Hopefully the Glory Days of Leeds United are coming back to West Yorkshire in a few weeks.
It had been a stuttering New Year under Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa recenetly with 5 losses including 1-0 at Loftus Road to Queens Park Rangers and a 4-1 loss in the away fixture to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in November.. Not the form of a promotion challenger. A packed out Elland Road under the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and television had many pre match talking points.
AFTER JUST SIXTEEN SECONDS the home crowd had forgotten all that. Surprisingly The Baggies had kicked off !! Liam Cooper won possession immediately then to Jack Harrison down the left and a square pass to Pablo Hernandez to score in the top corner. The Spanish winger had not scored in fourteen previous matches. West Brom had actually won eight of their last nine AWAY matches and were looking for automatic promotion to the Promised Land of milk, honey and riches that is the Premier League.
Patrick Bamford, ex Middlesborough, made in 2-0 after 25 minutes from a through pass from Roberts who slotted past Sam Johnstone. It is always a full house in Leeds these days, unnlike many of their league rivals, and the crowd is always chanting and singing as a combined 12th man. It was almost a year ago that Bamford scored a hat trick for 'Boro against Leeds. Kiko Casill in goal was almost faultless. Bamford scored his second and West Brom were a beaten team, even before Macedonian Gianni Alioski was set up by Roberts anf scored from two yards out in the 93rd minute. 4-0 Job done and top of The Championship..at least until Saturday.
There had been rumours that the well travelled Bielsa may not stay around if United don't go up, but with a £3.4 million salary, four times any of his rivals, will be a big incentive to stay. Also he has a two year contract which ONLY THE CLUB able to exercise a split. ELEVEN more matches to go to decide who goes up and who stays down.
MARCHING ON TOGETHER.