Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.
Did Wednesday’s game illustrate the gulf between the Premiership and Championship?
Paul Cross, Leeds
UNFORTUNATELY, I think it did. I thought Leeds played well in the first half. Chelsea didn’t start too good and Leeds matched them for the first 45 minutes.
They went in a goal up at half-time and that gave a lot of Leeds supporters a lot of hope, but the warning signs were there. Cech didn’t have a lot to do in the first half and our keeper, Ashdown, made one or two good saves.
I thought in the first half Lampard started as though he was trying to prove something to people.
Byram got stuck into him and he got booked for a couple of rash tackles, which you don’t normally see.
But then Leeds gave them a goal in the first minute after half-time and that gave them a lift, which they needed.
That set Leeds back on their heels after such a good, solid performance in the first-half and it gave Chelsea something to build on for the rest of the game. After that it was men against boys, it was a bit like a practice game, first team versus reserves and that showed the difference between the two divisions.
We’ve got players who are Championship players, good players at that level who might be able to get us out of this division, but they have got world class players, players who have played in World Cups and European Cups and I think it showed in that second half.
For me, El-Hadji Diouf is Leeds’ best player. He’s quality and he’s been around the block. Apart from him, there’s a lot of grafters in midfield, but I don’t think they’ve got a lot of flair and you could see the difference against Chelsea, who are all internationals.
Once they stepped up their game in the second half, it took its toll. Leeds started to look a bit tired and that was because they had done so much work.
I don’t like to say it, but there is a gulf between the Premiership and the Championship. Chelsea’s players showed why they are in the Premier League and why clubs are prepared to pay them that much, because they’ve got that extra class.
Leeds played well in the first half, defended strongly and got a good goal, but at the end of the day class told and that’s the difference.