Leeds United v West Ham Premier League Friday 11th December 2020

This was Leeds’ 6th home game of the season, but they’ve only managed one home win this season, so could they make it a 2nd home win of the season, against a good West Ham team?

It was at Elland Road which had new floodlights installed.

Reference for picture: https://www.facebook.com/LeedsUnited/photos

After two minutes, Bamford drew a foul from Fabianski, and the penalty was given.

Two minutes later, it was a poor penalty from Klich, but Fabianski came off his line, so VAR  checked, and the penalty had to be retaken. This time it was a better penalty from Klich as he scored into the bottom right corner, and Leeds were ahead early again.

After 10 minutes, Haller header from centre of box saved.

Two minutes later, Haller’s right footed shot from centre of box was saved.

After 18 minutes, Rodrigo’s left footed shot from centre of the box box missed to the left.Then Raphinha’s left footed shot from difficult angle was saved.

After 23 minutes, Benrahma’s right footed shot from outside the box was blocked.

After 25 minutes,  Soucek’s header from the left of the six yard box went into centre of goal, and West Ham level.

Just before the half hour, Rodrigo’s left footed shot from right side of box saved.

Just after the half hour,  Benrahma’s right footed shot from outside the box was close, but just missed to the right.

After 37 minutes, Cooper’s header from centre of box nowhere near.

After 40 minutes, Bamford’s header from centre of box saved.

In first half stoppage time, Ayling’s left footed shot from outside the box saved.

Halftime score:  Leeds United 1-1 West Ham

So a good start by Leeds but after that, West Ham were better. What would the 2nd half bring?

After 47 minutes, Bamford’s left footed shot from centre of the box was close, but missed to the left.

Six minutes later, Haller’s right footed shhot from centre of the box was blocked.

Two minutes later, Benrahma’s right footed shot from outside of the box was saved.

After 63 minutes, Benrahma’s right footed shot from outside the box was too high and wide.

Two minutes later,  Benrahma’s shot from a difficult angle high and wide from a direct freekick.

After 67 minutes, Raphinha’s left footed shot from the right side of box blocked.

With just before 20 minutes, Phillips’ left footed shot from outside the box was close, but missed to the left.

A minute later, Klich’s left footed shot from outside the box was saved.

With 15 minutes remaining, Bowen’s left footed shot from right side of box close, but missed to the left. Fornals right footed shot from centre of the box was close, but just missed to the left.

2 minutes later, Balbuena’s header saved superbly in the centre of the goal.

With ten minutes left, Ogbonna’s header from centre of the box went into top right corner, and West Ham deservedly ahead.

With two minutes left, Balbuena’s header hit the post from right side of the box.

Fulltime score:  Leeds United 1-2 West Ham

So another game where Leeds conceded from set pieces, and another defeat.

It left Leeds in 14th place ahead of the weekend’s games and they remained there across the weekend, and for all the nice football they play, they’ve only won four games in total, but perhaps to be expected i the Premier League, but what will be concerning Bielsa is they’re conceding more goals now, and not scoring as many.

Highlights of this game below:

Next up for Leeds is a home game against Newcastle on Wednesday night with a 6pm kickoff.

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