Leeds got themselves a hard earned point in a game of very few chances yesterday, neither keeper had a single save to make in the first half, although it did open up a little after the break. Reading were the better of the two and given their problems ahead of the game, which were outlined yesterday, this bodes very well for them in the coming months, especially when their treatment room has cleared a little. Having said all that, United have also tightened up considerably and they are certainly not the same team defensively who conceded ten at home to Cardiff City and Preston North End ( !!) and can also look forward to an exciting 2011.
Talking of Cardiff, I have just watched extended highlights of their top of the table clash with QPR, in a match that was full of quality and a fine advert for Championship football. City boss Dave Jones was livid after his side were denied just about as clear a penalty as you will ever see, when Jay Boothroyd was clearly tripped in the box and the defender left his foot there for several seconds ! It was impossible for anyone, let alone referee Kevin Friend, who was within touching distance, to have missed it and with just minutes to play, it would most likely have earned the visitors a point. Rangers were worthy of the win though and now have a five point lead over City, but more importantly, with their goal difference, effectively a nine point advantage over third placed Swansea, so a fantastic weekend for Neil Warnock and his troops. Still saw the hard to please Warnock complaining to match officials about something at the final whistle, when in reality, he should have been busy adding Mr Friend to his Christmas Card list !