So 1200 of us travelled to Elland Road to watch a promising performance against what seems like a quality Leeds United side under Neil Warnock. Even though the scoreline looks like the game was a one way game, the real story is far from that.
Weale, Purdie, Grandison, Hector, Jacobson (Wildig 80), Parry, Summerfield (Hall 80), Richards, Wright, Morgan, Gornell (Bradshaw 86)
Subs Not Used: Anyon, Taylor, Hazell, Goldson
Kenny, Peltier, Pearce, Green (Poleon 76), Ausin, Becchio, Varney (Brown 86), White, Norris, Byram, McCormack (Diouf 76)
Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Drury, Kisnorbo, Gray
Town started the first half really positively and came close to breaking the deadlock with Mark Wright firing straight at Paddy Kenny after a good build up which included a lovely little dummy from Marvin Morgan.
But after 17 minutes of Town pressure, Leeds managed to score against the run of play after a couple of mistakes in the town box including Weale and Hector, allowing Becchio to fire in from the edge of the 6 yard box.
But soon after Town were almost level when Luke Summerfield had a go from distance which Kenny was equal to.
Not long after the goal that should not have stood. Hector was again caught out and after a couple of ricochets, the ball arrived to Varney, off a Leeds foot, who seemed to be a yard offside. Varney then squared the ball to Ross McCormack who only had to tap the ball in to an empty net.
Leeds 2-0 Salop
Town started the second half with some great passing but nothing that gave Leeds a worry. In fact Leeds could have been 3-0 up not long into the second half but Weale saved brilliantly from Leeds captain David Norris.
Even though Leeds were still dictating the play, nobody could fault our fans as we were in fine voice and still out singing the Leeds fans.
But no matter how close we got we couldn’t find the net, even when Paddy Kenny makes a rare mistake to allow Morgan a chance at goal but the ball flew over the net.
Soon after it was 3-0 even though we think Weale should have done better after a weak shot from David Norris seemed to evade Weale and the game was pretty much over.
5 minutes later McCormack scored from a penalty after Hector, who suffered a dire afternoon, handled the ball inside the box.
We were going to mention the linesman on our side of the pitch but the list of mistakes he made is ridiculous. One to note is when Kenny saved well from Morgan, but for some reason the linesman saw it as a goal kick not a corner. How? No idea.
But the final whistle blew and the Salop fans stayed to applaud the players off after a decent performance against a good Leeds side. The scoreline flattered Leeds but with a catalogue of mistakes at the back, Leeds took full advantage and took their chances well.
Final Score: Leeds 4-0 Salop
Next up is Sheffield United and hopefully Salop will learn from their mistakes and who knows we might come away from Sheffield with 3 points.
@Bennn365: We need to buy a proven goal scorer. Also hopefully start Hazell over Hector, dIdn’t think much of him.
@Keithyboy25: Good crowd, good possession. Mistakes cost us and we didn’t make the most of our chances
@StephenFinch76: We need target man urgento. Chris Weale needs a) confidence and b) some backing from us. Dropping him will solve nothing
@Bettfromstrett: still positive about season ahead. Some concern today on finishing and central defence but #ingtwetrust . Great support!
@IanEStreet: no wisehead at the back – inexperienced mistakes. Up front we aren’t going 2 score 2 many goals, Luke (Summerfield) did well goalie (Weale) not great