Reading caused another ‘chink’ in Thomas Christainsen’s armour on Saturday by winning 1-0 at Elland Road.
Apart from Andy Lonergan these players were the ones that set off at speed earlier in the season, so what’s gone wrong?
You first must make a look at the line up against Reading, experienced at the back, pretty much, apart from the ‘tired’ Alioski, the same players in midfield who have played the majority of games so far. With one up top and Siaz just behind him. Why then did it not work then?
First, you didn’t see anybody apart from Lonergan shout or gesticulate to another player. We need leaders out there and on Saturday that was clearly not there.
Thomas Christainsen’s Post Match comments did little to appease the annoyance of the defeat. I’d and more fans around me yesterday would have been more happy if he’d been stronger with his words.
Like over thirty plus thousand saw it, a team that started the season incredibly well now playing as if there is something not right within the dressing room. It’s never nice to hear boos at the end of a game but the performance warranted a lot of criticism.
It’s clear that teams have ‘found us out’ and realise if you close Leeds down and stop them getting it out wide you stop the creatively.
Plans B and C are needed, maybe three at the back with Dallas or Alioski on the left, Ayling on the right with Ronaldo Vieira and Vernon Anita an option as the midfield anchor man.
Up front Kemar Roofe did quite well as a front runner and scored goals, play him alongside either Grot or Lasogga. Little has been seen of Pawel Cibicki so why not give him a few games.
The squad has options and it’s time for Christainsen to get the best out of what he has at his disposal. Three bad performances and results don’t ruin a season but a win is definitely needed to appease rumbles.
It's not a ‘knee jerk’ reaction that is needed, but displays like yesterday have to stop or another season in nowhere land beckons.
Over to you Thomas.
By Keith Ingham