Pundit View: Phil Hay believes Villa game will give Leeds the drive they need

Leeds United journalist Phil Hay believes that the incident which occurred during the Aston Villa game will help the club in their push for promotion.

Despite the Whites failing to find a win for the third consecutive match Hay believes that Sunday may have reignited the fire in the belly of the squad before the playoffs.

What’s been said then?

The Yorkshire Evening Post writer appeared on the secondcaptains podcast this week to discuss the fallout of the game at Elland Road on Sunday.

The Scotsman commented that he believed that the Leeds squad were losing their edge in recent weeks which culminated in two losses over the Easter weekend.

Hay went on to say that the team needed a wake-up call and he believes that the incident during the Villa game was exactly what they needed:

“This was quite a handy situation for Leeds, they needed a shot in the arm from somewhere.

“They had a shocking Easter weekend which was very costly and ultimately fatal in terms of their chances of finishing second. The players looked flat over Easter, they looked nervous and I thought you could see the confidence draining out of them.

“I think it will help them that they’ve had a day where they’ve felt the fire again and felt the burn.

“I think it has pulled everybody together where they needed to find some impetus and some momentum again.”

Spot on

Phil Hay couldn’t be more right with his summary if he tried. His sentiments were also echoed by Sunday’s goalscorer Mateusz Klich who said:

“I think we needed to play like this.

“We need to be sharp, we need to play our style, we need to be aggressive. It’s all up to us and we’ve come so far. I hope we’re going to get through the playoffs.

“It (Sunday) was very important, not only for me but for the whole team. If you feel good on the pitch and play well and then you build confidence and play well in the next game.”

Leeds have always been a club who thrived off of the hate and vitriol of opposition fans and the media alike. They love to face a challenge and that may be partly the reason why they capitulated towards the end of the season when it seemed impossible for them to miss out on a spot in the top two.

The bust-up with Villa on Sunday will give them an added dimension and extra motivation heading into the playoffs, and that will be doubled if they come up against Dean Smith’s side at Wembley in May.

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