Garry Monk and his team looked as though they could just possibly get involved in the fight for automatic promotion.

However, a run of only one win in their five matches leading up to last Saturday meant Leeds United were instead looking over their shoulders.

A 3-0 home win over Preston has seen them open up a decent five point gap to seventh place but now 12 points adrift of Newcastle and 14 behind Brighton, any chance of top two appears to have gone.

In the build up to the game at Elland Road back in November, Garry Monk predicted one of the relegated clubs to win the Championship but it wasn’t Newcastle he tipped, even though they were four points ahead of Monk’s fancies:

“I know that Newcastle are up there as well but for me, Norwich have kept a lot of their squad which were with them in the Premier League, as well as adding some good players in the summer.

“They have a squad which has been together in a higher league.”

Norwich of course have collapsed dramatically after looking promotion possibles, the Canaries now 24 points behind Newcastle and nine off he play-off spots.

Garry Monk is determined to show at St James Park that they can produce their Elland Road form on the road.

Leeds have won 45 points at home compared to Newcastle’s 41, whilst when it comes to away form it 43 points for Rafa’s team and only 27 for Monk’s.

With only two Championship away wins (at strugglers Birmingham and Blackburn) since Boxing Day, it is easy to see why the Yorkshire club haven’t been able to sustain a challenge for the top two places.

Garry Monk:

“It has been a hard week for the players and it was tough coming into the (Preston) game on the back of two defeats.

“We wanted to show a response and we got that, in the first half we were excellent and we came out strong in the second half, we had chances to go 3-0 up earlier than we did.

“In the last two away games there was a lot of noise because of where we are in the league and the opportunity we have, but we got back to focusing solely on the game and we showed what we are good at and capable of.

“We are a very dangerous team across the whole pitch when we all deliver a performance and it was great to see the rest of the group contributing to the goals.

“Once again our fans were incredible here at Elland Road, the atmosphere was fantastic.

“We wanted the three points, but we also wanted a good performance and it was pleasing to get that.

 “We have a great game at Newcastle coming up now, they are two huge clubs with a lot of fans and it is our determination to show we can be as good away from home as we are at home.”

  • Doug Dacre

    Aye, gonna be a Good Friday in the Toon this week alright….

  • TheNutJob

    A team we should beat & will beat

    • Muz

      A team we should beat & ‘probably’ will beat.
      Fixed it for you.

      • TheNutJob

        AND WILL BEAT !

        • Muz

          But didn’t.

    • Steven Angel

      Without Gayle you’ll be lucky to score past big Pontus let alone win the game lol

  • Steven Angel

    I noticed how you rejected my post saying Leeds were going to win but you allow people to post saying the Mags are going to kick our ass on Friday lol got to say this really does show Magpies fans for what they are, fickle pansies who are good at dishing it out but can’t take it when it’s thrown back. The Mag, officially the most pathetic and gutless online blog on the net. Praise the mags and slag off Leeds to your hearts content but reverse the roles and we can’t have that, Pffft! Garbage.

    • Albert Stubbins

      This is a Newcastle site- try posting on ROBLUFC and get banned for absolutely nowt so swings and roundabouts bonny lad!! 5-2

      • Steven Angel

        Bonny lad lol love it :-D

  • Steven Angel

    Top comment, the Mags are going up no matter what and with a bit of luck Leeds will do it via the play offs. And Speedo will always carve a link between the 2 clubs (except on matchdays lol) Loving the banter this week with some of the Geordie fans, well, until I tried to have a bit on here and had my post deleted lol Onwards and upwards (except for Friday, we need those 3 points more than your lot) :-)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    If we cant beat a bunch of Nitwits from Leeds we don`t deserve to go up

    • Steven Angel

      Well you couldn’t beat a bunch of nitwits from down the road in Sheffield…Just saying :-D

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        they`ve a few decent players, you dont

        • Steven Angel

          Hmmm? That’s why we’ve already beaten them twice this season then….What were your results against the Wendies again? lol :-D

  • The Leeds Avenger

    Just took leeds at 9/2 , get on em boys … oh I also took Wednesday to win at 5/2 on Saturday, just after I put 20 on one for arthur… 😅

    • Steven Angel

      £20 on one for arthur?? What are you a millionaire lol I put 3 quid on and was chuffed to bits with my 45 sheets lol I might just stick another cheeky 3 or 4 quid on Fridays game :-)

    • Albert Stubbins

      sure you did- Ive just put 20 on you to be talking out your a*** at 10/1 on!! How about 5-2? again!!

      • The Leeds Avenger

        I sure did Albert you old twa*

  • HappyToons

    I said Leeds would make the play offs as soon as Monk was confirmed. I wouldn’t want to play them in any play off final as I wouldn’t even fancy us to get there the way we are playing. I sense we will struggle for the points to make promotion certainty if we lose at home to Leeds, but will do it as runners up, ‘just’. Beat Leeds and we can party, and that comes from ‘Mr Pessimist- the glass has a hole in it’, never mind half empty.

    Great tradition, for those who remember the early 70’s under Revie. Great away day memories as we always took massive numbers. Loved it when Big Jack turned out as St James with a hostile welcome every time he touched the ball!

    They are only 20k down on our own gates at present, though. Class away support, but still second class to us ;-)

    I hope they go up via the play offs as a far bigger club than any of the others, even Villa are in their wake.

    • Albert Stubbins

      only 20k down on us? damned with feint praise!!

    • Steven Angel

      I wonder what your gates would be like after 15 years in the lower leagues lol Would be nice if we both went up this season though, the Speed household would be well chuffed :-)

    • Jezza

      I wouldn’t think of Leeds under Revie as being part of any great tradition. They were a bunch of thugs. “Dirty Leeds” they were known as. I remember a game at St James’s Park in the 70’s when our back four came off at half time all with cuts and bruises round their eyes from Joe Jordan’s elbows.

  • Geordiegiants

    Probably the best young English manager about. Will probably get a crack at a big club one day.