At one point on Saturday afternoon, Leeds United were about to fall four points behind Sheffield United, leaving their hopes of automatic promotion in tatters.
With Millwall taking a 2-1 lead at Elland Road and the Blades winning by the same scoreline against Bristol City, the pressure on Marcelo Bielsa’s side could have easily resulted in a loss of composure, which they have struggled at times with this season.
However, once Luke Ayling fired in a headed equaliser, there was only going to be one winner and unsurprisingly it came from Pablo Hernandez who slid in to deliver a vital three points for the Whites, a result which was made even sweeter by the fact that their promotion rivals were beaten 3-2 by the Robins.
Leeds are now two points clear of the Blades with just seven Championship fixtures left and should have the momentum needed now for them to secure a top-two finish alongside Norwich City. The mentality illustrated by the club’s players on Saturday was fantastic as instead of crumbling when behind, their quality of football actually improved, showing that there is substance behind Bielsa’s style of play.
Although the Whites still face tough clashes against the likes of Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday in the coming weeks, they will undoubtedly be brimming with confidence that they can finish the campaign strongly.
Momentum is huge when it comes to the race for promotion. Chris Wilder’s Blades failed to build on their victory over Leeds at the weekend which has handed their rivals the chance to capitalise. Bielsa’s men now need to be ruthless and not give their opponents a chance of overtaking them again.
The Whites have shown throughout the season why they are arguably the best footballing team in the division and so it would be fitting that their faith in their manager’s style of play is rewarded in May by a return to the top-flight after 15 years away.
What do you think Leeds fans? Does Saturday’s comeback carry all the hallmarks of a promotion winning side? Or are you refusing to get carried away? Let us know below.