Losing four of their last five games in all competitions has seen Leeds United fans begin to get a little antsy, and not without reason.
Before this quartet of defeats, Leeds United had been putting sides away with some ease. It was imperious form that had driven them to the top of the table, a system that tore sides apart.
However, the tearing seems to have stopped and the Whites have begun to struggle somewhat. Teams are allowing them to play out, but when they begin to threaten they are stifled with choking defensive play as opponents put men behind the ball.
Crude it may be, but effective it certainly is. It’s worked in Rotherham United’s favour today at the New York Stadium. The Millers have squeezed the life out of Leeds’ game in what has been a poor first-half for the Whites.
Leeds United, despite their superiority of possession, have been pushed and harried off the ball, being second-best to 50/50 balls. At times, with Rotherham playing the pipes, Leeds United were left both chasing shadows and dancing to the wrong tune.
A superb move by Rotherham down their left, quickly moving the ball with one-touch interplay, saw Semi Ajayi drill an unstoppable finish past Kiko Casilla into the top corner.
It was a lead that the South Yorkshire side took into the changing rooms at half-time. It was a lead they deserved. It was a lead that punished Leeds United for their alacrity.
It was a performance so abject and dismal that it was bound to cause some form of comment. Indeed it did, and here’s some of the comments from Leeds United fans.
Leeds United off-key; fans comment and react
Klich looks bereft of confidence. Majority of players seen to be taking that extra touch now from a few weeks ago and that’s really affecting the fluidity of our game. Concerning 135 mins of football.
— Oooops&Downs (@UpsDowns8) January 26, 2019
No desire to score goals. Klich is an invisible and had been for 3 months. Get him out and Roberts in.
— Marcelo B’s LUFC (@BillyKeville) January 26, 2019
Leeds have shown an inability to deal with this sort of team all season. For me this is a must win game!
— Rob (@mightywhitesfc) January 26, 2019
not replacing saiz is going to be our downfall, dan james will fix one issue out wide but we just don’t have a cutting edge in midfield way too reliant on pablo.
— Craig (@lufcCraig) January 26, 2019
I also dont understand why were so insistant and brown needing to play at least another 7 U23 games. Surely 45 mins for them coupled with last 20 for firat team will bring him upto speed alot quicker. Just as it did with clarke
— Col (@col1984) January 26, 2019
Why do we keep playing aerial passes to Roofe.. pointless. Need to move it about on the deck like we know we can. Can’t believe how much room we gave that guy to shoot too we’re normally on them like flies around 💩
— El Grimmo (@VileAnimal1919) January 26, 2019
We need players in before thursday. I cant see us staying in the top 2 otherwise. We look tired and lacking ideas in the final 3rd
— Daz (@DazR_lufc) January 26, 2019
It’s simple bring in outfield plays in transfer window our be happy with play-offs .Need central defender , central midfield ,left winger and a striker.
— Eugene maher (@Eugenemaher2) January 26, 2019