It’s never easy being a Leeds fan, but let’s enjoy every minute of this

12 Jul 2020 08:32 pm, by YorkshireSquare

It never feels easy being a Leeds United fan. I wouldn’t want to be anything else; I wouldn’t want to support another team but they sure as hell get the heart pounding and the stomach churning. As if it’s not difficult enough as it is, Sky Sports and the EFL have contrived to make it an even more excruciating experience. I’m not going to lie, playing after our nearest rivals in the promotion race has shredded my nerves, I’ve become a nervous wreck come kick off!

Last Tuesday Brentford faced local rivals Charlton. Lee Bowyer’s men took an early lead. I’ll admit to having got a little excited, I know I shouldn’t have but I did. They say it’s the hope that kills you, and sure as hell Brentford pop up with two foals in the last quarter of an hour to take the points. Would Derby do us a favour at West Brom on Wednesday, absolutely not! A two-nil victory for the Baggies and the pressure firmly back on Leeds. i need to stop looking at the oppositions scores!

I hardly slept Wednesday night, Thursday was a blur but one that seemed to drag on for weeks, come 5.00pm I was a bag of nerves. The early shot saved from Roberts, the chances from Bamford and Roberts cleared off the line, I thought our opportunity had gone. As half time came the anxiety was insufferable, I expect Leeds fans across the country were losing their cool. Thankfully though it was not the same for everyone involved in Leeds United.

Cometh the hour cometh the man and up stepped Mateusz Klich, cool as you like to slot the penalty home. The goal settled the nerves and the introduction of Pablo Hernandez in he second half gave complete control of the game to Leeds as they went on to record their biggest win under Marcelo Bielsa. This was not the same bunch of players that were weighed down by the pressure of expectation last season, they were unbridled, playing with freedom answering any questions Thomas Frank had posed them two days before with style.

Friday was a joy, buzzing with energy and excitement again, dreaming of promotion, but it wasn’t to last as Brentford kicked off before us on the Saturday. Watkins scored early on, but Derby got one back before the break. False hope yet again and by full time Brentford were breathing down our necks, the gap cut to three points for the second time in a week. Fearing third place beckoning us. But West Brom slipped up, a draw, two points dropped, anything but a bad loss would see us remain top of the table on Sunday evening.

Leeds headed into Sunday’s game with a chance to put a bit of distance between themselves and West Brom and restore the six-point gap to third. But the doubts creep in again, lose and we could be third come next weekend. After all we’ve fumbled in the final few games of the season before. The first eighty-eight minutes were excruciating, Leeds had the better of the game but it looked unlikely they were going to score. A point wouldn’t be a bad thing, but it would make the last few games unbelievably tense.

Pablo Hernandez had other ideas though, our talisman, the heartbeat of our side delivered the vital goal that would seal all three points. This team are another year wiser, burned by last season they will not it slip again. The relief was clear to see; Bamford hoofing the ball a mile in the air, Harrison clenching his fists in joy, Pablo celebrating shirtless with the substitutes, joined by Illan Meslier who had run the length of the pitch to join him. I'm a bit worried about Gaetano Berardi though, if we actually get promoted I fear he might actually kill someone with his incredibly effusive celebrations!

Four points in our last three games, less if Brentford slip up, will be enough to seal promotion, seven to seal the title. Enough to put the demons of last season, hell the last fifteen years to rest. It is anxious, it is tense but we should be embracing and loving every moment of this. Marcelo Bielsa has brought joy to this club, to the city as a whole let’s relish and love every moment of these last few games, it would be a shame to watch it all from behind the sofa.

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Borgman wrote on 13 Jul 2020 01:15 pm

My heart was in my throat, watching the minutes countdown. Had the game pinned live to my phone.
Finally boom, 89th minute. Precious Pablo. Goaaaaaal.
Cursed the ref 90+
Fulltime, my heart came to its resting state. 3 games left, to be where we belong. 16 long heartbreaking years. I'll will never forget
2019/2020 season.

BGwhite wrote on 13 Jul 2020 09:24 am

Winning promotion at Derby ....could this have been scripted any better ? We may even win the league there, shame we won't get the guard of honour . Two home games and a short journey down to Scum 2 . Let's enjoy it lads and Ram it all back down the throats of Sky and the FL !!

Anonymous wrote on 13 Jul 2020 07:44 am

☝️☝️☝️ the only way is up ,,baby

WhiteRose wrote on 13 Jul 2020 07:01 am

Not sure if this is an indictment of the other things in my life but nothing comes close to the feelings I go through in the 90 minutes watching leeds at the moment, every game feels like a knife edge, so much on the line, a small mistake enough to shatter dreams and cause days of worry until we get the chance to put it right. All becomes worth it for the relief and euphoria once we score or the final whistle blows on another win. I know its mad to invest so much emotion in what my wife terms just a game but for me this rollercoaster of the last couple of seasons has been worth it come what may. I only hope its a fitting end.

Peter in Blackpool wrote on 13 Jul 2020 06:47 am

Totally agree. They do say that being a football fan is 95% disappointment and 5% jubilation.....lets all really enjoy that 5%, we deserve it!

Such a bloody shame we cannot celebrate these times together. Elland Road should be absolutely buzzing on Thursday.