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Re: THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2018-19

Post by jimmy ching » 10 Apr 2019, 07:50

Bielsabub Babes 81.

Sorry for a late report but I’ve been having a St Patrick’s of a time. It’s now a three in one analysis.
We started with a father of a game as we came back from 2-1 down to beat the Lions of London 3-2.
We holy ghosted the second match against Birmingham repeating the QPR episode with a 1-0 loss.
Then, finished it off with a ‘well done son’ performance against the play off hopefuls Preston, 2-0.
If I should write a letter tonight it would start, ‘Deer Bambi’.

I’ve been saying for a while he looked two yards off the pace. Is he going to deliver the goods at the right time? His season stats show 8 goals in 11 starts. I feel as though we’re being Andertoned, or Darrened, if you what to put it another way. We’ve even got Browned off people on the bench.
I know it doesn’t sound a lot but Bamford has been the biggest investment Leeds have done since buying Fowler. Yes, it’s shocking isn’t it?
After being hogged by Chelsea for his potential, he headed North to Middlesboro whilst Orta was still working there. He is Orta’s baby. Orta had been heavily criticised for his purchases at the Riverside and he has accepted he’d made mistakes but Bambi he has faith in.
This team is starting to remind me of the Revie days. People say they were great times yet my memories are of falling at the last hurdle. Losing Cup Finals in extra time and Titles on goal average didn’t help. Success and failure are so closely linked. There is one thing I know for certain, I do enjoy the ride. By the time Leeds play Wednesday on Saturday, if the Blades stay Sharp they’ll be 4 points ahead of the Whites.
Tonight results reinforce the 2 from 3 theory. WBA have blown the automatic as Bristol consolidated a play off position. Villa will be happy with those results as Derby stumbled again. Middlesbrough are still hanging on.
Reading visit Norwich in their next match and they need it more than the Canaries. I’m off to the bookies.

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Re: THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2018-19

Post by morganb » 10 Apr 2019, 22:57

Well, Reading almost did Leeds a massive favour but in the end it was only a small favour... Reading defended really well in the 2nd half but you could feel the equaliser coming. Norwich then going ahead was harsh. We fought to the end though, something we wouldn't have done at times earlier in the season.

The big question of the night - Why are Championship referees so rubbish? Norwich players conned him time and again tonight.

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Post by jimmy ching » 14 Apr 2019, 12:03

Bielsabub Babes 82

The table looks rather different this morning. I sense a happiness emanating from the Leeds fans.

Stop.

The fat lady is just making her way to the stage. Sometimes she stumbles or even drops her microphone. The Canaries are already tweeting as the Peacocks are pruning their feathers for their final display. The Baggies and the Blades are still challenging for that 2nd automatic promotion spot.

The Blades are hitting crisis point. If you could pick three players to remove from their team, it would be Sharp, Basham and Egan. Wilder is going to have to do a Bielsa and ride the results with his squad use. This is a test of character.

What is surprising is how Leeds are up there without an out and out striker. If Leeds had just one of Pukki, Sharp, Gayle, Rodriguez, Adams, Maupay, Abraham or Bowen the title would have been settled by now. The amount of chances Bamford, Roberts and Roofe have had has not given the expected returns. Maybe it’s down to the Bielsa style but it’s a question worth asking. Overall it is reassuring to know the team can do it without.

Two clean sheets on the trot for Leeds is a pleasant surprise as they have continued their 100% record of winning when scoring first. That is 20 games now. The result condemned Villa to the play off spots.

It was another dominating performance against Wednesday, yet that cutting edge was applied just once. Confusion was maybe caused by swapping Roofe for Bamford. On the next attack, Harrison steered the ball in to the far side of the net. The defence had lost their concentration for that split second. Phew!

Four games to go, three wins and a draw would take them up. The Whites are still 3 goals down on the goal difference. If they manage a big score, they may just need three wins.

Wigan arrive at Elland Road on Friday, having one day less to recover. Fighting relegation isn’t helped when you have to face Leeds straight after Norwich. Here’s hoping for Pie’s in the Sky today, those of the Wigan brand not Pukki’s.

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Post by jimmy ching » 18 Apr 2019, 11:50

Bielsabub Babes 83

It’s that yearly Easter weekend again, where the regular crucifixions and resurrections happen each season. This time the Whites are in the thick of it, instead of the usual skirmishes at the edge of the play off spots. Cooper looks likely to miss the match so how appropriate it would be for Pontus to pilot the defence.
We stand precariously in between the positions of tragedy and hope. We will probably know which position applies by Monday evening.
I’ve seen fans counting chickens whilst other calmer ones are transferring their bubbly from the cellar in to the fridge.
I’ve been here too many times to be that optimistic.
I’ll start watching the match against Wigan with that old phrase in mind,
‘Have respect for your piers.’
They are in the heat of the relegation battle as their adversaries were expecting them to get zero points against Norwich and Leeds. They are one point up already. Their hope could be Leeds’ tragedy.
Reading, Rotherham, Millwall and even Birmingham would want Leeds to do their duty. Rotherhams match on Monday against Birmingham seems to be the clincher. Birmingham have Reading on the last day, whilst Millwall will have Wigan. Wigan play Birmingham in their penultimate match. That guarantees points will be won by the clubs in this relegation melee.
I’m still going by the faith I put in to Reading to finish outside the bottom six.
As a prediction before the Easter fixtures, I think it’s between Rotherham and Wigan for the drop. Wigan have it in their own hands but do they have the soul to gamble?
The Whites are 3 down on goal difference to the Blades. An ideal result for Leeds would be any score above 3-0. Most importantly it’s the 3 points that count.
I’m going for a dull, frustrating 1-0 win.
Happy Easter to everybody.

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THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2018-19

Post by Maldini » 19 Apr 2019, 17:06

Looking forward to episode 84. :mrgreen:

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Post by Malrom » 19 Apr 2019, 17:17

jimmy ching wrote:
18 Apr 2019, 11:50
Bielsabub Babes 83

It’s that yearly Easter weekend again, where the regular crucifixions and resurrections happen each season. This time the Whites are in the thick of it, instead of the usual skirmishes at the edge of the play off spots. Cooper looks likely to miss the match so how appropriate it would be for Pontus to pilot the defence.
We stand precariously in between the positions of tragedy and hope. We will probably know which position applies by Monday evening.
I’ve seen fans counting chickens whilst other calmer ones are transferring their bubbly from the cellar in to the fridge.
I’ve been here too many times to be that optimistic.
I’ll start watching the match against Wigan with that old phrase in mind,
‘Have respect for your piers.’
They are in the heat of the relegation battle as their adversaries were expecting them to get zero points against Norwich and Leeds. They are one point up already. Their hope could be Leeds’ tragedy.
Reading, Rotherham, Millwall and even Birmingham would want Leeds to do their duty. Rotherhams match on Monday against Birmingham seems to be the clincher. Birmingham have Reading on the last day, whilst Millwall will have Wigan. Wigan play Birmingham in their penultimate match. That guarantees points will be won by the clubs in this relegation melee.
I’m still going by the faith I put in to Reading to finish outside the bottom six.
As a prediction before the Easter fixtures, I think it’s between Rotherham and Wigan for the drop. Wigan have it in their own hands but do they have the soul to gamble?
The Whites are 3 down on goal difference to the Blades. An ideal result for Leeds would be any score above 3-0. Most importantly it’s the 3 points that count.
I’m going for a dull, frustrating 1-0 win.
Happy Easter to everybody.
what else than tragedy.... it was fun as long as it lasted...

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Re: THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2018-19

Post by morganb » 19 Apr 2019, 20:03

Wigan, of all clubs... 10 man Wigan at that. And a missed penalty too. Fortunately Rotherham lost and Reading got a spirited draw.

Wasn't planning on going to the Madejski on Monday as it's the big Hampshire derby - Farnborough v Basingstoke - but it could be the day we seal out Championship survival for another season.

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Post by bluenosey » 19 Apr 2019, 20:08

Jimmy, what happened :shock: :(

Looking at the run ins :-

Leeds have Brentford away (nothing to play for, Leeds win), Villa at home (looks very tough) and Ipswich away (looks like 3 points)

Sheff Utd have Hull away (tough-ish), Ipswich home (3 points) and Stoke away (Stoke nothing to play for, could be on the beach)

So arguably Sheffield have the easier run in but who knows ?

Looks like Albion v Villa in the play offs which could be very tasty. As for the 6th place team, that's too tight to call.

Sad day for Bolton. They need a complete CTR ALT DEL moment and start afresh. Those financial problems looks crippling mind. Looks like Rotherham will be the third of the three, although stranger things have happened.

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Post by forestfan » 20 Apr 2019, 00:21

Villa look bankers to win the play-offs on current form. As for West Brom, they shouldn’t even be allowed in them with a caretaker manager in charge... sacking your manager when you’re 4th in the table is crazy enough, but doing so without even a plan for replacing him? What exactly are they going to do if they go up :?

A home match against us was always a banker for the Blunts but it seems Leeds have well and truly blown their chance by somehow losing to 10-man Wigan. The fixture list doesn’t favour them though there have been plenty of twists in that race. Norwich, seemingly sponsored by Alex Ferguson Promotions, edge closer to the top flight with another goal three weeks into injury time! I think it’s going to be the weakest crop of promoted sides for a while though, nobody stands out as being good enough for the Premier League without substantial investment.

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Post by jimmy ching » 20 Apr 2019, 05:58

Bielsabub Babes 84

I can’t get that Bee Gees song out of my head.
I don’t want to hang around too long up here on Calvary. Pontus had washed his hands of defensive responsibility, Pablo posted his penalty not that it should have been given. Morsi was feeding Massi morsels and he wolfed them down. Wigan deserved this.
Again Leeds just kept on attacking and how ironic that some Leeds fans still call the Blades, Blunts. This Leeds attack would struggle against Butterkrust FC.
Bambi did score a good one though. Wigan’s goalie stopped everything else.
I still believe in fairytales. There could still be a resurrection.
Suddenly I’m starting to look at that last play off spot. It looks like our get out of jail play off card may have to be played. It’s sitting in Pandora’s box though.
I don’t want to have to open it but if needs be.
By the time Villa come to Elland Road, places may have been settled. It might just be a dress rehearsal.
I’m expecting a crazy finish. I’m still hoping for the drama of the slip ups and glory goals.
I’d prefer to benefit from the latter.
The top three all have away games Monday. Norwich go to Stoke, Sheffield derby at Hull and Leeds travel to Brentford.
Middlesbrough, Bristol and Derby, look like the 3 for the final play off spot, joining the likely Villa and WBA.

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