Leeds picked up another point against a spirited QPR but it wasn't the display we wanted or needed.
After a decent first twenty minutes we were slow in the build up and a little ponderous in midfield. Neither Bridcutt, Vieira nor Hernandez could find the 'killer ball' that Chris Wood thrives on.
In fact the best player on the field in a white shirt was Luke Ayling who was allowed to push up as much as QPR allowed him to (it was quite a bit). However, with no support or clever movement from the other players, Ayling's effort was poorly spent.
Where's the 'mojo' gone? This team on several occasions has played teams off the park despite some narrow score lines? Making a 1-0 win look like a good old hiding.
I'd hoped for another 'Lord Mayor' (Derby) show but these haven't been forthcoming. I think I know one of the reasons for this but everybody might not agree with me-few actually do!
It's the constant changing of the midfield that is causing problems. Burnley when they were promoted hardly ever changed their line-up apart from injuries or suspensions and in such a vital area it's so important for players to be on the same wavelength and that comes with playing together as a unit, not constantly changing one or two, sometimes three players or more each game.
Garry Monk seems, even at this late stage of the season it looks like it to me that he doesn't know his best combination in a midfield quintet. In the holding midfield positions, Liam Bridcutt, Kalvin Phillips, Ronaldo Vieira and Eunan O'Kane have all tried to make these positions their own and they all have had games that they have played well. However, Garry Monk continues to 'shuffle his pack' to find the perfect two.
The wide positions are also regularly changed with 'Sully' Doukara, Hadi Sacko, Stuart Dallas and the January loanees Alfonso Pedraza and to a lesser extent Mo Barrow tried in various combinations. Again, there have been games that most have done enough (apart from Barrow) to keep the shirt and position for the next game, but only a few times they have actually done so.
With nine games to play it would be a good idea to pick five players and basically (barring injuries or suspensions) stick with them. Familiarity and the knowledge that they are together for a period of time may just be the way of getting the swing in Leeds' step back.
We are still unbeaten but sometimes a little luck more than management has been the reason why we still are. Picking the five might be the difficult part because I can dare bet that if you asked ten supporters they'd probably give you ten different combinations.
The club is in a wonderful position after 37 games played and it would be a travesty if all that bloody hard work by the staff and players was to fail in the final few games.
I feel that at least three or possibly four more wins are needed to guarantee a place in the end of season playoffs and I'm still confident that they can do it.
Continuity in the team, in my opinion might just help the squad achieve that goal.
By Keith Ingham
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