Leeds United have hit a spell of good form in the Sky Bet Championship, with Thomas Christiansen’s side picking up 10 points from five fixtures, which has moved them back into play-off contention.
The Whites welcome Norwich City to Elland Road on Saturday, with the contest already shaping up to be an intriguing match-up, with the EFL’s match official appointments even causing controversy.
The Yorkshire Evening Post have confirmed that James Mainwaring has been appointed as the matchday assistant, less than a month after he controversially awarded Middlesbrough a penalty in their 2-1 defeat at Elland Road.
Leeds were seemingly in control of that contest against Middlesbrough thanks to goals from Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski, but Mainwaring’s decision to award a penalty against Luke Ayling, despite the Leeds defender finding himself on the receiving end of a foul from Daniel Ayala just seconds earlier, made it a cagey afternoon for the Whites.
Mainwaring made himself the villain of Elland Road that afternoon, with Leeds’ supporters less than impressed with the official’s performance.
The appointment of Mainwaring has caused controversy ahead of this weekend’s clash with Norwich, and here is how Leeds’ supporters are reacting…
Was there no assessor at that game? Shouldnt he have been reprimanded for performance? How do the football league pick their officials? Surely this appointment puts undue pressure on him. If makes another scandolous call what then?
— Ronan Currid (@RealSligonian) December 13, 2017
— Charlie Phillips (@charliechar) December 13, 2017
Ok if they want to appoint Mr Mainwaring as the merry flagwaver for our game after his performance v Boro, we supporters should put a lot of pressure on him during the game & see if we can get him to make a big decision in our favour this time.#lufc
— Marc F (@billywigwam13) December 13, 2017
Good old Shaun Harvey & his cronies ????
— Lee Thompson (@lufcThommo) December 13, 2017
Let's hope he's learnt from his mistake
— lesley Inwood (@lesleyinwood) December 13, 2017
— Lyndsey Mitchell (@lyndseytruth) December 13, 2017
He will be welcomed with open arms and maybe a flag or two.
— robert swift (@bread2bake12) December 13, 2017
Let's see how he performs on Saturday !
— L33D5 UN1T3D (@LeeTate764) December 13, 2017