Athletic journalist Phil Hay conducted an extensive Twitter poll of Leeds United fans that came up with a fairly surprising result.
Hay asked, “If you had the choice here and now, do you play out the last nine games or finish top on PPG?”
Leeds United and their players have made it very clear they want to play on but 31% of Leeds fans would like it ended now.
I was asked to poll this on today's Q&A so let's see. LUFC crew – if you had the choice here and now, do you play out the last nine games or finish top on PPG?
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 28, 2020
Hay himself said he was surprised at the results, saying, “Pretty conclusive (18k votes cast in total), although I didn’t think as many as 30% would vote for PPG.”
Pretty conclusive (18k votes cast in total), although I didn’t think as many as 30% would vote for PPG: https://t.co/PgXTe6em9s
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 30, 2020
Some Leeds fans aren’t happy with the 31%, although you can see their argument.
16 years of hurt and life in the wilderness means that some fans just want to take any uncertainty out of the equation and they think playing on is the only way Leeds can miss out on promotion.
The risk is definitely there if Leeds do play on.
You’d like to think that they could finish in the top-two of a nine-game mini-league with a seven-point advantage, but their second game back (if fixture order stays the same) is Fulham and a defeat there would cut the gap to four points.
Even given that, we think that asking for the season to be curtailed early could be more dangerous for Leeds, with strugglers in the Premier League looking for any excuse to block promotion from the Championship.
And some Leeds fans think it shows a really negative view of just how good Leeds are.
The EFL vote is next week and we think the Championship will vote to play on, with possibly less than 31% of the league against it.
Here are the best reactions to the poll from the glass-half-full 69%.
The 69% are 1. Confident 2. Want to do the right thing 3. Missing football – a mixture of those 3 things.
The 31% are mostly just gagging for promotion. But also maybe less confident and some perhaps concerned re Corona.
— Dale Brown 💙🏐💛 (@LUDBOFFICIAL) May 30, 2020
I actually thought there would be more for PPG. It’s easy to say you want to win promotion playing the games when others are reading what you say. But when it’s an anonymous vote true feelings often come out. Just goes to show what an honorable bunch us Leeds fans are. #lufc
— Jo Bedford 🐾 (@El_Loco_Jo) May 30, 2020
— Jo Bedford 🐾 (@El_Loco_Jo) May 30, 2020
Should be ashamed of there self … we go again win it the right way Leeds United arnt cowards …. Ffs disgraceful
…Billy Bremner n co will be turning in there graves
— DeanoLUFC (@DeanoLUFC2) May 30, 2020
People are scared we’ll balls it up Phil.
— ⓈlufcⒽ (@slufch) May 30, 2020
Tbf, I think a lot of us have been used to falling at the final hurdle – I’d rather play the last nine games and do it properly, but I can see why people would want it over and done with asap
— Sam ➕🏠 (@Samheadhouse) May 30, 2020
Earn it. I’m not having twatty fans saying we were handed the league. We’ve been on eof the best 2 teams in the league so far. We can and will do it given the chance. At the very least let’s increase the gap we have to cement our position.
— David McGinnis (@Dave_McGinnis) May 30, 2020
In that 30% you’ll have a lot of Leeds fans who know, if there is the slightest chance to mess things up from here we will grab it with both hands. #lufc
— Morley white (@morleywhites) May 30, 2020
The 31% (including me) are all too aware of our propensity to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
— Frontier Psychiatrist (@insertj0kehere) May 30, 2020
Awful mentality. Have some faith in the lads to get the job finished and earn the right to be there.
— Tommy Ellam (@Ellam9) May 30, 2020
30% of #LUFC fans have as much integrity as the Premier League’s shithouse 6, and Hull Tigers 🙄
— MJ (@elland_toad) May 30, 2020
30% aren’t proper football fans. Promotion needs to be achieved with integrity
— Thomas Lockwood (@FatysHenrys) May 30, 2020
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