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September 20: That's more like it! After the early-season stumbles, today's win at Carlisle shows that Gary McAllister is getting it right - even if it was five minutes from the end before Jermaine Beckford's strike sealed the points. Luciano Becchio connected with a Paul Telfer cross just past the half-hour to give Leeds a deserved advantage at the interval. Carlisle came into the game more in the second half, but Leeds were never seriously troubled, and an interchange between Beckford and Rob Snodgrass set the striker free to grab his seventh goal of the season from six yards out.

September 14: Alan Sheehan is an undoubted asset to the team - but only if he can stay on the pitch for 90 minutes. His reckless challenge on Swindon's Jon-Paul McGovern with less than 10 minutes gone brought him a deserved red card and could have left his team-mates up against it. Fortunately some good goalkeeping from David Lucas, Jermaine Beckford's continued sharpness in front of goal and some poor defending by the home side saw Leeds walk away with the points. Halfway through the first half, a Swindon defender failed to make contact with an innocuous cross and Beckford put the 10 men in front. Just when it looked like we'd made it safe to half-time, Swindon got back in it when a left-wing cross was finished off by Simon Cox. Five minutes after the break, a 30-yard free kick from Neil Kilkenny seemed to go straight through the Swindon keeper's arms, and after missing a couple of easier chances, Jermaine Beckford latched on to a pass from David Prutton to seal the win. Cue mass exodus of Swindon fans, much rejoicing in the Leeds end. At the risk of inviting the wrath of the Great Football Fates, maybe Gary McAllister has figured out how best to organise the resources at his disposal - is this the start of a winning run and a big promotion push? Fingers crossed....

September 10: Gary McAllister has made it clear that he's only going to sign players who want to play for the club. Leeds have been linked with a move for Sunderland's Irish striker Anthony Stokes, but Gary McAllister placed such interest firmly in the past: "He was a player we enquired about last season and he didn't want to come here. If players are reluctant to take an opportunity here, then it's not something we pursue, so that was the end of it as far as I am concerned."

September 09: The trip to Rotherham for the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy will be televised live on Sky and has been scheduled for Wednesday 8 October.

September 06: The draw for the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy sees Leeds travel to Rotherham giving Gary McAllister's team an excellent chance to keep the hope of a League, League Cup, FA Cup and JPT quadruple well and truly on course.

September 06: Good news for the future (or worst case the finances) of the club with the announcement today that Fabien Delph has signed a deal to keep him at Elland Road for the next 4 years. Gary McAllister said: "He's someone we rate highly and it's a great opportunity for him. There's been some big clubs asking about his availability, but this has sent out a message." The player made all the usual noises: "This is the club I want to play for and want to be at so it's wasn't a hard decision in the slightest."

September 06: Leeds finally grabbed their first home league win of the season over perennial strugglers Crewe - but it would have been better if the game had ended on 90 minutes. With normal time expiring, Leeds had 11 men on the pitch and were 5-0 up. 5 minutes later, Lubo Michalik had collected a second yellow card with Crewe scoring from the resultant free kick, and with the ref on the point of inhaling to blow the final whistle, a deflection saw further respectability added to Crewe's side of the scoreline. Fabien Delph had started the flood with a 30-yard shot on 26 minutes with Alan Sheehan doubling the advantage with another long-range effort 10 minutes later. Jonathan Douglas made it 3-0 just after the break, then Jermaine Beckford's header halfway through the second period made absolutely certain of the win. Andy Robinson curled in a shot with 82 minutes on the clock - but then the wheels went wobbly even if they didn't actually fall off. Still, that should ease the pressure on the manager - but two difficult away games in a row will need to produce something more than a couple of draws if we're to start thinking about promotion with any certainty.

September 02: The outside chance that Dougie Freedman could return to Elland Road on loan vanished today when the 34-year-old striker joined Southend on a 2-year deal. There had been much speculation that Freedman would come back to Leeds after a successful loan spell at the end of last season - but it seems that he prefers the southern air.

September 02: Incredibly more than 20,000 fans turned up at Elland Road tonight to see Leeds play Bradford in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Did I miss something - did Ken announce that entry would be a quid or two Rice Krispie packet tops? Without wishing to denigrate those excellent suppliers of decorating requisites or my beloved home town, surely there must have been something more rewarding and enlightening to do on a Tuesday night rather than pitch up at ER to help line Ken's pockets and watch Leeds compete for a tin cup? Leeds an out 2-1 winners courtesy of an early Andy Robinson penalty and a header from Lucian Becchio just before the break - although Bradford did have a disallowed effort in the first half which might have made things more interesting.

September 02: Academy winger Chris Ovington has gone on a one-month loan to Guiseley to pick up some experience of first-team competition.

September 01: Seb Carole has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent to give him a chance to find a club after deadline day. The winger made 52 appearances for Leeds but has not figured in the team since last November and Gary McAllister has made it clear there's little prospect of that changing.

September 01: No spectacular new signings - but at least the players we've got have stayed at the club, so with the transfer window now closed we can all breathe a sigh of relief and hope that we can start getting back to winning ways with a demolition of Bradford on Tuesday night. There haven't even been many old boys on the move: James Milner's switch for Villa should bring Leeds a slice of the 12 million fee, and Tom Taiwo's loan move from Chelsea to Port Vale probably isn't the glamorous future he was expecting when he jumped from Leeds' youth team.

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