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Yorkshire Evening Post 29/11/06 United's defeat was on the cards Burnley 2 Leeds United 1 By Phil Hay Leeds United under Dennis Wise are starting to resemble a yo-yo. Foxe leaves the field after being sent offUp one minute and down the next, with little to fill the space in between. The one near-certainty of his seven-match reign has been that defeat will follow victory, and vice-versa.Should last night's galling loss to Burnley precede a win over Barnsley on Saturday, as the present pattern would seem to predict, Wise can be content with a satisfactory week's work. But regardless of this weekend's events at Elland Road, United's manager is unlikely to feel any less bitter about the way in which three points went begging at Turf Moor.Burnley's stadium has not been a forgiving venue this season, and the club themselves are rarely seen taking prisoners, but Wise's players were giving little quarter to their Lancashire opponents until the game turned on the sud
Telegraph 29/11/06 Noel-Williams sparks timely Burnley win By Peter Gardner Last Updated: 1:50am GMT 29/11/2006 Burnley (0) 2 Leeds United (0) 1 Two goals in two minutes by Burnley ended the resistance of 10-man Leeds United, who had defender Hayden Foxe sent off after receiving a second yellow card at Turf Moor last night. Gifton Noel-Williams scored his first goal in eight games in the 67th minute of an absorbing encounter, and Andy Gray confirmed home superiority, two minutes later, with the second against his former club to give Burnley's promotion hopes a boost. However, the home side still had defending to be done, because David Healy, the Leeds substitute, pulled a goal back three minutes from time. advertisement Burnley, beaten at home by the Championship favourites Birmingham on Saturday, asserted their authority from the start by using the flanks to their advantage, with Steve Jones and Wade Elliott constantly stretching Leeds with their skill and pace. Burnley started th
Yorkshire Evening Post 25/11/06 Devon delight for dynamic Leeds Plymouth Argyle 1 Leeds United 2 By Phil Hay On the last occasion before yesterday that Leeds United claimed three points away from home, Kevin Blackwell and Paul Sturrock were occupying opposite dug-outs at Sheffield Wednesday. It is a measure of their wait for a victory away from Elland Road that neither man is still in situ. The events of Hillsborough on August 27 are little more than a distant memory after all that has gone between, but United's players can stop counting days after a priceless victory at Home Park yesterday.Goals in either half from Robbie Blake and Eddie Lewis inspired a win which Leeds unquestionable deserved, and one that should drive confidence through every member of Dennis Wise's squad.United were dominant and dynamic, free from the nervous shackles that last weekend's 3-0 defeat to Southampton might have placed around their ankles. Wise's job since arriving at Elland Road has bee 24/11/06 TRES-BIEN! New United loan man Tresor Kandol says he just can't wait to get started with the club. Tres, who has initially joined on loan until January 1 with a view to a permanent move, made the mad dash to Leeds from London on Thursday night in readiness for a first training session with his new team-mates. The prolific marksman only completed the formalities of his move north within the last hour before the loan deadline, and the 25-year-old is relishing the prospect of throwing his weight behind the club's battle in the Championship. "It all happened very quickly," Tres told "I sort of knew that something would come up, but didn't know what and didn't know when. "It was one of those where you are wanting something to happen, but don't think it actually will. "When the call came about Leeds I wasn't at home so I wasn't even ready for it! It was a case of getting things together quickly.&qu
Sky 23/11/06 Whites land Bees striker By James Pearson Leeds United beefed up their strike force on loan deadline day with the capture of Barnet hit-man Tresor Kandol. The Whites have struggled for goals of late and with Richard Cresswell back on the sidelines with a knee injury, Dennis Wise has moved for Kandol. The 25-year-old former Luton, Bournemouth and Darlington striker has linked up with Leeds on loan until January with a view to a permanent move. Kandol has revealed it was a wrench to leave Underhill, but hopes the club's fans understand his reasons for switching to The Championship. "I am very sorry to be leaving but I am sure the fans will appreciate that this is a good career move for me at my age," he told the club's official website. "It is good for me and it is good for the club - hopefully I will settle there." Bees chairman Tony Kleanthous was keen to retain Kandol, but felt the deal was in the best interests of the League Two outfit. "
Sky 21/11/06 Wise warning to Sullivan By James Pearson Leeds United's new boss Dennis Wise has informed experienced keeper Neil Sullivan he is now the club's third choice shot-stopper. Sullivan was a regular under ex-boss Kevin Blackwell, although Tony Warner's arrival on loan brought competition for the number one jersey. Wise now has Reading's Graeme Stack also on loan, leaving Sullivan well down The Whites' pecking order. Leeds' new manager will not stand in Sullivan's way should he wish to seek pastures new, although he could be handed a chance in the New Year if Stack and Warner's deals are not extended. "I've told Sully that, whatever condition he's in, he's going to be third-choice goalkeeper," Wise told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "He should be looking to get a number one shirt and, if I'm being honest, I'm looking for a younger, more athletic goalkeeper. "It's his choice, and he has to do it for himsel
Sporting Life 20/11/06 BLACKWELL PLANS LEEDS ACTION By Mark Walker, PA Sport Former manager Kevin Blackwell is preparing for a court battle with Leeds in his fight for compensation. Blackwell, who led Leeds to the brink of the Barclays Premiership last season, believes he has no option other than to sue the Yorkshire club after he was sacked two months ago. Leeds chairman Ken Bates has declined to enter into compensation talks with Blackwell's representatives, the League Managers Association. "We would have preferred to keep it out of court," LMA chief executive John Barnwell said. "But it would appear Leeds don't want to negotiate a settlement. "Mr Bates has said Kevin Blackwell was not dismissed because of poor results but for negative comments made in the press about the club's finances, but having looked closely at this case we feel we have no option other than to put the matter in the hands of our lawyers." Leeds issued a statement which read:
Independent 19/11/06 Leeds United 0 Southampton 3: Rasiak leaves Leeds reeling By Dan Murphy at Elland Road Published: 19 November 2006 Leeds United have not secured a single point this season from games in which they have conceded the first goal. Yesterday, for the 13th time, they fell behind and duly continued this miserable trend as Grzegorz Rasiak's ninth and 10th League goals of the season, either side of Rudi Skacel's first, gave this scoreline a lop-sided appearance. In fact, until Skacel was presented with the ball, unmarked, on the edge of the six-yard area midway through the second half, Leeds had actually been the better team. But from that moment onwards, the degree of resilience Leeds had shown since falling behind evaporated, as the Championship's leakiest defence conceded three goals or more for the seventh time this season. "Our problem has been dominating games and not taking our chances so it was nice today to see some of those chances going in,"
Yorkshire Evening Post 17/11/06 Wise eyes Ifill move by Phil Hay Leeds United manager Dennis Wise today confirmed his interest in Sheffield United midfielder Paul Ifill. Wise has approached the Premiership club over Ifill's availability, and the Leeds boss is hoping to force through a deal before this month's loan deadline.Football League clubs will be prevented from completing any loan agreements from 5pm on November 23 until the transfer window opens on January 1, and Wise's attempts to secure Ifill have been hampered by the 27-year-old's international commitments.Ifill, who worked with Wise at Millwall, is in the Caribbean with the Barbados national squad, but he has not featured regularly for the Blades this season, and Bramall Lane boss Neil Warnock is thought to be open the possibility of a deal with Leeds. Wise said: "Paul Ifill is a player I'm looking at. He's gone on international duty to Barbados, and that is one of the reasons why we haven't
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Wise moulding side - Cresswell Leeds striker Richard Cresswell believes manager Dennis Wise is slowly beginning to mould the team in his style. Leeds have won two and lost two since Wise took control from caretaker-manager John Carver last month, but turned in an impressive display against Colchester to bounce back from back-to-back defeats. "It was probably our best performance of the season and hopefully we can build on that," Cresswell told the club's official website. "That's how the manager played and how he wants us to play. It's rubbing off." Cresswell's second-half header was his first goal since February with the striker struggling with knee ligament damage since sustaining the injury against Watford. "It's been tough," he added. "I've been out seven months and it's hard to get the fitness back. I'm just pleased to get on the scoresheet. Hopefully I can carry on now and score some more."
Yorkshire Post 11/11/06 Wise move to bring back Smith Leeds United manager joins the race to sign former Kop hero as squad rebuilding picks up pace RICHARD SUTCLIFFE LEEDS UNITED have joined the race to sign Alan Smith with an audacious attempt to bring the Manchester United striker back to Elland Road on loan. Dennis Wise moved quickly yesterday after learning that Sir Alex Ferguson would be willing to allow the 26-year-old to go out on loan after receiving an inquiry from Cardiff City. Manager Wise is desperate to bolster a side sitting second bottom in the Championship and the capture of Smith, who was a hugely popular figure with supporters before making a controversial £7m switch to Old Trafford in May 2004, would be a massive coup for the strugglers.Sources in Manchester have indicated that the Leeds-born striker is not keen on a move to Wales but would welcome the chance to return to a club for whom he made 228 appearances and scored 56 goals.Wise, who continued his Elland Road 6/11/06 A BIG KICK Manager Dennis Wise admitted Saturday's 3-2 derby defeat at Barnsley was a "big kick in the teeth" after two second half goals earned the home side three valuable points. United had enjoyed the better of the first period and, after Martin Devaney gave the hosts the lead, goals from Shaun Derry and Robbie Blake turned the tables before the interval. But the home side struck twice from distance in the second half to send United tumbling back to 23rd in the Coca-Cola Championship. "It was a big kick in the teeth," said Dennis. "I thought we'd done extremely well in first half, but in the second half we made individual mistakes and those poor mistakes cost us. "We deserved to be in front at half-time. I was disappointed with the first goal we conceded, but we got ourselves back into it. "I wasn't happy with the goals we conceded in the second half either, people have to get a lot closer. They know that, we we
Independent 5/11/06 Barnsley 3 Leeds Utd 2: Howard enjoys generosity of Leeds By Dan Murphy at Oakwell Stadium Published: 05 November 2006 Barnsley moved above Leeds United at the foot of the Championship yesterday after an entertaining Yorkshire derby between two teams as inept without the ball as they were enterprising with it. Perhaps that was only to be expected from the League's two most porous defences but there was also much to admire in the creative work of Barnsley's Martin McIndoe and Leeds' Robbie Blake. Leeds have now conceded 16 goals in their last four away fixtures. After dominating the first half they fell apart in the second, allowing Barnsley to come from behind and claim their first win in nine games. All three Barnsley goals were eminently preventable from a Leeds perspective. "There wasn't much in it in the first half but I thought we were by far the better side after that," said Andy Ritchie, Barnsley's manager and a former Leeds play