Leeds United slipped to a defeat on Saturday away to fellow play-off hopefuls Reading, who have now overtaken Garry Monk’s side in the Championship.
The scramble for play-off positions intensified as a Yann Kermorgrant effort gave Jaap Stam’s side a first half advantage they would not relinquish.
It was a deserved win for Reading and they’ll now take extra confidence into the play-offs where they could well face Leeds again in a two-legged tie.
For Leeds fans it was a frustrating evening and they now face an uncertain April with their play-off status far from assured.
For most fans it’s not a time to hit a panic button. However, there are concerns about today’s omission of one man in particular, Pontus Jansson.
The defender has been in wonderful form for Leeds this season but has now sat out their last two matches amid rumours of a rift between him and Garry Monk.
Ostensibly his absence today was due to an injury, but some supporters are concerned the issues run deeper than that.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
Have we just pressed this seasons self destruct button with this Jansson thing? Much later then of recent years tbf. #lufc
— Tiddy (@PureLeeds) April 1, 2017
No need to panic. Get Pontus and Ayling back in. Much better with Douk supporting Wood. Need more of Taylor in the final third #lufc
— Sam Feasey (@samfeasey) April 1, 2017
Poor today. Really frustrating performance too. Needed to work the ball a lot better. No need to panic though, it's just annoying #lufc
— Tom Peden (@tcpeden) April 1, 2017
Onwards to Tuesday now get back at it hopefully things are sorted between Jansson and the club and he's back in the back 4 with Ayling #lufc
— James (@jimmy_L_UFC) April 1, 2017
Boring game, dull tactics, nothing upfront, aimless midfield … a defence that shows how integral Ayling and Jansson have been #lufc
— Mr Glassalfempty (@DRobinson92) April 1, 2017
Re: Cooper. One good game doesn't make a player. Disappointed Monk said he would've started regardless of Jansson's fitness #lufc
— RichieRich (@AMitherer) April 1, 2017
Good to see we aren't missing Jansson ????????. #lufc
— Daithí (@Daithionaroll) April 1, 2017
— Mike Whorley (@mikewhorley) April 1, 2017