Andy Munro on the Blues run that keeps on running.
Leeds may not be a promotion certainty but the ghosts of Bremner and Revie still swirl around the team, giving it an aura far better than the reality. However, they’re still a decent team, unbeaten in eight games, so speaking to a few Bluenoses pre-match, a draw was being considered as a fairly decent result.
Leeds brought a commendable following ,no doubt heartened by their own unbeaten run, and they made themselves heard usually by their repetitive and ‘enlightening’ mantra “We are Leeds, we are Leeds, we are…..”
Early doors the game ebbed and flowed with Blues having slightly better possession but Leeds creating the best chances, in one case causing a spectacular save from Boaz Myhill. Blues then opened their account courtesy of a flowing King, Carr and Ziggy combo with the latter swivelling on something a bit more than a sixpence to rifle the ball home.
Although a goal down with Blues buoyed into ascendancy, credit to the Leeds fans for continuing to noisily back their team. Mind you, they predictably gave Marlon some stick with the “She said no, my lord” song. A trifle rich I thought, coming from a group of fans for whom Lee Bowyer & co were cult heroes.
We were again a bit slow out of the blocks in the second period but soon got in the groove with Burke and Beausejour causing all sorts of problems to the Leeds defence. On the subject of defences, our own was peerless in the last twenty minutes as they repelled an increasingly desperate opposition attack. If I had a criticism, I would have brought off the increasingly weary looking Ziggy near the end as his chasing back consisted of trying to blunder into and trip anybody in sight, like the playground kid who’s no good at footie.
Incidentally, thanks to the hospitality of the Mail, I watched the match from the old Main Stand and what a wonderful vantage point it was, right on the halfway line. I still have some sort of reverence for the old stand from the days when I used to pay 2.6d to go in and the Main Stand was an unobtainable 10.6d….and funnily enough it was probably the last time that we were in Europe.