Not great. The last ten days at Elland Road have been... not great.
But then things went dramatically downhill. A heartbreaking last-minute loss at Huddersfield, a fight with an opposing manager, and then a loss at home to Cardiff City made this our most difficult ten day stretch in recent memory.
So how will Leeds United respond? Tonight, relegation-threatened Bristol City visit Elland Road and hope to stay above the red line: they sit 20th, just three points out of the bottom three. The Whites, even after the difficult stretch, still sit in play off position but are now only four points ahead of 7th place Norwich City, who we hate.
Will Tammy Abraham and company continue a deflating February? Will the Robins break our hearts on Valentine’s Day? We’ll find out in a few short hours.
Before then, read the full preview of the match from James Mahoney. And if you want to read some positivity to get yourself back “in the mood,” read about our January POTM in Chris Wood, why Pontus Jansson is the future of the club, and how Luke Ayling is making himself into a legend at Elland Road.
We’ll have full coverage after the final whistle, watch @ThruItAllLUFC for all the goals throughout the match, and join us in the comments below: let us know what you think of what happens today. MOT.
Leeds United vs. Bristol City
EFL Championship fixture
Elland Road, Leeds
LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds, International Listings
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
11:45am PT / 2:45pm ET / 7:45pm BT
Leeds United starting XI
Green, Ayling, Jansson, Bartley, Berardi, O'Kane, Vieira, Sacko, Hernandez, Roofe, Wood
Subs: Silvestri, Cooper, Barrow, Phillips, Pedraza, Dallas, Doukara
Bristol City starting XI
Giefer, Little, Flint, Wright, Golbourne, Cotterill, Hegeler, Brownhill, Bryan, Abraham, Tomlin
Subs: Fielding, Matthews, O'Neil, Pack, Paterson, Taylor, Djuric
Johnny Wakefield: 2-1 Leeds. I won’t predict a loss... I won’t predict a loss... I won’t predict a loss... I won’t predict a loss... 2-1 to the good guys. Whew. Wood and Roofe to find the back of the net, Green to keep us in it with some clutch saves. Yeah. Let’s go with this. It has been a bad run, but we’re still top 6 and the Robins are bottom 6. We can’t mess this one up at home. WE CAN’T.
James Mahoney: 3-0 Leeds. It might be the love in the air, but I have a good feeling heading into tomorrow night’s game. I think Leeds will bounce back in real style and win comprehensively, 2 goals from Wood and a 3rd from Cooper (yes, Liam Cooper) after a set-piece late on to fill all our hearts with love on Valentine’s Day. MOT.
Ben Mallis: 2-0 Leeds. The team is is the midst of a funk, the pressure is rising and I fully expect a renewed focused tonight against an inferior opponent. Look for the defensive unit to keep a clean sheet and the big Kiwi to open the scoring. A much needed three points for the Whites.
Sean Ryan: 3-0 Leeds. It's a big game for our beloved whites. We need a win and a big one at that. Wood to net as usual and Leeds to go marching on.
Mike Stehlik: 1-0 Leeds. We really, really need to find our form again, and we can/should be able to get a good showing against Bristol at home. The Whites play Ipswich in four days, so a rotated squad wouldn't surprise me. Ayling bags the lone goal against his old side.