Thursday, 21 February 2013

Blackpool Victory Puts Leeds United Back in the Play-Offs Picture

Three days ago, Leeds United were calling for his head, but last night Neil Warnock had the fans chanting his name in support.
‘Warnock, give us a wave’ rang out around Elland Road as ninth-placed Leeds closed in on a crucial victory 2-0 win over Blackpool which puts them into the Championship play-offs picture.
His comments at Manchester City indicted that he would soon be leaving and supporters inside Elland Road chose to leave personal views aside and back the team to the hilt.
There was little criticism as an efficient performance and two second half goals moved the Whites within six points of Middlesbrough who occupy the last play-offs spot.
The home crowd urged their team on from the first minute as Leeds were straight at their opponents, hoping for an early goal.
Blackpool, managed for the first time by Paul Ince, were unfortunate not to score during the first half and Leeds had Paddy Kenny to thank for a three top saves.
However, Blackpool’s only threat was Tom Ince and he was well-marshalled by the Leeds defence. Leeds also had control in midfield and that was a key factor.
The teams went in at the break level, but Leeds were looking far more likely to score and on 59 minutes, the deadlock was broken.
David Norris’ sweet volley beat goalkeeper Matthew Gilks and then only minutes later, Leeds’ new number nine Steve Morison opened his account after an horrific mistake from Stephen Crainey.
That was job done.
But the question remains: Can Leeds keep the momentum going and reach the top six. Firstly they have to start winning away from home. Do that and they have a chance. Secondly and stating the obvious, they have to perform like they did against Blackpool in every game.

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