1) Mirco Antenucci leaves airport, heading for Leeds
Mirco Antenucci’s agent, Silvio Pagliari, has confirmed that his client is on the way to Leeds United to meet with the club.
The Italian agent posted a picture of Antenucci leaving the airport, which can be seen above, with the caption ‘destination Leeds’, on Twitter and also commented to Adam Pope that the striker would be discussing a move with the Whites.
#lufc Just to add to his tweet earlier Antenucci's agent has confirmed to me he & the player are on their way to Leeds.— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 20, 2014
The Ternana forward has been on Massimo Cellino’s wishlist all summer and he appears to have got his man now.
The 29-year-old scored 19 times last season in Serie B and he will be hoping to repeat that tally in his first season in English football.
2) Hockaday: they were the better team
Leeds United head-coach, David Hockaday, has admitted that his side lost to the better team at Elland Road last night.
The Whites slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday, but Hockaday refused to make any excuses and said the performance of his side was a disappointing one.
"I can't tell you how disappointed I was with our performance in the first half,” he said.
"I can't explain our slow start. It is a mental thing. We didn't play as a team, we didn't close down and when we got the ball, we gave it away cheaply. That's not good enough."
"At the end of the day, they were better than us. They showed tonight what a good team they are but we lacked a cutting edge. It was a very uncharacteristic performance."
3) Evans says Rotherham were unlucky
Steve Evans has said that his Rotherham United side were the better team against Watford, despite losing.
"It's tough to take, until they score a goal they have been outclassed and outplayed," Evans said.
"We were terrific against a top class side who I think will win promotion."
"We have given them a hiding but they have gone with the points. For 75 minutes we were far the better side, but they have taken a couple of chances. If we had gone in front it would have been a different matter."
4) It feels like a defeat, says Gray
Sheffield Wednesday boss, Stuart Gray, says that the Owls' 1-1 draw with Millwall last night felt like a defeat.
Wednesday had led the game until the 95th minute, when Magaye Gueye riffled home an equaliser, and Gray says that the lateness of the goal made the result feel like a loss.
"Sometimes you've got to take pride in the result,” he said. “I didn't get the performance that I was after but I just felt when we got our noses in front we looked more likely to be the side to get the next goal."
"I just said to the players, we're going to have massive highs and massive lows and at the moment the dressing room is very, very low because it feels like a defeat."
"(It's the) last 10 seconds of the game where we've conceded but it just shows this game of football that's why we all love it so much."
5) Clough hails terrific win
Nigel Clough has hailed Sheffield United’s 2-1 victory at Peterborough United last night as a terrific win.
The Blades edged a close encounter at London Road, to record their first win of the season and Clough was delighted to pick up the points.
“That’s a terrific win for us, not least because it came against opponents who will, I’m sure, be up there again,” he said. “I thought both our goals were really well taken. We see that every day in training so it’s nice to actually see it in a game.”
The manager also had time to thank the fans, who travelled in their numbers and were vociferous in their support, despite the poor start from their side.
“I thought our supporters were absolutely wonderful,” Clough said. “And never, ever, underestimate the influence that can have."
“They’ve travelled in their thousands again and you could see what their backing meant to the players, especially after the start we’d made, when we scored the winner because they rushed straight over to them. The fans deserve a big mention for that.”