Norwich fans will be sick of seeing Ronaldo Vieira after the last couple of weeks. Just 11 days ago he slammed home the winning penalty to knock them out of the League Cup after a gruelling 120 minutes, and today he struck in stoppage time from 30 yards to condemn one of the favourites for promotion to another defeat at the hands of the ever-rising Leeds United.
I thought the first goal would be crucial today but in the end it was about persistence and quality and Leeds had both in abundance, probably feeling like the game should have been tied up before the drama of the last ten minutes. A Luke Ayling own goal put Norwich in front, as scrappy as they come. We missed chances before the break but after half-time it was about taking those chances. Roofe went close before Jansson dispatched a looping header to equalise. Leeds then cut the hosts open and Chris Wood fired home his 11th of the season, one behind last seasons entire total. Norwich weren’t done and Kyle Lafferty swept home to equalise in the last minute of normal time. We weren’t done wither, and Ronaldo Vieira banged into the corner in stoppage time, to the delight of everyone connected with Leeds United.
I would have snapped your hand off for a point before kick-off, the game was as tough as they come especially after Norwich took a hiding last week and will have wanted to put that right today. When Lafferty popped up late on it was soul-destroying with just minutes to spare. However we showed that fighting spirit which has crept into our game over the last few months and ended up taking all the points from arguably the toughest away day in the League barring Newcastle. Since the last International break we have come on leaps and bounds again, just like the period before this and with the next game coming up set to be the biggest crowd and occasion since promotion back to this level there is much to look forward to in the coming months at Leeds United.
We now have two weeks off before the next game which gives Monk even more opportunity to improve and develop a side that just keeps on getting better. We can relax and enjoy the next couple of weeks, the small matter of England vs Scotland coming up in 6 days too. This is the best run and best feeling we’ve had in years and Garry Monk, Pep Clotet, James Beattie and Darryl Flahaven deserve huge credit as well as the players. Imagine if we were in this position come January? Players would be lining up at the chance to join Leeds with the chance of the play-offs. Any negative vibes are long gone and I cannot wait for Sunday 20th November and getting back to Elland Road.
Oh, did I not mention? We’re in the play-off places!