How many seasons have we had to pretend we weren’t optimistic? How many seasons have we started well and faded away? How many seasons have we sold our best player? Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s the final match of the season against our favourite bogey-boys Derby.
On the plus side, we didn’t lose
Derby are on a proper push having secured their third place spot and were looking to carry momentum into the playoffs. Do you risk crucial first team players against a potentially scrappy Leeds team? I probably wouldn’t but to be fair to both teams, we made a match of it. Leeds had more shots and did look more dangerous, boyed by a run of good form due to a merciful set of fixtures…
Denied 6 wins on the bounce by an actual good team
As much as Brian would like you to believe that Leeds were experiencing promotion form, 16 points from an available 18 is indeed excellent, but all against lower half teams. Had we defied the laws of the Universe and found ourselves in a league of only bottom half sides, I’d see this is a great sign of prosperity. As it is, it glosses over the obvious problems in the Leeds team.
So it is what it is. A spirited draw against a very good team who will no doubt win the playoffs (IMO, they’re the best team eligible to go up). While it was a fair effort from Leeds, there is much work to be done in Summer and warm memories of sunny, acceptable performances are no representation of the 2013/14 season.