You have to give Old Big Gob ten out of ten for cheek! Listen to him! “How many teams have won six on the trot? Not many." True Neil, but nor have Leeds. Those six wins on the trot have been interspersed with four away defeats in the league on the bounce, and a home thrashing in the Capital One Fan Cup! Six wins on the trot would have seen Leeds bound up the table and probably occupy an automatic promotion place. But where are Leeds? Eleventh!
He continues: "We have bounced
back all season long. The most difficult thing about management is
getting a drubbing." Has he remembered the Chelsea game belatedly? Nope. He's going back to Watford! “We got thrashed by Watford and that was probably the worst 90 minutes of my career." What worse than the hammering at home to Forest last season Neil? Or worse than Shafting United's defeat against Wigan as Tevez fired West Ham to victory at Old Trafford. How the memory of old pain fades over time!
He philosophises, “It
took me a little bit of getting over. But what do you do? Do you listen
to them and chuck it in? Or do you organise yourself and think, ‘Let’s
go again?'" Listen to who Neil? The fans? You know, that scum who know nothing about the game and demand that the football served up by the team is half way decent?
He adds: “That is what you do as a manager and that is what I will do as long as I am here. We want to win games and get up the table.” The trouble is, that's not what Neil has done. Leeds are still lower in the table than when he took over. Wanting to win is not enough. Everybody wants to win. But three points are not secured based on just wanting.
Now he turns on the fans: “It is easy to criticise. But in the second half, when
the fans relaxed and got behind us, I felt the players relaxed. First
half, it was almost like they were expecting a mistake or a goal by
Bristol City. I could sense that on the touchline. But the lads reacted
in the right way. They got hold of the ball." So it was the fault of the fans that Leeds went in at half time drawing with the team bottom of the Championship!
He then reveals: “I said to them at half-time, ‘It is a brave player who gets hold of the ball’. That is what we did. We wanted the ball." Bloody hell, now there's a novelty! Dangerous of course, being round, it might have been a bomb! Brave indeed, playing against the team bottom of the table, to actually want the ball!
He continues: “You can’t please everyone, even when you have six wins. They would rather play like Real Madrid and lose." Who are 'they" exactly? The fans again? Those contemptible idiots who pay to be entertained? And another thing Neil, Leeds couldn't play like Real Madrid could they? I mean, the likes of Brown and Austin are not exactly Galacticos are they? But if Leeds did play like Real Madrid it is unlikely that they would lose against the likes of Barnsley and Bristol City.
Warnock then comes out with a stunning revelation! “But the Championship is a hard league and you are playing against different opposition every week." Bloody hell, different opposition Neil? Who would have thought it! How bloody unfair. Surely Leeds should be allowed to pick just the one team and play them every week. Who would it be Neil? Peterborough? Leeds actually won at London Road! Or Huddersfield?
Then comes an amazing assessment: “The most difficult games are when you play against Bristol City, who will get some points now Sean’s gone in." Bristol City at home? The most difficult game? That's the same Bristol City that are bottom of the table having shipped 55 goals is it? Amazing. Mind you, Neil should be careful suggesting that changing a manager results in improved performances, he might give Sharia Law Capital ideas!
He concludes: "So,
to come away with the points and knowing where we are in the league
while we try to strengthen, the glass should be half-full, not
half-empty, just like the stadium on match days!"
So don't blame Neil! He's won six games on the bounce, you just haven't noticed! And if you want to know why Leeds struggled on Saturday, it was the fault of the fans whose anxiety paralysed the team and down to the cowardice of the players. Neil is doing a great job. Just ask him!