By Russell Edge

29th Apr, 2017 | 9:22am

Andy Ritchie delivers verdict on Leeds end-of-season collapse

By Russell Edge

Former Leeds striker Andy Ritchie has claimed it would be a huge disappointment for the club to fail to secure a play-off spot after challenging so strongly all season.

Leeds go into their home clash with Norwich on Saturday knowing they need a win to keep the pressure on London side Fulham, who occupy the final play-off spot.

However, to stand any chance of leapfrogging the Cottagers, Leeds need Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday to snatch points off Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, while picking up victories against the Canaries and Wigan.

Leeds let their play-off future slip out of their own hands with a 2-1 defeat away to Burton, with Fulham capitalising on this with a 4-1 victory over fellow top six side Huddersfield.

However, were they to fall short following the end-of-season collapse, it should not be viewed as a failure, says former player Ritchie.

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Echoing Garry Monk’s comments ahead of the Norwich tie, he told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “From where they have come – I definitely don’t think it’s a failure.”

However, Ritchie, who scored 44 goals in 159 appearances for the Elland Road side, believes that everyone at the club will be feeling disappointed with having come so far, only to falter at the final hurdle.

“It’s a disappointment, of course, and you can’t say it’s not because you thought you were going to be there and you have fluffed your lines,” Ritchie tole the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I’m just really gutted and surprised that they have slipped out of the play-off places because I didn’t see this scenario happening.”

Leeds snatched victory in the reverse fixture with Norwich, Ronaldo Viera clinching an injury time winner in a pulsating 3-2 victory.

In other Leeds news, fans have urged Garry Monk to reintroduce this player to the starting XI.

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