The scenes of snow falling on the Elland Road pitch at half time may have looked pretty, but the final whistle had a different story for our 31,000 fans.
A game against a team so far transitioned from last years Playoff birth (in place of us) looked like three points and a boost in confidence for Paul Heckingbottom‘s side.
What we got come final whistle was a sigh of despair and another loss that should not have happened.
Sheffield, a piss poor side with a lack of attacking intent stole three points from Leeds in a game the home side had triumphed in many areas.
Leeds came right out of the blocks and were in control of the game from kick off. Chance after chance was bundled through into the area with positive play with Caleb Eluban who was put through on goal with a freekick fresh from the training ground.
Prior to the chance for the Whites Adam Reach reassured any fans that Bailey Peacock-Farrel is the right chance forcing the young stopper to pull of some brilliant saves.
Wednesday had the goal in the back of the net seconds before the half but Sam Hutchinson’s header was questionably ruled out for offside.
Both sides swapped glimmering chances after the snowy break with Berardo and Nuhiu missing with curling efforts.
The deadlock was broken in the 72nd minute when a mad scramble in the box forced the ball to hit the post and Nuhiu was there to bundle it in from 2 yards out.
Leeds took control of the ball reacting to going a goal down and the urgency of the first half to create chances returned to the home side. Eventually a deflected effort fell to Pablo Hernandez who’s cross found a statuesque Jay Roy Grot who nodded the ball in the net under pressure. A nice moment for the youngster who’s waited 18 appearances to pick up his first senior goal for the club in a game he’d actually made an impact.
However, in typical Leeds fashion defensive heads turned off and the side were once again left in a heap as a wayward through ball was gathered up by Nuhiu who had shrugged off Pennington and calmly curved it past an onrushing BPF.
Another game, another piss poor result in 2018, placing Leeds bottom of the form table after 14 games and only 1 win.
If Leeds are unable to turn this round we will see the end of the majority of this Leeds squad in the summer and in turn another new head coach come July.
A team with no luck is punished on a bad day, but if you can’t bury your chances this is what will remain until the end of this downturn of a season. Leeds are circling the drain.
By Ryan Ingham