After a harrowing defeat to Sutton United and crashing out of the FA Cup, the only way forward is to move on, right?
Questions will surely be asked about the players attitude and the Head Coach too. Sunday's capitulation at Sutton raised more than a few questions about both.
I've wrote before of my affection for the FA Cup, it's still a magical thing for me but more than that it should command more respect than teams are affording it, especially this weekend.
Brighton changed 11 players for their tie at Lincoln, we changed everybody except Stuart Dallas and Liverpool chose to change nine players in their defeat at Anfield.
The reward for Sutton was a home tie with Premier League side Arsenal and I doubt that 'upstairs' in the Leeds joint ownership there will be many smiles, football can be an unforgiving sport.
We all hope that Leeds' performance is another 'blip' and the importance in the next two fixtures will be upped because of the failures of the team that showed up on Sunday. The players need to show what the shirt means to them like they have all season.
I'm not going OTT but there needs to be more attention made to teams making wholesale changes. Why should Leeds fans who had to travel to fourteen away games to get even the chance to go to Sutton have to witness one of the most ignominious defeats in the club's history?
It's disrespectful of the club we played and unfair to the those that pay huge amounts of money to travel to see their team.
The senior players who seemed disinterested in the game will tread a fine line with the supporters, a 'worldy' doesn't make you a better player. Pure graft and determination to win all the games you play does that, Doukara has been guilty of 'free wheeling' in both cup games he's played in the FA Cup and the less said about Matt Grimes efforts in a Leeds shirt the better it will be.
I'll be at Blackburn on Wednesday and I hope the real Leeds United turn up. The one that made us so proud this season, if they do Sunday's debacle will become a memory, albeit a bloody painful one!
By Keith Ingham
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