Q&A With Leeds United

  • October 02, 2012 | By Robert Hurst
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Bolton welcome Leeds United to the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday night and we have got the views of a visiting supporter ahead of the game.

The last meeting between the two sides resulted in United being relegated from the Premier League, with Sam Allardyce's Wanderers running out comfortable 4-1 winners on home soil in April 2004.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and ahead of this latest meeting, we have been over to LUFCTalk to get the views of mapperleywhite on El-Hadji Diouf, Andy Lonergan and Neil Warnock.

Q: Leeds currently sit in 9th place in the Championship table. How has your season been so far?

A: Defeats against the teams around us did not bode well, particularly as we were not able spend as extensively as our peer teams whilst the takeover situation was not finalised.

Our injury situation has almost forced Neil Warnock to use three central midfield players with defensive qualities and we've picked up, to the extent that we're only 3 points off top spot.

Q: Last week you put in an impressive performance to beat a strong Everton side 2-1 in the Capital One Cup. Was that your best performance of the season so far and how far do you think you can go in the competition?

A: I haven't seen all our games, but can say that was our best result of the season. I think some Everton players were surprised by the Elland Road atmosphere and a goal after 4 minutes put them on the back foot.

It's a sideshow to our efforts to get promoted and, while winning is a good habit, I won't be too disappointed if our name isn't on the cup.

Q: You signed former Bolton player El-Hadji Diouf on a free transfer this summer. How has he been playing?

A: As with Vinnie Jones, I was horrified about taking on Diouf based on his perceived reputation. Like Vinnie, he's quickly made me a convert, admiring his intelligent play and encouragement of the youngsters.

Q: Bolton signed goalkeeper Andy Lonergan from United in the summer, but he hasn't played any games for us yet. How do you rate him and were you sad to see him leave Elland Road?

A: I think the arrival of Paddy Kenny and Jamie Ashdown has strengthened our goalkeeping department. I thought Lonergan did well for us, just that he was playing behind a poor defence a lot of the time.

Q: Who are the best players on your team?

A: We've had the fortune that some youngsters have come through the ranks so Tom Lees, Aidy White and particularly Sam Byram, who has only come into the picture this season.

Elsewhere, Jason Pearce is a solid centre-back. Luciano Becchio, on form, is a handful and the pick is Rodolph Austin - our Yaya Toure!

Q: Which Bolton player will Neil Warnock be earmarking as a potential threat to the Leeds goal?

A: Warnock has an encyclopaedic knowledge of football players, so he'll know who to highlight. Obviously, attacking players with recent Premiership experience. I've always rated Kevin Davies, personally.

Q: And finally, what do you think the final score will be at the Reebok on Tuesday night?
A: 1-1

Burnden Aces would like to thank mapperleywhite for sharing his views ahead of Tuesday's game at the Reebok.

You can read more answers from the Leeds fans by checking out our Q&A thread at LUFCTalk.

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