By Seán Ryan
Ok I have finally calmed down enough to write the article that was brewing in my head as I sat at home with my Dad to watch what I thought would be the end to our bad run of form against Sheffield Wednesday. Dear Lord could I have been further from the truth? Living in Ireland sometimes has its benefits when it comes to being a Leeds fan because if I were in Leeds I’d be locked up for multiple counts of murder. That was the most shambolic, disgraceful, hopeless, heartless and disgusting display I have EVER seen from a Leeds United team. I was left looking at the TV in complete and utter shock. I was forced to leave the room for five minutes because I was repeatedly screaming at the television as if it would make a difference. “Put in a f*****g tackle Austin, you useless p****” seemed to be the most common. My dad, a Leeds fan since 1964, was in total disbelief. He has followed Leeds nearly all his life and he was shell-shocked.
I was ashamed. For the first time in my life I was afraid to say to people I supported Leeds United. That shouldn’t happen. We are famous for sticking with our team to the end, but for the first time I can remember the fans started to leave when Lavery scored to make it five. It had looked like the perfect fixture to get us out of the rut we were in. A local derby against a team that will probably go down, perfect timing. But instead we rolled over and died. It all looked so promising. Two wingers signed. Actual wingers. It was like Christmas all over again. Kebe and Stewart are decent players, but BMAC’s formation did them no favours. The team looked like they had never played together before. Kenny was at fault for the third goal, but there wasn’t much he could do for the others. Pearce tried and worked his arse off, but he was doing the job of three. Zaliukas was atrocious. I’m getting angry again just thinking about it. Lees looked lost. Pelts and Pugh were awful and gutless. Johnson, our former player, tore Pugh to bits. Kebe was lacking match fitness and confidence. Stewart wouldn’t tackle. Mowatt tried, but he needed someone beside him. Austin. Gutless, afraid, disgraceful, pulled out of tackles, gave the ball away the list goes on. If I were the manager he’d be gone. It was that bad. McCormack tried, but had nothing to work with.
The game's over, but it should never be forgotten. The players owe it to the fans after the last two performances to respond with a decent game against Leicester, but a win may be a bit of a stretch. Austin and Zaliukas especially need to prove why they should be in the side. A change of captain is essential because it could release Austin from everything except playing. McCormack has been ok the last few games, but not even close compared to what he was at in the first stage of the season. There is one positive from the Sheffield Wednesday game. It couldn’t possible get any worse. And now we’ll probably lose seven nil to Leicester. Well the only way is up.
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