Lee Johnson talks a good game off the pitch, but admits Leeds pulling away
If Leeds United fans were worried about a hangover after losing in the play-off semi-final last season, it didn’t take long for the good times to start up again.
They travelled to Ashton Gate on the first day of the season and went 3-0 up with goals from Pablo Hernandez, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison blowing the Robins away before a late consolation goal for the home side.
Leeds were unlucky to draw with Nottingham Forest in the following game but won the next three.
They’re currently in second spot after 19 games, two points behind West Brom but five points ahead of Fulham in third.
Bristol City are in fifth and they travel to Fulham on Saturday after thumping Huddersfield 5-2 last time out. Coincidentally, Leeds play Huddersfield on Saturday.
Talking in his press conference on Wednesday, Lee Johnson said that Leeds had played Bristol City at an opportune time. After the Leeds game, they went unbeaten for 10.
However, they came up against West Brom recently and lost 4-1.
Johnson admitted Leeds and West Brom are pulling way from the pack but maintained that if his side played either now, they would be competitive.
Asked if it was important to get a win against someone in the top six, Johnson said, “We’re certainly going there [Fulham] to win the game.
“I think West Brom blew us apart in patches and spells in the game. Leeds caught us at a bad time, a good time for them. But if we played Leeds and West Brom again tomorrow I wouldn’t feel that we wouldn’t be competitive.
“The top two look like they’re going to pull away at the moment and it’s important to try and reign them in.”
A bad time? It was the first game of the season, so we’re not too sure what that means.
Johnson will have to wait a while to get another crack at the top two. Bristol City play Leeds on February 15 and West Brom a week later. They could well be the two games that define their season.
For Leeds, the hope is that we continue pulling away to create the sort of buffer that allows the odd slip-up.
Our honest opinion is that Leeds and West Brom have too much for the rest of the Championship. We beat Bristol City 3-1 away, West Brom beat them 4-1 at home. The Robins might look to be more competitive next time, but they just don’t have the same quality.
Predictive analyst Nate Silver has Leeds winning the Championship a whole 23 points ahead of Bristol City, and West Brom in second, five points behind. Both stats and the eye test say both teams have more than enough for Bristol City.
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