Leeds United went 11 points clear of third place on Tuesday evening as they dispatched Hull City in a 2-0 win while Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bristol City all dropped points.
While going that far clear of dropping out of the automatic promotion places would be reason to celebrate for most fanbases, the Elland Road faithful aren’t your normal set of supporters.
It’s been almost 16 years since Leeds were in the top-flight, and for the majority of that time, supporters of the Yorkshire club have seen nothing but misery.
Understandably, a number of fans still carry a pessimistic attitude as they were unwilling to celebrate going so far clear of their rivals.
I feel nervous.
— Lord Bielsa (@LordBielsa) December 10, 2019
Having lived through many, many awful Januarys, I won’t be getting too excited until we’re still ahead by the same margin on February 1st#LUFC
— Phil Annets (@PhilAnnets) December 10, 2019
To be honest, you can’t blame the fanbase for being a bit nervous in this situation as they’ve seen it all too many times before.
The Whites have a reputation for ‘falling apart again’ for a reason, and it’s down to the fact that they’ve been known to bottle these types of situations.
Last season, Leeds famously became the first team in ten years to not go up after being top of the Championship on Christmas day, so you can understand their reluctance to count their chickens.
no team has ever managed not to go up etc. etc.
— finn (@finn_cool_twtz) December 10, 2019
Ah… 11 points ahead, getting flashbacks of last season, please don’t do this to me again, I can’t handle it pic.twitter.com/j1tDW87Pe7
— Lewis (@lewisinho_) December 10, 2019
11 points clear of 3rd as it stands. If anyone can mess this up….. #LUFC
— Tom Blower (@Tom_B_17) December 10, 2019
Another reason why Leeds fans are worried is due to the threat that Fulham pose.
The London club have a tendency to go on great late-season runs as they went 23 games unbeaten during the back end of their last promotion campaign.
11 points from 3rd is so nice!! Still fear Fulham could get a good run of form… like they always do
— Matt (@mattlittleLUFC) December 10, 2019
Only worry is that Fulham will go on a mad run like they did last time they went up. 11 points is a lot, but not too many to completely write off us bottling
— Leeds warrior (@WarriorLeeds) December 10, 2019
Meanwhile, it seems as if Patrick Bamford’s recent comments could explain one Leeds man’s slow start.