PRIDE RESTORED –BUT A CHANCE MISSED
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.