So come on, be honest. After Tuesday night we would definately have taken a point. But without a doubt it is the Leeds supporters who came away from the Keepmoat on Friday night probably the most disappointed.
The evening started with a few beers in town and a free pint on the train from the complimentary drinks trolley. (Sorry East Coast Mainline – Get some staff on!)
Simon Grayson rang the changes, completely remodelling the back four bringing in Aidy White and Alex Bruce and shifting Andy Hughes to right back. Donny soon put the new defence under pressure but Leeds certainly looked stronger in the centre, with Bruce in particular looking impressive.
The early moments were quite shaky but Leeds stood firm and began to gain a foothold in the game. Whenever we got hold of the ball we played some very good football, neat and tidy and looking to play strikers McCormack and Somma. Becchio was dropped and this took away the option of just lumping the ball up the field. The half was a tight affair with few real chances and ended goalless.
The second half saw Leeds take over the game. Doncaster offered very little and were given no opportunity by Leeds who were snapping into them all over the pitch. McCormack was ineffectual up front but Somma was a different proposition and should have scored immediatley the second half started, but shot weakly at Sullivan. His effort a few moments later certainly had power but maybe a little too much as it came crashing off the bar.
While still at 0-0 Leeds were only a mistake away from going behind and Andy Hughes woeful attempt to cut out a crossfield ball allowed Dean Shiels the chance to curl an effort just off the outside of the post.
15 minutes from time Leeds looked to have broken the deadlock as Sullivan spilled a Bradley Johnson effort and Davide Somma tapped in the rebound. The delirious celebrations were cut short though by a flag for offside. Straight on the phone home to see if it was, TV replays showed the officials at least got this one right. Although Leeds kept pushing the game petered out to a goalless draw which took us back into the playoff spots, although results today could see us slip into the bottom half.
So reflections on the night. The back four looked a little more solid in the centre but I still see a weakness in the full back positions. As expected the midfield was pretty much unchanged and performed much better with a platform to play, although Johnson was again pretty anonymous. Up front Ross McCormack did nothing but at least Somma was impressive again. The supporters were again fantastic. Doncaster barely raised a whisper all night.
So Sheffield United on Saturday ends the South Yorkshire trilogy and being at home offers us the most realistic chance of a win. Hopefully Connoly will be back at right back and Snodgrass should return after his 20 minute cameo. With another weeks training Faye and Paynter may come into the reckoning. I would suggest there may be changes as the Blades offer a different style to Donny and we might need a few more to get stuck into the midfield. I forsee a switch to 433 and the team as follows- Higgs, Connolly, Bruce, Collins, Johnson, Kilkenny, Faye, Howson, Snodgrass, Gradel, Somma.