It was a strange game today for Leeds United fans to stomach was the game against Stoke City. The 2-1 defeat aside, there was much more to be gloomy about.
The Whites were definitely off colour, more peaky and less blinders to shamefully rob from a TV series name. In truth, Leeds were never out of the trap, never mind under starter’s orders.
Despite a huge slab of the possession, despite more accurate passing, and despite more urgent probing, that polished performance vs Derby just wasn’t there.
What was there was error after error, mistake after mistake with each one piling up on the previous. Bad marking and decision-making caused the first goal. Those mistakes and errors kept on coming, committed by all and sundry throughout the Leeds United team.
Frustrated, the Leeds players began to impetuously challenge the referee’s decisions. One such vigorous challenge saw the popular Pontus Jansson receive a yellow card. It was that split-second decision that came back to haunt him later in the second-half.
The above video of a Jansson stumble was deemed enough to warrant a second yellow and subsequent marching orders, Leeds being reduced to 10 men. At that point, it was only 1-0 to Stoke, but it was always going to be an uphill struggle.
Jansson responded to the sending off with a tweeted apology (below) to the fans. This was after many fans responded to the sending off in a different manner.
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) January 19, 2019
It was an honest apology, one from the heart. It was also an apology that was bound to draw some comment from Leeds United fans aggrieved at the seeming severity of the second yellow card.
Before the fans get a chance to air their views on the matter, here’s what Leeds United captain Liam Cooper had to say.
Don’t be sorry for anything bro! You have being unbelievable all season.. Long way to go and a lot of hard work.. ❤️ https://t.co/iqr4N2nTZl
— Liam Cooper (@LiamCooper__) January 19, 2019
Here’s how some Leeds United fans reacted and commented on Jansson tweeted apology.
Pontus Jansson tweets apology – Leeds United fans respond
Scandalous decision for the 2nd yellow. Laughable
— Paul LUFC (@pistol1603) January 19, 2019
THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE’S CORRUPT
— Daniel Hopper (@DanielH_LUFC) January 19, 2019
Did nothing wrong on pitch or leaving it. keep the passion Pontus, we go again
— Dave Rowson (@daverowson) January 19, 2019
Not sure why or how anyone can make out you were doing any different.
Still don’t get the second yellow ♀️
— Debbington (@DebsHLUFC) January 19, 2019
No need to apologise Pontus , I know you were being respectful to the shirt all you boys give your shirts away at the end of a match anyway. Now chin up our big friendly Swede Kalvin will be with us next weekend but come Norwich the magic hat will reappear, take care big man
— Robert Greenwood (@bobly44) January 19, 2019
Head up pontus, no way that was a bookable offence but what can you do when you get awful refs ♂️ MOT
— Tom Machin (@thomasmachin2) January 19, 2019