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Leeds United 1 - 2 Huddersfield Town: Lack of Quality Evident as Leeds Slump to Defeat

If ever a game proved we are nowhere near good enough for the play-offs it was this one - a dire performance against a poor team.

Matthew Lewis

With a few niggling injuries from the Peterborough game, Warnock was forced into making a few changes to his starting eleven.

Ross McCormack and Steve Morison were ruled out through injury so El-Hadji Diouf and Habib Habibou were handed a start up top. David Norris also failed to shrug off a knock and dropped to the bench, to be replaced by Rodolph Austin.

For the visitors, Jermaine Beckford and Adam Clayton - two players we were desperate to play shit.

Leeds started brightly and had their chances to take the lead. Luke Varney's near-post header was cleared off the line and Diouf's curling shot was stopped by Smithies in the Huddersfield goal.

Varney then had another shot from a corner but on striking the ball the winger lent back and the ball joined me and thousands of others in the Kop.

Austin was showing glimmers of his old form in the middle, thwarting the danger with multiple tackles and also sending a Hudds player into the East Stand with a powerful shoulder barge.

However, as usual the problem was in the final third of the field. Diouf with his lack of pace had limited options and Habibou looked lost as he tried to cause problems.

The visitors reminded us they were in the game and aiming to cause problems when a beautiful cross found Vaughan who hit the bar with his header. For the rest of the first-half neither side managed to gain the upper hand and Leeds looked clueless going forward. Paddy Kenny kept the tie all square at half-time when he clawed the ball wide of the post after Danny Ward tried his luck.

The second-half didn't get much better and Town took advantage from some poor defending from Sam Byram. After a goalmouth scramble, Byram's clearance went back into the box and Neil Danns was at the back post to volley the ball past a helpless Kenny.

For the first time in a while, Warnock reacted with a substitution or two to try and help us get back into the game. Ryan Hall and Aidy White replaced the disappointing Paul Green and the embarrassing Habibou.

White made an immediate impact when he managed to head home at the back post to somehow give the crowd hope. United almost made it 2-1 when Austin's powerful volley cracked the upright and bounced clear.

But in typical Leeds United style, we switched off, Tom Lees and Sam Byram watching the grass grow as Vaughan timed his run to perfection before placing the ball into the bottom corner.

While the topless Vaughan and co celebrated, the dream of the play-offs and harsh reality of how we're not good enough came crashing down on a few members of the crowd. The game came to a close and with it did the dream of returning to the top flight.

We all knew deep down we weren't good enough but with it mathematically possible many refused to give up and fair play to them for that. A mediocre Huddersfield side who are fighting down the bottom looked no worse than our injury-ravaged squad.

Yet again we find ourselves praying for the season to end. The summer can't come quick enough and another season in the 2nd flight is on the cards.