Leeds United supporters have been suffering from a horrendous case of deja vu in recent weeks.
After gaining a three-point lead over automatic promotion rivals Sheffield United on April 13th, Marcelo Bielsa’s side seemingly had garnered the momentum needed to embark on a run of form that would culminate with a return to the Premier League.
However, in a surreal clash against a Wigan Athletic side who had only won once on their travels all season, the Whites collapsed under the pressure of expectations at Elland Road. The showdown initially started well for Leeds who dominated possession and forced an early red card for the Latics after Cedric Kipre was sent off for handling the ball on the line.
Although Pablo Hernandez would miss the resulting penalty, Patrick Bamford put his side into a deserved lead before disaster struck on the stroke of half-time for Bielsa’s men as Gavin Massey fired in an equaliser for Wigan. The winger then doubled his tally for the day in the 62nd minute in what proved to be the decisive goal which secured an unlikely victory for the visitors.
As a consequence of this result, the Whites surrendered second place in the Championship standings to the Blades who have the same points as their Yorkshire rivals but a vastly superior goal difference.
The loss to Brentford yesterday was just as bad.
Despite the manner of their club’s defeat on Good Friday and Easter Monday, Leeds supporters must continue to back their players in the remaining three fixtures of the season, especially when you consider how many twists and turns there has been in the race for the top-two recently.
Whereas it would be easy to single out an individual for delivering under-par performances over the weekend, the reality is that in order to secure promotion in May, the entire club must remain united and dedicated to one common goal.
Indeed, there may be a situation at the end of the campaign where the Whites could find themselves having to navigate their way through the play-offs but even if this is the case, the last thing the fans should do is give up hope following one slip-up.
What do you think Leeds supporters? Can you still secure automatic promotion this season? Or are you worried about the ramifications following Friday’s defeat to Wigan? Let us know below.
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