Ipswich Town 3-2 Leeds United: concerning omens as relegated Ipswich Town down promotion hopefuls Leeds United.
The play-offs were already in the bag for Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United when they travelling to Portman Road for the final game of the season, but their performance left a lot to be desired and fans will understandably be concerned with the state of their team heading into what will be their most important games in 15 years outside of the topflight.
Bielsa welcomed back his top scorer Kemar Roofe on Sunday following injury to replace Patrick Bamford, who is currently spending time on the side-line due to retrospective action.
The travelling side dominated the opening exchanges with a flurry of decent chances. However, in typical Leeds style, their wastefulness in front of goal cost them and after Roofe, Stuart Dallas and Adam Forshaw all fluffed their chances, it was the hosts who took the lead from Flynn Downes via a free-kick earned by Huddersfield Town loanee Collin Quaner.
Klich grabbed an equaliser just before the break, but we have a feeling this did little to change Bielsa’s half-time team talk: simply not good enough – desperately needs improving.
Whatever was said in the dressing room certainly wasn’t headed as Ipswich found themselves back in the lead minutes after the break through Andre Dozzell, another assist for Quaner. The pressure was on again for Leeds to make something of this game and reward the ever so loyal travelling supporters who almost certainly didn’t get up at silly o’clock to watch their side lose.
Stuart Dallas provided a bit of hope for the visitors when he bagged after 75 minutes, but that was cruelly ripped minutes before the end. An embarrassing mix up between Ayling and Casilla left Quaner with an open net and the loanee made no mistake of finishing his chance to hand the hosts the victory in their final game of Championship football.
In a game that meant nothing at all but a lot at the same time, fans will be looking at Manchester City man Jack Harrison and wondering what exactly he has done to earn himself a spot in the starting line-up.
Admittedly £3.15million-rated (per Transfermarkt) Harrison looked dangerous in the opening exchanges and did actually manage a few early flurries into Ipswich’s half, but this was no way near enough to compensate for how utterly ineffective he was for me majority of the game.
Matches just seem to pass him by as he already has one eye on his summer holidays and a return to the Etihad. Good luck with that…
Leeds United fans, do you agree with our selection? Has Harrison given up on Leeds now, and would it be wiser to select someone who cares more? Join the discussion by commenting below…
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