Fan Report: Leeds United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

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Row G right behind the goal isn’t the best place in the world to watch a football game from but it was exactly the right spot from which to watch Jermain Defoe ultimately come out on top in what, over the two games, had turned into an almost personal battle between himself and Casper Ankergren, the Leeds keeper. Defoe completed his third hat-trick of the season in the dying seconds and in the process probably kicked off many a domestic in Spurs households all over the country seeing as how a visit to the Reebok on Valentine’s Day is probably not what most partners think they’re letting themselves in for at the start of a relationship.

There was lots to admire in this Spurs performance but top of the pile was the performance of David Bentley who, in his best showing in a Spurs shirt, gave a display of industry combined with quality delivery as well as chucking in a couple of mazy runs for good measure. The most common discussion amongst the amazed and delighted Spurs fans afterwards started with the words “Bentley! Wtf?”. And there was plenty of time to have a chat about the game in the immediate aftermath as West Yorkshire’s finest decided to keep us in for 35 minutes after the final whistle and then cause enough fuss in the roads outside Elland Road to ensure we didn’t leave the car park next to the ground until gone 11pm. Great.

Defoe had already had a number of shots saved by Ankergren before in the 37th minute Bentley dummied on the right and sped away from two Leeds defenders. His cut back found Defoe in space and off balance. He managed to get a shot away and his left foot sliced lob seemed to take an age to come down and when it did, it fell into the Leeds net. This triggered a full on onslaught from the home team and roared on by a whipped up crowd they pushed us back. Gomes made a terrific save from the giant Michalik as we hoofed and hacked and generally failed to cope with the pressure. Leeds were rewarded when Becchio tapped in the rebound from a Beckford flicked shot after a low cross from the right. The Spurs defenders stood and watched the replay on the big screen which showed clearly that both players were offside when the ball was played in by Howson. So we now had a situation where even before play had restarted everyone in the ground who watched the replay knew that the goal had been wrongly awarded. “Sod it”, said Andre Marriner, “let’s just carry on and pretend no-one noticed”.

I feared a bit for the second half as despite all the hard work and chances created we were still only level, but I needn’t have. We were excellent in the second forty five and dominated. Beckford had a very quiet game compared to White Hart Lane and any threat before half time had come from Snodgrass who wriggled past Bale a few times and stuck in some dangerous crosses. There were no such incidents in the second half as the reborn Welshmen decided to fight fire with fire and spent most of second period haring towards the Leeds byeline. Defoe had already had a goal from a Bale cross scratched off for offside when after 73 minutes Bentley provided his second assist of the evening with a cracking low ball across the six yard area which JD first timed home.

Leeds were all long ball by now as Huddlestone and Kranjcar in particular shut down the home team’s midfield. Dawson and Bassong dealt comfortably with everything launched at them and in injury time Defoe latched onto a clearance, rounded an out of position keeper and completed a fine third goal.

Finally, hats off to Harry Redknapp. He took a chance in resting Modric and Palacios and it paid off. We now have those two relatively fresh for Saturday to add to potentially Ledley, Pav, Gudjohnsen and Kaboul at least. Add the police shenanigans afterwards to the blizzards on the motorway beforehand and it became a very long day, but it also turned into a memorable one for the right reasons.

By MF

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  1. To be fair the Leeds goal was onside beckford was onside when the ball went in becchio wasn’t but on then he was after gomes saved it due to the different phase rule. Well done spurs hope you win the cup. Dan lufc fan MOT

  2. Fair play to you, your superior quality finally told, but it was a cracking cup-tie. Don’t go too overboard about Bentley. He did play well but we do have a crap right-footed mid-fielder playing at left back! Your mid-field was much stronger last night than it was at WHL but over-all I feel we gave a good account of ourselves and we all thoroughly enjoyed both games. Sorry about West Yorkshire’s finest’s over reaction but all our nutters, thankfully mostly absent now we’re in the third division, do tend to put in an appearance on these big occasions.

  3. Leeds were all long ball. Christ coming from a team that punted the ball to the freak up front at every oppourtunity – you make me laugh, you deserved to win but the way you talk it was like some inspired win against Real Madrid in the Champ League Final. Lets get some perspective your an average at best prem side which on last nights showing would have been nothing without the inspired defoe against a 3rd division side. Get a grip I mean it took 2 legs to do it against a team with players with combined cost of less that 1 million who’ve already played 9 to 10 games more on horrid energy sapping muddy fields like exeter etc. Reality check needed guys on last nights showing it will be another year of dust gathering in the trophy cabinet

  4. YOU bitter twisted pillock you where a premership team wen you beat utd and we played some great stuff you ignorant melt and dont tell me 6 yellows a Ref who shuold be playing bowls and goalkeeper inspired 25 fouls a fluke goal a last thirty second penalty dont make me laugh .So if you only cost a few millon how come you won at old trafford you see Therumourman has the answer energized teams play way above there prises tag and your other big team sheffields goalkeeper is serving his ban for playing is team to wembley PADDY KENNEY and i was going to praise your team but you got the 100 persent truth ask carlise Whycome Swindon all beat the real LEEDS you have Upset Therumourman.

  5. DAVSPURS, didn’t get any of that mate, can you type it in English next time!

    I’ll agree that Yee Godz comments are a little harsh, but also quite true. Both teams played the long ball. But in Leeds case, it was out of desperation, the midfield had got lost again like too many games recently.

    All in all Spurs deserved it though, they had the quality in the middle and the pace and skill on the wing. And some good (lucky in one instance) finishing from Defoe. 9th FA Cup for Spurs this season? I’d say it’s very likely!

  6. Leeds cant have any complaints over both games.
    They got lucky at WHL cos we should have smashed them out of sight within 20mins. At Elland Road we slaughtered them again and had it not been for their fine keeper then it could have been a rugby score.
    Leeds had a 15mins spell in the first half but never really had Gomes at full stretch apart from one save.
    Yee Godz…..if you honestly believe we are at best an average premiership team then you best pray and hope you dont get promoted to the PL for at least 10 years cos it will be embarassing.

    The only credit i’ll give Leeds is the atmosphere at Elland Rd. It WAS NOT intimidating like some papers would suggest but it was electric and one of the best atmosphere ive been to……….so well done on that!

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