After 180 minutes of an energetic F.A Cup tie Mike Dean blew the final whistle to what was just one of those special nights at Elland Road. As the players left the pitch all of the 35,000 Leeds fans rang out our chorus of “we are Leeds and we are proud of it” and proud we should be.
After the heroics of the first game at the Emirates Leeds know that the return fixture was always going to be difficult. The atmosphere was electric, the Leeds fans were passionate there is just something a bit special about these type of nights at Elland Road.
The occasion seemed to get to us in the early stages in the first half Sami Nasri was pulling the strings from midfield outstanding at times. Arsenal took a 2-0 lead and that killed the belief or so we thought.
Up step Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson squared a perfectly weighted ball Johnson lined up and struck the ball so cleanly, It was hit with so much venom and flew into the top left corner. Elland Road erupted what a screamer by Bradley Johnson, The Leeds fans couldn’t believe it, The extra staff the club employ on match days who sit in row Z in both the Kop end and the south stand and who also wait around in the Peacocks Pub car park are normally on hand to bring back the balls from Johnsons shots couldn’t believe it.
Elland road was rocking again Robert Snodgrass and Max Gradel both putting the Arsenal Back four under pressure roared on by the ever passionate Leeds Fans. Arsenal were rocking for the first time in the tie and were glad to hear the half time whistle.
The second half was end to end at times again Sami Nasri bringing Arsenal back into the game the difference in class could be seen at times. It Was a pleasure to witness players of Nasri ability at Elland Road. Wenger showed the Leeds team respect by introducing Cesc Fabergas and Robin Van Persie to the game. Arsenal then went onto increase their lead with a Robin Van Persie header which more or less killed off the tie.
Arsenal went on to win 3-1 the Leeds players had giventheir all over both ties and we can all be proud of the efforts the lads had put in. It was a pleasure to witness the game at ER and especially to see Bradleys wonder strike…MOT!!!