Leeds United had a weekend to forget following their 1-0 home defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday, as the Latics won for the second consecutive season at Elland Road.
Whilst it is unlikely that it could have as severe consequences this time around, United fans will be desperate to see their side’s fortunes change in the coming weeks, after just one win so far in 2020.
Some fans may have been forgiven for thinking their performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup third round could have really kicked the side’s season on, despite eventually losing 1-0.
United were superb in the first half at the Emirates and were unlucky to not come away from North London with at least a draw and a replay in the bag.
Leeds haven’t had the best record in the FA Cup recently, having only made it past the third round stage three times since returning to the Championship in 2010.
The 2017-2018 FA Cup was certainly one to forget for the Whites as they were dumped out of the third round by League Two side Newport County.
United had taken an early through Gaetano Berardi’s first strike for the side, but a Conor Shaughnessy own goal followed by a powerful last minute header from Shawn McCoulsky gave the Exiles a famous FA Cup win.
Playing that day for Newport, was current on-loan Whites defender Ben White, who turned out 51 times across all competitions for Newport that season.
He took to Instagram on Monday evening to remind current teammate Mateusz Klich of the clash between the two sides.
Klich was quick to respond, re-posting White’s story to his own, with the caption: “What a game that was.”
Klich’s appearance in the Newport game was his last game for the Whites in the 2017-2018 season before heading out to FC Utrecht on loan for the rest of the campaign.
Leeds fans will have been hoping to have forgotten all about this game from over two years ago, but, if anything, it does serve as a timely reminder of how far the club have come.
Things looked plain sailing for Leeds that day against after taking an early lead, but a terrific performance from the League Two side gave the Exiles a deserved win.
Although some Leeds fans will wince at this throwback, it does signify how much at ease the teammates are at with each other, and should they work hard together and achieve what they have set out to this season, these sort of results could become a distant memory for United.
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