Alan Shearer loved playing at Elland Road but only because he always scored when he played against Leeds United.

In total, he scored 19 goals against the Whites and has reminisced about his days playing at Leeds for the BBC, along with Gary Lineker and Micah Richards.

He also paid tribute to the atmosphere the Leeds faithful produced and has nothing but fond memories of Elland Road – though that is probably because he always left happy.

On the Match of the Day podcast, Shearer said, “I loved Elland Road, just one of those grounds, I just knew I was going to score goals.

“It’s a great atmosphere. I don’t know what it was whether with Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle I just loved going there.

“It was always just a happy hunting ground for me, loved it there, great ground.”

Improving our home form

Shearer got a lot of joy at Elland Road in the 1990s and early noughties and things have not changed too much since then.

It must be acknowledged that this is our first season back in the Premier League for 16 years but our home form has not been good enough.

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We have had respectable draws with Chelsea and Manchester City but we have also lost to Brighton.

Indeed, seven of our 12 league wins have come away from home and included arguably our best performances of the season against Everton and Leicester.

If we are to improve next season we must become a lot tougher to beat and turn Elland Road into a fortress.

Aston Villa, Wolves and West Ham all exposed our naivety by sticking to their game plans and nicking narrow victories.

They refused to engage with our open style of play and were able to punish us as a reesult.

We are not arguing for a change in style, far from it, but if Bielsa can slightly adjust our strategy when he knows an opponent is likely to sit back we should see results improve.

Having Diego Llorente and Robin Koch available – as well as potential new signings – should have a noticeable impact too.

In other Leeds United news, the club’s official Twitter account has joined in with the Stuart Dallas ‘leeds-born’ gag.


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