Leeds Utd 0 Huddersfield T 1

Where to start with this one? Thus far I’ve given Garry Monk and his coaching team the benefit of the doubt; he has a new young side and he’s had precious little time to work with several of them. It was only to be expected therefore that we’d be a tad erratic in the opening games which came thick and fast with little scope for any fine tuning. But I'm sure I was not the only one who expected Monk and his players to deliver a rip roaring display on the back of a fortnight’s solid preparation. Surely, if the players we have are going to compete in the Championship this season, and now that we know there won’t be any more new faces, then the least we should have expected today was progress on what we’ve seen to date and some passion and aggression, a full tempo display in a Yorkshire derby to prove to us all that there is quality in our ranks. But we got nothing of the sort. This was a tepid, non-descript display that gave the impression we’d actually worked on nothing specific in the last two weeks. It was a performance that provided no evidence to suggest we are anywhere near good enough to have a go this season. With Monk seemingly losing his rag in the post-match press interviews I do wonder if he himself now doubts his own ability to pull this new jigsaw together. With just those brief two years in charge at Swansea, and failing to arrest their decline when it set in during his final months there, what experience does he have to fall back on?

Searching for scraps of optimism from today’s display I thought we did look a lot more solid at the back with few of the scares we have become accustomed to and in front of them I had Liam Bridcutt down as my Man of the Match for a typically robust display from our new captain. But elsewhere it was all just luke warm. Chris Wood had yet more opportunities in front of goal that he spurned and our midfield was overrun and seemingly overawed.

I don’t have the faith in Monk to turn this around I’m afraid – I still feel there is some genuine talent in the squad, but the eleven players we persisted with for most of the game today are not giving us enough control of a game nor are they creating enough and nor are we clinical enough when we get chances.  Monk needs to shuffle his pack in a pretty dramatic manner for the visit of Blackburn on Tuesday night and he needs to find a combination that can generate some momentum and get the crowd fired up. We’ve had tepid for too long, now give us some fire before it’s too late for you Garry and for us this season.

Game Statistics:

                        Leeds U       Huddersfield T

Possession          42%                     58%

Shots                      4                          6

On Target              2                          2

Corners                  4                          4

Fouls                      12                       12