Leeds United, Leeds United – 58 problems but a penno ain’t one

Leeds United – 58 problems but a penno ain’t one

It was a streak so long and pronounced that, had it continued much longer, it would have been pulled up for public indecency – yet now it is over.

After 58 games, yes 58, Leeds United finally we awarded a penalty. They’d been turned down that often that they  were resembling my early attempts at nightclub pick-ups. And latter attempts come to that.

But, finally, the Whites were awarded one in today’s game against QPR. It came after a handball, that most innocuous of offences. No hacked down player by a last-ditch defender, no bundling over by an onrushing keeper. A simple handball.

It was a moment of wonder – it’d been that long since Leeds United had been awarded one. Still, it was left to leading scorer Kemar Roofe to show the stones to step up to the plate.

Step up he did, ferociously smashing it to Joe Lumley’s right with the Hoops keeper going the wrong way. It gave Roofe his second of the match, and his tenth of what is quickly becoming a profitable season.

It was a penalty that kept Leeds United on the coat-tails of Championship leaders Norwich City whose last-gasp Teemu Pukki goal was enough to maintain their slender one-point lead at the top.

Leeds’ next game is against Bolton Wanderers at the Macron; the Trotters being the side who Norwich beat today. A win there would make it five-on-the-bounce for the Whites, and will maintain a decent gap to third.

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