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Kalvin Phillips key role for Leeds United while Jesse Marsch tries to find the right balance

Leeds United's season rises to a higher level on Saturday with the visit of what manager Jesse Marsch calls "the best team in the world". (Author: Gardener)

Jesse MarschMarsch already knows firsthand how Manchester City can destroy teams and Pep Guardiola's side come to Elland Road at the weekend knowing they cannot afford to drop points with Liverpool in the running for the Premier League -Title sits on the back of the neck. Whether City will end this season even as the best team in the country is yet to be seen, but they or Liverpool could still be crowned European and English champions. "This season one of my teams (RB Leipzig) has already played against Man City and I know what a challenge this game is, I know how difficult it is to prevent their best players from making good games, and make their moves and ideas of what to do with the ball. "We have to be incredibly effective and clear about how we want to play off the ball, we have to find ways to control the ball a little bit more and be more dangerous and effective in transition moments. Then as now, Marsch was new to the job but he made a much better first impression in West Yorkshire than in East Germany. He started the game there after a 4-0 home win against Bayern Munich and had scored three out of a possible twelve points at the start of the season. Since Marsch took over at Leeds in February, they have gone from terribly naïve to conceding in the last two games. "We demand a more compact formation from the team, which is one of the reasons why we don't miss so many chances and so many goals," explained Marsch, who replaced Marcelo Bielsa. It's normal that it will take a little time.” On the other hand, Leeds posed little attacking threat at Selhurst Park on Monday as Marsch's hectic football made it more difficult for both teams to play with the ball. He knows Leeds need to improve on that aspect. "I think having Kalvin back can help us," said Marsch of the midfielder, who has made a name for himself as a strong playmaker under Bielsa. “Having his first game back and playing in the new system from the start, he will understand his role, movements and ideas better and better.

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Leeds United take a point after a draw with Crystal Palace

LEEDS United will need the same kind of steel they showed in their 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace when they face title-chasing Manchester City at Elland Road on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

Crystal PalaceLEEDS United will need the same kind of steel they showed in their 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace when they face title-chasing Manchester City at Elland Road on Saturday. The hard-fought point in a mixed, lively encounter at Selhurst Park allowed the Whites to move five points clear of the Premier League's relegation zone ahead of back-to-back games against elite clubs City, Arsenal and Chelsea. After a two-week break from play, Leeds looked rusty against Palace but their determination and determination allowed them to take a point from a poor performance. United had little attacking threat as they constantly churned out possession, but tenacious defence, stubborn Palace shots and assured Illan Meslier goalkeeping saved them from defeat. "It wasn't that easy to keep up game fitness and game sharpness at 16 days and you noticed that a bit," said United coach Jesse Marsch. If we can continue to do that, against good opponents, then we'll believe in our ability to find goals further up the field.” Leeds missed the calm and surefootedness of Adam Forshaw, who will miss the rest of the season with a fractured kneecap. With the point, Leeds are unbeaten in five games but can only really count at the end of the season. In-form Burnley could overtake Leeds on goal difference if they win ahead of the Premier League champions' visit to Elland Road at the seemingly doomed Watford on Saturday. Goal difference could well be a factor in qualifying for relegation and some of the blows Leeds have suffered under Bielsa, including a 7-0 win at the Eithad Stadium, will work against them. One factor that could go in United's favor is that the game against Pep Guardiola's side is sandwiched between the two legs of City's Champions League clash with Real Madrid. Looking ahead to the City game, Marsch said: "I know what a challenge this game is. “I know how difficult it is to stop their best players from making good plays and their movements and ideas of what to do with the ball. We have to be incredibly effective and clear about how we want to play off the ball, we have to find ways to control the ball a bit more and be more dangerous and effective in transition moments."

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Leeds United news as Ian Poveda returns from injury and praises Viera Meslier

All your latest Leeds United headlines including reaction to Ian Poveda's return from injury (Author: Gardener)

Ian PovedaLeeds United news: Ian Poveda returns from injury and Patrick Viera praises Illan Meslier All your latest headlines for Leeds United including the reaction to Ian Poveda's return after an injury 1 win over Preston North End last night. Ian Poveda returned last night on loan to Blackburn Rovers from an injury that nearly ended the season and there was a jubilant reaction on social media. The 22-year-old midfielder is currently on loan at Blackburn Rovers from Leeds United but has not played a game since his injury in November last year. READ MORE: Will Leeds United's points go beyond the cracks? However, ahead of Blackburn's game against Preston North End last night, Rovers boss Tony Mowbray said: "Poveda looks fit to me, he looks electric on the training ground." Blackburn won the match 4-1 away and held them in contention for the play-offs. For Leeds fans, however, the good news came in the form of Poveda, who returned to the pitch as a substitute after 79 minutes. After the game, Poveda posted photos of his return to the pitch on Instagram, along with a comment: “They said my season was over. That wasn't God's plan.” Kalvin Phillips wrote, “There he is.” Poveda will return from his loan at the end of the season. Crystal Palace manager Patrick Viera offered some words of encouragement to compatriot Illan Meslier after last night's 0-0 draw. Patrick Vieira was asked about the Leeds goalkeeper's performance after the game. "He plays in a team in the Premier League that allows him to grow as a player and now it's up to him what he will do every day to fulfill his potential." Vieira also spoke about Leeds' physicality: "That's how they play. Our passing speed was good today." Yesterday's point means Jesse Marsch's side are now five points clear of the relegation zone but lie ahead with a challenging fixture list. Everything has changed in this month's relegation battle as Burnley have picked up seven points in their last three games to move up to 17th place. With things now looking tighter than ever below, here's some analysis on Leeds, Burnley and Everton's remaining games, including the average position of their remaining opponents. FiveThirtyEight data experts have updated their relegation probabilities following recent games and despite tough recent games, Leeds are still predicted safe. Everton were given a 54% relegation probability despite playing against similar opponents to Leeds in the last run-in and having a game in hand. Burnley is predicted to save by a point.

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'A really good signing' - Leeds United are chasing the Nottingham Forest ace

This article is part of Football League World's The Verdict series, which features the FLW writers' personal take on the latest news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more. Leeds United are reportedly in the running for Brennan Johnson Sommer, according to the Daily Mail. The striker was outstanding for Nottingham Forest […] (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham ForestThis article is part of Football League World's The Verdict series, which features the FLW writers' personal take on the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more... Leeds United are reportedly in the running for Brennan Johnson summer, according to the Daily Mail. Johnson would be an excellent signing for Leeds United - or whichever club lands the attacker! He has been outstanding this season and has qualities that give the impression he would handle promotion to the Premier League with ease. With doubts over Raphinha's long-term future, Johnson would be an ideal replacement but even if the Brazilian stays, you'd expect the Forest man to force his way into one of the four attacking positions given his ability to impress in a variety of roles . So Leeds should do whatever they can to make that happen, although you'd expect it all to depend on Forest winning promotion. We all know by now that Johnson is a talented person and it's just a matter of when he becomes a Premier League player. If Forest isn't promoted this season there's almost a guarantee he'll be conceded - as far as Leeds interest goes, but for me it all depends on how the Whites view Johnson's position. If it's as a winger then Jack Harrison and Raphinha seem to have locked those positions but with Jesse Marsch using a 4-2-3-1 formation it could be the No. 10 Johnson takes. He could perhaps be seen as an upgrade for Rodrigo, who wasn't the player Leeds thought they would sign and the Wales international can also play as a central striker, which is an area that will also need to be addressed in the summer. As long as they intend to make Johnson a regular starter and play him through the middle of the pitch, he would be a really good signing for Leeds next season. Brennan Johnson has had a fantastic campaign in the Championship this season and with that in mind he is certainly poised for a step up. As a result, he would be a good signing for Leeds United but would need to prove himself at Premier League level to earn a starting spot at Elland Road. The likes of Jack Harrison, Dan James and Raphinha if he stays would all be ahead of Johnson in the pecking order to begin with and only if he earned it on the field would he skip the above names. Ultimately, this potential could depend on whether the player would prefer to move to a club where he would be guaranteed starting minutes or to a club where he would not be immediately guaranteed a spot due to stiff competition. as is the case in Leeds.

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Leeds United point to paper tears with foundation few will criticize until mid-May

Here are our four talking points from Leeds United's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League as the Whites scored 11 points from the last 15 points available (Author: Gardener)

mid-MayLeeds United score paper tears with a foundation few will criticize from Brighton's arrival. Here are our four talking points from Leeds United's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League as the Whites take 11 points from the last 15 available The latest Leeds United news straight to your inbox every day delivered - sign up for free email updatesSomething went wrong, please try again later. Leeds United don't play particularly well and have never consistently done so under Jesse Marsch. Given that periods of defeat at Leicester City were arguably the best football we've seen since Marsch took over, you can't help but associate that with the man who was still living in Wetherby at the time . And yet, for any issues with the entertainment or the underlying potency of what's happening on the field, the league table is in far better shape than anyone could have hoped for. Eleven points from the last 15 available is a huge return given the quality of football and the precarious state of the table at the moment. READ MORE: Orta's Leeds United message after the game, Marsch and Klich's lively debate and missed moments There were no excuses for failing to take six points from Norwich City and Watford, admitted, but the fight showed at Molineux , and then the stubborn, if jittery, defensive performances against Southampton and Crystal Palace have held Leeds' fate in their own hands. There will be a time and place for style and content debates on Marsch, most likely in the fall as next season begins to take shape, but are points that all fans should be grappling with for now. Marsch knows the team could have played better, but publicly he needs to focus on the positive and keep that team's faith in the project. If the team continues to perform like this after a summer of bespoke recruitment and pre-season training leading into October, serious questions will rightly be asked of Marsch and the game plan. One of the bright spots Marsch looked to after the game was Kalvin Phillips' long-awaited return to the starting XI and a critical 90 minutes in his legs. The England international will only get better from here and will be very busy for the next three games. Leeds midfield was so overrun and out of control that Mateusz Klich got hooked at the break and a central defender didn't do much better there. It's easy to forget that Phillips has been even less exposed to this system than his team-mates and it will take time to embed himself, despite all the rumors of similarities with England. It wasn't as if Phillips tried much harder than his teammates, either. Poor passing throughout the team mirrored what we saw at Vicarage Road and while they try to establish Marsch's game plan, these rushed attempts to go vertical and deep with their service don't help rhythm or control. Of course, this won't be an issue the club can fix by the summer, but while Premier League status remains in balance, squad size must be seen as the reason Leeds are where they are. Adam Forshaw, Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts were the only seniors absent and yet the team roster looked like a cup game. Palace had an England goalkeeper with nine caps, five veteran Premier League professionals, a £18.5m striker with 86 goals in the Scottish Premiership, a Belgium striker with 45 caps who once played for Liverpool and one of the league's next big players on his bench. The Eagles have of course had nine consecutive top-flight campaigns to build that squad and buying power, but the facts show what Leeds have come up against this season, especially when they've invariably attempted to change a game with something off the bench. It's a legacy of Bielsa's tenure and we all know he had his reasons, but if Leeds stave off the drop they will not only need to send some players out but increase that squad size significantly if they are to change their fortunes at 22/. 23. Very few viewers, having watched Leeds for any length of time in recent games, will believe that many, if any, points will be added to that 34 tally by May 15. Manchester City appear relentless in their fight for the title, Arsenal have Champions League qualification within reach, while Chelsea's rotated line-up will include the likes of Romelu Lukaku. The FA Cup final, their only remaining motivation this season, with the top three all but sealed, is just three days after the long jab against West Yorkshire. Distraction and rotation will play a role but it's still a leap to feel Leeds have played well enough to beat a side steeped in international class. Ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion's trip to Elland Road on May 15, the Clarets meet Watford away and Aston Villa at home. Everton meet Chelsea at home before Leicester City and Watford play away. The timeliness of Burnley's recent victories makes it easy to get carried away with their form, but it won't be hard to see them sitting above Leeds in the table when Graham Potter emerges mid-next month. The Toffees' dismal away form, points deficit and Chelsea effort all their own should keep them behind Marsch's side. Either way, a shock or two in Leeds' favor would only settle some nerves ahead of the final two games of the season.

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Crystal Palace vs Leeds United Player Ratings

Leeds United clinched an important point at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace failed to cut the visitors on Monday night. (Author: Gardener)

Crystal PalaceBut the American manager would have liked all three considering who Leeds United are up against in the next three games. Although the Whites came into this game as the more in-form team of the two, they were mostly pushed back. However, Patrick Vieira's side were the busier of the two teams at Selhurst Park, although Wilfried Zaha & Co. Crystal Palace appeared to be a team in a hurry to reach the magic number of 40 points that could eventually guarantee their safety , but they may have to wait another week to reach them. As for Leeds, they will take the one point with open arms despite facing a daunting task in the next three games where they face Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. Here's how the players fared as Leeds United were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Guaita maneuvered the game without too many problems as he wasn't the busier goalkeeper that night, although Leeds attackers kept him busy with their explosive counterattacks. He showed a similar tactic against Leeds as he was able to play a role in the final third but was aware of Leeds' quick counterattacks. Andersen put on a composed performance as, like the rest of the defence, he was able to deal with Leeds' swift attack and was aware of the visitors' counter-attacking tactics. 27 – Since Crystal Palace returned to the Premier League in 2013/14, only Manchester United (30) have recorded more goalless draws than the Eagles (27) in the competition. A solid performance from Guehi, who had decent possession. Lots of wide balls came from the centre-back, who continued his consistent performances in defence. Playing on the opposite flank, Ward was still able to handle double threats from Raphinha and Daniel James with ease. There were a few nervous moments but he was solid in the final third. A surprise starter at first, considering he's only fully returned to training after a long break. He put in a strong performance in midfield as he took control of the ball with Kalvin Phillips. This was another game where Gallagher seemed to be making his impact from deep and despite some positive moments, the England midfielder failed to come through to change the outcome of the competition. Aside from a huge first-half chance for Jean-Philippe Mateta, Ayew was more of a passenger in the game. He tried to hold the ball well in the wide areas but lacked the cutting edge to change the game. He couldn't cope with the physicality of Leeds at the back as the visitors kept throwing him out of the competition. Zaha was a constant threat that kept Leeds defenders on their toes. He was a stunner in the latter part of the game, taking a couple of snaps at the Meslier goal, though he couldn't find a path. Mateta continues to keep Crystal Palace's other forwards out of the line-up as his physical presence is more of an advantage for Vieira. The striker caused all sorts of problems with his movement and presence at the back and missed a good chance to open the scoring in the first half. He should have started ahead of Ayew and that could be the case in the next game as Olise made an immediate impression by creating a chance seconds after coming on. Benteke was sent to replace a tired Mateta but the Belgian didn't have the time to score. Meslier was the busier of the two keepers, dealing with a lot of dangerous balls, especially in the latter part of the game. He will be grateful to the Crystal Palace attackers and their unpredictable finish, which makes him look content with the few shots on target. Ayling played in all possible positions on the field as the defender always tried to find a spark to launch attacks. At the back he was sturdy enough to deal with the threat of Mateta and Zaha. A commanding performance by the Spaniard, who was kept on his toes by the home side's dominance of the ball. He challenged Gallagher poorly in the second half and many would think he got away with it. Cooper's presence makes Leeds more solid at the back and they sorely missed the centre-back when he was unavailable. He defended well and handled the physicality of Mateta, who occasionally got free but without causing any real danger. There were some nervous moments for Dallas as he was constantly being caught with long balls from his cross. As far as handling Ayew, the full-back was comfortable. ⬆️ Leeds are five points clear of the relegation zone pic.twitter.com/6ugc1uIo7I An anonymous ad from the Polish midfielder. He was rightly substituted at half-time for a more robust option in Robin Koch. The England international found it difficult to control midfield with Gallagher and McArthur leading the show. There were a couple of brilliant moments but other than that Phillips did nothing to change the game here for Leeds. There were a few standout moments from Raphinha, including a nutmeg on Joel Ward, but beyond that he wasn't given much room to make anything in the offensive third. A calm performance by the Spaniard, who was not allowed to influence the game in any way thanks to a robust Palace backline. Marsch's idea of ​​playing in the lead role is understandable, but he doesn't have the qualities to lead the line and hold the ball for other players who might be suited for a striker with those qualities. A solid performance after coming on at half-time. He did well to give Leeds better control of midfield. Substituting for the ineffective James, Greenwood floated around as he could only deal with a couple of half-chances that fell at his feet. Gelhardt failed to impress after coming on as Leeds focused more on defending than launching attacks.

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How it was, when it was

As it was when it was - Leeds away in 1982 as a Newcastle United supporter. (Author: Gardener)

1982Leeds away in 1982 - How it was when it was Fun writing these articles from back then but they depend on my memory. The odd thing is that I can remember practically every detail but this morning I'm not sure if I had bacon or cornflakes for breakfast, the joys of growing old eh! This time I'm going to talk about Leeds, yes dirty Leeds. It's fair to say we've had quite a hostile relationship with our Yorkshire friends over the years, although it seems to have softened these days, this was confirmed when I ate a bit of it at the Peacock (their equivalent of the Strawberry) recently had banter with a Leeds fan who had the letters LUFC tattooed on his upper lip and I'll quote him, not me, when he said: "It's funny 20 years ago we'd be rolling on the floor now instead of like this to talk". hmm speak for yourself mate I managed to stay mostly on the sidelines on all of this. In the early 80's it's also fair to say that Leeds fans had a pretty good reputation but it's just as fair to say our fans were even worse and with a correspondingly worse reputation our fans wouldn't think much of it, city centers or Fan bars showing up and announcing they were there was way before the days of cell phones and the internet, it was something we just did. Between 1982 and 1984 Newcastle and Leeds meet It is a fact that not a single game, on or off the field, was without incident. The 1-0 win in the first game of the season in August 1983 at Elland Road saw Newcastle fans set fire to the grass bank next to the stands, it seemed quite frivolous at the time but looking back now it could easily have been worse as Elland Road had a very old and awkward looking grandstand that only went three quarters of the way to the very side the paddock went the full length but the seats didn't, a very odd stand really. Anyway, me will remember the previous season and the game at Elland Road on 30th October 1982. Newcastle, while not flying quite as high as they should have been, a certain Kevin Keegan had won and it is fair to say wherever he played the home crowd swelled greatly, much of it due to the away game Newcastle had (and always have still has). My day the night before started off as usual a Friday night in Newcastle and tipped over on a mate's floor in Byker. When we got up the next morning looking for a cafe on Shields Rd for breakfast we ran into a couple of lads who were headed to Leeds, we hadn't planned and tickets weren't needed at the time so after a quick discussion it was us figured there was room in the back of the van and off we went. For some reason we had a pick up in Gosforth, Sainsbury's (I think) was appropriately called for beer supplies (I think it was paid for but can't be sure) and it was around 8.30am when the Atlas rental Ford Transit crossed the Tyne Bridge with 15 in back and three in front, of course I can't confirm if the driver had a can of refreshment in hand. It has to be said I only knew three or four of the 18 on board but they all seemed like friendly guys and they were until we somehow got to Elland Road a few hours later. I believe one of the guys on board was actually at the Met and had an altercation with Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge at the end of the previous season resulting in injuries to three fans, no arrests and those fans going straight to The Shed were brought back afterwards......don't ask! The plan for the day was to go to York, have a few beers and then go to Leeds at 1.30am as it was a short half hour drive. Everything went according to plan apart from that toilet breaks from numerous hard shoulders and we arrived just short of York at 10.30am only to be pulled over by a lone moron on a motorbike who had obviously noticed us. After speaking to the driver, he confirmed that he was concerned the van's only suspension was the air in the tires, so much weight was all of us in the back that he then opened the back doors... only to find that he didn't get on until he paid his £4. The driver was then asked if he held a PSV license……. However, the chump wasn't interested in anything other than us driving through his village as we then became someone else's problem, so about 20 minutes later we're in York, at the pub and having a lot of fun. The first hint of trouble came when a busload of Hartlepool fans showed up, they were playing York that day and had a lot more numbers than us and while there was some talk I soon realized our group was seriously crazier than the poolies, who decided to move on before things could escalate. Most of these poolies were good guys, but among them were a few whose second team was Sunderland, hence the animosity. Around 1.30am more beers were ordered and the pub manager reminded us that Leeds was a bit drive away. Anyway, with the clock ticking and glasses full, we were still in York and kick-off was now less than an hour away, it was time to head to Elland Road. Traffic on Saturday afternoon obviously meant further delays and at 3pm we are on the outskirts of Leeds, still with numerous toilet stops and nowhere near Elland Road. We had a sizzling radio so the sport was on and just as we were about to park there was an update from Elland Road, there was trouble and Kevin Keegan had been gunned down by a missile thrown from the crowd. A few minutes later another Newcastle player was hit by a missile, I think it was John Anderson, but that had been thrown from our lot - whoever threw it aimed at a Leeds player. We parked on grassy wasteland behind the south stand and paid to get in, just as the referee took the players off the pitch for the off-field incidents, we quickly learned that Leeds and Newcastle fans were in earnest as NUFC were half the bottom seats had been allocated and the police had decided to move the Newcastle fans out of this section and into us. Next I see (I'm glad my climbing skills were limited) dozens of Newcastle fans scale the fences to return to the Leeds fans on our left, including at least three or four from our transit, the police didn't stand a chance to control this and struggles ensued in th is again a section where the newcastle fans overcome despite being seriously outnumbered gave a really good report on themselves i won't lie absolute madmen fearless and Game. The players didn't come back until police regained control but it took a few minutes as more and more Newcastle fans tried to join. Don't get me wrong it wasn't one sided as Leeds fans alike had game and seats were tossed around and it took a while for things to settle down. Many arrests were made and I remember thinking there would be a lot more room in the van on the way back. Eventually order was restored and the game was played out in the most hostile atmosphere, we lost a game 3-1 after scoring the first goal. There was more chaos at full time when the Newcastle fans were trapped but within minutes the gates were broken open and like an overflowing soda bottle spilling the Newcastle fans everywhere outside the police were once again struggling to contain things as almost Fighting broke out everywhere in sight but somehow most Newcastle fans were forced onto the buses. For the record, this was towards the infamous underpass just behind the Leeds United Supporters Social Club, this underpass was a bottleneck where home fans often attacked away fans. This time, however, due to our late arrival, we were parked on the grassy wasteland along with crowds of cars and other transportation used by home fans. Somehow, and I really don't know how, most of us managed to get back to the passage. I was a little aware of the ad and phone number on the side of the van, but others weren't... When we thought everyone who hadn't been arrested was back we decided it would be best to walk away. Unfortunately one of us, who was brave, stupid or both, decided to yell from the back of the van... 'Come on Leeds we'll take you all', there were many more Leeds rushing towards the van . The courage was gone, the same boy then yelled, "Get away quick, there's plenty of it," whereupon the driver sped off... only for the one screaming to fall out the back door, cider bottle in hand, and seriously injure himself ! There was nothing to do but turn around and grab him before the pack of dogs got him, some did, some kept their distance but we all (including myself for once) jumped out of the back of the van and hauled him in while punches were exchanged. I think we were lucky because the main group of Leeds hooligans had headed towards the underpass and that crowd, while loud, wasn't really into it... looking back I think we were very lucky. Doors closed, the driver drove away in whatever direction we could go, a quick inspection confirmed the boy had seriously cut himself and was running claret red from his knee and wrist, we had to stop and make our way to a hospital to fetch. Initially the police just wanted us gone but when we saw the amount of blood we were able to find our way quickly so about 15 minutes later we parked outside St James Hospital while he was in A and E. The hospital is off the ground so we decided it would be best to go to the nearest pub and have a few more quiet pints while he waited for his return. Our numbers were fewer as the driver was waiting at A and E with one injured while we ended up at an old fashioned pub nearby. I think of the 18 that started there were about 12 of us left including the two in A and E. Next in this eventful journey was to play a drinking game, don't ask me why but that's where we are ended up playing a game in which the abstainer drank two fingers of beer, doubling each time to a maximum of pint. One lad, a little slower than the others, had to swallow three pints and promptly spat everywhere, to the delight of the quieter locals and bar manager, of course. Instead of making a scene, which some wanted to make, we moved on to another nearby pub. It was now about 8pm and still no sign of our colleagues in A and E (one of them was the driver). We then realized that news had traveled through the city from Newcastle fans who were still in Leeds and a very friendly Leeds fan in full gear turned up. He was drinking a pint at the bar and was very cheerful, while we eyed him suspiciously he chatted to us from afar and asked if we had enjoyed the game. A few replies of yes but not the result, then he walked over and said in the kindest possible way "you know you're all going to die later since we know you're here". Our people were so drunk I don't think they even answered, but about an hour later the manager asked us to leave when a brick flew through the window. A quick glance outside confirmed that many were waiting, although strangely enough they didn't come in. As we had moved our van was not in the parking lot which was fortunate as otherwise it would no doubt have been smashed to nothing. The manager, while telling us to leave, had also called the police when the brick came through the window. So they were there within minutes clearing the mob away and asking what we were doing and why we were there, once we explained A and E a call was made and our guy sort of jumped out of the queue. He was also informed of where we were and as such they were given a police escort both back to the van and then to us whilst keeping the large barking mob at bay...we were then quickly wheeled out of the pub and into the van and said to GO. It really was, except I woke up about three hours later to the metal floor of a van covered in diseased blood and, no doubt, urine. I looked out the window and noticed a sign saying Scotch Corner and the North, the driver had only initially taken the M1 the wrong way to add to our misery... So there you have it, Leeds gone in 1982. So come on you guys, tell me your stories! 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Crystal Palace vs Leeds United Player Ratings

Leeds United clinched an important point at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace failed to cut the visitors on Monday night. (Author: Gardener)

Crystal PalaceBut the American manager would have liked all three considering who Leeds United are up against in the next three games. Although the Whites came into this game as the more in-form team of the two, they were mostly pushed back. However, Patrick Vieira's side were the busier of the two teams at Selhurst Park, although Wilfried Zaha & Co. Crystal Palace appeared to be a team in a hurry to reach the magic number of 40 points that could eventually guarantee their safety , but they may have to wait another week to reach them. As for Leeds, they will take the one point with open arms despite facing a daunting task in the next three games where they face Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. Here's how the players fared as Leeds United were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Guaita maneuvered the game without too many problems as he wasn't the busier goalkeeper that night, although Leeds attackers kept him busy with their explosive counterattacks. He showed a similar tactic against Leeds as he was able to play a role in the final third but was aware of Leeds' quick counterattacks. Andersen put on a composed performance as, like the rest of the defence, he was able to deal with Leeds' swift attack and was aware of the visitors' counter-attacking tactics. 27 – Since Crystal Palace returned to the Premier League in 2013/14, only Manchester United (30) have recorded more goalless draws than the Eagles (27) in the competition. A solid performance from Guehi, who had decent possession. Lots of wide balls came from the centre-back, who continued his consistent performances in defence. Playing on the opposite flank, Ward was still able to handle double threats from Raphinha and Daniel James with ease. There were a few nervous moments but he was solid in the final third. A surprise starter at first, considering he's only fully returned to training after a long break. He put in a strong performance in midfield as he took control of the ball with Kalvin Phillips. This was another game where Gallagher seemed to be making his impact from deep and despite some positive moments, the England midfielder failed to come through to change the outcome of the competition. Aside from a huge first-half chance for Jean-Philippe Mateta, Ayew was more of a passenger in the game. He tried to hold the ball well in the wide areas but lacked the cutting edge to change the game. He couldn't cope with the physicality of Leeds at the back as the visitors kept throwing him out of the competition. Zaha was a constant threat that kept Leeds defenders on their toes. He was a stunner in the latter part of the game, taking a couple of snaps at the Meslier goal, though he couldn't find a path. Mateta continues to keep Crystal Palace's other forwards out of the line-up as his physical presence is more of an advantage for Vieira. The striker caused all sorts of problems with his movement and presence at the back and missed a good chance to open the scoring in the first half. He should have started ahead of Ayew and that could be the case in the next game as Olise made an immediate impression by creating a chance seconds after coming on. Benteke was sent to replace a tired Mateta but the Belgian didn't have the time to score. Meslier was the busier of the two keepers, dealing with a lot of dangerous balls, especially in the latter part of the game. He will be grateful to the Crystal Palace attackers and their unpredictable finish, which makes him look content with the few shots on target. Ayling played in all possible positions on the field as the defender always tried to find a spark to launch attacks. At the back he was sturdy enough to deal with the threat of Mateta and Zaha. A commanding performance by the Spaniard, who was kept on his toes by the home side's dominance of the ball. He challenged Gallagher poorly in the second half and many would think he got away with it. Cooper's presence makes Leeds more solid at the back and they sorely missed the centre-back when he was unavailable. He defended well and handled the physicality of Mateta, who occasionally got free but without causing any real danger. There were some nervous moments for Dallas as he was constantly being caught with long balls from his cross. As far as handling Ayew, the full-back was comfortable. ⬆️ Leeds are five points clear of the relegation zone pic.twitter.com/6ugc1uIo7I An anonymous ad from the Polish midfielder. He was rightly substituted at half-time for a more robust option in Robin Koch. The England international found it difficult to control midfield with Gallagher and McArthur leading the show. There were a couple of brilliant moments but other than that Phillips did nothing to change the game here for Leeds. There were a few standout moments from Raphinha, including a nutmeg on Joel Ward, but beyond that he wasn't given much room to make anything in the offensive third. A calm performance by the Spaniard, who was not allowed to influence the game in any way thanks to a robust Palace backline. Marsch's idea of ​​playing in the lead role is understandable, but he doesn't have the qualities to lead the line and hold the ball for other players who might be suited for a striker with those qualities. A solid performance after coming on at half-time. He did well to give Leeds better control of midfield. Substituting for the ineffective James, Greenwood floated around as he could only deal with a couple of half-chances that fell at his feet. Gelhardt failed to impress after coming on as Leeds focused more on defending than launching attacks.

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Leeds United take a point after a draw with Crystal Palace

LEEDS United will need the same kind of steel they showed in their painful 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace as they take on title chasers Manchester... (Author: Gardener)

Crystal PalaceLEEDS United will need the same kind of steel they showed in their 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace when they face title-chasing Manchester City at Elland Road on Saturday. LEEDS United will need the same kind of steel they showed in their 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace when they face title-chasing Manchester City at Elland Road on Saturday. The hard-fought point in a mixed, lively encounter at Selhurst Park allowed the Whites to move five points clear of the Premier League's relegation zone ahead of back-to-back games against elite clubs City, Arsenal and Chelsea. The hard-fought point in a mixed, lively encounter at Selhurst Park allowed the Whites to move five points clear of the Premier League's relegation zone ahead of back-to-back games against elite clubs City, Arsenal and Chelsea. After a two-week break from play, Leeds looked rusty against Palace but their determination and determination allowed them to take a point from a poor performance. United had little attacking threat as they constantly churned out possession, but tenacious defence, stubborn Palace shots and assured Illan Meslier goalkeeping saved them from defeat. "It wasn't that easy to keep up game fitness and game sharpness at 16 days and you noticed that a bit," said United coach Jesse Marsch. If we can continue to do that, against good opponents, then we'll believe in our ability to find goals further up the field.” Leeds have been unbeaten in five games with the point, but they can't really be counted until the end of the season. In-form Burnley could overtake Leeds on goal difference if they win ahead of the Premier League champions' visit to Elland Road at the seemingly doomed Watford on Saturday. Goal difference could well be a factor in qualifying for relegation and some of the blows Leeds have suffered under Bielsa, including a 7-0 win at the Eithad Stadium, will work against them. One factor that could go in United's favor is that the game against Pep Guardiola's side is sandwiched between the two legs of City's Champions League clash with Real Madrid. Looking ahead to the City game, Marsch said: "I know what a challenge this game is. “I know how difficult it is to stop their best players from making good plays and their movements and ideas of what to do with the ball. We have to be incredibly effective and clear about how we want to play off the ball, we have to find ways to control the ball a bit more and be more dangerous and effective in transition moments."

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National media verdict as Leeds United take 'another small step' towards safety

A look at how national media covered Leeds' 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace (Author: Gardener)

Leeds UnitedGet the latest Leeds United news straight to your inbox every day - sign up for free email updates Get the latest Leeds United news straight to your inbox every day - sign up for free email updates Updates on Leeds United returned to Premier League action after a 16-day hiatus with a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace. The Whites were far from their best at Selhurst Park, but a strong defensive display coupled with some good saves from Illan Meslier ensured they earned a share of the spoils. The tie saw Leeds move five points clear of Everton in the bottom three, despite Frank Lampard's side still having a game in hand. BBC Sport's Michael Emons said: "Only bottom Norwich City (69) have conceded more Premier League goals this season than Leeds' 68, but in the seven games since Marsch replaced the sacked Marcelo Bielsa in February the American has made Leeds a team difficult to beat. READ MORE: Full transcript by Jesse Marsch as Leeds United clinch vital point at Selhurst Park , with tough run of games will be happy with result “For Palace, who lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final earlier this month at Wembley, she takes the tie to 38 points and certainly secures their tenth consecutive season in the top flight. "The match at crowded and passionate Selhurst Park was played at a frenetic pace throughout but both sides repeatedly lacked quality in the latter areas." than this. “So that's the kind of game Leeds went through and they left with something to celebrate, which brings us back to their points. It won't take 40 to stay up this year, but the modern standard of 35 also feels light, meaning there must still be some uneasiness about their upcoming run against Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. There won't be much room to breathe before they get to their final tasks at Brighton and Brentford, but they have 34 points on their doorstep, close to where they need to be. "If they make it, good for Jesse Marsch. Under Marcelo Bielsa they lost that and most other games so the progress really only needs to be explained in context - they have 11 points for the last five games. That's how you save a season, even if the second half of that game was an exercise in taking a slap in the face." The Guardian's Ed Aarons said: "When it comes to avoiding relegation, it's about rolling up your sleeves and to fight for it all, then Leeds should just about pull it off on that evidence. “A second straight goal conceded on the road earned Jesse Marsch's side a point that could prove priceless. It definitely wasn't pretty on a night when tempers were boiling on both sides, although Patrick Vieira had no reason to complain as Crystal Palace were now even closer to retaining their Premier League status for another season to confirm, except perhaps the following -par performance of the referee. "Sixteen days had passed since Leeds beat Watford in their last game but Burnley's resurgence since Sean Dyche was sacked meant this was an opportunity not to be drawn into the relegation battle. Marsch was the first to include Kalvin Phillips in his starting XI, the England midfielder returning from a hamstring injury sustained in December. "Phillips' long absence hasn't helped Leeds, although Marsch's return of 11 points from seven games - and now five games unbeaten - has eased some of the pressure since Marcelo Bielsa took over at the end of February. Leeds have built a five-point lead over Everton before the end of the season despite playing a game more.

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