Leeds United midfielder Bradley Johnson has expressed his regret in letting the clubs supporters down as the side’s bid for promotion appears to have faltered as the season enters its closing stages.
Johnson, who is out of contract in the summer, was talking to the Yorkshire Evening Post in the wake of United’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Easter Monday, a result which saw the side slip to 9th in the Npower Championship table, three points outside the play-off places with just two games remaining.
Johnson apologised to the 6000 supporters who travelled to Selhurst Park, saying: “I’m genuinely sorry again and I know it was a long trip home for them. They expect better than that and they deserve better as well. We’re devastated not to win and the only thing we can do now is get six points and hope it’s enough.”
Leeds face Burnley on Saturday and then QPR on the final day requiring all six points to have any realistic hope of extending their season.
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Lees gets promotion.
One member of Leeds United’s playing staff was celebrating promotion on Monday, as a goal from 20-year-old centre back Tom Lees helped Bury to a 3-2 win over Chesterfield, sealing the Shakers promotion to League One.
Lees is on a season long loan at Gigg Lane from United and has been a key part of Bury’s success, netting three goals in the last four games for the Shakers. With Leeds United’s defensive problems this season, it is expected that Lees may have a part to play for next season, and the experience gained in his spell with Bury, as well as a spell at Accrington Stanley last season, will stand him in good stead for the future.
Speaking to leedsunited.com, Lees said: “I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve been playing centre half against good forwards week in week out.”
Utd eye Westwood.
With Leeds United looking likely to be playing Championship football again next season, speculation has already begun on player movement, both in and out of Elland Road.
Robert Snodgrass, already linked with a possible move to West Bromwich Albion, is now reported to be a target of Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew as he plans to spend some of the money received from the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool.
Leeds themselves are believed to be in the hunt for Coventry City keeper Kieron Westwood. The former Carlisle United stopper is out of contract at the Ricoh Arena in the summer and is also reportedly a target for Celtic, Everton and Newcastle United.