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Donny 0-1 Leeds

Leeds United are tonight firmly back in the hunt for promotion, following an excellent display of defending at the Keepmoat and a brilliant free-kick from on loan defender, Alan Sheehan.

An heroic performance from the Whites put them back into sixth place thanks to a wonder strike from recent signing Sheehan. The on loan left-back from Leicester dealt a bitter blow to Doncaster Rovers automatic promotion dreams, but ensured Leeds United are still promotion contenders.

Paul Green took down Jonathan Douglas at the edge of the area on the 20th minute, and Alan Sheehan stepped up for the free-kick. He struck it sweetly, curling it into the top left hand corner of former Leeds keeper, Neil Sullivan’s net.

Leeds then had to weather an attacking Doncaster Rovers enslaught, as they looked to restore parity. However, a bit of luck, some strong, determined defending from Leeds and a much improved Casper Ankergren kept the home side behind, and Leeds came away victors.

SuperLeeds.com man of the match – Alan Sheehan

Several players could have easily been picked for man of the match tonight, but Alan Sheehan has proved a quality loan signing, and worthy winner. He’s filled the left-back position that Leeds have been having problems with for a while. The goal alone makes him worthy of the man of the match, but he also worked hard all game to ensure Leeds kept a clean sheet and came away victors.

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Leeds United chairman - Ken BatesThe 15 point saga is set to be resolved by former High Court judge, Sir Philip Otton.

It is believed that Otton will head a three-man panel consisting of former Premier League chief executive Peter Leaver, and Peter Cadman who has appeared on a number of high-profile Premier League disciplinary commissions.

The news has yet to be officially confirmed, and Leeds have as yet refused to comment.

Leeds have seeked an independent review of the league’s decision since the beginning of the season, but the Football League refused Leeds’ request so the initial decision which was voted on by all the other 71 member clubs of the Football League stood.

Ken Bates feels the vote was unreasonable as the other clubs had a vested interest in Leeds losing points, therefore the decision was neither fair or unbiased. The League vigorously denied such claims, and refused to let the decision go to an independent arbitration panel until Leeds United issued a High Court writ on the Football League.

The arbitration hearing is set for the 14th of April, with other clubs fate possibly resting on the outcome too.

Jermaine BeckfordI was extremely reluctant to run with this, as I simply don’t believe much of what’s written in the Daily Mirror. However the story does seem to be gathering pace quite quickly and perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to hear Jermaine Beckford would consider his options should Leeds fail to achieve promotion to the Championship.

Uptil now, Jermaine has shown unwavering loyalty to the Whites, which climaxed when he was asked by a reporter where his future lied, to which Jermaine replied “What shirt am I wearin’ bruv’?”

The immediate speculation, published by the Daily Mirror was that Jermaine was set to follow Dennis Wise to St. James Park. Newcastle are notorious for their lack of intelligence when it comes to the transfer market, often signing players who simply can’t live up to the overwhelming hype that Newcastle’s faithful bestow upon them. However, even for Newcastle the signing of a League One striker, albeit it a very good one, seems totally unpheasable.

Jermaine’s 24 years old at the minute. If he was Premiership quality, I have no doubts whatsoever that one of the army of scouts the Premier League clubs employ would have picked up on him by now. Having said that, Dennis Wise isn’t quite in the same league as Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce when it comes to finding fresh unknown talent, and has made many calamitous signings in his short time as football manager. You also have to remember that in Mike Ashley, Newcastle have a chairman that simply doesn’t have a clue how the game works, so I guess anythings possible?

Personally, I wouldn’t be suprised to see Jermaine head off to a Championship club should Leeds fail to achieve promotion, but I remain sceptacle about his chances of signing for the Magpies.

April FoolsIt’s not only Leeds United sites using today to wind up their fellow fans. It seems League One leaders Swansea have also been at it.

The writers of a Swansea fan site decided to take time out and publish a couple of “spoof” stories to wind-up their own fans, and others alike.

Firstly, they went with a story explaining how the FA planned to rename the Championship, Premiership B. Not a totally unrealistic prospect, as it was only recently renamed the Championship – something we Leeds fans joked was for our benefit, following relegation.

The second one was aimed more towards Leeds United, and teams that stand to be effected by any points return at next months arbitration hearing.

The Swans fan site said they’d picked up an exclusive inside story from sports lawyer, Richard Cramer. Mr Cramer was the man who ranked Leeds’ chances of getting a decision in their favour at 25-30% last month. This time, Cramer had apparently revealed to the Swans fan site, that Leeds United and the Football League had come to a compromise whereby Leeds would have 8 points returned and no arbitration hearing or further legal proceedings would be required.

It seems the majority of fans from both clubs saw the cheeky attempt at humour for what it was, but there’ll undoubtedly be a few gullible fools that’ll be making an idiot of themselves as I type. Nice one, Swansea!

Mad allegations?

Gary McAllisterOne of the more well-known Leeds United sites on the web has published two bizarre stories in the last couple of days that seem absolutely unbelievable.

The first is taken from a third party, the Sunday Mirror, who claim Dennis Wise is looking to take Leeds Uniteds key striker Jermaine Beckford to the toon in May. Seems extremely unlikey, although not totally unpheasable. This is Newcastle afterall; when it comes to transfers, no one does it quite like them.

The second one, however is what really caught my attention as it claims manager Gary McAllister has quit his post at Leeds United, a story which seems to have been completely missed by reputable news associations such as Sky and the BBC.

Originally not quite grasping the significance of today, I assumed the editor of the site had been desperately trying to find new, news (or gone completely insane) before realising to my amusement it was April Fool’s Day. Good to see the fans of Leeds United haven’t lost their sense of humour!

Georges BaIvory Coast international, Georges Ba who was recently on trial at Leeds has signed for Gillingham.

Whilst on trial at Leeds, speculation was that Gary McAllister was looking to strengthen his options upfront, following Leon Constantine’s loan move and the goal drought Jermaine Beckford was experiencing.

However, Jermaine Beckford found the net twice against Walsall last week, bringing an end to his drought and loan signing Dougie Freedman has continually impressed during his brief spell so far at Elland Road.

The reason behind McAllister’s decision not to sign the Ivory Coast international remains unclear, as Leeds have not issued any statement regarding him, but it would seem the partnership between Jermaine and Dougie satisfied the manager enough that he didn’t feel he needed to strengthen the squad further (a decision he may regret following yesterdays endless array of missed chances.)

Leeds also have plenty of backup in the striker department with Tresor Kandol, Anthony Elliot and youngster Tom Elliot all at McAllister’s disposal.

Gillingham are awaiting for international clearance for Georges Ba, but have so far handed the striker – who was a free agent – a contract until the end of the current season.

Kevin NichollsDisgraced ex-captain, Kevin Nicholls has succumb to a double injury blow, which could keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.

It was revealed by his new club Preston, that he’d injured his cartilage during a reserve fixture and the resulting scans found an hairline fracture in the top of his tibia.

Unfortunately, the fracture isn’t thought to be serious, and may not extend the length of time he’s out.

The ex-Leeds skipper will undoubtedly be remembered as the most disgraced player to ever wear the Leeds United armband. Kevin Nicholls will find little sympathy from Leeds United fans. Some – myself included – see him as a major factor in our continued demise and will only be sorry the injury didn’t end his career, or life! (Too far, perhaps?)