Leeds United and another 1-0 victory. No one will care though. They are still within touching distance of the league leaders.
A strike from Mateusz Klich on the stroke of half-time earned the Whites all three points against Championship strugglers Middlesbrough.
Marcelo Bielsa had to cope without his lynchpin Kalvin Phillips as he missed the game through injury, instead the Argentine opted for Brighton centre-back Ben White in central midfield while there was no place for any of their January signings on the bench.
Despite the win, sections of the visiting support were far from pleased with what they saw, particularly from the playmaking Pablo Hernandez.
Here’s what has been said…
Pablo is struggling again! #LUFC
— Stu W. (@StuartWillis19) February 26, 2020
White looks like a headless chicken, Hernandez having a mare again and Jack Harrison doing everything right except laying the easy ball again. “Why have 1 touch when I can have 19 and 7 step overs!”😡 come on lads!! #lufc
— Däßmändoo (@DarranPaul) February 26, 2020
Hernandez is way off the boil here #lufc
— TomAxe (@tom_axe) February 26, 2020
Pablo having a shocker #lufc
— david greenwood (@dgreenwood87) February 26, 2020
Pablo not having the best game #lufc
— Mark Adams ⚽ ⛳ 4 (@maccathebomb) February 26, 2020
Pablo off at HT. Horror performance #lufc
— Martin Atkin (@MrMartinAtkin) February 26, 2020
— Leeds Faithful (@MaynardM) February 26, 2020
Hernandez been so poor tonight 😫#lufc
— J a c k k (@Jack_Webb95) February 26, 2020
The 34-year-old clearly wasn’t at his best as fans described his performance as “horror” and as a “shocker”.
He lasted 73 minutes on the pitch before he was pulled for Jamie Shackleton – he managed three key passes and two shots, but also lost possession 23 times and won just 28.5% of his duels, per SofaScore.
Hernandez’s age was brought up by a couple of supporters as one believed he was playing like he was 72 while another said he was a ghost of his former self.
Is Pablo all of a sudden 72 years old what’s up with him 😂 #LUFC
— Ashley Johnson (@AshJohnson20) February 26, 2020
Pablo is finished #lufc looks like a ghost of his former self
— Daniel Craig Holmes (@DanielCHolmes7) February 26, 2020
That was a very lethargic performance Shackleton should be starting next game can't have Pablo playing 3 games a week. A lot of tired legs already is worrying #lufc
— WHITESOLDIER (@whitesoldier62) February 26, 2020
Some chose to point out different attributes in his game – one fan pondered if he had the boots on the wrong feet, and a further member of the Elland Road faithful claimed he kept giving the ball away, which the above statistic would agree with.
What’s pablo on tonight think he’s got his boots on the wrong feet #lufc
— LUFC (@hughesyhotshot) February 26, 2020
— Ding 🏴 (@D_I_N_G) February 26, 2020
This comes just a few days after the majority of the fanbase were left drooling over Phil Hay’s article on the Spaniard.
Football has a funny way of changing in such a short space of time.
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