& # 39; Hopefully this will be a turning point & # 39 ;: Liam Cooper trusts that Leeds & # 39; victory over Bristol City can increase their promotional costs
- Liam Cooper is hopeful Leeds & # 39; victory against Bristol City will give them a big boost
- Leeds put an end to a three-game winless run because they achieved a 1-0 victory
- Cooper praised goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, who was heavily criticized for the late
Maybe Leeds United aren do not fall apart.
This dominant victory will certainly bring confidence to Marcelo Bielsa after their recent horror run.
A total loss of confidence in goalkeeper Kiko Casilla under fire? Barely.
Fear of burnout? You are joking.
A return to the Premier League after an absence of 16 years and a place in the folklore of Elland Road? Bring it on.
At least that was the way Captain Liam Cooper spoke after Leeds abandoned a top six rival with a victory that was much more comfortable than the score suggests.
The 16th minute strike by Luke Ayling, a left-wing finish a short distance against his former club, was enough to clear them three points from third place Fulham with 13 games left.
Without their promotion rivals managed to register a victory, it was an almost perfect day for the side of Bielsa.
Asked about the meaning of that three-point cushion, Cooper said, "We don't care what other teams do, we just have to care for ourselves
"Too many people are packed in points and other teams but we always believe in ourselves.
& # 39; We have faith in the way we play and our philosophy, so we just have to keep bickering about the games and being afraid of them every week.
& # 39; The momentum is huge in every competition and you have to go and put together runs.
& # 39; Hopefully this will be a turning point for us and we can start running now. & # 39; Leeds had an 11 point lead over third place in December, but that was completely wiped out in Saturday's game.
Spanish goalkeeper Casilla made countless costly mistakes during that bleak run, but he was a drenched spectator for much of this game because Lee Johnson's side created virtually nothing.
The Elland Road crowd supported Casilla everywhere and Cooper added: & I am absolutely happy for Kiko.
& # 39; He has received a baton, but he is a confident boy. That clean sheet was for him today. He deserves it.
& # 39; He never changes the way he plays and he is a great boy. We absolutely buzz for him.
& # 39; We do our work and stay together through thick and thin.
& # 39; We are an honest couple and if one makes a mistake, another bail will be released. That's how it should be. & # 39;
Domestic midfielder Kalvin Phillips returned to the side after banning three games in last week's 1-1 draw in Brentford and his presence has again proved to be crucial.
He led the proceedings against the Robins as Leeds had a 69% possession and 21 shots, but only the Ayling strike to show for it.
Patrick Bamford had rejected a goal due to offside in the first half and Jack Harrison hit the bar late.
Cooper admitted: "I would really like to be zero at some point in the season!
" I suppose it's the Leeds way – we're keeping you on the edge your seat.
& # 39; But the intensity and the will to win in these past two games is incredible.
& # 39; We need to keep it going now and that is the message to the boys. & # 39; In recent weeks, Leeds has felt a city on the outskirts, while Bielsa's faltered.
There is a desperation to finally return to the top flight and the ride with the white knuckles will only increase in the coming weeks as the run-in approaches.
Cooper was asked about a possible repeat of last season's failed promotion and burnout due to the notoriously debilitating Bielsa regime.
Cooper said: & # 39; To say that we are tired and blowing is nonsense.
& # 39; If you get the chance to get out of this competition, fatigue is nothing.
& # 39; There is so much to play for and to go to the premier League could be a life-changing experience.
& # 39; This club has long been hungry for the highest football for whatever reason.
& # 39; But we have a real chance and we have to hold onto that. It is life-changing and can be incredible for the city and the club.
& # 39; We see the legends plastered over the walls in the club and if we approach it the right way, why can't we? stay with this club forever? We will fight to the end. & # 39;
One story, two different versions of events. In what may be a first, Leeds press officer James Mooney was accused of inappropriate behavior in the Elland Road tunnel during the tranquility of the recent home game against Millwall.
Now it can be revealed that the FA, which subsequently handed out a ban on one game, say that Mooney referee Darren approached England as he walked to the field for the second half, with Leeds losing 2-0.
In their written reasons, the FA adds that Mooney tried to show the astonished official recordings of his phone that he believed the ball had gone out of play before England awarded Millwall a penalty.
England described Mooney as & # 39; aggressive in its way & # 39; and the officials politely reminded him that we cannot see images & # 39 ;.
In his program notes for Saturday's victory over Bristol City, director Angus Kinnear Mooney – who strongly denied acting aggressively – and director of football Victor Orta, also forbidden, was denied by the FA on the naughty step because he had the guts to constructively return to the referee during the break, adding that he & # 39; bewildered & # 39; the pair was accused.
LIVERPOOL FOR SPECIAL TROPHY, THEY MUST REMAIN UNBEATED
The Premier League remains on the cutting edge – the old line & # 39; we do not trade in hypotheticals & # 39; roll out – but it is understood informal discussions have taken place about handing Liverpool a golden trophy if they go undefeated this season.
Arsenal & # 39; s Invincibles received one after 2003-04. It is a smaller version of the Premier League trophy, but with gold replacing the silver and vice versa, and their W-D-L record engraved on the base. The Premier League will make an announcement at the end of the season.
ANTONIO CRASH SITE FINALLY FOR REPAIRS
Sports diary is pleased to report that repairs to the wall and the stone barn where a West Ham snowman has been plowed are finally on their way.
Michail Antonio hit the wall – and the headlines – on Christmas Day after losing control of his Lamborghini in South London. The winger was in a suit and witnesses say he told them the outfit was blocking his view.
BEARDSLEY SHOW SHUNNED
An evening with Peter Beardsley in Newcastle was canceled due to poor ticket sales – but a show that gives pleasure to the embarrassed former England star is on its way to two sold out dates.
Beardsley has a seven-month ban on all football activities after an independent FA commission found him guilty of racist abuse of young black players when Newcastle's # 23; Under 23s coach.
That has not stopped the 59-year-old arrangers from ing-talk-in dates and he was scheduled to appear in Newcastle's City Hall alongside ex-Magpies striker Mick Quinn on January 30. Sports Agenda understands that was canceled after only a handful of tickets were sold. Quinn appeared the next night in front of a sold-out audience in a local boys' club.
And Beardsley might be a little fake to hear that the Athletico Mince podcast – organized by comedians Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson – is going to the Tyne Theater in Newcastle next month. The show owes its name in part to impressions by Beardsley.
DARRAGH MacANTHONY DRAWS IRE FOR CARABAO CUP TICKET STUNT
Eyebrows were raised at the EFL when Peterborough President Darragh MacAnthony brutally used his tickets for the Carabao Cup final to get more followers of social media to attract.
The owner of Posh posted a video on YouTube in which the competition was launched and showed viewers that his position as a club owner meant that he received tickets for all kinds of competitions and that they had to follow him on YouTube and Twitter to to join
& # 39; You can call me a media whore if you want, & # 39; he said. & # 39; The whole idea of this is to get my subscriber account over 6,000 on YouTube. & # 39;
The EFL contacted MacAnthony to ensure that land safety regulations would be met and that winners would be screened to ensure that they were not subject to stadium bans.
BEEB LET NIKE PAIR FROM THE SOFT SHOE SHUFFLE
The BBC sometimes does not help itself. During the Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow, presenter Gabby Logan introduced two of their analysts to talk about the controversial Nike shoes that have prompted World Athletics to introduce new guidelines. The two chosen?
Nike Ambassadors Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram. What followed was as pro-Nike as you might think. Logan pointed to the link, but why on earth did they not talk to ex-athletes or coaches without Nike connections, such as the genuine former coach of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Toni Minichiello?
PLANNED ASSISTANCE HELP AWKWARD MOMENT
There was an awkward moment at the Indoor Grand Prix athletics in Glasgow when attendees were asked to applaud the memory of former Australian agent, BBC broadcaster and team manager Maurie Plant, who died last month at the age of 66.
Plant was a popular figure in the sport. He was also banned from pressurizing a young athlete to provide a urine sample in 1986 for another athlete who would test positive for doping a year later. An investigation by the Australian government in 1989 forbade Plant to lead athletes.
It is unlikely that the vast majority of the 3000 people who were asked to applaud in the Emirates Arena would know this.
FESTIVAL OF FACIAL HAIR PLANNED FOR RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 promises to be a festival of facial hair, with organizers who almost want to partner with the charity organization Movember of men.
The autumn tournament in England will be the first world championship with an official charity partner, with top players such as the English player Gareth Widdop and captain Boyd Cordner from Australia. mustaches for the competition.
Movember will work with the Rugby League Cares charity to provide thousands of mental health fitness workshops to thousands of players, coaches, and staff in a mental health fitness charter announced by the Duke of Sussex at Buckingham Palace.
By the end of the tournament, 2,000 volunteers, 60 staff members and 900 participants from the 16 participating teams received face-to-face mental fitness awareness training.
Contributors : Kieran Gill, Craig Hope and Riath Al-Samarrai
Leeds United 1-0 Bristol City: the boys from Marcelo Bielsa finish a winless run of three games, while Leeds capitalizes on promotional rivals that drop important points
Leeds United found a crucial win over promotion of Bristol City rivals to end a series of three non-win games.
Luke Ayling sealed the win after a 16-minute strike and won the ball after the ball was whistled around the box.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson felt sad when the Robins were denied a penalty for handball in the second half.
The result means that Leeds has stolen land on front runners West Brom who dropped points against Nottingham Forest.
MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE
LEEDS (4-1-4-1): Casilla; Ayling, White, Cooper (c), Dallas; Phillips 5; Costa, Hernandez (Shackleton 90), Klich, Harrison; Bamford (Augustin 75)
Subs not used: Meslier, Douglas, Alioski, Roberts, Berardi
Goalscorers : Ayling 16
Booked : Dallas, Klich
BRISTOL CITY (4 – 4-2) : Bentley; Kalas, Williams (c), Baker, Dasilva; Eliasson (Palmer 74), Massengo, Henriksen, Paterson (Diedhiou); Weimann (O & # 39; Dowda 34), Wells 
Subs not used: Hunt, Rowe, Benkovic, Wollacott
Referee : Tim Robinson
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& # 39; Spygate did not help & # 39 ;: owner Leeds Andrea Radrizzani beat Marcelo Bielsa & # 39; s handling controversial espionage incident and said revealing press conference & # 39; unnecessary & # 39; was
- Leeds got stuck in a controversial espionage incident during last season
- Trainee watched training in Derby and was caught from the outside fence
- Marcelo Bielsa admitted that he had watched each team and held press briefing
- Owner Andrea Radrizzani has his treatment in the new Amazon show
Leeds United Owner Andrea Radrizzani destroyed Marcelo Bielsa & # 39; s dealing with the controversial & # 39; Spygate & # 39; incident – and suggested that the situation did not & # 39; helped & # 39 ;.
Bielsa and Leeds were in the middle of a storm in January after a trainee was caught watching a Derby training session from a public footpath in the run-up to their game.
The Argentinian manager would reveal that he had sent the trainee to Derby's training field and that he had spied on all opponents that season.
Leeds defeated Derby on Elland Road but would lose their next game against Stoke after Bielsa held an extraordinary press briefing in which he held tactics van de Rams broke.
They would eventually receive a £ 200,000 fine from the FA, who paid Bielsa out of pocket and dropped from top position in the championship to third before losing in the semifinals of the play-off.
And in new footage from Amazon & # 39; s documentary about the 2018-19 season of Leeds, owner Radrizzani is filmed with the suggestion that Bielsa had not dealt with the controversy well.
He said: & We have three losses from four games. Spygate did not help keep everyone calm. The last game, Stoke, was the worst game for me because it was the result of the week in the media.
& # 39; In the end it is normal, if you are in a team, your mindset is not focused.
& # 39; If the chief is not focused, because it is normal not to be focused when under pressure, you have to justify yourself, say a million things, disclose everything you've done, when you go into training you are not the same man every day and then it changes to people. & # 39;
Football Director Victor Orta tried to change the conversation and said: & # 39; I feel more together in the dressing room. I feel that it is difficult for me to stay together and it is true that it is a result of a bad situation, but it is a good result. & # 39;
Radrizanni continued: & # 39; I still feel that the conference was unnecessary, but it is Marcelo, but in the end we are all together. & # 39;
Orta added: & # 39; I think it's a historic press conference, but as a result they are all together … & # 39;
But Radrizzani interrupted and said: & # 39; Redundant. Explain the same content to the federation and the competition, why to the public? I was together before and now even more. & # 39;
The point that Fulham won here could still taste the difference in a promotion race that no one seems to want to win.
On the positive side for Scott Parker, they came second with Leeds United, a scenario that seemed highly unlikely when the Yorkshire club had a double-digit points advantage over them before Christmas.
They also used a typical Millwall that refused to nod after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson controversially canceled the early opener of Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Leeds confirm that Adam Forshaw will miss the remainder of the season before undergoing hip surgery in the US
- Adam Forshaw has been sidelined for the championship side since September
- The midfielder only played this time eight times for the outfit of Marcelo Bielsa
- Leeds will now be 28 years old for the rest of the campaign
- Sat second in the table, Leeds hopes for a return of the Premier League
Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw will no longer play this season this season as he prepares for an operation in the United States, the Championship club has been revealed.
The 28-year-old goes to the Steadman Clinic in Colorado for surgery to address the hip problem that has limited him to only eight appearances during the current campaign, the last in a 1-0 league defeat in Charlton on September 28.
A statement on the club's official website said: & # 39; After discussions with various experts, it was decided to send Adam Forshaw to the US to visit the Steadman Clinic in Colorado for hip surgery
& Adam will collaborate with surgeon Dr. Marc Philippon, known for performing joint retention techniques using arthroscopic hip surgery for painful joint injuries to be deal with high-level athletes who constantly use powerful hip rotation.
& # 39; Knowing that surgery would probably end his season, Forshaw and the Leeds United medical team have investigated all possible alternative actions to try to get the influential midfielder fit again to help his teammates approach the final phase of the campaign.
"Unfortunately, all parties have now decided that it is time for Adam to go under the knife to enable him to return on time for the preseason."
Forshaw joined the Elland Road club in Middlesbrough's £ 4.5 million circuit in January 2018 and did 52 appearances.
Brentford 1-1 Leeds: defender Liam Cooper saves a whiting point for promotion rivals after Kiko Casilla & # 39; s howler opener donated to bee winger Said Benrahma
& # 39; We have chances and we don't score & # 39 ;: Marcelo Bielsa believes the Leeds fight for the goal is due to the dip in shape after losing their 11-point gap to the third due to bad run
- In recent weeks, Leeds has evaporated an 11-point gap to the third in the middle of a bad run
- Marcelo Bielsa was asked what he thought was behind the bad spell of form
- He suggested that an inability to finish opportunities was responsible for a lack of victories
Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that Leeds pays a high price for not converting their goal chances.
Bielsa & # 39; s Sky Bet Championship promotion followers have seen an 11-point cushion in the race for a top-two finish in recent weeks.
Leeds remains second in the table after Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest, but has lost five of their last 10 league games.
I have previously explained what I think about the matches where we have lost points and there is no reason to explain that further & # 39 ;, said Bielsa, whose side-play at promotion rivals Brentford on Tuesday evening.
& # 39; But that's not the point. (The players) no longer do what they did before, because the players do the same things they did when we were at a good time.
& # 39; There are good things the players do on the field and also mistakes. We used to pay no consequences for the mistakes in the right moments, but now we pay higher consequences.
& # 39; We used to create chances and score those chances in the good moments of the team and now have those chances and we don't score. & # 39;
Leeds was released 11 points from third place after securing a seventh straight league win when beating Hull start December.
Defeat in Forest has them on points with Fulham and two opponents ahead of Tuesday's night Brentford, but Bielsa insisted that the confidence of his players remains unaffected.
& # 39; It's just about scoring the odds, & # 39; he said. "The positive things the team did, we transformed into good things and now we don't do that anymore.
" The team doesn't play any worse than before. The team does not run less, it runs even more and the team retains the same confidence as before. & # 39;
The former Argentina and Chile boss said that the poor conversion ratio on his part was not unique to Leeds.
& # 39; That happens to every team that you have ups and downs when you look at the odds of opportunities, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; I can show, but I'm not going to do it, that Leeds is the best team in the championship when attacking.
& # 39; But it is not useful to give more explanation because the results speak for themselves and the results are poor. & # 39;
Leeds will be stimulated by the return of the Kalvin Phillips suspension in Brentford and Bielsa confirmed that the midfielder will immediately go back to his starting line –
But Tyler Roberts is excluded due to a calf injury sustained in Forest and it remains to be seen whether new striker Jean-Kevin Augustin will be involved.
Augustin, signed on a loan from RB Leipzig, debuted from the bank at the weekend and Bielsa became impatient when he was again questioned about the match fitness of the Frenchman.
Fortunately, Marcelo Bielsa was almost lost for words. At least according to his standards.
With a storm coming, the Leeds boss opted for another 59-minute monologue.
No, after this last setback he only succeeded 22. Outside, dozens of Nottingham Forest fans waited for their departing heroes
Not long before home fans enjoyed the latest version of the heir new favorite: & # 39; Leeds falling apart again & & # 39;
Nothing that Bielsa said suggested that their cheerful predictions were not good. His players were also unable to collect a retort of more than 90 harmful minutes.
Leeds has now lost four of their last five Championship games. They are without a zero sheet in 10 games, and have only scored in one of their last five.
It is a spectacular dive from a side that was once 11 points away from third place.
what wonder that they stay on the automatic promotion sites, but now only two points separate and the fifth place Brentford. It really happens again.
This 2- 0 victory brought Forest to a point in Leeds – and showed exactly why these parties are going in the opposite direction.
Both proud clubs may feel that their return to the top flight is far too late, but based on this evidence, only one has the hope of remedying it.
Leeds was terrible. They played as a team without steam and ideas for a second year in a row.
Forest, by contrast, showed the energy and faith dared to dream of an in-form side.
& # 39; Until Sabri, I was never happy, & read a banner, and the home crowd roasted for 90 minutes for their new leader.
Sabri Lamouchi is one of the success stories of the season. Here, too, he showed that he deserves more than a supporting role in the circus after Saturday's visitors.
Bielsa has been a brilliant addition to the championship, but he met his match on Saturday.
Even during their collapse, Leeds often played opponents, abandoned only by accident or missed opportunities.
Here, though, the odds dried up. "That makes the situation worse," Bielsa admitted.
Even debutant Jean-Kevin Augustin could not inspire their toothless attack. For Lamouchi, this was a triumph in tactics.
& # 39; We have disturbed Leeds, & # 39; he said, & # 39; they have made many more mistakes than usual. & # 39; Bielsa, on the other hand, blamed himself.
& # 39; We have better players than the opposition, & # 39; he insisted. & # 39; We cannot demand more effort from the players, so it is clearly not the responsibility of the players. & # 39;
He admitted that supporters had the right to demand better. But what exactly needs to change, Bielsa would not say. Two problems are obvious: his party cannot score and Kiko Casilla is a liability.
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For Sammy Ameobi's opener, the goalkeeper was beaten in his near post.
In his defense, he was powerless to prevent Tyler Walker's second cause of pandemonium under Lamouchi and his staff.
While Bielsa watches most of the action on his squat or bucket, Lamouchi lives every moment.
After the Leeds boss again gave a press conference that raised more questions than answers, his French counterpart was refreshingly straightforward.
They could hardly be different characters anymore and at the moment their fortunes could hardly be more contrasting.
& # 39; My goal was to close the season, & # 39; said Lamouchi. The last time a Forest boss lasted a full campaign was Billy Davies in 2010-11.
Nine years and 13 different coaches later, Lamouchi more than earned that right.
The key question now? Does his side have the mental strength to survive this struggle for the promised land?
& # 39; I don't know, & # 39; he admitted. & # 39; We must be ready for the next fight. 15 games, step by step. & # 39; He added: & # 39; We need to know why we have disturbed (Leeds), why we have won and why we can believe. & # 39;
& # 39; Anyway, Leeds is a big game & # 39 ;: Josh Dasilva of Brentford throws the glove for Tuesday's promotional showdown
- Brentford stimulated their promotion with a nervous feeling at home on Saturday
- A late objective of Ollie Watkins gave the bees all three points against Middlesbrough
- They organize promotion competitions Leeds on Tuesday in a massive championship conflict
Josh Dasilva has no illusions about the importance of Brentford faced Leeds United on Tuesday.
Only two points separate the two teams, after Leeds had crashed against fellow promotion rivals Nottingham Forest and the victory would bring Brentford above their Yorkshire opponents.
Like the rest of his teammates, Dasilva refuses to look too far ahead, but he admits that Tuesday could have huge consequences.
He said: & # 39; Wherever you look Leeds is a big game. We're fighting to go up, whether it's one of the top two or top six, and it's going to be huge.
& # 39; But that is why we are here, these games are the reason we play football.
Under the lights in Griffin Park, we couldn't ask for more.
& # 39; I haven't started figuring out how many games we still have to win to get promoted – you can't look too far ahead because you have to respect the competition.
& Once you lose focus in this division, teams can surprise you. We are confident and we believe in ourselves, but we are also humble and we respect every opponent.
& # 39; We know that Leeds likes to own the ball and the boss, so it is important to stay with our game plan and keep believing. & # 39;
Although Brentford is still a surprising name in the race for the top flight, their form is no coincidence, although they had to leave it late against their Teeside opponents.
Julian Jeanvier gave them a lead after scrambling, which was awarded via goal line technology.
Middlesbrough, however, posed a threat and started three goals after the break for six minutes.
Lewis Wing equalized with a distance attempt, before Bryan Mbuemo restored Brentford's advantage.
Ashley Fletcher withdrew with a header before Ollie Watkins decided the draw to go with three more minutes.
The twentieth goal of the campaign sets Watkins as a joint top scorer in the division, but it achieved a result that might be tough for the visitors.
For Fletcher, himself with six goals in his last eleven, the standard of the game did not match the outcome.
He said: & # 39; That was a decent performance that was only spoiled by the result, but we must be encouraged by the way we played.
& # 39; Of course we have to find the middle line between the right game and winning matches, but we have been a team in transition this season. & # 39;