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OPPOSITION FOCUS: LEEDS UNITED

16 June 2015



With Brighton & Hove Albion’s opponents for the 2015/16 Championship season now confirmed, the club’s media team will take a look at the Seagulls’ 23 opponents for the next campaign.
 

The 14th team to feature in our opposition focus series is Leeds United.

LAST SEASON
 
LEAGUE POSITION: 15th
 
FA CUP: Third round
 
LEAGUE CUP: Second round
 
TOP GOALSCORER:
Mirco Antenucci (10)

 
2014/15 SEASON REVIEW
 
The 2014/15 season was one to forget for the Whites following a turbulent and disappointing campaign, which saw three different managers take the Elland Road hotseat.
 
Dave Hockaday led the team through pre-season, but was dismissed following the Capital One Cup second-round exit to Bradford City.
 
Neil Redfearn took caretaker charge of the team until former Sturm Graz boss Darko Milanic took over the reins on 23rd September.
 
But the Slovenian coach only lasted six games in charge before being sacked, with the Whites remaining winless during his short tenure.
 
The 2-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers was the final straw, with Leeds languishing in 18th place and just five points above the Championship relegation zone.
 
Redfearn was then appointed as boss on a permanent basis by owner Massimo Cellino and remained in charge until the end of the season.
 
Under Redfearn the Whites showed signs of improvement going into the New Year, and after an FA Cup third round exit to Sunderland, Leeds lost only once in their next eight games before losing 2-0 at the Amex.
 
But the turmoil began once again when assistant coach Steve Thompson was suspended and Leeds saw their form slump, losing their next five games.
 
Cellino made another change at the end of the season by bringing in former Brentford and Wigan manager Uwe Rosler to Elland Road, with Redfearn reportedly offered his old position at the club’s academy.

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ALBION 2
Baldock ‘26
Calderon ‘63


LEEDS 0

Albion moved six points clear of the relegation zone and recorded a first-ever league double over Leeds United, following a 2-0 victory at the Amex.
 
The Seagulls took the lead in the 26th minute through an excellent team move. Inigo Calderon drove down the wing and fed the lively Craig Mackail-Smith, who squared to the arriving Sam Baldock - and the forward calmly finished past Marco Silvestri.

Chris Hughton’s men doubled their advantage three minutes past the hour mark, as Beram Kayal’s shot was parried straight off the face of Calderon and into the net for the Spaniard’s third goal in two games.

Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Bennett; Ince, Kayal (Stephens 73); Calderon, Teixeira Baldock; Mackail-Smith.

Subs not used: Walton (GK), Hughes, Ledesma, Best.
 
Leeds line up: Silvestri; Wooton, Bamba, Cooper, Taylor; Murphy, Cook; Sloth (Antenucci 59), Austin, Mowatt (Doukara 74); Morison (Cani 50).
 
Subs not used: Taylor (GK), Berardi, Del Fabro, Sharp.


THE MANAGER


Following an extensive playing career, including spells at Manchester City and Southampton, Uwe Rosler began his managerial career in Norway and had spells in charge at Lillestrom, Viking and Molde ahead of a move to Brentford in June 2011.
 
Rosler came within touching distance of leading the Bees to the Championship during his second season at Griffin Park, after missing out on the second automatic promotion place to Doncaster Rovers and eventually suffering a 2-1 defeat to Yeovil Town in the League One Play-Off Final.
 
The German left the West Londoners to join Wigan in December 2013 and guided the Latics to a fifth-place finish in the Championship, but they were subsequently beaten by Queens Park Rangers in the play-offs.
 
After a poor start to the 2014-15 season, Rosler was sacked in November before being appointed as the new Leeds boss last month.


2015/16 AMBITIONS
 
Leeds United fans will be hoping that Rosler can help lead a charge towards the upper echelons of the Championship next season after a frustrating 2014/15 campaign.
 
The Whites have already started bolstering their squad with Lee Erwin joining from Motherwell on a three-year deal, while USA under-23 international goalkeeper Charlie Horton has arrived on a two-year deal following spells at Peterborough United and Cardiff City.

Leeds have also been linked with a move for Chesterfield defender Tendayi Darikwa, who would give the Yorkshire team some much-needed cover down the right side of defence.

But a lot will depend on how quickly Rosler settles in and the German will be expected to hit the ground running from day one, given the rapid turnover in managers during the last 12 months at Elland Road.

A club the size of Leeds will be expected to make a top-six challenge, which could be possible if the Whites invest in new players and Rosler manages to create a settled squad.

See Albion v Leeds United at the Amex plus 22 other opponents from as low as £20.22 per game by purchasing a season ticket for 2015/16.


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