All good things have to come to an end, The Big Breakfast, the band Sleeper and (we thought) the Wispa. So what can we learn from that Leeds fans? Perhaps a Facebook campaign could get your unbeaten run reinstated, otherwise just deal with it. Your season has entered it’s second phase.
Great teams prove themselves in adversity and now, without their assistant manager and on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Carlisle Leeds will have to prove they have the mettle to continue their record breaking season. But how did it all happen? The Telegraph were there to tell us:
When Jermaine Beckford guided a left-foot shot past Carlisle goalkeeper Keiren Westwood in the 28th minute, the need for a composed Leeds side to rely upon the last-minute antics that had proved so productive for them this season seemed wholly unnecessary.
Out of the muddle of mediocrity, though, Carlisle fortunes were revived when Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s hopeless free-kick was cleared to Simon Hackney, who executed an unerring 25-yard volley to level just after the hour.
“That [abject free kick] just about summed up my day,” admitted a candid Bridge-Wilkinson, omitting that he was pivotal in two later goals that carried Carlisle to a victory which took them to the top of League One while curtailing Leeds’ unblemished start to the season.
The diminutive midfielder’s centre from a short corner allowed Joe Garner to head a second at the near post and in the time added on, normally the witching hour for Leeds to reap rewards, he dummied two defenders at another short corner and finished from a tight angle to becalm home tensions among the capacity 16,668 crowd.
And with that Leeds found that League One isn’t the push over they thought, but is this just a blip or have they been found out?