Well played Town! A great away result and much needed positive reaction after the heavy away defeat against Reading from the last game.
I listened to some of the highlights and saw the Town goal on Sky TV replay. There isn’t much to say about the game except that Murphy and McGoldrick played together and the defence was so solid Gurken had very little to do.
Tommy Smith scored for Town from a corner. Then Town had to survive a penalty appeal and Leeds were unlucky not to be given the penalty! It looked from the TV like the Town defender had brought the Leeds player down in the box but thankfully the referee didn’t think so!
Then at the end there was an added 6 minutes of extra time and Gurken had a scary moment when he flapped at a clearance but again luckily Town survived. Overall a very good result and a good performance!
Town’s next match is against Birmingham who lost for the first time yesterday.
Town are fifth in the table with 13 points while Brighton are the surprise leaders. The Town team should be pleased at their win at Leeds which was much needed straight after the Reading horror shocker game!
Mick McCarthy stayed very calm throughout both games though he was very pleased at the Town’s better performance away to Leeds.
A truly awful result for Town last night away at Reading.
I wasn’t at the game but managed to view it from around the 60 minute time as it was live on Sky TV.
It was 2-1 to Reading when I started to watch the game live and I saw Town give away 2 goals with poor defending and a great strike for Reading for the fifth goal with Reading’s confidence sky high and Town’s crushed into the ground.
It was a case of fine margins and bad play that let Town down and very badly. Town were pressing Reading and having a lot of the ball but not making any chances. Reading broke away and their attacker went round the Town defence with ease and passed the ball inside of the 6 yard box to find an unmarked Orlando Sa, who scored easily past Gerkin.There were 3 Town defenders around the Reading scorer…and noone blocked or challenged him. What a gift of a goal. Awful defending by Town.
Then Pitman had a header off the bar and that was the best Town chance. Reading then got the ball on the left and the attacker went past Chambers easily to the goal line and smashed a shot high into the net past Gerkin from close range and a tight angle. It was great skill and finishing from the Reading player but bad defending from the Town players. Reading 4-Town 1. Game over. Off came Pitman and on came Murphy and Maitland Niles. Niles had a half chance but Reading finished in style with a great shot past the stationary and static Town goalkeeper Gerkin and then everyone for Reading started to play and take shots as the Town were humiliated.
In truth, at times Town had looked to be playing well, but it was all ruined by letting Reading have 2 soft goals. Just very embarrassing and very bad that Town played like that. They simply “shot themselves in the foot”, making the win so easy for Reading.
I wonder what manager Mick McCarthy does now? He has talented players but they let themselves and all supporters down badly by playing so casually! It is not just the defence who need a rollicking from the manager as the whole team need to do better and take any chances they make and be ruthless not to give the opposition chances especially soft ones!
If Town do not react positively after this debacle then it will be a struggle all season. For goodness sake Town players wake up and man up! Just put this behind you now and learn from it and do better next game. The fine margin between winning and losing needs to be worked hard for. COME ON YOU BLUES!!