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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

HANDS UP! Who wants promotion!?


To an outsider (or a supporter of any Premiership team) it would seem that the 2nd Automatic Promotion place in League 1 is unwanted, or that the clubs chasing the prize see the runners-up spot beneath them.

Realistically the race has been cut to 3 teams, all of which are doing their best to avoid the embarassmemt of finishing 2nd! Our beloved Leeds are up to their usual tricks of putting their fans through hell with just 2 victories in 11 games but some relief has come with Charlton and Colchester both boasting equally dismal records... each with just 5 wins in the same period.

You can't help but feel that the charity won't last forever though and that Leeds need to pull away sooner rather than later, should we slip into the play-off places, I fear we'd never recover and to be honest the thought of another play-off campaign turns my stomach. The current League 1 table was unimaginable after the game at Old Trafford but credit to Norwich who have been very consistent since Paul Lambert arrived and they have shown Championship class in putting a few teams to the sword, something Leeds have theatened to do this season but are yet to manage.

As any Whites fan would tell you, we'd have taken 2nd place back in August, probably even in January but the thought of a scrap to the death for promotion must make every Leeds fan shudder. Let's face it, we usually get found wanting when the heat is on and had it not been for the awful form of the chasing pack we'd be in a far worse position than we are now.

As it stands, I'm stubbornly confident that we will will cross the line, whether it will be in style or otherwise, I don't care! Victory tonight will open up an 8 point gap over Colchester and 5 over Charlton and a quick glance at the Addick's remaining games gives greater hope with 6 of the top 10 still to play! Signs have been there over the last couple of games that we've turned the corner, granted without much return in the shape of points but we're creating chances again and with the quality in the team its only a matter of time before it clicks back into gear right?!?

Stupidly I've had a fiver on 4-0 in Leeds last two home games, in the hope and/or belief that we will burst back into life very shortly. A similar bet tonight would make me £200 better off... mmm.

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