How cruel is the game of football? Just when Leeds fans thought everything was going swimmingly, along come back-to-back defeats at Nottingham Forest and at home to Blackburn; and to make things worse, Burnley, QPR and Leicester all recorded victories, effectively knocking McDermott's Merry Men out of the automatic promotion race.
Of course, eighth place has an uncomfortable ring about it, being the exact position that a certain blogger has predicted that Leeds will finish in. True it would represent progress on last season, and Noruddychance was predicting nothing better not so long ago, but after the recent Leeds charge up the table, it would be a very disappointing return for the fans come the end of the season.
The defeat at Forest was excusable, but the defeat to Blackburn is a bitter disappointment and brings the Lancashire underachievers up onto Leeds United's shoulder. More worrying still is that Brighton, who Leeds beat on the opening day of the season, are now above McDermott's men in the table - as are Ipswich despite a home draw with Charlton. The next game at Sheffield Wednesday now takes on huge importance because, should Leeds lose that, they will settle back into mid table - and Warnock will be smugly saying, "See no real progress has been made since I left."
And McDermott has now clarified that he does, in fact, want FOUR new players if the club can source them. The fans played their part again today, with a gate of over 30,000, but if Friar Brian is right the new owners are going to have to open the transfer coffers - and quick.
But for any Leeds fans feeling depressed, let me assure you that it could be worse - you could support West Ham United!