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United Keepers In The Banks

United Keepers In The Banks

Description: The two United keepers here Shane Higgs and Casper Ankergren on the pitch at the Bescot Stadium on August 18th, 2009 before the league One clash with West Midlands side Walsall.

Shane Higgs was signed by Simon Grayson on the 3rd July, 2009. Coming to Leeds from Cheltenham Town while on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers Higgs signed a one year deal. Higgs put in some excellent performance during the 2009-10 pre-season friendlies which earned him the Number One jersey at Elland Road taking over from Casper Ankergren as the first choice keeper.

Ankergren was signed on loan by Dennis Wise on 31st January, 2009 from Brondby IF of Denmark. After establishing himself in the side making some match winning saves in the second half of the 2006-07 season he soon won the Elland Road faithful over and his loan deal was made permanent on 6th August, 2007 for an undisclosed fee signing on for a year. United's first choice keeper up until the start of the 2009-10 season when Ankergren lost his number one spot to Shane Higgs.

United were looking for their third successive league win in the game against Walsall and manager Simon Grayson chose the same side that beat Wycombe Wanderers just three days earlier. United looked the most assured outifit in the first 45 minutes and were the dominant side as Andrew Hughes, Jonathan Howson and Jermaine Beckford all added goal attempts to their tally in the first half. Beckford again had attempts on goal in the third quarter of the game testing the Walsall keeper several times. Grayson made a couple of changes on the 72nd minute bringing on Andrew Robinson and Neil Kilkenny but it was Walsall who looked the different side and their improved play brought them a penalty on the 80th minute when it was harshly decided Rui Marques brought down a Walsall player in the Leeds area. Walsall scored from the spot but United fought back almost immediately pushing up in numbers and on the 83rd minuted Leeds equalised as Bradley Johnson headed home his first goal of the season. The goal spurred Leeds on more and within four minutes United had taken a deserved lead as Rui Marques delivered a ball upfield from the defensive lines which Beckford gladly took on and the striker hammered home his third goal of the season. United kept the lead until the final whistle blew sending around half of the Bank's into raptures, 8.483 watched the game and somewhere in the region of 4,000 Leeds fans travelled from up and down the country to the West Midlands to support their team in this one.

Leeds United: Higgs, Crowe Kisnorbo, Marques, Doyle, Howson, Johnson, Hughes, Beckford, Becchio, Snodgrass.
Subs: Kilkenny for Doyle, Robinson for Hughes, Prutton for Snodgrass.

Thanks to Harvey for this great pic.

Submitted: 08/30/09 (Edited 09/20/09)

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