Saturday saw a mixed bag of results for the three West Yorkshire teams in action, with Leeds United beating Yeovil 2-0, Bradford City drawing 0-0 at Crewe Alexandra, and Huddersfield losing 2-1 away at Wigan Athletic.
Firstly, Ross McCormack’s double saw Leeds beat Yeovil at Elland Road. Inspired by a fantastic performance from central midfielder and captain Rodolph Austin, United saw off Yeovil with a crowd over 25,000 watching. It was hardly a vintage Leeds performance, with Yeovil having 58% of the possession, and 16 shots, but nevertheless manager Brian McDermott was impressed with the way in which the game was ground out and won by Leeds.
McDermott said that “In the Championship you have to grind it out at times, and we did that today.”
With United now sitting 8th, just 3 points off the play-offs, all the signs are positive for the Elland Road side at the moment, with a young and improving squad producing some good results in what is a good spell of form.
The other West Yorkshire side in action this weekend didn’t fare so well, suffering a 2-1 defeat at Wigan Athletic. Leon Barnett’s goal gave the Latics the lead, before Oliver Norwood’s goal on the stroke of half-time saw the sides go in level. The FA Cup holders were strong in the second half, however, with Manchester United loanee Nick Powell grabbing what was to be the winner in this game. Huddersfield held their own in this game, dominating possession, but manager Mark Robins was disappointed in the manner in which The Terriers lost this game.
Robins said, “the over-riding emotion is one of disappointment because we have gifted them two goals. They have not had to work at all for their goals.”
The defeat sees Town sit 14th in the Championship, three points behind Leeds United, on 17 points.
The third, and final, West Yorkshire team to play on Saturday was Bradford City. The League One side drew 0-0 at Crewe Alexandra in what was a disappointing and frustrating performance for The Bantams. Despite numerous chances, a combination of Crewe goalkeeper Alan Martin, and some poor finishing from Bradford, saw the game finish goalless. City are in a poor spell of form, picking up just 2 points out of a possible 15, but manager Phil Parkinson was defiant, taking the positives out of the game.
Parkinson said that “the attitude was spot-on, we just lacked that little moment of quality in the final third to get us a goal.” Despite the Bantams’ poor run of form, Bradford still sit 6th in League One, although with a couple of tricky fixtures to come, with a Yorkshire derby away at Rotherham in the FA Cup, and a home game against the in-form Coventry City next up in the league.