Leeds United will not be heading to the Premier League after play-off heartache last night. The Whites lost 4-3 on aggregate to Derby County and it is a result that will hurt the club going forward.
Looking backward, plenty of former players were equally aggrieved.
Playing at Elland Road in front of the Leeds faithful clearly has an impact on players. Plenty of ex-Whites have been taking to Twitter to announce their pain at the club failing to win promotion yet again.
Hadi Sacko and Lee Erwin for instance. Sacko is technically still a Leeds player. Currently on loan at Ankaragucu, the Mali international appears to have no long-term future at Elland Road. Erwin was signed by Massimo Cellino back in 2015 but struggled to make an impact in West Yorkshire. He is now in Iran with Tractor Sazi and explained his hope that Leeds could go again next season.
— Hadi Sacko (@miimosaa) May 15, 2019
Leeds very unlucky. Automatic promotion next season 100%
— Lee Erwin (@LeeErwin19) May 15, 2019
Michael Bridges appeared to take offence to the card-happy officiating of the game. The Aussie-based pundit who spent an injury-ravaged five years at Elland Road also expressed his devastation for the Leeds fans.
Devastated with the result.
Gutted for the Leeds fans.
Upset for the Leeds players and staff after all their hard work this season.
Angry at the Ref.??
Sore, due to having no fingers nails left.
— Michael Bridges (@MickyBridges8) May 15, 2019
But for Leeds fans, consoling words cannot come from a bigger name than Lucas Radebe. ‘The Chief’ is a cult icon at Leeds. The South African put a little perspective on things by reminiscing on an incredible season, and suggesting Leeds will simply go again next term.
We are all gutted but what a remarkable season we had @LUFC_LEEDS will be back next season. ?can’t get around the results.
— Lucas Radebe (@LucasRadebe) May 15, 2019
It seems, even after defeat, the Leeds old boys are marching on together.