Away Away Away - Keep It Going at Oakwell
By Robert Nichols
Tuesday 16 Aug 2011 15:09:00
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I spoke with Tony Mowbray still glowing with pride after his team's victory at Elland Road. Can we now keep the away form going back into Yorkshire at Barnsley? And could he believe all the red cards at Leeds.

Fly: You talked last week about all the red cards at Leeds United in the past.

TM: I did yes.

Fly: It was like a real throw back game in some ways.

TM: I think that ground brings something out. That stadium almost brings a pressure on the players and team. If anything if you look at Leeds team they do have some young players. You can almost over-hype if the adrenaline is flowing too fast. That said I don't necessarily think it was that type of game, the officials made some strange decisions, I'll try not to get into trouble but particularly the McMahon one. I've watched it back very closely several times. My first thought was I wasn't sure whether he had swung an arm and tried to block him off and yet when you look at it he is really feeling for him, whether he just makes contact? The boy probably feels Mac's fingers on his chest and he throws himself back. Its unbelievable that he got a booking and sending off for that. Whether it was a vicious game? There were some bad tackles. To be fair Gradels' second booking was a scything tackle. Howson's, well he almost booked Marvin for diving but why would he dive. If he thought there was contact then he was last man and had to go.

Am not sure it was a vicious game and when the official looks back in hindsight he might feel he could have managed the game better. I don't know. But I do feel the crowd creates that intense atmosphere at Elland Road.

Fly: We are on such good run away from home now keeping it going from last season and I know that a lot of fans now want to book up for Barnsley because we are on a roll on the road.

TM: Yes. You and I know that it will end somewhere along the line but lets hope we go to Barnsley and where they will be anxious to get a result. If we had gone two home games without a win and had another opportunity then we would be desperate to get a result. So every ounce of their focus, concentration and intensity will be in the game. We have to go and match that of course. We've had some bad days, Burnley away springs to mind, 3-0 down. We have to be ready for the intensity that is coming because Burnley was an intense game they were trying to get to the play-offs and we didn't cope with that intensity they threw at us early on. Yet we won the second half 1-0 if there is such a thing. Can we be ready for Barnsley's intensity? I hope so. Can we take the sting out of them? Can we get their fans a bit nervous? Get their fans to turn on their team if it is not going their way? That's got to be plan, that's how we will approach the game but people need to do their jobs of course.

It is something we should look forward to going there and hopefully getting another victory and then we have got two home games to try and start get some victories at home. At times towards the end of last season that proved more difficult than on the road. Again we go back to the league this week, 7 victories away from home out of 12 games is unusual and yet you must look forward to your home games and you must believe that you will take more points at home than you do away over the course of a season.

So hopefully if we can get a good result on Tuesday we should look forward to Birmingham and Coventry.

Fly: It was before your time here but the last couple of games at Barnsley were terrible performances and the players had to return to the tunnel at the away end and receive a bit of stick. They have got to live with that.

TM: Yes, I think that is part and parcel with football, there are certain grounds where that is the case. I was reading this morning about McLeish having to walk across Craven Cottage, in front of his away fans. Burnley you have to walk back past your fans. I remember West Brom at Stoke, we just couldn't beat Stoke, although having 80% of the ball we could never beat them, you always have to face the wrath of the supporters walking back. But that is what football is.

Let's hope the fans are all there cheering and celebrating with the team at the end of the game because we've won.

 

 



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