At time we were woeful, at times we were brilliant…….a very Leeds way to end the decade.
Yesterday’s game had everything, tension, drama, passion and highlighted why no other club comes close to Leeds United.
When the team news broke and Patrick Bamford wasn’t included through injury, there was utter panic! How times have changed from just a few months ago!
Bamford’s absence gave Eddie Nketiah the opportunity he sought after, his first Championship start.
We started out in complete contrast to Boxing Day, going 2-0 up with fantastic strikes from Helder Costa and Jack Harrison.
Our spark suddenly seemed to dampen and we allowed Birmingham into the game, with Jude Bellingham taking full advantage to make It 2-1.
The second half started with a similar theme, Birmingham looking for goals and Leeds lacking creative flair, Lukas Jutkiewicz levelled the scores to make it 2-2.
Leeds woke up and a wonder of a goal from Luke Ayling made it 3-2, before Birmingham responded through Jermeie Bela, 3-3 it was.
It appeared Stuart Dallas might have saved the day once again with his strike on 84 minutes, but Birmingham levelled again through Jutkiewicz.
When it looked like a 4-4 draw would have to suffice, the footballing Gods thought otherwise and an own goal from Birmingham defender Wes Harding made it 5-4. Sparking chaos in the away end, on the pitch and wherever Leeds fans were tuning in from.
Whilst it wasn’t our finest performance, we got our happy ending and sign off 2019 with optimism and hope for the remainder of the season.
We enter 2020 top of the league, 9 points clear of 3rd place and one step closer to the Premier League.