It’s cheesy, but it could’ve been fitting that such a sight could have been a metaphor for Leeds United that the sun may have set on our season.
Thankfully that isn’t yet the case and the match against Tranmere saw Leeds bounced back from a poor run of form to thrash their struggling opponents. The match was unfortunately over shadowed by the lack of bowel control from the man infront of me however and I spent most of the evening covering my mouth with my scarf due to the toxic methane coming out of his back side. I genuinely nearly chuffed it by asphyxiation.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to blog straight after the match due to various hospital related trekking but with a huge match against Southampton tomorrow, I thought it might be nice to reflect on the win and the possible trashing we might get against them. They’re well in their stride as they look to mount a serious challenge for a play off place and despite their 10 point deduction for going into administration, they’re on course to do so.
The 4-1 win over Tranmere was a much needed boost for Leeds; since that win over Manchester United have been playing once every 3 1/2 days which has taken its toll on the relatively compact squad available to Simon Grayson. That’s not to say he doesn’t have enough players at his disposal, more that there aren’t enough players of a high enough quality. So the obvious thing to do was strengthen and despite not going out and making significant purchases in January, the likes of Gary Mcsheffrey were brought in. Still, Grayson made just the one change and brought back skipper Richard Naylor in.
After the battering of Brentford which ended in a 1-1 draw, it was only a matter of time before Leeds would show what they’re capable of and despite the sour grapes on show from Tranmere’s bitter manager Leeds did score some impressive goals; Jermaine Beckford’s perfect lob after Michael Doyle’s high ball over the defence being the most notable. That’s Michael Doyle, not Colin, as Sky Sports News kept referring to him as.
So to Southampton and a match being billed as the battle of the strikers, Rickie Lambert has 22 league goals this season, while his strike partner Lee Barnard has 21, the same as Beckford. Luciano Becchio has been less prolific this season but having scored seven goals in the last ten matches, he will be a threat. While Leeds are still looking over their shoulder at Charlton who are away at Millwall who’ve lost just once at home; this weekend throws up some other interesting fixtures at the top of League 1 as Norwich go to Huddersfield who are unbeaten at home this season.
It could be a telling weekend in the race for promotion but with fixtures at home to Millwall and Swindon and away to Norwich, Leeds have it all to do to hang on to 2nd place.