PRIDE RE­STORED –BUT A CHANCE MISSED

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

LEEDS fans have ev­ery right to be bit­terly dis­ap­pointed.

To have oc­cu­pied a play-off place since Novem­ber only to stum­ble at the death is a sav­age blow that does no jus­tice to the ef­forts of Garry Monk and his play­ers.

Writ­ten off as a joke in Au­gust, they have brought pride and fight back to El­land Road for the first time in a decade – qual­i­ties vividly demon­strated in an up­roar­i­ous sec­ond half.

Noth­ing will make up for a lost play-off spot, but at least those bat­tling ef­forts al­lowed Leeds’ play­ers to re­turn for their post-match lap of hon­our with heads held high. After a sea­son of over­achieve­ment, it was no more than they de­served.

Norwich can­not say the same. A vast bud­get. Top-class play­ers. To­plevel ex­pe­ri­ence. They should have strolled into the top six. Yet all too of­ten they have failed to tie abil­ity to the at­ti­tude that has an­chored Leeds’ suc­cess. This per­for­mance was their sea­son in mi­cro­cosm.

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