As we are coming into the business end of the League One season the title race is a very interesting one, as in my opinion there are two teams who are challenging for silverware and that is Norwich and Leeds United. In recent weeks it was a 3 horse race but Charlton Athletic has fallen behind the pace due to dropped points.
In recent weeks Leeds has taken their eye of the ball due to exploits in the FA Cup and the JPT and Norwich have capitalised. Leeds have struggled away at Swindon getting beat 3-0, a 2-0 defeat away at Exeter and 1-1 draw at home to Wycombe. Could have the FA cup exploits played a part. Beating Manchester United and taking Spurs to a replay is one thing, but not beating teams around you in League One is quite another. I was in the home end when Leeds travelled to the County Ground and they were totally outplayed by Swindon and they looked a much different team that played Spurs 3 days earlier. But after the defeat to Spurs in the 4th round replay of the FA Cup, Leeds have got back to some ways of playing good football by defeating Colchester and picked up a point at a very plucky Hartlepool.
The other team in contention is Norwich they were relegated to league after a last day 4-2 away defeat to Charlton and found League One a bit tough to get to grips with. An opening day defeat at home to Colchester was a total embarrassment as the final score was 7-1. A change around was needed so manager Bryan Gunn was sacked and in came Paul Lambert who was at Colchester when the 7-1 happened and have never looked back. They got the revenge they wanted in mid January when they went up to Colchester and gave them a football lesson on a very dodgy pitch a 5-0 victory was the outcome. In the last couple of months Norwich has been at Leeds tailcoats picking up important wins when needed. Lambert has installed a football philosophy on the 4-4-2 diamond formation on where Wes Hoolahan as the focal point of the attack. Much of the goal scoring threat has come from Grant Holt and Chris Martin.
When the teams met early in the season Leeds came out on top due to a last minute goal by Everton bound Jermaine Beckford deep into stoppage time. With the return leg on the 27th March at Carrow road this could be an interesting race for the League One title.
Written By Scot Munroe.