Leeds United are a ‘second half’ side; it makes a difference being that rather than second rate for a change.
Consistent performances this season have been the key in driving the Whites up the table and into fifth place, and definitely in the battle for a promotion play-off spot. However, the patient approach the team tend to take has led some to question the slow starts the Whites have, hence many labelling them a second-half side.
Last night, in the FA Cup Third Round, Garry Monk’s Leeds United went in at half-time 1-0 down to a side two leagues below them, Cambridge sitting in ninth in Sky Bet League Two. It wasn’t a strong performance. It wasn’t a weak performance. It was a Leeds performance, a first-half performance.
It didn’t exactly stink the place out, but after half-an-hour pundit Alan Brazil had gone nuts and singled out one player for his analysis (below).
31 mins gone and Leeds a disgrace! Denton couldn't tackle a special fish supper! They are second best everywhere!
— Alan Brazil (@alanbrazil) January 9, 2017
Now, football fans don’t tend to take criticism well, and it is safe to say this should Alan Brazil care to look at some of the comments that Leeds United fans have left.
“Couldn’t tackle a special fish supper…” – Leeds fans react on Twitter to Brazil jibe
This Leeds fan wondered if there had been any outside influences on the words that Brazil chose.
— Andrew Burke (@andrewMOT) January 9, 2017
There seems to be some sort of link developing here, fans thinking alike and that.
@alanbrazil Denton? He'll go a long way! You been on the Glenfiddich, Brazil? Poor form that by the way. Young player just making his way.
— HungryDuck (@avantiproperty) January 9, 2017
It seems that the link is both developing and extended.
— ian (@igrattan) January 9, 2017
This Leeds fan thinks that whilst Tyler Denton might not fancy a fish supper, Brazil himself might have experience in that area.
@alanbrazil Denton is only a kid Alan. You can certainly tackle a fish supper anyway😀
— Charlie Brady (@Charlie_B_LUFC) January 9, 2017
And Charlie has some support from Craig on this one.
— craig lorimer (@lozzers2011) January 9, 2017
Patterns, patterns, patterns. Seems it is a case of alcohol and fish needed for repetition.
@alanbrazil you're just saying that because you want to eat his fish supper…as well as your own…with extra scraps, aren't you?
— Chris Manning (@ChrisManning20) January 9, 2017
Leeds fan Charlie fights fire with fire – and harshly too.
— Charlie Melly (@chasmanu) January 9, 2017
Leeds fan Paul mentions just what a lot of Leeds fans are thinking about the level of the comment.
— Paul Cunningham (@ScunnyLUFC) January 9, 2017
Again, it is a theme that some Leeds fans revisit.
@alanbrazil bit of Leeds bashing that Alan. General criticism acceptable after that first half but don't single out the young lads.
— Gaz Barlow (@gazbarlow84) January 9, 2017
In fairness, you can see where a lot of the criticism of Brazil’s comment is coming from. Yes it was tongue-in-cheek. Yes it was a throwaway comment made without any slur intended on Tyler Denton as an individual – against his performance yes, but not against him per se. However, it was tweeted and that is what is the case that Leeds fans have responded to, and responded to with much harsher than I have chosen here as representative of their wrath.
In a way the final commment by Leeds fan Gaz is spot-on and bang to rights. Blanket criticism of the performance of the whole Leeds side on 31 minutes, but don’t arrow in on the one player.