Yorkshire club Leeds United have become the subject of plenty of disciplinary problems in recent outings, with Thomas Christiansen's side having been on the receiving end of three recent red cards during their latest Championship campaign and brief FA Cup run.
The Whites tasted a shock 2-1 defeat to the FA Cup's lowest-ranked team Newport County in January, crashing out at the hands of the League Two outfit and seeing a man sent off during proceedings, as Samuel Saiz was sent packing in stoppage time.
After that, Leeds then tasted another bitter loss in the Championship as they were toppled 1-0 by rivals Ipswich Town, thanks to a 67th-minute goal from Bersant Celina. They also saw another player red carded, with Eunan O'Kane being dismissed just before half-time at Portman Road for head butting a player.
Then, to add to their ongoing misery, Christiansen's men were overcome 4-3 by close rivals Millwall in their own backyard of Elland Road. As well as this, during the clash, it was Liam Cooper who was sent for an early shower after being sent off in the opening 45 minutes on home territory.
It's clear that the lack of discipline within the squad at Elland Road is having a huge impact on their season, with the Yorkshite outfit having lost five out of their last six games including a draw against Nottingham Forest.
That run of six straight games without a single victory doesn't bode well for the club, considering they are now out of the FA Cup as well as struggling domestically in the second tier of English football. Leeds are now seen at 16/1 in the football betting from Paddy Power to secure a top-six finish this term.
The losses were a direct result of the evident discipline problems in certain games, which is a major problem for a side that were hoping to earn a spot in the playoffs this current campaign. They have come under the spotlight in recent weeks for all of the wrong reasons, adding unneeded pressure to their season.
Christiansen has had to deal with the most dismissals of any manager in The Championship this current campaign, something that is limiting his squad at an already tough and testing time for the Yorkshire side. These constant red cards are coming at an excessive cost.
Across all competitions, no Championship club has picked up more red cards as Leeds United and only two sides have exceeded their tally of 62 bookings in total as well.
They also notably hold the worst score in the Football Association's Fair Play league table for the entire division.
With some of the red cards having been dealt out for confrontational incidents during games, it's clear that Christiansen had a big job to deal with in keeping his players cool and composed for the remainder of the campaign and this is something that resultably caused the head coach his job after a fourth red card was shown to Gaetano Berardi during their 4-1 loss to Cardiff City.
Berardi was seen shouting as his head coach after being taken off and Christiansen had been critical of his senior players after the game.
With Christiansen gone, Paul Heckingbottom comes in to a team devoid of confidence and with four senior players out with suspensions.
If they are to push on and eventually taste some success this season then this is a major problem that Leeds will have to overcome, putting getting results ahead of everything else in The Championship.
Can Hecky be the man to rule the roost in the dressing room?
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