An avoidable incident is not avoided, goalscoring chances are not taken, a situation is not defended, and a winnable game is not won. Leeds United didn’t do much wrong at Portman Road, but they didn’t get much right either.
Imagine a quiet January, they said. Likely not much happening, they said. On track to achieve our targets, they said.
Part two of the 102nd episode of The Square Ball Podcast, discussing things beginning with A.A.
The Square Ball Podcast returns and Luke Ayling gets injured. Of course.
For the next week, I’m watching Berardi’s goal on a loop, because I want to remember what it felt like to know that football can be pure.
2018 begins, and Leeds United have found a new way of making people unhappy, by being sixth from top of the Championship as the transfer window opens.
Although I’d buy a ticket to any solo performance by Samu Saiz, at Leeds United games, there are ten others there who can’t be ignored. Whether they can be improved is the question.
This was worse than losing ugly: this was losing hideous. Losing grotesque, losing atrocious. Losing repulsive, frightful and wicked. Losing wretched, miserable and bad. Losing grisly, losing loathsome. Losing stinking, revolting and sour. I mean, I could go on. I have an excellent thesaurus.
There ought to be a damn good explanation for not beating Burton Albion 5-0 within an hour again, because a 2-1 win makes it look like Leeds United have only got worse since that glorious afternoon.
Pablo Hernandez chipped Alan McGregor, and it was agony at the northern end of the ground, watching the ball to see where it would drop — in the net, or in among the scarves in the South Stand.