Memories vs. Leeds United

There are a number of classics against Leeds we could look back on very fondly - 2002/03 season saw two of those fixtures.

The first coming in the November which saw United knock Leeds out of the Worthington Cup thanks two stoppage time goals, that Jagielka screamer and a trademark Ndlovu finish. The second coming the following March, a fine finish from Steve Kabba gave the Blades another victory over rivals Leeds, this time in the FA Cup. 

Our first season back in the Championship gave us fixtures to start getting excited about again. When they were released the first fixture after W*******y most Blades sought out will have been the ties against Yorkshire rivals Leeds United. 

The first meeting came on a Friday night, under the lights at Elland Road - 27th October 2017.

Going into the game United were 3rd (27 points) and Leeds were in 4th (23 points). A win for us would see us leapfrog both Cardiff and Wolves and rise to the summit of the Championship. It only took 2 minutes for us to kick into action. Billy Sharp headed past Andy Lonergan to send the away Blades crazy. The United captain had no problem at all celebrating against his former club!

The Blades controlled the early stages and seemed to ease through the first half hour of the game - but Leeds then started to kick back into life. 

A finely struck Kalvin Phillips volley on 34 minutes took the teams level going into the break.  The 2nd half was incredibly cagey with both teams eager to win but equally as eager not to lose to their Yorkshire rivals.  Enter David Brooks. On 78 minutes Sharp was replaced by Brooksy who had no fear at all. 3 minutes after entering the play he latched onto a through ball and calmly put the Blades back in front. He ran the width of the pitch celebrating in-front of the Leeds faithful to find the United fans who had gone berserk. We held out for the win and claimed all 3 points. The Blades were on top of the world.  1. Sheff Utd 30

2. Wolves 29

3. Cardiff 27

4. Leeds 23

5. Aston Villa 22

6. Norwich 22

Sat 10th February 2018 - The return fixture brought the same scoreline back at Bramall Lane, it followed near enough exactly the same pattern as the first.  A sublime 2nd minute volley from Sharp took the Blades into another early lead. Again a fine first half performance where we could've gone into the break 2 or 3 to the good was punished early in the second half with Lasogga leveling things just 2 minutes after the interval.

The Blades kept pushing and were helped massively by the Bramall Lane atmosphere - a penalty was awarded to us in the 73rd minutes which Billy dispatched!

We then absorbed the Leeds attacks for the final 15 minutes to claim all 3 points. Another 2-1 victory which kept us  well in the fight for a play off spot with 15 games to play!



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