Leeds United – Season On A Knife Edge But Momentum Builds
Everybody knows that football is a crazy game, anything can happen at any time and you often find that even the unexpected isn’t all that surprising.
Four games ago we were a sinking ship, everybody had given up and despite being resigned to yet another season in the Championship, our major worry was over whether or not our club could ever recover from the mess that it has once again found itself in.
The difference this time was that our problems weren’t related to finance, our problem was that the heart of the club seemed to have vanished. The players seemed devoid of hope, the manager was getting booed for 90 minutes every game and for the first time since I can remember even the fans had given up.
Personally, I just wanted the season over with, but even then I couldn’t be positive about the future. After all, how many times have we sat here getting our hopes up over the next season, only to be left with the same disappointment when it doesn’t work out.
Amongst all that I forgot something. I forgot that this is Leeds United, and things are never that straightforward.
Cue a seemingly rejuvenated team, passing the ball around like we all knew they could, creating chances left right and centre, and even defending well. Last night’s goal for Leicester means we’ve only conceded one goal in four games, considering our defensive problems over the last few seasons, that really can’t be ignored.
I’d like to give sole credit to Neil Warnock, but I cant. Sure, he’s got the team playing well at last, but this little turn in fortune is down to everyone at the club. It started with GFH introducing the ‘Watch Leeds4Less’ scheme, you may have had a few hundred emails about that.
Cheaper tickets meant a bigger attendance, a bigger attendance meant a better atmosphere, and that seemed to be exactly what the players needed as they brushed Blackpool aside.
Since then we haven’t looked back, and you can’t help but wonder where we’d be in the table right now if we’d been playing like this all along. From nothing, Leeds have become a tough team to break down with a never say die attitude to match.
Of course, last night’s draw leaves us with a bit of a mountain to climb, and considering we’re up against Crystal Palace next who look like they’re back to their best, overcoming it really is a tough ask.
Lose and the points gap will be near on impossible to bridge, we know that, but win and everything changes again.
Our final run of games includes 6 home ties, if we can win the majority of those six and pick up some points away from home then you really never know.
Realistically, this season looks beyond us, even with an unlikely win against Palace we’ve still got a lot of work to do, but when you consider what I said earlier about Leeds never doing things the easy way, you just cant write them off.
Either way, the club is set up to move forward next season and it feels as though everyone is pulling in the same direction at last. Leeds are at their best when everybody works together, being united really is the key.
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