There were no early Christmas presents handed out yesterday. Instead we succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against 6th place Fulham.
We encountered a nightmare opening 5 minutes, which saw Pablo Hernandez leave the field with a hamstring injury and Fulham awarded a very questionable penalty, which Josh Omomah converted.
Pablo’s injury meant an early entrance for Gjanni Alioski, who deputised well and created chances but we couldn’t find a way past. Our style of play and plan had been disrupted, something which always seems take us a while to adapt to.
The half time break gave us a chance to regroup and we came out fighting in the second half, with Patrick Bamford levelling the scores on 61 minutes with his 10th goal of the season.
We dominated the half and sought after a winner, even having a late chance in added time but luck wasn’t on our side and Fulham left with all three points.
Whilst it wasn’t the result we were hoping for, there is no reason to panic. People will talk of Leeds failing again and that we are going to fall at the final hurdle once more. This year is different.
We are half way through the season and already have a healthy advantage over third place. We learnt a lot of lessons last year and I honestly don’t think we will make the same mistakes twice.
The Championship will throw up these unexpected results. Unfortunately for us, yesterday was simply our turn to be on the end of one of those.
Besides, being a Leeds fan isn’t about winning the league at a canter, we enjoy the drama too much!
Boxing Day awaits.