Last night was quite surreal. The “mixed” teams that were expected turned out to be less mixed than we thought. A very young team took on local side Guiseley along with a couple of senior players in for support. Toumani Diagouraga and Chris Wood started the game as the two most experienced players.
It was a lovely night and it’s always nice to get up to the pitch at the smaller grounds. Despite the young team I still expected Leeds to win the game comfortably. This quickly went out of the window as three crosses caused chaos and within 23 minutes we were 3-0 down. On the ball we looked decent in the middle, the final ball poor. At the back we looked absolutely horrible. Dave and McKay played centre-back and couldn’t deal with the crosses into the box. Marco Silvestri was selected in goal and the lack of communication was so obvious for everyone in the ground.
The only player who stood out on the Leeds team in the first 45 minutes was Ronaldo Vieira. He passing was crisp and carried intent, his tacking strong and ball control immaculate. Apart from that everyone was very very poor. Stokes fired a goal back before half time. At half time Silvestri was replaced by Ross Turnbull and it was an eye opener for sure. Turnbull constantly shouted and commanded his back-line and Guiseley didn’t have a sniff. It spread through the team. Led by Kalvin Phillips Leeds pulled themselves off the canvas.
The movement was quite brilliant. Players interchanging and the ball barely leaving the floor, something unheard of at Leeds for a few years. Phillips put in a few hefty tacked and the others reacted. Doukara began dropping and causing problems, releasing Botaka who finally took on his man and scored. Phillips then rounded off a wonderful half with a glorious striker from 25 yards. The impressive Tyler Denton then set up Doukara to complete the comeback and we left with mixed emotions.
Vieira – 8
Everyone else – 3
Turnbull – 7; Coyle – 6; McKay – 6; Diagouraga – 6; Denton – 8; Botaka – 7; Vieira – 7; Phillips – 8; Stokes – 6; Wood – 4; Doukara – 8
Man Of The Match
Kalvin Phillips was brilliant in the second half but overall it had to be Ronaldo Vieira. Dominated the pace of the game and barely put a foot wrong. Tired towards the end and sat deeper as Phillips moved into a more advanced role.
Match highlights courtesy of Michael Tiller