Leeds United under the guidance of Garry Monk have made strides on and off the park this season. The team could miss out on the play-offs and still have made more progress than any side so far in the Football League. Today saw the side lose in the last minutes at Huddersfield Town but the aftermath was one of unity despite it being very heated.
David Wagner lost his head and flew down the touchline to celebrate. In my mind that’s disrespectful and embarrassing. Monk wasn’t happy and his team backed him up to the point of a mass confrontation and let’s be honest it has taken all the heat off the player’s performance. People are talking about Monk and Wagner, not the fact that on the day the best side won the game. Garry Monk has taken the focus off the players who didn’t really turn up and match the standards they have set themselves. This result wasn’t a flook, we were fortunate to beat Blackburn and didn’t play well against Forest or Barnsley previously. We need to raise the levels again now and push on and make sure that we have a play-off place come the end of the season.
None of the players had good games today in reality. The defence invited pressure and the midfield lost ground on their opponents and certainly never got a hold of the game. We knew that Huddersfield would make the pitch big and we let them, constantly getting caught two on one down the sides. The attacking players of Huddersfield found room in front of the defence and the players who were meant to plug that gap were well off the pace. We never got on the ball and strung moves together and just put hopeful balls towards Chris Wood who was a lonely figure in the main. The midfield had no control at Blackburn on Wednesday and got away with it as Blackburn weren’t capable of taking advantage. Today that wasn’t the case and we have paid with a loss to our local rivals.
We have come so far this season it’s hard to contemplate how bad we were in the last few years. We have some very good players at the football club and bags of potential. Todays game on its own won’t have a huge bearing on where we finish and we need to make sure we bounce back with some good results in the next couple of games, both of which we should be looking to take maximum points from. Cardiff City and Bristol City both arrive at Elland Road and are both struggling through the season. Our bounce-back ability has been tremendous this season and it’s now even more important to show that. We must put todays result behind us.