Leeds United lost their last game before the international break, going down in controversial fashion against Millwall at the New Den.
An early red-card for Gaetano Berardi, which has since been overturned by appeal, also saw Millwall take the lead from the penalty spot. Tom Bradshaw, who has escaped punishment for the simulation that saw the Swiss defender dismissed, then made it 2-0. Gjanni Alioksi’s early finish in the second-half could not inspire a comeback.
It was a frustrating day on the road for Leeds and, yet again, another bad day in the capital.
Leeds’ recent record in London is becoming quite alarming. As London News Online pointed out, Leeds have won just one of their last 17 visits to London.
They lost to Charlton in their last trip on the road before Millwall and the Easter Monday defeat at Brentford last season proved disastrous. Two losses at QPR precede that, taking their current London losing streak to five games.
The last time Leeds won in the capital was thanks to Kemar Roofe’s hat-trick against QPR in December 2017, before the Marcelo Bielsa era had even begun. The next most recent win in London was a 3-0 triumph over 10-men Fulham, courtesy of Sam Byram, Sol Bamba and Mirco Antenucci goals.
It does not even seem to be an aversion to heading south. The likes of Bristol City, Reading and MK Dons have all been dispatched over the same period.
It appears the Leeds are not just not enjoying life in the capital. Their next trip to London could be crucial, against fellow promotion chasers Fulham at Craven Cottage four days before Christmas. Hopefully, Leeds can pull off a Miracle on Stevenage Road to end their capital curse.