Posted by sean on November 1, 2005 at 10:58 pm in Leeds United with No Comments

Leeds played Crewe tonight and lost – what a letdown. To be honest though, having supported Leeds for some time I could see this coming. A nice run of unbeaten games, good results against the top sides of the division and then falling to the relegation fodder. It has happened time and time before and will undoubtedly happen again.

I was really hoping Leeds had turned a corner this time, would go to Crewe and beat them. The thing is, with the squad Leeds have this shouldn’t have been a problem. From what I heard (ok, just on the radio commentary), the Leeds players didn’t seem to care tonight. They are the ones to blame tonight. The strikers couldn’t score, the midfield was woeful and the defence pathetic.

For this result I refuse to blame the manager Kevin Blackwell. I have had very mixed feelings about him since he took charge but lately he has convinced me that he is he right man for the job as the results up until today have been generally good. Leeds play scrappy, ugly football but they are playing in a scrappy, ugly league where it isn’t how much skill you have which wins you games it is how much you fight for the ball. Leeds didn’t fight tonight.

Looking on forums like WACCOE and listening to the post match phone in on BBC Radio Leeds it just shows how fickle some supporters are. Most of them are slating the manager and calling for him to be sacked. Where were these people when we were getting respectable results? Nowhere to be seen!

Even if the manager was sacked who do you replace him with? There seems to be some arrogance with Leeds fans that any manager in Europe would love to be in charge of us. Wrong. If Blackwell was sacked it’s unlikely any decent replacement will be taken on, more than likely a character of Peter Reid’s quality.

The season is still young, Leeds are in a healthy position (5th with a game in hand). Very disappointing result today but nothing to panic about yet, roll on Saturday, the players owe the fans, the manager and themselves a good result against Preston.

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