Thu. Sep 20th, 2018

Leeds lead City a merry dance

Norwich City 0 Leeds United 3 | Despite a good start, Norwich were taught a footballing lesson by in-form Leeds United.

Norwich City 0 Leeds United 3

Despite a good start, Norwich were taught a footballing lesson by in-form Leeds United. A team who showed the effect an experienced foreign coach can have on an underperforming Championship team.

But is it a trick an inexperienced foreign manager can match…

Leeds United (h) What happened?

Well, for 10, maybe even 15 minutes of this game City were excellent. They penned Leeds back, looked forwards, caused problems.

Then for 75 minutes they were teased. Played with like a cat tormenting at a mouse.

To be fair, they didn’t help themselves. Two goals were given to the team in white. Both coming down the City right. Both poorly dealt with by Krul. Both avoidable. Both alarming.

For those 75 minutes Leeds, playing in probably their third gear, held the Canaries at arm’s length. When the tide starting to turn in the home side’s favour in the second half, Leeds simply scored a third. Another soft goal. Well finished, but soft. This time Tom Trybull the culprit of a weak challenge.

So, the pattern of individual errors continues. As does the alarming habit of surrendering meekly at home.

Based on history alone Leeds should be higher than City. Based on more recent times this result showed how far City have fallen. Maybe this is the year United return to the big time. It’s certainly the first time in a while their supporters have had anything to sing about.

For Norwich, on these early performances at least, another season of mid table obscurity awaits. Leeds have been out of the top flight for 14 years. Worryingly, City’s stay of absence could be longer still…

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