Swansea City 0
Leeds United 1 (Hernandez 89)
At the end of the day all that mattered on this day of mourning for Big Jack and day of yearning for three points to help fulfil Norman’s dream, our dream, was the result. That we didn’t play particularly well, albeit still the better of two nervous looking teams, doesn’t really matter and in any case, we still came up with the one real moment of quality in a game of few chances.
Whether it was the nerves jangling that made Leeds look a little jittery today we’ll never know but passes went astray too often, crosses were generally poor, we constantly interrupted our own momentum with needless free kicks given away -19 of them - and, perhaps most annoyingly of all, we once again missed a couple of big chances that could, should have had the result sorted well before it finally was.
But none of that really matters, although I’m sure Marcelo Bielsa is aware of the faults that were on display, and, should we reach the Holy Grail in the next ten days and should he agree to have at least one season in the Prem with us, I’m sure he’ll be addressing them. For now we plough on with what we have and it will now be a failure on a cataclysmic scale if we fail to reach our dream this time.
Three games to go, two of them at home to two of the current bottom four in the table and the other at the home of one of our most annoying rivals! Surely we have to do it this time. If results on Tuesday and Wednesday are kind to us – West Brom beating Fulham and Brentford losing to Preston – then we could secure promotion by beating Barnsley on Thursday. If not, then it could be quite satisfying to clinch that top table spot at Pride Park; that would indeed be a proud moment! Either way, we first have to beat Barnsley, and, as saw against Luton these relegation threatened sides will fight all the way.
A word on Pablo Hernandez is worthy too; what a player he is. Once again it was Pablo supplying the moment of magic to win this game and, in echoes of Gordon Strachan all those years ago, he is proving to be perhaps the most vital cog in this modern day Leeds machine.
We are nearly there folks but nearly has failed us before so keep that champagne on ice.
Swansea City Leeds Utd
Possession 42% 58%
Shots 6 12
On Target 3 4
Corners 6 7
Fouls Committed 12 19