Mateusz Klich’s madness, Raphinha’s dugout celebration and Leeds United’s missed moments

Gelhardt and Greenwood’s warm-up

Leeds United’s main fitness issue ahead of Saturday’s game at Watford was Joe Gelhardt, who has complained of a back spasm and a dead leg in recent weeks. On Monday night he limped off with a problem in the Under-23 game at Elland Road but was deemed fit to be involved with the Vicarage Road side.

Despite this delicate preparation period, Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood were happy to go through a particularly loose warm-up before the real warm-up happened. As the rest of the team came out to survey the field after he arrived, Greenwood was throwing balls high in the air for Gelhardt to jump up and head for.

It’s definitely a way to check that the teenager’s back was ready for action.

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Marsch and Forshaw deep in conversation

Marcelo Bielsa was not the type to go out on the pitch before the game, let alone chat with his players individually in front of everyone. Jesse Marsch was there with the group, but then stood with Adam Forshaw for over 20 minutes on the pitch.

The pair were discussing, Marsch revealed later, sport, the future and Leeds’ plan. They were there for a long time after everyone had returned to the locker room in what we would later learn was the first hint that Forshaw would miss the matchday squad.

Klich’s madness

Mateusz Klich was at the heart of the more physical aspects of Saturday’s game. He had an ongoing battle with Juraj Kucka throughout the match, but it was a run-in with Joao Pedro that caught the eye.

In the 44th minute, the Watford forward challenged Klich and, as the Poland international’s arm rose for balance, it brushed Pedro’s face. The Brazilian went down looking like he was chinned by Josh Warrington but referee Andre Marriner was in no mood to play this game.

As Klich came back in front of him, he leaned over and shouted in the back of Pedro’s head. You bet he didn’t say anything too complimentary.

Raphinha can’t help herself

Raphinha had taken a hit in the 10 minutes before her start, but seemed to pull through without limping too heavily. The Brazilian couldn’t help himself when Jack Harrison scored the third goal.

He got straight out of the dugout and ran to join the celebrations in front of outside support.

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Edward L. Robinett