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Leeds United 0 - 2 Watford FC: Gutless Leeds Surrender to Watford

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(Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Neil Warnock's post match interview summed up how thousands of Leeds fans felt after another defeat at Elland Road to a team who the boss described as a 'typically average Championship side'. Yes Neil, but if that's what they are,what does that make us?

Well, not good enough and there's no shying away from that. Warnock was scathing about the lack of quality and desire in the team and was pretty frank about the size of the operation that he has planned for the summer months.

Warnock laughed off the thought of even getting in the play offs and on today's showing, any faint hopes even the most optimistic still held were firmly banished by an 'average champion side who stuck to their task and emerged with an easy victory.

Paul Connolly came back into defence to replace the suspended Darren O'Dea at right back but within minutes, Leeds were behind. Troy Deeney advanced behind the Leeds back line down the left and pulled back to Chris Iwelumo who netted just his second goal for the Hornets.

Snodgrass had a shot blocked before Alex Bruce headed over the resulting corner in a half of unremarkable action.

Both Tomasz Kuszczak and Andy Lonergran were busy in goal, the former keeping out Rob Snodgrass while Deeney was denied by Lonergran.

Aside from Aidy White picking up an ankle injury, the rest of the half was an uninspired display of insipid 'football', I use the term loosely, so rarely was the ball on the floor and even less so utilised by feet. The fact is that Warnock is a results man, he's certainly no Pep Guardiola when it comes to playing easy on the eye stuff and eight games into his Leeds tenure, the hoofball is tiresome.

I must add at this point that I am not one of the 'Warnock out' crowd, he must be given a chance to build his own squad and be judged on the results they produce instead of trying to polish the turd of a squad we currently have.

White was replaced at half time by Danny Webber but despite a Bruce header and Snodgrass follow up which Kuszczak did well to save, Leeds had very little in the way of real chances.

Ramon Nunez replaced Adam Clayton with 70minutes gone and showed more willingness to run than the rest of the team had during the whole game; sending a curling shot just past the right post.

To top off a rather dire afternoon of football, Watford then added a second late on, Deeney again denied by Lonergran but up popped Iwelumo to put the result beyond doubt. As if there ever was any.

The only positive came in the dying moments as Connolly sent a Watford player flying to receive his second yellow card. Call me harsh but he's a terribly average footballer who'd struggle to find consistency in League One, hopefully that's the last we'll see of him in a Leeds shirt.

After a few cautious post-match interviews, Warnock certainly couldn't hold back. He laid into his players, calling them naive and accusing them of lacking guts and desire and putting on displays which fans shouldn't have to pay to watch.

Funnily enough, he also had the temerity to suggest that the squad isn't good enough and that we need new players and investment to do so. I expect him to be banned from Elland Road in line with the club policy of removing dissenters who believe the chairman should put his hand in his pocket.

As he said, the scale of the job he faces is huge; this is why he was brought in, because we need an overhaul or major surgery as Warnock put it. The fact he said he'll be playing some of the kids for the Good Friday visit to Reading suggests he has long lost patience with some of the players who he begrudgingly has little choice but to play. We're going to get beat, but we'll do it with players who do have a future at the club if they want it.

It is all too apparent, seemingly, that whether they've been told it officially or not that many of the current players have been told they won't be at the club come August, it shows in their half hearted performances.

Warnock set his stall out early, we were never going to make the play offs, we all knew that but one would've hoped that the players who still have their contracts and places at Leeds to play for, would've shown an ounce of professionalism in their bid to stay at the club.

The fact is, thousands of Leeds fans are still paying to watch the rest of our dead rubber matches this season, the least they can do is make it sort of worthwhile.