Football is the biggest roller coaster ride there is and no one knows it more than Leeds United fans, but Saturday's 2-1 win over fellow promotion candidates Brighton is surely a turning point for Leeds.
After relegation and financial troubles over recent years Leeds fans can be forgiven for being anxious at the start of another new season in the football league. After no signs of change and nothing from new owners GHF Capital, who took over the club last year, many fans were set on finishing just outside the playoffs yet again, but over the last few months but those owners have taken to changing things around at Elland Road.
Fans favourite villain at the club Ken Bates has finally left the club for good, and work to reconnect with the fan-base started soon after.
GFHC have lowered ticket prices and introduced a range of ways fans can interact with the club, something the fans have been looking towards for years.
Along with those things, new manager Brian McDermott seems to be making the right moves transfer and finance wise for the club.
It was no surprise optimism was creeping in to the Whites fans again, with the first game of the season against Brighton approaching - Elland Road was a sell out and achieved the highest opening game gate since 2003.
And what better way to put an exclamation mark on Leeds’ climb back to the top, the game started slowly before Jose Ulloa tipped home a cross from Andrea Orlandi’s pass to put Brighton ahead 13 minutes into the game, but the Whites came back quickly with fan favourite Ross McCormack finishing a great move to draw the sides level 19 minute .
Leeds largely controlled the game until the 60th minute where a rejuvenated Brighton pushed on to pinch a winner, but keeper Paddy Kenny kept the Whites in the game, and Leeds soon fought their way back in with young striker Dom Poleon’s substitution into the game, which proved to be the turning point.
Leeds’ fight back nearly proved dividends in the 90th minute when Tomasz Kuszczak saved Poleon’s shot dramatically and Leeds midfielder and Irish international Paul Green only just missed the follow up shot.
The familiar sinking feeling of so close yet so far for Leeds fans was beginning to set in until the 93rd minute when Leeds’ Luke Murphy scored to more than justified his £1m price tag with the emphatic finish.
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