David Prutton: Leeds will be breathing a sigh of relief after this big moment
By Amir Mir
David Prutton believes Leeds would have been breathing a sigh of relief when their promotion rivals Fulham conceded a late equaliser against Blackburn on Tuesday night.
The London-based club were leading the Championship encounter 2-1 when Lucas Joao scored in the 94th minute to prevent Slaviša Jokanović’s side from moving into the top six.
That goal was a big moment in the race to secure a play-off spot because seventh-placed Fulham were looking very dangerous to those teams above them after their 3-1 win at leaders Newcastle three days earlier.
Nonetheless, former Nottingham Forest midfielder Prutton believes those in the play-off places would have been glad that Rovers scored a late goal.
“Take Tuesday night: if Fulham don’t concede, they’re into the play-offs,” Prutton told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “That’s a massive statement with nine games to go.
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“But they let one in on 94 minutes and Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Reading breathe a little sigh of relief. That goes for the players of each club too. After all, they’re only human.”
At this moment in time, Garry Monk has guided his team to fourth in the table on 66 points from their 37 matches, five points ahead of Fulham.
The Whites face a tricky home fixture against automatic hopefuls Brighton on Saturday evening, knowing dropped points could see their rivals close in on them with nine games of the season remaining.
The two teams below them, fifth-placed Reading and sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday meet at Hillsborough on Friday night in what will be another important fixture in the race for promotion.
Meanwhile, Fulham will host Paul Lambert’s Wolves, who will travel to London on the back of an impressive 2-1 win at Brentford on Tuesday night.
In other Leeds news, Eddie Gray delivers his verdict on the clash against Brighton on Saturday.