2
Leeds United's season took a positive turn and a step in the direction that Simon Grayson wishes to head as Fabian Delph's magic sealed a 2-0 victory over Brighton.
The midfielder produced a lethal finish after running the full length of the field on 82 minutes to decide an even game at the Withdean Stadium and begin another attempt by Leeds to regain a play-off position in League One.
Delph's inspired goal consolidated an earlier effort from Lee Trundle, who had been a peripheral figure for the first hour of the match but showed his poaching instinct on 61 minutes to claim his first goal since signing for Leeds on a month's loan from Bristol City.
Trundle's close-range finish averted the goalless draw which had begun to look likely during a quiet start to the second half, and it also alleviated the impact of the penalty missed by his attacking partner, Luciano Becchio, in the 10th minute.
Becchio's weak effort was saved by the legs of Brighton goalkeeper John Sullivan, and United struggled to assert themselves after wasting that excellent chance to take a grip of the fixture.
A goalless first half was followed by a severe lull in the game after the break, but Trundle's opportunistic strike set up a victory which Delph rounded off in typically flamboyant fashion. They were, in truth, the game's only moments of true quality.
Beaten by Carlisle United last weekend, the margin between Leeds and League One's top six had stretched to seven points, and a draw on the south coast would have been of limited value to team who were 10th in the division before yesterday's match.
The confidence of Grayson's players swelled visibly after Trundle claimed the game's first goal, and the sight of Leeds closing out their victory with assurance will have pleased a manager who saw them bow feebly to the first defeat of his managerial reign seven days earlier.
A first clean sheet for 14 matches was an added bonus.Grayson was given a clear view of his team's defensive ineptitude during their 2-0 loss to Carlisle, and he responded to that result by naming recent signings Richard Naylor and Carl Dickinson in his starting line-up.
The defenders joined Leeds on loan this week – Naylor from Ipswich Town and Dickinson from Stoke City – and the alterations were two of four made by Grayson, Trundle included. It was inevitable after Carlisle's victory that certain players would find their places at risk.
The fourth of those players promoted to the first team was Bradley Johnson, the midfielder who returned to Leeds on January 3 after two months on loan at Brighton and boasted the unusual distinction yesterday of having played in both club's previous fixtures.
His place on the left wing became available after Robert Snodgrass succumbed to injury in training on Friday.
Johnson was directly involved in the incident which should have led to the opening goal after 10 minutes, albeit in controversial circumstances.
The 21-year-old caused havoc in Brighton's box with an inswinging corner, and referee Pat Miller pointed to the penalty spot after spotting a foul on Naylor by Adam El-Abd which few in the crowd at the Withdean Stadium had seen.
El-Abd was booked while Becchio lined up the set-piece but the Argentinian drove a weak strike too close to Sullivan, who blocked the penalty with his left leg and gathered the rebound.
United had produced a lively enough approach to deserve the opening goal, and Becchio's indecisive finish wasted the best possible chance for Leeds to gain control of their hosts. Albion's attitude might have been that justice was done by Sullivan's save.
The penalty was a rare moment of danger at either end of the field during a competitive first half, and Brighton did not threaten Casper Ankergren in United's goal until the 22nd minute when a pass from Tom Fraser gave Andrew Whing space to drive a shot wide of Ankergren's left-hand post.
The Leeds keeper was exposed more seriously three minutes later when a long goal-kick caught United's defence flat-footed and played Stuart Fleetwood into space behind their backline.
The striker had only Ankergren to beat but showed a lack of conviction 12 yards from goal, scuffing a shot which the Dane nudged away from his net. Fleetwood's chance, like that presented to Becchio 14 minutes earlier, was one he had no excuse for missing.
The nerves in Grayson's defence appeared momentarily when Ankergren's heavy touch knocked a backpass from Rui Marques straight to Fleetwood, who was crucially dispossessed six yards from goal by Ankergren's sliding challenge, and a corner from Kevin McLeod in the 35th minute provoked a goalmouth scramble in which Leeds were fortunate to avoid a concession.
Without the pace of the Jermaine Beckford up front – Grayson decided not to risk the striker's strained hamstring in Sussex yesterday – Leeds found Brighton's defence difficult to disrupt, the intensity of the game faded during a disappointingly flat start to the second half.
Chris Birchall's hopeful shot which hit the back of Fleetwood was as close as either side came until United produced a goal out of nowhere in the 61st minute.
Trundle, who far an hour had been almost anonymous up front, appeared inside Brighton's box after Becchio touched Naylor's free-kick towards goal, and his shot on the turn rolled inside Sullivan's left-hand post.
With that finish, United gathered the confidence to play out the remaining half-hour, and Grayson's heart-rate was kept steady by the absence of a clear chance for Brighton to claim an equaliser.
His feeling of security was improved further when Delph collected the loose ball from an Albion corner and ran possession through midfield and to the edge of Brighton's box, pausing only to curl a sublime left-foot strike beyond the reach of Sullivan.
Deep down, Grayson will hope that the consistent run Leeds so desperately require has been born at the Withdean Stadium.

Guardian 16/1/09
Grayson grabs chance to lead his boyhood club up promotion path
Simon Grayson explains to Daniel Taylor the lure of Elland Road and the dream of recapturing the glory days
· Daniel Taylor

Simon Grayson, the manager of Leeds United, takes his team to Brighton this afternoon. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/Public Domain
Drive through the picture-book village of Boston Spa, cross the River Wharfe and follow the signs for Thorp Arch and you eventually come to a long, winding driveway that could easily be missed were it not for the electronic barriers and intercom systems. It looks like something from a James Bond movie but this is actually Leeds United's practice ground; once you get buzzed through the gates and see all the modern office blocks, the neat lawns and perfectly trimmed hedgerows, it is difficult not to wonder why the group of players training on the far pitch are currently grubbing around for points in the old third division.
"You look at our facilities and you'd think they belonged to a Premier League club," says Simon Grayson, the latest man assigned to resurrecting the club. "You probably wouldn't think it possible that the club could go from playing in a Champions League semi-final to administration and two relegations. But it proves that no team has a God-given right to be in the Premier League. Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest have all been in this division. And now Manchester City are the richest club in the world. You look at them trying to sign Kaka [now]. At least it gives us hope."
Grayson is in his fourth week at Leeds, having left Blackpool to take over at the club he supported as a boy. To his disappointment, it has been an acrimonious switch, with his former employer threatening legal action and lodging an official protest with the Football League.
Leeds have been on their knees for longer than they will care to remember and Grayson's job will be to restore some honour. "That's the challenge," he says. "So many managers have tried to get the club back to where it deserves to be. Can I be the one to do it?"
The manner in which Grayson led Blackpool to their first spell of second-tier football since 1978 suggests that Ken Bates has appointed one of the brightest young managers around. Plus there was an emotional pull for Grayson, having grown up in Bedale, north Yorkshire, with posters of the Leeds team on his bedroom walls.
His father was the games teacher at the local school and despite showing enough potential in cricket to play for Yorkshire schools, the young Grayson dedicated himself to football. While his brother, Paul, pursued a career in cricket and is now head coach at Essex, the elder sibling started training with Leeds at the age of 10. At 14 he had signed schoolboy forms and, within three years, Billy Bremner had given him a first-team debut.
But things did not work out. Grayson drifted, playing once more in the next four years. Shortly after his 22nd birthday, they cut him adrift. "I remember the day as if it were yesterday," he says. "Howard Wilkinson had taken over from Billy and he told me straight, that the club had accepted an offer of £50,000 from Leicester City and that was it. I picked up my boots, left the ground and I remember thinking it would be my last time there as a Leeds player. It was heartbreaking, to be honest."
So there is unfinished business for Grayson even if, in hindsight, leaving Elland Road turned out fine. "Within 12 games of stepping out of Leeds United's reserves I was playing in a Wembley play-off final in front of 90,000 people. I thought, 'This is more like it'. But that was just the start. I still don't think people realise what good players we had at Leicester."
Under the management of Martin O'Neill, Grayson became an integral part of a side who won the club's first trophy since 1964. "How do you describe Martin O'Neill?" he ponders. "You can't. I've tried to pick up a few things from him but he was a one-off. He just had something special – an aura. When you saw him walking out for training, by God, the training levels would increase. He didn't always take training but then you'd see him in the distance. Action stations. He'd have a stopwatch in his hand and he'd say, 'Right, if you're not round that pitch, that tree and that goal in 30 seconds you're doing it again'. And we'd make sure we did it. He just had that aura. You could see a bit of Brian Clough in him."
Grayson was twice player of the year at Filbert Street, and O'Neill was horrified when he lost him to Aston Villa. "The day I left I rang him up to say thanks for everything," recalls Grayson. "His secretary basically told me to eff off. Martin had wanted me to stay and he felt I'd deserted him. But in my first six months at Villa he tried to buy me back three times. Which tells you something about the man. I know if I ever need anything I can always pick up the phone and ring him."
O'Neill, incidentally, once called Bates a "football cretin". Yet the Leeds chairman's appointment of the 39-year-old Grayson looks a shrewd piece of business given the way he has set about establishing himself since starting his coaching badges at Blackpool. Grayson was so dedicated that in his spare time he would help out with the youth academy at Blackburn, another of his former clubs. He was then asked to combine playing with coaching Blackpool's reserves and in November 2005, with the Seasiders in relegation trouble, he was invited to take over as caretaker. Grayson led them to safety, winning the job permanently.
"We lost the first three matches of the following season and everyone was suddenly thinking, 'Hmm, is he the right man after all?'" he recalls. "After 10 games we'd won only once and I was under pressure. But I always felt I was getting a team together that could do something if I was given the time. We started winning and once we got into that habit, what happened next was special for everyone."
It culminated with Blackpool winning the last 10 matches and sealing promotion in a playoff final against Yeovil. The pity for Grayson is that his time should end with bad feeling. "If I was going to leave Blackpool I wanted to do it in a good way, thank the fans and everybody at the club. I think I did a good job. But I couldn't turn down being the Leeds manager. Everyone in football – outside of Blackpool anyway – understands that this is a bigger club and that it's a step uphill in my career.
"You just have to look at the number of fans we take to every away game. It doesn't matter how big the allocation is, we will always sell out. There were 33,000 people at my first home game, which was more than the majority of Premier League clubs got that day. There's no other club that I would have dropped out of the Championship for. This is Leeds United."

Friday, January 16, 2009

Leedsunited.com 16/1/09
CHAIRMAN REJECTS DELPH APPROACHES
United chairman Ken Bates has revealed he has turned down two approaches for teenage midfielder Fabian Delph.
Speaking to Yorkshire Radio, the chairman said the approaches came from two un-named Premiership clubs.
"We explained to both clubs that we don't deal in petty cash and they were Premiership clubs as well," he said.
"We don't want to sell Fabian.
"He's happy, we're happy Fabian stays, and unless something unexpected out of the blue happens which we can't forecast, we want him to take us back into the Premiership."
Boss Simon Grayson has suggested there could be other departures during the transfer window as, after bringing in three new faces on loan over the past week, he continues to assess his squad.
Striker Lee Trundle was followed by the double arrival of central defender Richard Naylor and left-back Carl Dickinson.
"We've always said we would need to strengthen our defence in January," added the chairman.
"By taking players on loan we're solving the immediate problem and it gives us time to assess their capabilities, and look at players here who may be surplus to requirements, before making any permanent decisions.
"This gives us the best of both worlds."


BBC 15/1/09
Stoke's Dickinson in Leeds move
Stoke City left-back Carl Dickinson has joined League One side Leeds United on a one-month loan deal.
The 21-year-old, who joined the Potters as a trainee, has made three Premier League appearances this season.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke: "At the moment we think it's important that Dicko gets games.
"He's trained well but has been a little bit short in the games we've asked him to play in, so the chance to play games is right for him."
Dickinson is thought to have turned down similar moves to Blackpool and Charlton in favour of Leeds.


Leedsunited.com 14/1/09
CENTRAL DEFENDER SIGNS
Leeds-born defender set to join in loan deal...
Terms have been agreed for central defender Richard Naylor to join on loan from Ipswich.
The 31-year-old will join on a loan deal which runs until February 19.
The experienced defender has made over 300 appearances for the Suffolk club and is a popular figure at Ipswich.
However, Richard was born and bred in Leeds and has never made any secret of his affection for the club.
Richard, who represented the city of Leeds at schoolboy level, was a regular in the Ipswich side up until December and has been a mainstay at the heart of their defence in recent years.
United manager Simon Grayson had said after Saturday's defeat at the hands of Carlisle that he was looking to strengthen his defence - and Naylor is the first arrival in that area.
"He's a good, strong centre-back," said the manager.
"He's got plenty of experience and he's played plenty of games in the Championship this season.
"He will bring a wealth of experience and he brings a lot that I believe will help."

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Leedsunited.com 10/1/09
UNITED SLIP TO DEFEAT
Elland Road old boys send United to defeat...

UNITED 0, CARLISLE 2 (Graham 27, Bridges 35)
United: Ankergren, Richardson, Marques, Michalik, Sheehan (Johnson 56), Hughes (Robinson 62), Douglas, Delph, Snodgrass, Becchio, Christie (Trundle 57). Subs: Lucas, Assoumana.
Carlisle: Krul, Raven, Livesey, Murphy, Liddle, Taylor (Bridge-Wilkinson 65), Thirlwell, Kavanagh, Jeff Smith, Bridges, Graham (Dobie 59). Subs: Williams, Hackney, Keogh.
Referee: K Friend.
Booked: Graham, Kavanagh (Carlisle)
Att: 22,411

Simon Grayson made just one enforced change from the side which beat Stockport at the end of 2008 with Malcolm Christie making his first league start in place of the injured Jermaine Beckford(hamstring).
New loan signing Lee Trundle was named on the substitutes bench, along with Bradley Johnson, fresh from a loan spell with Brighton.
Former United striker Michael Bridges was in the Carlisle starting line-up, and he was denied byCasper Ankergren in the seventh minute when through on goal.
United's first half-chance came on 12 minutes when Christie had a shot blocked by Danny Livesey.Luciano Becchio also went close after an intelligent ball from Robert Snodgrass.
Leeds started brightly and Carlisle goalkeeper Tim Krul made his first save on 18 minutes when anAlan Sheehan free-kick took a deflection.
But it was the visitors who took the lead after just 26 minutes. Graham Kavanagh and Cleveland Taylor were the architects and former Leeds loan man Danny Graham converted from close range.
That lead was quickly threatened and it took a superb block from Krul to deny Becchio with a far post header after a great cross from Snodgrass.
But it was 2-0 on 35 minutes. Kavanagh again played the decisive ball in, this time to Bridges, and the former United striker finished from the tightest of angles to put the Cumbrians in a commanding position.
United did fashion out an opportunity to get back into the game shortly before half-time when Andrew Hughes whipped in a good cross, but Christie was unable to make a connection.
Krul also got down well to deny Becchio with a well-struck effort on the stroke of half-time.
The striker also went close at the start of the second period before Lubo Michalik was thwarted by some desperate defending following a corner.
On 57 minutes, Grayson made his first changes, introducing Johnson for Sheehan and striker Trundle replaced Christie to make his first appearance for the club. The manager also re-shuffled his system, switching to three men at the back.
Trundle's first involvement was immediate and he sent a shot flying over the top from distance.
Snodgrass was next to go close after good play by Delph and shortly after the hour, Grayson made his final change with Andy Robinson replacing Hughes.
United's luck was summed up on 66 minutes when after Becchio had a shot pushed onto the post, Robinson miscued the follow-up into the arms of Krul.
Having said that, it should have been game over in the 72nd minute when Marc Bridge-Wilkinson wasted a great opportunity to score a third when he fired wide with an empty goal beckoning.
United continued to look for a way back, though, and Krul saved well from Johnson. Dave Raven also denied Trundle, heading away a Robinson cross.
As the clock started to tick down, Trundle again went close with a free-kick.
Four minutes of stoppage time started with Johnson having a shot deflected wide, and Carlisle cleared the resultant corner.
But there was to prove no way back and despite dominating the biggest part of the contest, Carlisle's conversion of two of their three chances proved decisive.

Saturday, January 03, 2009


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Player – Mike O’Grady – Knife through butter


After Albert Johanneson's sad loss of confidence and form following a dismal performance in the 1965 FA Cup final, fleet footed winger Mike O'Grady was the man who took on the baton of providing the flamboyance for Don Revie's Leeds United side of the late Sixties