Leeds United slipped out of the Championship play-off positions for the first time in almost five months after a 1-0 home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.
Garry Monk’s team appeared sluggish from the outset and fell behind to a Nouha Dicko goal in the 38th minute, the striker scuffing a low shot first time past keeper Robert Green.
No excuses today, but play-off bid is still in our hands. I'm 100% confident these players will give everything in the final 3 games. #MOT
— Garry Monk (@GarryMonk) April 17, 2017
Before that, the former England stopper had denied Andreas Weimann one-on-one and tipped a Dave Edwards header wide as Wolves looked the more comfortable of the two sides in the opening period.
Chasing the game after the break, Leeds did fashion a few half chances but were met with dogged defending from the visitors, who had lost two on the bounce coming into this one.
Andy Lonergan was in fine form between the sticks, producing a smart save from Souleymane Doukara’s header as the home side pushed on in the second half.
However, they were unable to break down their opponents and the result meant that the Elland Road outfit slipped to seventh, behind both Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday.
With their two promotion rivals set to meet on the final day of the season, Leeds’ fate is still in their own hands; three wins will be enough to seal a top-six finish, but it is looking a lot less likely than just a month ago.
Fans on Twitter were understandably concerned at an abject performance, with the best of the reaction below:
We need 2wins & probably a draw so do we risk jansson getting a booking at Burton so he comes back for 2nd leg playoff??? #lufc
— jamie (@jamiepartridge3) April 18, 2017
Let's be honest, if we did not make it as hard as possible then it would not be Leeds United would it.
I have faith #MOT
— Ste Lufc Exley (@Exley_Lufc) April 17, 2017
@Exley_Lufc We beat burton saturday and town beat fulham we are in the driving seat, no problems ????????
— awaydaydamo (@damomoss) April 17, 2017
if we dont win them points that we need to get in the promotion places we wont have gary monk and a few players anymore. #lufc
— AYRTON #LUFCFORLIFE (@BANTERSQUAD0701) April 17, 2017
Burton game just got massive for Leeds, gotta get pressure back on the others, not used to such tension ???? #lufc
— leicesterwhite (@leicesterwhite) April 17, 2017
— Lee.ds (@anyoldsport) April 17, 2017
— Adrian Trinder (@AdrianTrinder) April 18, 2017
We won 3 in a row for the only time this season against wolves. BURTON, AND NORWICH? Coincidence? Or fate? #lufc
— Andrew simpson (@VacantFaith81) April 17, 2017
Another slight positive going in to the #LUFC/ Burton game: Luke Murphy has been almost ever-present for them, and will be a big miss.
— Simon O'Rourke (@simon_orourke) April 17, 2017
So, three straight league wins, a two leg play off victory, then a win at Wembley – that'd put this team firmly into #LUFC folklore…
— leedsunitedmatchworn (@LeedsMatchWorn) April 17, 2017
— Liam Fernandez (@liam69ers) April 17, 2017
Won't get anything at Burton or at home to Norwich, might get a point at Wigan.. #lufc
— ???? John Bartrop ???? (@john_bartrop) April 17, 2017
— manda paver (@MandaSuperleeds) April 17, 2017
— MichaelaStuart (@MichaelaStuart4) April 17, 2017
Seriously #lufc why can't we just do things the boring way this one time and have a play-off place sorted by now, killing me here lads.
— Thomas Noble (@_Noble) April 17, 2017