John Ryan: Posh visit is a must-win match for us

John Ryan
John Ryan

ANYONE at Elland Road will no doubt agree with me that the wrong team won!

On another day we could have scored six.

There was only one team in it for an hour but games last 90 minutes - or 102 minutes in Saturday’s case.

The boys played really well, although our defensive frailties came back to haunt us.

It has on many occasions this season since the first game of the season at Brighton, although at the time we were down to ten men.

Look at the December game at Birmingham. We were in the driving seat before we became charitable and let them back in the game and they snatched an 87th minute victory.

Things are not as bleak as they look when you take the Leeds performance into consideration though.

I just knew as soon as I heard on Saturday morning that Neil Warnock had got the job it would be a major lift for them and create problems for us.

I still feel that if they had been between managers we would have come away with maximum points and won in a canter.

Warnock did go in at half time and sort them out and they became more direct in that second period.

I saw Warnock after the game and he said we played some very good stuff and should have wrapped up the game.

But with his presence, and Lady Luck again deserting us, it was not to be - and that lucky winner in the ninth minute of added time denied us even a point.

Peterborough on Saturday is a must-win game and it would be great to complete a rare double.

Portsmouth have been thrown into the relegation mix having gone into administration and been docked ten points.

But I am surprised they were not docked more with going into administration twice in the past two years.

However, I see the vultures are circulating for their players and the administrator will sell or loan out to lighten the wage bill.

The relegation dog fight is really hotting up now with Portsmouth going into freefall and with five of our next seven games at home.

We need to turn them into victories.

We have to go to the City Ground on March 6 to take on Nottingham Forest for another six-pointer.

A win there would go a long way to seeing us achieve our goal of staying in the Championship for a fifth season.

It’s nice to know the squad is fully fit, which it hasn’t been for the past couple of years and a lot of credit for that must go to Mal Purchase and the rest of his team.

It’s also nice to see Mickey Walker is on the mend after his heart attack last week.

The trouble with Mickey is that he thinks he is still 25, and he might be in his head, but we all grow old gracefully and he is going to have to slow down now.

He has been a great servant for the club and we all wish him a speedy recovery.