Noel Whelan gave his verdict on Leeds’ 2-2 draw with Bristol City on Sunday afternoon, criticisng the Leeds defence but praising the unique atmosphere the Leeds fans created.
Talking on the BBC’s West Yorkshire Sport, Whelan said the first half was “probably one of the worst 45 minutes I’ve seen in a long time”.
He said that after starting brightly it all fell apart for Leeds after the first seven or eight minutes.
Whelan claimed Leeds have an inability to defend from set pieces or corners, and don’t react to the second phase of play, which “inevitably” ended up costing them two goals.
However, the fans came alive in the second half – possibly sarcastically at first – but the noise and scarves swirling around seemed to work and the Leeds players responded.
And Whelan was in no doubt that the fans had salvaged the point for their side today.
“If it wasn’t for the fans I don’t think we’d have taken anything from the game today and I don’t think there’s another stadium in the country that would have responded like that, made that sort of noise.
“It gives you goosebumps, gives you a lump in the throat and it was the fans that started it off today, and we could have gone on and won the game. It was just an incredible atmopshere.”
— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) February 18, 2018
The point leaves Leeds in 11th spot in the Championship, eight points off the play-offs.
Paul Heckingbottom’s men go to Derby County next for another tough game on Wednesday.
He’ll be looking for the fans to help out again at Pride Park.