Ray Parlour praises Leeds after 'massive' 3pts against Norwich
Ray Parlour has warned Leeds that there is still ‘a long way to go’ in their battle for relegation, but praised them for their ‘massive’ three points against Norwich.
The Whites secured a huge three points with a 2-1 win over the Canaries thanks to a 95th minute winner by academy striker Joe Gelhardt to open up a four-point gap between themselves and the bottom three.
Parlour, who was speaking on talkSPORT‘s breakfast show [March 14, 7:22], singled out Raphinha for praise for his part in the winning goal but warned the team that their job wasn’t done yet.
“That last goal was massive for Leeds,” Parlour said.
“I would have loved to have been in the stadium as a neutral, to hear the roar when he scored. Raphinha, what a brilliant bit of play.
“Who knows? Who knows where anybody is going to be but if he can do the business and keep them up this year, which they’re still going to be in a relegation battle at the moment, but that was a massive three points.
“Leeds United, they’ve done so well and Bielsa has been a great manager for them getting them into the Premier League, ninth last season. I’d love them to establish themselves now in the Premier League. That was a massive win for them yesterday. There’s still a long way to go.”
The win against Norwich hasn’t secured safety for Leeds, but it’s given the fans another reason to believe that their Premier League journey won’t end this season.
After 11 defeats in 14 games, including back-to-back defeats since Jesse Marsch’s arrival at the club, getting three points against the basement club was absolutely vital.
So seeing their team drop their lead in the 91st minute would’ve been heartbreaking for all Whites fans. But that famous never-say-die attitude at Elland Road lives on, and now their Premier League run may too.
They’ve got more favourable fixtures than the teams around them, plus some big home games, so getting the fans to believe and back on side was incredibly important for the new coaching staff.
Now with a huge game against Wolves at Molineux on Friday night, they have a wave of momentum to ride where they could create an even bigger gap between themselves and the bottom three.