Russell Crowe delivers verdict on Leeds display against Fulham
By Harry Sykes
Movie star Russell Crowe has revealed on Twitter his “discomfort” at following Leeds’ 1-1 draw against Fulham from afar.
The Yorkshire giants took an early lead at Craven Cottage through a Tim Ream own goal but the home side completely dominated the play and finally got their reward when Tom Cairney scored the equaliser with the last kick of the match.
Leeds manager Garry Monk praised a “fantastic” performance from his players afterwards as he hailed them for hailing his game plan to perfection.
But Oscar-winning actor and lifelong Leeds fan Crowe was less impressed as he took to Twitter afterwards to give his verdict in an exchange with a supporter.
“The stats were uncomfortable reading,” said Crowe on his personal Twitter account to his 2.5million followers. “Need a stronger showing v QPR.”
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The stats were uncomfortable reading. Need a stronger showing v QPR https://t.co/jtBsq9YFpz
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 7, 2017
The message suggested that Crowe followed the match on the Internet and was aware that Fulham had 73 per cent possession and 23 shots during the match, compared to seven for the visitors.
Nevertheless, Leeds remain fourth in the Championship table and in control of their fate as they prepare for the final 10 matches of their 46-game campaign.
A cushion of eight points separates Monk’s side from Fulham, who are seventh in the table and the closest challengers to the top six.
Crowe, best known for his portrayal of Maximus in Gladiator, is a lifelong Leeds fan and in 2015 explored the possibility of purchasing the club.
Crowe has spoken passionately about his “love” for Leeds and his support dates back to the 1970s, while he currently owns the Australian rugby league side South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Leeds are next in action on Saturday when they host 14th-placed QPR in the Championship at Elland Road.
In other Leeds team news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.