Date: 5th August 2018 at 6:31pm
Written by:
Leeds United
3 – 1
Stoke City

Elland Road

Championship

5/08/2018 4:30 pm

Attendance: 34126

Referee: Duncan

Leeds United Stoke City
Klich (15), Hernandez (45+1), Cooper (57) Afobe (pen 52)
Peacock-Farrell Butland
Ayling Bauer
Berardi Shawcross
Cooper Martins Indi
Douglas Pieters
Klich 76 Allen
Saiz 88 Ndiaye 63
Phillips Etebo 63
Hernandez Ince
Alioski 89 Afobe 76
Roofe McClean

Substitutes

Bamford Williams
Roberts Diouf
Dallas 76 Fletcher 63
Jansson Crouch 76
Harrison 89 Bojan 63
Blackman Edwards
Baker 88 Federici

Game Statistics

11 Goal attempts 9
5 On Target 5
3 Corners 3
14 Fouls 8
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
52 % 48

Gary Rowett took his Stoke City squad to Leeds United and Elland Road for our 2018/19 Championship kick-off earlier today.

A mixed pre-season campaign for manager Gary Rowett gave both positives and negatives as we build up to the coming year but it’s still early days under his tenure, new players will gel more in the coming weeks and one match won’t decide anything.

That’ll be the message coming from the gaffer after we suffered a 3-1 defeat to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

The hosts took the lead 15 minutes into the first half and they doubled their advantage in stoppage time before the halftime break. Although we did come out of the blocks and get on the scoresheet in the second period (a Benik Afobe penalty), it’s difficult to say that Leeds didn’t deserve their third just ahead of the hour mark.

It won’t have been the start Rowett wanted as he made his competitive bow for us in the dugout and we knew there was plenty of work left to do as the team gels, but it may temper some of the expectations that surround us this season and that might bring benefits of its own down the line.

On to the next one now as we search for the first three points of the year.

 

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