Leeds United’s woeful 2018 continued tonight, as they were comfortably beaten by Preston North End at Deepdale.
There was hope after Kemar Roofe had given Leeds the lead in the first-half. But, soon enough, it all went downhill for Paul Heckingbottom’s men.
Two quick-fire goals from Paul Gallagher and Sean Maguire had Preston in the lead before Alan Browne put the icing on the cake.
Leeds fans were once again left despondent at the result, as the club continue to struggle under the guidance of Heckingbottom.
In fact, quite a lot of Leeds fans believe the team have actually managed to get worse since he took over from Spaniard Thomas Christiansen.
The Danish-born boss was appointed in the summer to replace Garry Monk after a successful spell in Cyprus with APOEL Nicosia. He led Leeds to an excellent start to the season and had them playing an attacking style which fans enjoyed.
But, after a streak of seven games without a win, he got the boot. At the time Leeds had plummeted to 10th in the Championship and were seven points off the play-offs.
Now, under the guidance of former Barnsley boss Heckingbottom, they are 14th, and 14 points off sixth place.
Leeds position has only got worse and, whilst Heckingbottom has had to struggle with injury and suspension problems at the back, he is not succeeding. The failure to win over the players is clear and it is now transcending into the fanbase.
Some Leeds fans are now wishing Christiansen had remained. Others are even suggesting Leeds would be relegation fodder, had it not been for his excellent start to the season.
The fact is, Leeds are now as close positionally to the bottom three, as they are the top six.
Here is some of the best reaction from Twitter to Leeds’ latest loss…
Sometimes I dream that Thomas Christiansen is back at #lufc and life’s all good again.
— Jack Pearson (@JackTPearson) April 9, 2018
— Ole M. Hobberstad (@OleMHobb) April 10, 2018
Leeds sacking Christiansen is looking worse by the second.#LUFC
— Garreth Porter (@PorterG94) April 10, 2018
— Deborah Dakin (@kalavardadeb) April 10, 2018
— Gary Marshall (@Garymarshall_85) April 10, 2018
I never wanted Christiansen gone. Loved him and loved the football under him. Could’ve given him a season and we might have had half a chance of a playoff smash and grab. Shocking from the board. #LUFC
— Adam (@xTippyy) April 10, 2018
— Greg Andrews LUFC (@Greg_01) April 10, 2018
— Leon Solomon (@LeonSolomon1) April 10, 2018
— jake (@jake_lufc1) April 10, 2018
Thomas Christiansen saved us from relegation. ? #lufc
— Marcus Dre (@marcdrye) April 10, 2018
Just shows now how a good job Thomas Christiansen did. Otherwise we would be joining Sunderland for league 1 #LUFC
— Sohail Rashid (@sohailrashid33) April 10, 2018
All you TC outers, where are you now?! Christiansen would have done far better than 2 wins (10 points) from 12 games. Heckingbottom is an awful manager, ludicrous appointment, said it as soon as we were originally linked with him. #lufc
— Super Leeds United (@superlufc1919) April 10, 2018