He asked for three games to change the world, and many Leeds fans believe Warnock has delivered on his promise. Three games played, two won, one drawn, and Leeds have climbed the table to the heady heights of ninth. True, Leeds are just as far off the play offs in terms of points and goal difference but that's not Old Big Gob's fault is it? He can only do what he can do with his own group of players.
The trouble is, the evidence of a recovery is flimsy in the extreme. Yes Leeds have won two home games on the bounce, but they have been doing that for most of the season, and, if Warnock is honest, Leeds should EXPECT to beat Blackpool and Millwall at Elland Road. Since the defection of Wurzle Holloway, Blackpool have been poor; whilst Millwall have been toothless lions since losing Wood. But even then, Leeds were hardly convincing over the two games. Meanwhile, the Blackburn result looked decent until Posh banged three past them in 45 minutes yesterday.
If you look at the facts, nothing has changed. Leeds have scored just three goals in 450 minutes of football and five goals in 630 minutes, with two of those being penalties. Less than one goal per 100 minutes of game time is hardly scintillating is it, especially when Warnock said he was adopting a gung-ho approach. There was a predictably hysterical response to Morison's first goal for the club, but the Welsh goal machine hasn't been prolific for a long time now.
Leeds fans will point to a water tight defence, but on the basis of skewed stats. Blackpool were goalless again yesterday and, ignoring Cup games, Millwall have scored just six goals in their last nine games, a goals per minute record to compare with Leeds. Blackburn, meanwhile, were ravaged by injuries and struggled to put out a midfield.
The acid test comes this week. If Leeds lose at Leicester and Palace, the lie of a surge in form will be laid bare. Leicester have to win after their defeat yesterday so Tuesday night is a shit or bust affair for both teams. If Leeds lose and Forest win at home, the writing will be on the wall. If Brighton and Miserableboro both win too, Leeds will be cut adrift.
Keep that Warnock statue on hold!