Date: 11th April 2016 at 10:26am
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I was beginning to forget what three points felt like. But Blues` win against an ‘on holiday` Reading was long overdue. A good performance was backed up with some food for thought. A few fringe players staked a claim which is always good for the squad.

CURRENT FORM

Rather than banging on about ‘four wins in thirteen games` for Blues, I am going to hope that this is the start of a little end of season run. So it`s one unbeaten for Blues.

A win against Leeds, the game in hand, would leave Blues a solitary point behind Cardiff. If the media are to be believed, Cardiff are in contention, albeit as outsiders, for a play-off place. If that is the case, then Blues should be taken seriously once again – if they beat Leeds of course. Anything other than three points, it would be all but over.

Leeds United, under the stewardship of Steve Evans, are 15th in the table. They are all but safe from the drop (not mathematically but realistically) and have nothing but pride to play for. Hopefully, Leeds` players have one eye on their sunbeds after a winless run of four games.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM LEEDS

For Leeds, this section is difficult to write. What sort of team are they? Inconsistent, for starters. They`ve scored 39 and conceded 49 which summarises where their problems lie.
Former Blues loanee Chris Wood has chipped in with nine, the same tally as Mirco Antenucci – they do carry a threat. Backed by a hefty following, as always, Leeds fans will be expecting their team to give their all.

With no specific defence / attack balance, Evans adopts an orthodox style of play which could, if Blues start slow, make Leeds a tricky hurdle to jump.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT?

Ryan Shotton and Adam Legzdins have given Blues boss Gary Rowett food for thought. Shotton`s man of the match display at Reading was a massive and timely boost and Legzdins was solid despite a couple of tricky moments.

David Davis battled alongside Stephen Gleeson and Maikel Kieftenbeld proving that three in midfield can work if adopted correctly. Rowett went for the 4-3-3 at the Madejski Stadium, using David Cotterill and Clayton Donaldson either side of Kyle Lafferty which worked well.

THOUGHTS FROM VITAL LEEDS

I think we all feared the worst when they scored in the opening minute but after that, we controlled the game. Like the rest of the season, we lack any power in the final third and rarely look like scoring so when we get the chances, we must score.

With safety all but guaranteed I think it is time to give some of the fringe players a chance. I would like to see Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Lewie Coyle, Kalvin Phillips, Casper Sloth, Lee Erwin, Jordan Botaka and Eoghan Stokes given a chance in the final weeks of the season. As fans, we have little to look forward to between now and the end of the season so let us give some of the squad a chance – Dazza71 (leeds.vitalfootball.co.uk)

TWEETS

@aidencarroll – Joint protest at Elland Road for #LUFC v #CAFC maybe? Can’t believe it’s category A. Treating the fans like shit one last time this season.

@LeedsUnited_MAD – Had the season started on Oct 19, the date #SteveEvans was appointed, #lufc would still be 15th – with 9 wins, 10 draws and 10 defeats.

@Rdickinson1987 – I actually like evans but would anybody really enjoy working under cellino, always gonna be doomed from the off #lufc

@LeedsUtdRyan – Feeling confident like always, going for a Leeds win tomorrow night #lufc #mot

Article written by Rob Wildey – @robwildey123

 
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