Leeds’ recent misery continued in their visit to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium as they slumped to another defeat, meaning they are now on a run on just one win in eight games.
Such a sequence of results is threatening to derail their promotion bid, with the likes of Brentford and Fulham breathing down their necks, but the game against QPR could have been a lot different if a key decision went their way.
The R’s winning goal came in the first half when Nahki Wells bundled home following Eberechi Eze’s blocked free-kick, but the ball appeared to hit the striker’s arm before he found the net.
Luke Ayling led the players’ protests to the referee on the pitch but plenty of fans shared their sentiment and voiced their complaints with the officials for what they believed was a very poor decision.
Disappointed but not surprised
— L (@Lewis_Nich) January 18, 2020
Wells uses both hands in the build up to that. Great refereeing 🤦♂️ #lufc
— Jonathan Saville (@sav1lle) January 18, 2020
Two handballs from Wells in that goal! Shocking officiating. #lufc
— Joe Catling (@JoeCatling19) January 18, 2020
Tragic refereeing. Absolutely tragic. #lufc
— Anthony Derbyshire (@antsd1970) January 18, 2020
Joke of a decision again. Referees in the Championship are disgracefully bad #lufc
— Diarmuid Nolan (@dermonolan91) January 18, 2020
Standard of officials in this league is disgusting #lufc
— YBI (@YeboahBelieveIt) January 18, 2020
To make matters worse Leeds could have had a penalty when the match was still goalless, with Helder Costa appearing to be tripped in the penalty area.
Some supporters believe those poor decisions may have been down to what they label the “London curse”, a theory which has some truth to it given the Whites’ recent results in the capital.
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They have now lost nine out of their last ten visits to London across 2018/19 and 2019/20, which is of particular concern given they face a trip to promotion rivals Brentford at the beginning of next month.
Blatant hand ball gives QPR the lead!
The London Curse looks like it could continue!#LUFC
— Totally Leeds (@TotallyLeeds) January 18, 2020
Another trip to London and another howler from the ref #lufc
— Matt 💙💛 (@MWJS82) January 18, 2020
Meanwhile, Leeds fans have also been reacting to a possible development off the pitch which could get their promotion bid back on track.