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August 30: With all the big names entering Round 3 of the Carling Cup, this weekend's draw saw Leeds pull out the plum tie of....Hartlepool. United will face the monkey-hangers at Elland Road on September 23. Last time Leeds faced them in the League Cup was in 1965 when goals from Terry Cooper, Rod Belfitt, Rod Johnson and Jim Storrie sealed a 4-2 win.

August 30: Another disappointing result at the weekend cranks up the pressure for the visit of Crewe next week: a failure to beat Alex at Elland Road could very well make Ken Bates' mind up that change must happen if we are not picking up the points at home. As it is, there's not too much wrong on the park - just failure to concentrate for the whole game and the fact that the strikers aren't quite converting all the chances they should be: with a couple more games together and a little more edge-sharpening we should be back in top form rather than sitting firmly in mid-table mediocrity. On the positive side, Jermaine Beckford did actually score again and despite the odd miss is looking sharp and he seems likely to still be at Elland Road when the transfer window closes, so that can only be a good thing.

August 29: Leeds are facing yet another charge over random procedural rubbish with the FA reckoning that the club used an unlicensed agent in connection with the signing of Anthony Elding from Stockport. Given that the player has left the club and Leeds have stated that no money was paid to the agent, it's hard to see much basis or reason for the charge to emerge now - other than the obvious reason of the permanent campaign that the football authorities love to conduct against LUFC (hey - just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get us!).

August 28: Paul Telfer's performance in the Carling Cup win over Palace looks to have secured him a contract. The experienced defender had been at Elland Road on a non-contract basis - but he's now accepted a one-year deal.

August 28: Curtis Weston's loan move to Gillingham has become permanent. The 21-year-old moved on a loan at the start of the month but this has now been converted to a permanent - free - transfer.

August 26: The club have terminated Rob Bayly's contract 'by mutual consent' - recognising the fact that the young Irish midfielder has little chance of breaking into the current squad and that the impending closure of the transfer window would mean he would be constrained from finding a new club if he was still contracted to Leeds. Bayly made two Carling Cup appearances as a sub plus one league start in the last game of 2006-07 when he picked up a red card against Derby.

August 26: Two youngsters from the Academy have been given squad numbers as an indication that Gary McAllister rates their chances of making it to the first team this season. Defenders Jonathan Webb and Aidan White have been given the 31 and 32 shirts for the season.

August 26: After his habit of rubbing our collective nose in it when he was in charge at Bramall Lane and we were tumbling down the table, it's great to report that the boot was on the other foot tonight as Neil Warnock's Palace side collapsed under a well-organised and better-motivated onslaught from Gary McAllister's revamped Leeds squad. With only Fraser Richardson and striking partnership of Jermaine Beckford and Luciano Becchio retaining their places from Saturday's team, Leeds took the fight to Palace from the start and were a goal up after 11 minutes when Jonathan Douglas lobbed the keeper. There were goals for Beckford and Becchio either side of half-time, and Enoch Showunmi rounded off the scoring after replacing the impressive Argentine. Gary McAllister said: "I'm asking people to step up to the plate and when they get their chance to go and take it. I've got to say that from one to 11 tonight they all performed. It shows that we have a very strong squad of players here and competition brings out the quality in people. I thought Luciano Becchio led the line fantastically, and that some of the combinations in the middle of the park and some of the movement in the final third was excellent." And in fairness to "Colin", the Palace boss conceded: "Quite honestly we couldn't cope with the front lads. Once the second goal went in it was disappointing to say the least. If you defend like that you're going to get beat against any level of opposition and I thought the two centre forwards bullied our defenders from start to finish. I'm not used to coming to Leeds and losing. I usually enjoy coming here and putting one over on them but they thoroughly deserved it."

August 23: This time last year we were on -6 points and still nearly got promoted. However that was from a slightly disadvantaged start and with lower expectations. This time around, with all of our problems seemingly cleared away and a solid pre-season behind us we should be cruising. Instead, the failure to capitalise on Luciano Becchio's first senior goal for the club in the first minute of the match left Yeovil with a way back into the game, and when Paul Huntington fouled Lloyd Owusu on the hour mark, the wronged player stepped up to ride his luck and slot home the rebound after Casper Ankergren had saved the initial penalty. Ken Bates is not known for his patience: unless some more consistency appears in the team's form in the next half dozen games I think we could be looking for a new manager.

August 09: Thanks to the over-zealous police-inspired shifting of today's game, Leeds were briefly top of the league after an early stutter. The first half was pretty non-descript with neither side doing enough to deserve the lead. After the interval, Leeds played better but found themselves behind when Hooper held off the defence to shoot home. The hosts' lead lasted barely 4 minutes before Rob Snodgrass floated a free kick for Enoch Shownumi to muscle home. Jermaine Beckford netted the winner 10 minutes from time as Leeds began to create more chances and the pace of the game caught up with Scunthorpe. So - one win from one, and nice to be on a positive point score so early in the season!

August 08: Paul Telfer has signed a non-contract deal with the club - so he's free to go straight into the side at Scunthorpe but clearly has a bit of work to do to convince Gary McAllister that such a (relative) OAP is worth a deal.

August 08: Curtis Weston is heading back down south on loan to Gillingham after Gary McAllister decided that his opinion of the player didn't tally with that of Dennis Wise, who brought the player to Leeds after knowing him at Millwall.

August 06: Tresor Kandol will be inking the contract for a 6-month loan move to Millwall tomorrow after missing most of the pre-season with a virus and finding himself on the fringes of Gary McAllister's plans for the new season.

August 05: The reserves were turned over 2-1 at Guiseley on Monday night despite taking the lead after 5 minutes. Ian Westlake and Seb Carole provided the majority of the experience in the squad - and neither is likely to be able to stake a claim to a recall to the full squad if they can't shine against non-league opposition.

August 02: The final full pre-season game saw centre-back partners Paul Huntington and Rui Marques on the scoresheet as Leeds romped to a 4-1 victory over Belgian side FCV Dender. Huntington opened the scoring just past the halfway stage of the first period with a shot from inside the box, and 4 minutes later Marques headed home a corner from Robert Snodgrass to double the lead. Jermaine Beckford made it 3-0 with 10 minutes of the first half to go, and although the visitors pulled a goal back in the second half, Huntington got on the end of a corner from Peter Sweeney with 5 minutes left to seal the win. New signing Luciano Becchio watched from the sidelines after picking up a minor knock but it looks like Gary McAllister has figured out his starting line-up and we can only hope that this sort of form continues when we travel to Scunthorpe next weekend.

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