What a day yesterday was. What we saw was a typical Leeds away performance not a classic but typical.
We have smashed Boro twice this season two minutes from the end of the home fixture and three minutes into the away fixture. What is different is the confidence and belief despite being pummelled back towards our own goal we looked able to score on the break at any time al we need is an on form striker.
We have a striker who when he starts to score will increase his value. At the moment we have a strong and steady ball holder who understands the game and a reliable and stoic defender who is able to read able to anticipate to clear the ball. Add to that the ability to score 20 goals a season and we have part of what is needed to get out of the god-forsaken league. I so want us to be in the topflight for our centenary year in 2019.
At times we were fully exposed and Boro fans were so excited only to be slapped across the face by Marco’s gloved hand. If only he could catch the ball and kick it he would be one of the best keepers in the league. Silvestri managed single and double headedly to keep us in the game. We have ridden our luck on a couple of occasions this season and it feels that the omens have turned in our favour.
Another great double done and three massive points in the bank and all before kickoff! Being able to sit back and watch the rest of the results come in knowing that we were all done was a great way to spend the afternoon.
I caught several Leeds fans having to sit down in the stands during the game when challenged about this they all indicated that raised blood pressure was the cause, a natural side affect of supporting Leeds Untied I have found.
The early goal came from a Leeds side on the up we started like the resurgent side we are. Pressing and snapping at the heals of the Boro players. A poor throw was anticipated brilliantly by Cook who found Mowatt and after a couple of deflections the ball was in the far corner of the net. As I was jumping up and down a chap from three rows back was tapping me on the shoulder and begging that I jump away from his glasses that had been knocked from his head on to the floor beside me.
I looked at the clock and my blood pressure went up a bit only three minutes gone!
The final 87 minutes plus nine minutes of added time we were subject to an onslaught from a capable Boro team. Watching the locals loose heart as the clock ticked down the were a group of tracksuit clad teens who we so kind as to share their pocket money with us all, life is hard in Yorkshire but honestly there was no need to be so generou
There were three outstanding performances I have mentioned Morison, Silvestri but my man of the match was Sol Bamba, he has given the leadership and confidence that has been lacking recently. Great headers, fantastic tackles and organisation of the back four are his skill set. The man is a literal giant at the centre of the defence.
This result has now moved Leeds to a different position Steve Evans has been silenced and we are now safe from relegation. Is the season over? Yes I think it is the playoffs are a long way off but I think that the momentum and confidence gained between now and the start of the next season may help us in a future challenge for the top flight and my desire for top-flight football in 2019. Fourteen games left means there are 42 points to play for, if we win them all that’s 83 points only Hull two years ago have been promoted automatically on less, they went up on 79, so I guess never say never.