Leeds fans have been reacting to manager Paul Heckingbottom’s frank assessment of the club’s poor form.
Heckingbottom’s side were completely outplayed against Wolves on Wednesday night, with two goals from corners making matters easy for the visitors before the break.
A lapse in judgement from 21 year-old goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell let Benik Afobe cap off the night’s misery with a third, meaning the home side have now lost 3-0 twice in the space of five days.
Heckingbottom has had a torrid time since taking over at Elland Road, and an ineffective January transfer window has shown with results on the pitch.
Leeds have now lost seven of their last twelve, winning just once in that period. This leaves the club limping along in 13th, and with no signs of turning it around.
“It’s an indication of where we are. This is where we’re at. If we want to be a team at the top of the league or competing for top-six places, we’re short,” Heckingbottom said on Wednesday night.
“The disappointing this is that when Wolves were at their best, and they’re a good team, they never scored from their opportunities. We conceded from two set-plays and a long ball over the top. But that’s been evident throughout the season.”
The manager seems to have accepted what most fans accepted quite some time ago, that a playoff push is not going to happen this season. Leeds simply don’t have the quality that several other clubs pushing for those places have.
Some fans have sympathised with Heckingbottom, most are putting the blame on Victor Orta’s recruitment, while a few are happy to dilute the pain by seeing the funny side of things.
A few of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
To be fair I think we're only 8 or 9 short of a decent side
— Kevin Dwyer (@lufcchamps92) March 7, 2018
@PhilHayYEP why does he keep playing Phillips, not good enough at all, looks lost on the pitch nothing more than a Sunday league player
— Simon Baxter (@biddybax75) March 7, 2018
I am staring to feel (and taking into context Radrizzni's melt down on Twitter tonight) that Heckingbottom has been brought in to be a fall guy to take the heat off Radrizzni and particularly Orta.
— Stephen Lewis (@vegansmithsfan) March 7, 2018
Lirerally our players are too short
— danny wilson (@beargryllz) March 7, 2018
Never going to happen with Heckingbottom, bless him. Loved to be proved wrong.
— HarveyM (@mrharveymarcus) March 7, 2018
But AR and Orta have claimed consistently that this team is good enough for top 6.
— Rob (@darlobobby) March 7, 2018
Another low point following #lufc tonight.
Some players simply not good enough for our club.
Owner is trying to gain success on the cheap & it’s not going to happen, Orta’s signings are disgraceful, I’ve seen some shocking performance’s over the years but lately..Embarrassing!
— LEEDS UTD MEMORIES (@LUFCHistory) March 7, 2018