Any Leeds fans taking the game at Watford as a guide for next season should not get too excited. On paper, a 2-1 win away to Udinese Calcio sounds bloody impressive, but watching the highlights, it has to go down as one of the luckiest wins of the century.
If the Warnock was in charge of the Italian loanees, he would have rocked up for the press conference armed with a laptop to show the nation's press how, "Honestly, it was daylight robbery out there. It was criminal. Diabolical. There was only one team who was going to win that game and it wasn't Leeds." Oh, and Old Big Gob would have told everybody that Deeney was "Stupid" because he had "Let everybody down out there. Me, himself, the chairman, his team mates, the fans, the Pozzos, Vladimir, Estragon, the people of Italy..."
All season Leeds have struggled to score goals, and neither of their "strikes" against Watford was fashioned by skill nor judgement. For the first goal, Poleon deserves credit for chasing lost causes but it was a terrible mix up by keeper and defender that gave him the opportunity to net from a yard out. And the second was painful to watch because young Bonham is so hopeless as McCormack makes a hash of his attempted chip but still ends up on the score sheet. A joke!
On the positive side, Leeds only shipped one goal, but they were playing against 10 men for one third of the game and Anya looked like Messi for the goal, weaving round half the Leeds team before setting up Abdi. And Podgy had to make an excellent save to prevent 10 man Udinese taking the lead.
So it was a famous victory of sorts, but only because it facilitated the promotion of Hull City. For Leeds, it was a bit of fun but a poor indicator for next season. Any talk of "domination of the division" next season based on this game would appear absurdly optimistic and indicative of the problem that has dogged the club for almost two decades: unrealistic expectations.
Nice Guy Brian should be pleased with the result but concerned about the reaction. It's going to take time and money to float the Leeds boat, but I'm not sure he will be given either. I expect Haigh has already planned his conversation with McDermott: "Money to revamp the squad? Why when we have the players to win away to Watford?"