The best and worst Leeds result of 2018
With just two home games remaining for Leeds United in 2018 against Blackburn Rovers and Hull City, the Yorkshire club can begin to reflect on another crazy year at Elland Road.
The Whites have had three different managers at the helm in the shape of Thomas Christiansen, Paul Heckingbottom and now Marcelo Bielsa
They finished a disappointing 13th-placed in the Championship last season, but sit top of the pile at Christmas in this campaign.
Here is the standout best and worst match of 2018 for Leeds:
Aston Villa 2-3 Leeds, 23 December 2018
Leeds appear to have saved their best result of the year for the end and it’s hard to see them topping the weekend’s display in the final two games in the calendar.
They are top of the league on Christmas Day courtesy of a stunning comeback from two goals down to win away at Villa and make it six wins on the bounce in the process.
Bielsa’s eye-catching team stuck to their footballing philosophy throughout the game and certainly weren’t outplayed in a first-half they found themselves conceding twice.
Jack Clarke, Pontus Jansson and then Kemar Roofe in the 95th minute scored to seal a crazy comeback, but most important it underlined their promotion credentials.
Leeds’ highlight of 2018 has come at the end and supporters are dreaming that next year they will be back in the Premier League.
Bielsa delivered a masterclass that proved his major influence on the team and he’s even managed to integrate a handful of youngsters.
Honourable mention: Leeds really hit top gear earlier this season during a memorable 3-0 away win at Norwich City in August, who are now their nearest challengers at the top of the table. The Yorkshire club were scintillating at Carrow Road and that result looks even more impressive now considering it was against second in the league at Christmas.
Leeds 1-4 Cardiff, 3 February 2018
The wheels fell off at Elland Road last season after a promising start and by 2018 fans were doomed to another mid-table finish in the Championship.
Leeds’ ultimate failure came at home to Cardiff City back in February in a 4-1 defeat, which turned out to be Christiansen’s last game in charge and it was a humiliation.
The team’s poor discipline let them down after a Gaetano Berardi dismissal and they were completely annihilated in their own backyard by a Cardiff team that went on to promotion.
It was a gloomy time around Elland Road at the time and thankfully for supporters they are on a completely different planet now.
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