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Happy Christmas Morning Leeds-in: Good teams make their own luck

Plus more links for Christmas Day

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Leeds were “lucky” to beat Hull City. Or were they?

I’m a firm believer in the idea that you make your own luck. Yes, the post may have bailed out Wiedwald on at least one occasion, and the Hull City keeper made a godawful error on the Pablo Hernandez goal, but these things tend to even themselves out over the length of a season. Even if Leeds were a tad “lucky” to win, wouldn’t the Brentford loss, where Andy Lonergan forgot he was a professional footballer, count as an “unlucky” loss?

Plus, it’s always strange how well-coached teams always seem to get the best “luck” isn’t it? Luck is what we use to explain random events that often aren’t as random as they seem. Even if Leeds were second best for long stretches of the match, the team did enough to get past Hull City and will now take on Burton Albion on Boxing Day sitting in fifth place. It’s a good thing to be good enough to get into the top six, but it’s an even better thing to be lucky and win matches you probably shouldn’t have. During the slide, Leeds were “unlucky” against a few teams. Hopefully Leeds has turned luck back onto their side.

On to some Christmas links.

Leeds United Links

Jack gives his mid-season player grades for the defence and goalkeepers. [Through It All Together]

What Will Huffer’s deal could mean for the goalkeepers at Leeds. [Through It All Together]

Recap of the win over Hull City. [Through It All Together]

Player grades for the win over Hull City. [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

Garry Monk is out as manager of Middlesbrough, with Tony Pulis expected to be named manager. [The Guardian]

Sheffield Wednesday sacked manager Carlos Carvalhal on Christmas Eve. Brutal. [The Star.co.uk]

Newcastle beat West Ham United on Newcastle’s first visit to the London Stadium. [Coming Home Newcastle]

World Football Links

Juventus squeaked past AS Roma 1-0 to keep pace with Napoli. [Black & White & Read All Over]

Inter Milan lost 1-0 to Sassuolo. [Serpents of Madonnina]