Leeds fans were left buzzing before their match with Huddersfield had even kicked off.
That was because Millwall dealt a bitter blow to Nottingham Forest’s promotion hopes by defeating them 3-0 on Friday evening.
Forest have been challenging for a playoff spot this season and are seen as one of the main contenders who could push Leeds out of the automatic places.
However, their hopes of doing so took a blow before the weekend’s action had truly got underway.
Matt Smith was the man who dealt the defeat as the former Leeds man scored a hat-trick to wrap up the three points for Gary Rowett’s side.
Reacting on Twitter, a host of United fans were absolutely buzzing with his display at the City Ground.
One jokingly claimed it was his best performance in a Leeds shirt while a further supporter went as far as stating that Forest had made him look like Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland. The striker famously once stated he wanted to win the Premier League with the Whites.
— JOSH 💀 (@jshbckhs) March 6, 2020
Matt Smith scores goals. It’s what he does. Some folk make windows, others make cars. Matt smith scores goals…and goals that help Leeds United. Matt Smith is a hero.
— Rod Wallace-Arnold (@JoseDalbinho) March 7, 2020
Matt Smith doing bits, Leeds him
— Liam (@liam_lightowler) March 6, 2020
Matt Smith finally gaining Leeds United legend status by firing in a 13 minute hat trick happy days
— Ollie Flack (@FlackOllie) March 6, 2020
they sang a very enthusiastic chorus of ‘leeds are falling apart’ when they beat us
one win in five since then and now they’re making matt smith look like erling haaland https://t.co/qOZCcnbwbT
— Nick Elliott (@NickElliott91) March 6, 2020
Always said Matt Smith was one hell of a player… Post Leeds slump is strong with this lot https://t.co/nC8oN8Iqe0
— Tom Kelly (@tomlufckelly) March 7, 2020
Many fans were left drooling over his performance for the Lions as he won a colossal 15 aerial duels and stuck home three goals in just 13 minutes of action.
It was a mightily impressive display and one that made a certain fan suggest he’d score as many as 50 per season for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
He might be joking but it’s clear Leeds have needed to score more goals this term. They have the second-worst conversion rate in the league.
I have no footballing rationale for this but I know for a fact that Matt Smith would have notched fifty goals for us this season. #lufc
— Tommy (@tommy_lufc) March 6, 2020
The 30-year-old has started just 16 times in the Championship this campaign, however.
Matt Smith > bamford
— dave easby (@EasbyDave) March 6, 2020
Finally, two individuals joked about a famous tweet from Leeds on deadline day in 2014. They urged their fans not to go to bed yet with ten minutes of the window remaining, only to then sell Smith in a completely anti-climactic end to the day.
The forward netted 14 goals in 48 appearances during his time at Elland Road.
Cheers Agent Mathieu, now, can we go to bed yet?
— Jean Kevin Langoustine (@BatesyV3) March 6, 2020
— Derek O Brien 💙💛🤍 (@Sharpeire) March 6, 2020