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Sunday, 20 October 2013

4-0! Are Leeds about to do a Reading?

Well not many people saw that one coming! OK, Jack predicted a 2-1 win but the bookies wouldn't have taken a lot of money on Leeds to score 4 goals. Loan signings? Who needs loan signings when you can rip Birmingham apart and win so comfortably?

I had the misfortune to be at the Madjeski Stadium two years back to see Reading begin their charge to the title under McDermott. Going into the game with West Ham, Reading's form had been at best indifferent, and the Reading fans I spoke to pre kick off were pessimistic in the extreme, despite our dreadful record against the Royals. And on paper their team looked decidedly average with the ineffectual Church leading the line.

Ninety minutes later, things looked somewhat different. West Ham had two players sent off - O'Brien and Collison - and Reading ran out 3-0 winners. And from that moment, Reading never looked back, going on an amazing run that tore up all the record books and saw them storm to the title.

That game was on the tenth of December, and Reading were in mid table at the time, so today's result is a month and half ahead of McDermott's Reading blueprint. Of course, one result does not make a season, and Leeds need to put a run together now, but suddenly things look a whole lot better. And unlike West Ham after the 3-0 thumping of Spurs, Leeds do not have to face Manchester City in their next game.

Huddersfield, Yeovil, Charlton and Middlesbrough are all in the bottom half of the table so it is perfectly conceivable that Leeds could now win five on the bounce. And if that happens the Leeds United Feel Good Factor Sleeper Express to the Premiership, Europe, Infinity and Beyond would be just like the Reading Runaway Train! And McDermott will be telling his charges precisely that!

Byram was back, Murphy was back, Wootton was back and Smith and Mowatt started. This was McDermott's team; the ghost of Warnock was slayed when the team sheet was posted on the dressing room door. And that must be the secret. The old nags must be sent out to pasture and the McDermott stamp must be firmly impressed upon the team.

It's only one result, but one result is sometimes all that is needed to change the thinking from negative to positive. So the train currently standing on Platform 8 could yet be heading for the Premiership!

32 comments:

  1. I have a dream! Waving at norwich on there way down whilst on are way up or play norwich in championship & beating them with that bunch of traitors that left us for greener pastures! Well at least one of my dreams with come true! Pure class today hope they keep it up

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    1. I share your dream!

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  2. I have a dream! Waving at norwich on there way down whilst on are way up or play norwich in championship & beating them with that bunch of traitors that left us for greener pastures! Well at least one of my dreams with come true! Pure class today hope they keep it up

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  3. 3-5-2 definitely looks like it could suit us, praying BMac doesn't decide to change things on Saturday for the sake of it

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  4. Koh Samui Whites20 October 2013 at 19:23

    There,s nothing like hedging your bets HF,just want to enjoy a Stunning Leeds performance and victory.It,s been a long time coming.

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  5. Wtf R u feeling ok

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  6. who are you trying to kid? you didnt go to a game u big liar! lol

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  7. best leeds have played in a long time hf.could be the start of something special

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  8. playing rossco in his rightful position up front is a must, got to say big smithy looked good. might be a good partnership. but have to say they all did their jobs well today. keep it going lads. mot.

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  9. Predicted 0-3 and gladly got it wrong. Now we'll see if there is the will to maintain that effort and verve - and if there is we could be back in business by Christmas.

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  10. Great win, (I actually predicted a straight win didn't nominate a score)
    should be a massive turnout for Huddersfield's cup-final next week!
    I agree with (19.19) keep the formation 3-5-2

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    1. Best thing you have said for a while lad! And as for spam dangler, didn't he say 1-1!?

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  11. Well done jack.i predicted a 4 zero as well...ok i didnt.where the fuck did that come from.i hope that the formation stays like that,but can we still play that formation away from home..for now at long last,im proud to be a leeds fan.well done lads.

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    1. Yeh White Army...in theory the formation should be easier away from home, as the opposition should come at us more...but theory doesn't always work out in practice!

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  12. One good performance, we need to keep our grounded

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    1. yes I agree, we are nothing without our grounded.

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  13. Did you see the game? Didn't think so! Anything you write is just recycled scraps of no value. Now f**k off and take your parrot with you!

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  14. Don't get carried away - Birmingham are the worst side I've seen at the Madejski this year! BUT Brian McDermott is the best manager and always gets the best out of players! Wish he was still at Reading... I think you'll go far with him in charge.

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  15. I was prepared to read this drivel until in the first paragraph you tell an out and out lie Tracy , you never have nor never will go to a game , pathetic nerd

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    1. Think you're the "pathetic nerd" firstly it was written in the 2nd paragraph. and secondly how can you tell whether anyone has "been to a game". You'd make a lousy probation officer!

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    2. Jack is HF! Either that or his lover!

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  16. Great Result. but we still look shaky at the back !

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  17. Good to see Leeds play like Leeds. A lot of people credit the signing of Jason Roberts as being the key to Readings success the season they were promoted, you never know, Wet Spam re-signing Carlton Banks may be key to them winning the premiership.....well, at least it should free up Andy Carrol for panto

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  18. the most of you who have posted on this twats blog are shallow idiots. read his posts for last month when he said we are fickle. he posts a somewhat "reasonable" report about a match we win. why? when we lose? we are all the wind up coments he can come up with. in some respects? you pricks who respond accordingly to his "bait" be it praise or otherwise want shafting with a frosty mop on a January morning. I bet you don't allow this one like so many I have posted hammersfan. some might see the light and burst your cockney spunk bubble. yes there are some who see through you... like me.

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    1. I think HF is just been candid in his reporting. If you don't agree with it you can offer your own opinion, but when you use vocabularly like; "cockney spunk bubble" and refer to your fellow Leeds fans as "shallow idiots and then threaten the said fans with a "frosty mop" then you can hardly expect any respect.

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    2. its people like you im referring to jack and you must know it as your the only "penis" (is that better) to reply? your a clown and most think so. I don't remember "threatening" anyone? and I don't place comments to get "hits" or to expect any "respect" you carry on respecting hammersfan as is obvious with all your replies to his hatred of all things Leeds.

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  19. Leeds thumped a poor Birmingham team. Hope they go on from here but don't be fooled by this bloggers 'wind up.'The 'amazing run' factor is something he has conceived to allow him to use this as a 'flash in the pan' if Leeds don't back it up.
    Whether we go on an amazing run or not is irrelevant to the facts,which are, Leeds season is alive and they might go up. West Ham's season is already over and they might go down.

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  20. I'm putting it down to "THE CHIEF" being at the game.

    Tracey you're ticket is invalid on the Leeds Utd Express, now Bugger off and get your Bubbles out as you're own team is sinking :)

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  21. I said......suck mi spuds

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  22. Do u remember the last match day wen leeds lost 3-1 and wham won 3nil u shud read back on your blog u wer askin wen leeds last scored 3 in a game... how the tide as turned 2 weeks after you mocking wham loose 3-1 n we win by 4 dont u feel a twat u soft dirty southern bastard Lmao Hahahaha

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