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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Leeds United set up latest Occupy camp in Championship


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Leeds’ problems have been all too well documented over the past decade but could there be a change in fortune just around the corner?

They look set to follow the stubborn Occupy protestors outside St Paul's in London and have set up camp in the Championship play-offs, refusing to leave.

Their current three-match unbeaten league run is their second best of the season with a previous seven-match stretch spanning between September and October. Just six losses out of 20 has seen Leeds climb up to sixth in the league securing a three-point cushion between themselves and Brighton in seventh and just eight points behind leaders Southampton. They haven’t been shy in front of goal either, becoming the league’s top scorers away from home, notching up 21 goals in 11 away fixtures.

The season has also not been short of dramas and sadness with the club hit hard by the tragic loss of legend Gary Speed. The recent 4-0 win at the City Ground accompanied with the memorable 11 minutes of chanting in memory of the old number 11 was a fitting tribute.

There has also been the drama around Andy O’Brien refusing to play for the club and Simon Grayson reciprocating by stating he would never be picked again. The transfers of Kasper Schmeichel and Max Gradel, two young prospects, worried fans with what could have been misinterpreted as a lack of ambition. However, with a small number of new arrivals joining and the return to fitness and form by some of the old Leeds faithful, least not Scotland international Robert Snodgrass, has ensured Leeds remain in the mix.

A repeat of the 2010/11 FA Cup third round tie with Arsenal looms in the New Year for the ‘mighty whites’. A match which saw Leeds force a replay at Elland Road, only to miss out to a 1-3 home defeat. An extended run in the cup this season is perhaps not top of anyone’s agenda, with all sights focused on the Premiership, but there could be worse places to visit than the impressive Emirates stadium in the New Year.

Will the powers surrounding Leeds force an eviction outside the play-offs or will Leeds remain defiant and secure their premiership status once more? Do you think they have what it takes to gain promotion? Whatever your views we'd love to hear from you.

Article by Phil Bundy

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