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In the wake of yesterday's 1-0 defeat to Leeds United, here are some views on the game from United's manager Simon Grayson and a few of their supporters.

Speaking to the BBC, Grayson acknowledged that his side had to raise their game after half time in order to swing the match in their favour.

'It was a performance of being okay first half without really putting our mark on the game. But second-half I thought we were excellent, ' he said.

'At half time we said we had to raise the level of intensity with and without the ball, and we did that, and it came from the front-two closing people down, the two wide players having more freedom and the midfield-two dominating their two or three (opponents).'

'We were good, we moved the ball around. We're a footballing team but we have to have options when we get people on the ball. The two full-backs were joining in far more than they were in the first-half and we looked a good team and that was pleasing,' said the Leeds boss.

Talking about the only goal of the game from striker Luciano Becchio, Grayson had this to say: 'We've been stressing to the players that we've got to shoot more often than try to walk the ball into the back of the net and we've won the game with a great strike from Luciano.'

The Leeds fans were just glad to take all three points after Wycombe gave them a fright in the first-half.

The following extracts are taken from Leeds United Fans Online, Leeds United Mad, Leeds United Fan Club, BBC 606, Vital Leeds United and lufctalk.

Robbospie wrote:
'Peter Taylor had Wycombe well organised, it was always going to be limited chances. After the first half I'd have been pleased with 0-0.'

samalbans wrote:
'We won the match and that's the important thing, but any half decent team would have buried us today even in this division.'

mightyleeds wrote:
'First half I thought Wycombe were the better team but second half we came out and really took hold of the game.'

Jimbowhite wrote:
'They let us off the hook in the second half and we punished them.'

The_General wrote:
'Wycombe had several chances and I can't help but feel that if they had a player who scored goals for fun, we'd have been in serious trouble.'

dazza71 wrote:
'A piece of magic from Becchio won it. Higgs had little to do, but when called upon he made the vital saves.'

david williams wrote:
'First half we gave the ball away too often. Best chance fell to Wycombe who luckily for us missed a header from 5 yds. Second half we dominated the game, but we have to kill these teams off or we will get caught out with late equalisers.'

Gary Hawker wrote:
'We were a bit lacklustre in the first half but to be fair their left winger was really fast.'

Blackspaven wrote:
'We were very poor in the first half but got better in the second. I'd say 1-0 is probably a fair result based on the whole game, but we really didn't create that much and any more would have flattered us.'

RamseyWhite wrote:
'Lets be honest about this, the first half was dreadful but we did boss the second half & should have scored more.'

leeds1975 wrote:
'Three points and a clean sheet but we could so easily have been clawed back in the dying minutes. It's about time we started killing matches off. We are going to come up against more attacking sides before long. Wanderers had their chances and but for Shane Higgs, three points would have become one.'

I miss fans moaning about how we didn't deserve to beat them. But it's been a really tough start and I'm sure we won't have too long to wait.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday August 16 2009
Time: 1:07PM

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