Saturday, September 25, 2010 25/9/10
Simon Grayson handed new loan signing George McCartney his debut, while Lloyd Sam and Luciano Becchio were also recalled to the starting line-up for a game that attracted the biggest Football League crowd of the season.
It was quite a frenetic opening to proceedings, Sheffield United having a couple of early free-kicks blocked. Max Gradel also sent a free-kick wide, although TV pictures suggested referee Anthony Taylor could have awarded a penalty with Davide Somma being brought down right on the line.
Leeds were making the early running and a great cross from Gradel almost picked out Sam at the far post.
The opening 20 minutes were played at a fast pace, but both sides saw quick moves break down in the opposite third of the field. The ball was going from penalty box to penalty box but it was Leeds who looked to play the better stuff and were the biggest threat.
Shortly before the half-hour one passing move ended with another decent Gradel cross picking out Bradley Johnson, but Steve Simonsen reacted well to make a good save.
Gradel was again proving the biggest threat on the park, and when he released McCartney, Luciano Becchio couldn't quite make a proper connection with his head.
It was turning into a good first half performance from Leeds, who were starting to take a grip on the game, but as the game edged towards the break the visitors did mount a couple of attacks which were dealt with. Shane Higgs had his first save to make on the stroke of the break from a Stephen Quinn free-kick, and as Leeds went down the other end, McCartney sent a shot over the bar.
The half-time entertainment came courtesy of an appearance by special guest Lucas Radebe who brought the whole ground to their feet with a terrific reception.
It was the visitors who started the second half brightly, though, and put Leeds under some early pressure. Alex Bruce and Neill Collins were both called upon to make a couple of timely clearances.
Sheffield United looked to capitalise on Leeds failure to hold the ball, and on the hour Grayson made his first change with Robert Snodgrass replacing Sam.
But the Blades were still enjoying the better of proceedings. One free-kicked fizzed through a packed goalmouth and when Richard Cresswell won a corner, the striker was penalised at the set-play to give United the chance to get the ball forward.
It took almost 70 minutes for United to force an opening in the second half and on that occasion an offside flag denied Somma when through on goal.
Moments later, Grayson made his second change, Neil Kilkenny replacing Gradel for the final 18 minutes of the contest.
Tempers were also bubbling under and there was an altercation between Jonny Howson and Kyle Bartley.
With 13 minutes left on the clock, Grayson made his final change, Ross McCormack coming on for Somma.
But it was Johnson who popped up to score the all-important goal six minutes from time. Snodgrass picked up a long ball forward, advanced down the right, and his cut-back was perfect for Johnson to smash the ball home from close range.
There was still drama, though, when Snodgrass was amazingly red-carded with two minutes remaining for what looked like a harmless block on Leon Britton, who went to ground clutching his face.
Four minutes of stoppage time was added for the 10 men of United to dig deep, and in the second of those minutes, the woodwork came to the rescue when Jonny Ertle headed over Higgs. The keeper reacted quickly to smother the ball.
Amazingly, there was another red card, this time for Jamie Ward, following an apparent stamp on Kilkenny.And that proved the final key moment as United picked up a hard-fought victory to move back up the Championship table.
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Telegraph 17/9/10
Doncaster Rovers 0 Leeds United 0: match report
By Iain Percy
Neil Sullivan, the Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper, will be 41 this season but produced an excellent performance on Friday night to frustrate a Leeds United manager only two months older than him.
Sullivan was impressive as he denied Davide Somma and Max Gradel to preserve Rovers’ unbeaten home record and deny Leeds the opportunity to exact revenge for their defeat in the League One play-off final two years ago.
Leeds had dominated the second half but the visitors found to their annoyance why the former Scotland international, Sullivan, is so highly rated at the Keepmoat Stadium. When Somma did finally beat him, he was denied by an offside flag.
Leeds manager Simon Grayson said: “On another night Davide would have put a couple away but we’re delighted to have come away to a difficult place and got a point.
“We’ve always had a response from the players when we’ve had a bad result and I thought we created some good chances and looked like the team that was going to win it.
“We’re disappointed, we could have won the game but after the other night we’ll take a clean sheet and a point.”
John Ryan, the Doncaster chairman, is not adverse to hyperbole and had claimed before the game that Leeds are a smaller club than his own.
It is hard to argue with him after two years of steady progression, since Rovers defeated Leeds in the League One play-off final at Wembley.
Leeds, who were ruthlessly picked apart by Barnsley on Tuesday night, could have been behind after just 29 seconds when Billy Sharp’s close-range effort was deflected over the crossbar.
Somma cracked a 30-yard drive against the crossbar with Sullivan stranded but shortly before half-time the home goalkeeper was more alert to repel the South African forward’s sliding effort. Somma spurned a promising opportunity early in the second period, dragging his shot horribly wide, before Max Gradel forced a reflex save from Sullivan.
Leeds were temporarily convinced they had taken the lead 15 minutes from time when Somma pounced from close range, after Sullivan had been unable to hold Bradley Johnson’s half-volley, but they were frustrated by an offside flag. It did little to lighten the mood of Grayson, who regularly harangued the fourth official. 17/9/10
United manager Simon Grayson rang the changes after the midweek 5-2 beating at Barnsley. Paul Connolly and Fede Bessone both missed out with injury, Luciano Becchio and Richard Naylor were both rested following a heavy workload, and there was a full debut for Ross McCormack.
Davide Somma also came into the starting line-up along with Aidy White while Amdy Faye was named among the subs, along with Rob Snodgrass who returned from injury.
The United boss has demanded a response from his players, but they were on the back foot inside the opening minute when Billy Sharp latched on to a cross from the Doncaster right and should have done better with his finish. Doncaster won three successive corners, but Leeds cleared the third and broke quickly and incisively, White's cross being too far in front of an advancing Somma.
Max Gradel was also an early threat for Leeds and he tested Neil Sullivan at the near post before winning a corner.
There was plenty of huster and bluster from both sides during what was a frenetic opening with action at both ends. Somma was also looking lively for United and his hold-up play allowed McCormack a shot which was deflected for a corner.
Somma came within a whisker of opening the scoring on 22 minutes, though, when his sweetly struck effort beat former Leeds keeper Neil Sullivan but came back off the bar. McCormack teed his striking partner up again from the re-bound, and another cracker of a shot flew just wide.
When Doncaster came forward, Dean Shiels sent a shot across the face of goal and well wide of a watchful Shane Higgs. Moments later, Shiels did go close when he curled a shot against the upright after finding himself on space inside the box.
The balance of free-kick decisions were certainly going Doncaster's way during the first half, and Jonny Howson had to be alert to clear one effort which skidded through a ruck of players.
But it was United who fashioned out another great chance when a perfect through ball released Somma, who was denied by an advancing Sullivan, the veteran getting down well at the striker's feet.
As the first half entered its final moments, United had some defending to do, Bruce making one timely intervention when Sharp was in space. Simon Gillett also had a shot blocked from the resultant corner.
However, Leeds ended the half on the front foot. Kilkenny had shot deflected for a corner and Neill Coillins saw his header cleared from the resultant corner.
The game was finely balanced at the interval, and it was Leeds who had the first opportunity of the second half when the lively Somma sent a shot wide of the mark.
Doncaster did fashion out a half-chance for Shiels shortly before the hour, but he was unable to make a good connection and his header looped over the top.
At the other end, Sullivan was called into action moments later to save a strong effort from Gradel after some good build-up play, and the former Leeds keeper also had to save when McCormack returned the ball with a powerful strike at goal.
The first change for Leeds came on 67 minutes when Snodgrass was handed his seasonal debut in place of McCormack who went down injured. The Scot was given a terrific reception by the travelling fans.
And those travelling fans were going wild on 74 minutes when United thought the lead was theirs. Johnson tried his luck from distance with a shot which Sullivan failed to hold, and Somma was on hand to apply the finishing touch from close range for his fifth goal of the season. But an offside flag was raised to deny the striker and put a swift end to the celebrations.
With 10 minutes remaining, and Leeds shading the contest, the home side made two changes, introducing Brian Stock and Waide Fairhurst.
United had immediate claims for a penalty when Somma appeared to be shoved in the back while looking to get on the end of a cross, but the referee waved play on. The South African had been terrific for Leeds and his pace and movement caused Doncaster problems throughout.
Grayson made another change as the game entered its final five minutes, Sanchez Watt replacing Gradel.
The hosts had a lucky escape within moments of the change, Sullivan scrambling to push a deflected shot from Johnson around the post for a corner.
United still had to make some decisive blocks. Both Collins and Bruce getting their bodies in the way when the hosts looked to force a goal.
Both sides were looking to win the game and three minutes of added time gave hope that it could be Leeds who snared the points, but there proved to be no decisive goal as honours ended even with a stalemate.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 15/9/10
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson told his players they had let themselves and the near 7,000 travelling fans down after Tuesday's 5-2 hiding at Barnsley.
United were backed by what could be the biggest away support for a league game in this country this season, but after scoring an early goal, Grayson's men went on to slip to a 5-2 defeat at Oakwell.
What frustrated the manager more than the margin of the defeat was the manner of the defeat and the late capitulation that saw Barnsley emerge runaway winners from a game that Leeds could have taken something from with 25 minutes remaining.
"it was hugely disappointing," said the United boss. "We were on the wrong end of a 'doing.'
"We'd started well enough, got early goal which gave us a platform and we looked comfortable in the first half.
"But we didn't use the conditions as well as we could. We made some wrong decisions and that contributed to their first goal and that gave them a lift.
"The way we went to pieces in the second half was hugely disappointing. We lost our hunger and desire. You want to harry and hassle and they did it better than us."
Barnsley's equaliser just before half-time had prompted claims for a handball by the United defence, but Grayson was in no mood to look for excuses.
"Goals change matches," he said. "The lad has handballed it. Whether he's meant it or not I don't know, but we made too many mistakes, and if you make too many mistakes you get punished.
"At 1-1 we had a few balls in their box, then they went down the other end and scored, and from there we capitulated.
"We looked out on our feet with 15 minutes to go because we kept giving the ball away. When you do that and lose the ball, all your energy goes trying to get it back."
The manager was bitterly disappointed, given the size of the following Leeds took to Oakwell. And, while many headed for the exits following Barnsley's fifth goal, the fans had been outstanding throughout, and those that remained were equally defiant.
"They are unbelievable," said Grayson of the travelling support. "How our fans can cheer our players off amazes me after that.
"We bring 7,000 which is huge and they were still singing and cheering. For me, the players let themselves down and let the fans down.
"We'd won three games on the trot and this is a reminder that you can't take any game lightly. We haven't as a staff, but we took the wrong decisions nine out of 10 times."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus 14/9/10
Leeds United pay for woeful defending
By John Wray »
Barnsley 5, Leeds United 2
Leeds United's kamikaze defending saw their three-match winning run end in embarrassing fashion at Oakwell tonight in the npower Championship.
Despite the encouragement of an early goal by Jonny Howson, Leeds fell apart, especially in the second half, and suffered a 5-2 thrashing in the first of three successive Yorkshire derbies.
It was Leeds' first five-goal concession since their FA Cup first-round replay at Northampton Town in November, 2008, in Gary McAlister's reign.
After developing a habit of falling behind, Leeds drew first blood inside the first three minutes - to the delight of their 6,700 travelling fans.
Barnsley failed to clear Neil Kilkenny's low corner and Howson's shot from just inside the penalty area brought his second early goal of the campaign, following his second-minute effort in the Carling Cup win over Lincoln City last month.
Leeds' only change was the return of Lloyd Sam in place of Sanchez Watt, who dropped to the bench, while Barnsley gave a debut to Scotland international striker Garry O'Connor, on loan from Birmingham.
A gusting wind made controlled passing difficult but Adam Hammill caused a 17th-minute scare for Leeds by firing into the side-netting after Max Gradel lost possession.
Leeds captain Richard Naylor, given a vote of confidence by manager Simon Grayson before the game, headed over Barnsley's bar when unmarked, but as the Tykes recovered from a slow start, Andy Gray brought an excellent save from Shane Higgs, again deputising for injured Leeds keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
There was nothing Higgs could do to prevent a 42nd- minute equaliser from O'Connor after Leeds' Argentine defender Federico Bessone gave the ball away inside his own penalty area, allowing Hammill to make progress and cut the ball back for O'Connor to find the bottom corner.
Grayson was furious with his former Swansea left back for the costly lapse in concentration.
Andrew Hughes replaced Bessone three minutes into the second half but Barnsley took a 49th-minute lead when more poor defending saw Paul Connolly and Higgs fail to deal with Hammill's ball to Jim O'Brien, who had a simple tap-in.
Worse was to follow in the 65th minute when Barnsley's Uruguayan Diego Arismendi latched on to a corner and scored from a tight angle.
With Leeds in disarray, Neill Collins put through his own goal, and a minute later Hammill struck his side's fifth goal on 83 minutes.
Substitute Davide Somma collected his fourth goal of the season for Leeds four minutes from the end but it was too little too late.
* Robert Snodgrass and Billy Paynter continued their recovery from injury by playing a full 90 minutes in a Leeds side which defeated Middlesbrough Reserves 3-1 behind closed doors today. Recent signings Amdy Faye and Ramon Nunez also completed the full game, Nunez scoring one of the goals and Mike Grella netting the other two. 14/9/10
BARNSLEY 5 (O'Connor 42, O'Brien 50, Arismendi 65, Collins OG81, Hammill 82), LEEDS 2 (Howson 3, Somma 87)
United manager Simon Grayson made just one change from the side which beat Swansea at the weekend, Lloyd Sam returning in place of Sanchez Watt.
Leeds were being backed by over 6,700 fans at Oakwell for the first Yorkshire derby of the season and were in fine voice even before the game kicked-off.
There was an inspiring atmosphere for Grayson's side and those travelling 1000s were rewarded inside the opening three minutes. Neil Kilkenny sent over a corner from the right and Jonny Howson smashed the ball home for the opening goal.
It was a great start for United and Barnsley, rocked by the goal, were on the back foot during the early moments, but proceedings soon became a little scrappy.
The hosts had to clear another corner inside the opening 20 minutes and it was on the break that they had their first shot on goal, an effort from distance fizzing wide of Shane Higgs' upright.
But United responded with an advancing run from Bradley Johnson which led to Barnsley clumsily conceding a corner. From the set-play, Richard Naylor headed over the top.
It wasn't the most entertaining opening half-hour in terms of football played with a downfield wind not helping, but while Leeds looked to move on the break, the home side had been restricted to very little.
A mistake by Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele on 33 ,minutes almost allowed Sam an opportunity from distance, but the keeper recovered his ground and the United man screwed his shot wide.
United goalkeeper Higgs was called upon for the first time properly moments later when former United youngster Andy Gray steered a low shot towards goal.
But it was Leeds who almost fashioned out another decent opening before the break. Johnson delivered a low cross for Luciano Becchio after some great build-up play, but Steele covered well to thwart the striker.
And it was swiftly 1-1 as Barnsley came straight down the other end and scored. Garry O'Connor was the goalscorer when he lashed the ball home from the edge of the box after Adam Hammill stayed on his feet under pressure and managed to deliver a pull-back for the Barnsley debut man.
Leeds almost carved out an opening at the start of the second period when Sam whipped in a cross from the right. The ball flew across the face of goal and Johnson's return was just too powerful for Becchio to turn home.
Grayson also made a change inside the opening five minutes of the second half, Andrew Hughes replacing Fede Bessone, but Barnsley swiftly had their noses in front. A quick break saw a cross bundled across goal and Jim O'Brien was able to convert an easy chance to make it 2-1.
United came straight back, Gradel winning a corner, and from Kilkenny's delivery, Naylor forced Steele into making a good low save.
Before the hour Grayson made his second change, Ross McCormack replacing Johnson, to move alongside Becchio in the front-line, Gradel dropping back into midfield.
The home side were really pressing, though, and Higgs made an important block to deny Gray on the hour-mark.
When Leeds cleared the corner and moved the ball quickly, McCormack won a free-kick on the edge of the box which he took himself and grazed the bar with.
But it was 3-1 in the 65th minute. A corner was hit deep and Deigo Arismendi hit a superb finish back across goal to put the home side firmly in command.
Grayson immediately brought on Davide Somma for Sam and switched his formation to a 4-3-3.
But it was Higgs who was called into action again when he got down well to beat away an opportunist effort from distance from the impressive O'Connor.
Leeds did start to rally, but it was turning into one of those evenings where the ball was lost at a vital time or a wrong option was taken.
When things did fall into place and Somma latched onto a cross-field ball, he was denied by the advancing Steele who made a good block.
But it was effectively game over in the 82nd minute when Neill Collins turned a cross beyond Higgs. And, if there were any doubts, Hammill wrapped up the win less than 60 seconds later with a well-struck shot for Barnsley's fifth of the night.United did pull a goal back four minutes from time when Somma showed his class with a great finish to make it 5-2.
Yorkshire Evening Post 12/9/10
There'll be no holds barred from Faye
By Phil Hay
Simon Grayson believes Amdy Faye will bring necessary experience to Leeds United's midfield after joining the club on a short-term contract.
The Senegalese international has landed an initial deal until January on the back of a short trial with United and an outing in their reserve-team fixture at Grimsby Town on Tuesday night.
Leeds identified the out-of-contract 33-year-old as a possible answer to their lack of a recognised defensive midfielder, and negotiations over a deal were concluded on Thursday afternoon, ahead of yesterday's clash with Swansea City.
His arrival brings to Elland Road a player with several international caps and extensive experience of English football after previous spells with Stoke City, Portsmouth, Newcastle United and Charlton Athletic.
United do not lack midfield options but the majority of those players – such as Jonathan Howson, Neil Kilkenny and Bradley Johnson – are more suited to attacking roles, and the signing of Faye has filled the one area of Grayson's squad that was arguably vacant.
"I can't see him being one who gets box-to-box," said Grayson.
"In his career he's always been a holding midfielder or a centre-half. He won't be bombing all over the pitch but we can leave that to the younger lads. He puts a foot in, he tackles and he's a different asset that I can use.
"Kilkenny, Howson and Johnson are young and enthusiastic.
"Faye's an experienced type who's been round the block, at international level as well. His presence and the quality he'll bring is different to the other midfield players we already have."
Leeds will spend the coming weeks attempting to build up Faye's fitness after a year in which he played only one competitive game for Stoke.
The Premier League club chose to release him at the end of last season, two years after signing him from Charlton Athletic, and the midfielder has seen precious little football in the months since.
But he completed 90 minutes of Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Grimsby Town, a game that Grayson and his coaching staff travelled to watch and which convinced them to offer him a short-term contract.
Grayson said: "In terms of the way he played, we got everything we expected from him.
"He's got good pedigree and experience, and he's just a bit short in terms of fitness levels. He impressed me."
Daily Mail 12/9/10
Leeds 2 Swansea 1: Becchio blast sinks Swans as Grayson's side go fourth
Leeds hit back with second-half goals from Bradley Johnson and Luciano Becchio to overturn a half-time deficit and secure their third npower Championship win of the season.
Swansea, who have not won away from home in the league now in eight matches, went in at the break a goal up after Stephen Dobbie latched on to David Cotterill's long ball over the top to fire home in the 13th minute.
But Leeds fought back in the second period and just about edged a keen contest at Elland Road thanks to Johnson's volleyed equaliser in the 56th minute and Becchio's cool finish eight minutes later.
Simon Grayson's side are unbeaten in the league since losing at home to Derby on the opening day and have climbed to fourth place in the table.
Leeds goalkeeper Shane Higgs made his first league appearance of the season due to Kasper Schmeichel's foot injury and Max Gradel replaced Lloyd Sam in midfield.
Swansea made just one change with Andrea Orlandi stepping in for the suspended Darren Pratley.
Leeds went close to taking an early lead in the seventh minute when Luciano Becchio's shot was blocked by Garry Monk and the Argentinian headed Neil Kilkenny's corner just over the crossbar.
Kilkenny then headed over, but it was Swansea who snatched the lead via some route-one football in the 13th minute.
Midfielder avid Cotterill hoofed a long ball over the top to catch the Leeds defence flat-footed and Dobbie raced through on goal to bury his shot from a tight angle.
Leeds defender Neill Collins' header from another Kilkenny corner was cleared by Alan Tate, while Swansea midfielder Nathan Dyer forced Higgs to punch away his angled shot.
Higgs pulled off an even better save to keep out Dobbie's curling 20-yarder at full stretch just before the interval and Cotterill was also on target from 20 yards, but the stand-in goalkeeper was equal to it.
Leeds almost drew level at the end of the first period when Johnson thumped a left-footed shot from 25 yards against the crossbar.
But the 23-year-old midfielder made sure 10 minutes after the restart. Leeds skipper Richard Naylor's powerful header from Gradel's free-kick was brilliantly saved by Dorus De Vries and Johnson volleyed home the rebound, high into the roof of the net.
Grayson then sent on Sam for Sanchez Watt in a tactical switch as both sides went in search of a second.
Sam almost scored his fourth goal for the club when his stinging shot soon after forced De Vries into another smart save before Leeds edged in front with their second strike in eight minutes.
Kilkenny's rasping drive was parried at full stretch by the busy De Vries and Becchio followed up to drill home his third goal of the season.
Dobbie went close with a shot from 20 yards as Swansea responded and later brought the best out of Higgs with another fine long-range effort as the Welsh side pressed for an equaliser.
But Leeds held on for their second home league win of the season. 11/9/10
United manager Simon Grayson was forced into making one change to his starting line-up with Shane Higgs making his first start of the season in place of Kasper Schmeichel, who has sustained a foot injury. Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jason Brown joined on a hush-hush loan deal to take his place on the bench.
Grayson had preached patience before the game, citing Swansea's style of possession football, but it was Leeds who started on the front foot and Luciano Becchio fired wide early on as United carved out the first chance.
Neil Kilkenny also headed a Bradley Johnson cross over the top following more good build-up play.
But United were behind on 13 minutes. Richard Naylor mis-judged a long ball forward and Stephen Dobbie capitalised to slide the ball across an advancing Higgs and into the far corner.
And Higgs came to the rescue moments later when he denied Scott Sinclair after David Cotterill played a defence-splitting ball that gave his team-mate a great chance to double the advantage.
As Leeds responded, Dorus De Vries totally missed a cross in the box and Alan Tate had to scramble clear under pressure from Johnson.
Despite trailing, Leeds were enjoying all the ball, and Neill Collins was the next to try his luck when he saw a goalbound header blocked by a defender.
The problem for United was that on the rare occasions Swansea saw the ball during the opening exhanges, they looked dangerous. Higgs was called upon again on the half-hour to save well when a Nathan Dyer shot took a deflection off Naylor.
Leeds again responded by carving out a good opening, Becchio being denied by Garry Monk, but it was Higgs who made another good save on the stroke of half-time when he was at full-stretch to turn a Dobbie shot around the post.
Yet there was still time for United to be denied by the woodwork when Johnson rattled the bar from distance with a powerful strike which had De Vries beaten.
Swansea started the second half with a couple of early raids, but United were back on level terms 55 minutes. Max Gradel supplied the cross from the right, Naylor's header was saved on the line, but Johnson was on hand to smash home the rebound.
And United were 2-1 up within eight minutes. Gradel was again the intitial provider, Sam had a shot saved, and Kilkenny's follow-up was deflected off Jonny Howson, but Becchio was on hand to hammer the ball home from close range.
It was an amazing turnaround and with emotions running high, in the wake of the second goal, Becchio and Swansea goalkeeper De Vries clashed with the visiting stopper hurling a ball at the head of the Leeds striker.
Swansea were suddenly playing catch-up and they looked to attack Leeds with some good passing football as the game headed into the final quarter-hour.
The visitors had more of the ball than Leeds, but Grayson's side were defending well as they looked to close the game out.
United were putting in a professional performance as the game entered the five minutes of time which were added on, and Grayson's men almost added a third goal when Ross McCormack's header was collected by De Vries.
The win was enough to keep United among the early pace-setters in the Championship and it was the first time since Christmas 2005/06 that the club has recorded three successive victories in the second tier. 11/9/10
Leeds United have signed Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jason Brown on a month-long loan.
The 28-year-old joined the club ahead of Saturday's Elland Road clash with Swansea City.
The Welsh international went straight into the squad for the game against the Swans, following a foot injury sustained by Kasper Schmeichel.
United manager Simon Grayson said: "Kasper picked up a foot injury a couple of weeks ago and we are assessing him as we go. We have a lot of games coming up and I'm delighted that Jason has agreed to come in."
Brown, who has won two caps for his country, has made 153 career appearances, the majority of which came for Gillingham before his move to Blackburn Rovers four years ago.
During his time at Blackburn he has made 16 appearances and has served as understudy to both Brad Friedel and Paul Robinson.

Yorkshire Evening Post 11/9/10
Recruitment policy has strengthened Grayson's hand - Hay
At the height of a constraining shortage of numbers, Leeds United were in the lamentable position of lacking a squad as large as Lincoln City's.
Quality over quantity is never much of an argument when a head count stops at 17, as it did on August 10.
The weeks since the first round of the Carling Cup have been a time of constructive surgery, so much so that the reserve side sent by Leeds to Grimsby on Tuesday was nothing less than a misnomer. Their coaching staff are now addressing the rhetorical question of how to fit seven forwards into a team of 11.
Simon Grayson realised some time ago that Leeds would finish August with of a stronger core of players than he possessed at the start of the month and, with the transfer window behind him, it cannot be claimed that United's manager has been thrown to the wolves with a blunt knife. Even while four influential professionals contend with injuries, Grayson has the makings of two complete teams in a league of disparate resources.
The view of those observing his dealings last month was that, with seven days of the window left, he lacked a striker of Championship ilk and a midfielder with a liking for bloody-minded destruction. The signing of Ross McCormack tackled the first concern at a stroke and the offer of a trial to Amdy Faye proved that Grayson's analysis of his midfield was not at odds with public perception. It is a footballer in Faye's fashion that Leeds will be grateful of at some stage of the season.
Even without him, Leeds persisted with their recruitment to the point where a second year in the Championship should be theirs to lose and well within their reach. There is no question that a suitable array of nuts and bolts exists at Elland Road, leaving the onus on Grayson to construct and maintain a balanced team. The line-up favoured by him last month was not lacking in that regard. Seven points from four matches would have been a cause for optimism in most circumstances. That Leeds harvested those points in a comparatively fragile state served only to heighten the value of August, a month in which more established Championship clubs made more sluggish progress. The division, as it stands, is indicative of very little but it is healthier from Leeds' perspective than it might have been.
Grayson knew that United were weaker than they ought to be on the first weekend of the season; that they would carry a better squad at the end of August than they did at the end of July. He did not have a have a single striker with prior experience of the Championship available for United's game against Derby County, and there was only one midfielder on his bench. The potential for points to go begging last month, at a time when his team felt far less familiarity than the clubs they were due to play, was plain.
For all that, damage limitation was not necessary. The international break suspended an agreeable passage of form, driven by a splendid rout of Millwall and a more turgid victory at Watford, and Grayson returns to the season tomorrow awash with options. Robert Snodgrass and Billy Paynter are in the final throes of recovering from injury, and Ben Parker is in their slipstream. Without indulging needlessly premature discussions about promotion, it can be argued that Leeds took a foothold in the second tier at a time when they were at their most vulnerable.
The transfer window was not by any means perfect. United's interest in Nick Montgomery and John Eustace produced no positive outcome, despite a sense that the signings would materialise, and Grayson was disappointed by a potential loanee who back-tracked at the very moment when a deal seemed to have been agreed. But on reflection he will not feel any serious regret at the way in which the summer developed.
For several years, a certain amount of scepticism has been generated by United's financial workings, some of it shared by this column. It was widely asked at the end of last season whether Leeds would invest in their playing squad with enough ambition to make Grayson's job any more than a fire-fight in a division where the strain on coaches is often as severe as it is in the Premier League.
As the dust settled on a reluctant transfer market last week, he was able to count 11 new investments including undisclosed fees spent on Neill Collins, Alex Bruce, Adam Clayton and Ross McCormack. What that amounts to in definite financial terms is difficult to gauge, but it could not be said that Grayson attacked the market without support. Nor were United guilty of relinquishing their more vital assets, as Derby seemed to do with Rob Hulse on the last day of August. At the very least, they have given themselves a fighting chance.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Yorkshire Evening Post 2/9/10
Grayson issues challenge to Honduran new boy Nunez
By Leon Wobschall
Simon Grayson has thrown down the gauntlet to Honduran livewire Ramon Nunez – as he aims to earn a long-term deal at Leeds United.The 24-year-old international attacking midfielder completed his move to Elland Road on a short-term contract until January in a beat-the-deadline move on Tuesday, having impressed boss Grayson and his coaching staff during a recent trial.
Grayson decided to take a punt on Nunez, who turned down options in Mexico to try his hand in English football with United, following the impact he made in training and while the player is by no means the finished article, the Leeds boss feels he possesses the raw material needed to prosper in England.
Grayson said: "The contract isn't anything long-term, but it's an option for us to get an extended look at him playing in a few more games with an option to extending it in January.
"The lad came over on trial and wanted to prove himself to us and he's done that. It takes a lot of bottle sometimes to come over on trial and get yourself an opportunity. I think he had a few other clubs who wanted to sign him, but he wanted to test himself here.
"He's done well in the period he's been with us and he's been very lively in training and got some good technique and qualities.
"He's represented Honduras in the World Cup and shown what type of player he is. He's a lively, bubbly sort of player who we want to look at a bit longer.
"He's still slightly down on his fitness levels with the rest of the players, but he's shown in training there's something about him.
"It's up to me to decide whether there is a right time to throw him in amongst the first team. He's added something different to the squad."
On heading to United, Nunez, who has revealed his favourite position is just behind the strikers, said: "I had a couple of options back in Mexico to stay there, but wanted to try my luck in Europe and I know I couldn't have come to a better club than Leeds with it's great tradition."
Meanwhile, United are understood to have ended their interest in trialist defender Calum Davenport.
The former West Ham, Spurs and Coventry City centre-half, who has not played since being stabbed in both legs a year ago, is looking for a new club after leaving the Hammers earlier this summer.
Championship outfit Nottingham Forest recently ran the rule over him and he is thought to have also attracted some tentative interest from Cardiff City.