Town 1-2 Leeds

Byram (7) Bunn (26) Sharp (90)

12:30pm Saturday 31st January 2015


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Town line-up

(3-5-2) Smithies; Smith, Hudson, Lynch; Robinson, Edgar, Coady, Butterfield, Scannell; Wells, Vaughan


Our Prediction

Following a 5-1 hammering and then a 3-0 crushing defeat on our last two visits to Elland Road we owe this lot one, and what better place to do it than on our own patch? We were by no means outstanding last week against an extremely poor Wigan but we got the job done and hopefully the players will be up for this and will go out to prove a point. As much as I'd like to predict a stuffing i'm going to stay sensible and go for a close run game with Town just edging it. Come on you Terriers!
Town 2-1 Leeds


Know your Enemy

If you didn't know already, throughout this season, Thrice Champions will be getting the views of opposition fans, bloggers and podcasters so you know the story behind the club they know so much about.

Ahead of tomorrows fixture against Leeds United at the John Smith's, we spoke to Kevin Markey - the Editor of the Leeds United Mad website.

Here's what he had to say to our questions...


TC: Following the 3-0 win in the reverse fixture earlier this season, are you shocked to find yourselves just above the relegation zone with over half the season gone?

KM: Yes, very. We were superb that afternoon and everything went right for us. It followed a great result at Bournemouth so we're hoping for the same again! But even though Town were bad that day there's been a 13 point swing in Town's favour since as they were eight points behind us after that result and could be eight points ahead of us at the weekend.
 

TC: What would you say has caused Leeds' situation? Is it simply down to poor decisions at boardroom level?

KM: Three managerial changes doesn't help (however, Watford seem to be doing ok!) but also with so many players joining us before the season started, mainly from Serie B in Italy, it's taken a while for the squad to gel. Also off-field matters don't help. Consolidation must be the key this season.


TC: Neil Redfearn is now the third permanent coach this season. Has he had enough to implement his ideas on the squad?

KM: He's highly thought of at the club and should really have continued after his 4-match stint as caretaker when he got 10 points from a possible 12. Ideally you need a full pre-season with your squad and he's hasn't had that privilege but it's the same for Town. He has a lot of confidence in the younger players he helped through the academy.

TC: How much has the Massimo Cellino affair distracted from the football, Given the fact the ownership situation is still in limbo?

KM: I'd say it has had an impact but players just want to play and as long as they get paid they're pretty mercenary at the best of times. I think the fans are more affected as they just want a club to support without any outside issues.

TC: What would you say is lacking and what needs addressing at Leeds?

KM: Have you got a few hours!? Basically we just want a run of good results and all the talking to be about the football on the pitch. Some width would be nice as well before the window shuts.

TC: Which Leeds player should Huddersfield fans worry about?

KM: Lewis Cook has been a sensation this season and he's still only 17! But the recent resurgence of Luke Murphy has been amazing and if he continues his excellent form since he regained his spot in the side, he could give Town problems.

TC: Which Huddersfield player do you think Leeds fans should worry about?

KM: Wells, when on song, could be a matter of concern for us and Bunn had a great game on the wing in the defeat at Elland Road. 

TC: What is your prediction for Saturday?

KM: I think both teams will continue their recent good form. 1-1 draw.


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