Leeds legend Eddie Gray gives his verdict on United’s victory at Birmingham City
IT was a good win for us at Birmingham on Saturday.
People can say that you are playing against a team that are struggling in the league but you have still got to go out and win the games.
And I thought they did well. In the second half, they got to grips with the game a lot better than in the first half and they deserved to win the game.
They scored two good goals with Matt Smith scoring again and Danny Pugh getting on the scoresheet and then the own goal. It was just unfortunate that Ross McCormack did not get one with him pushing for that 30-goal mark! But it was a good victory. It’s been a long time since we have scored two goals, never mind three, without Ross getting on the scoresheet and so it was nice that other players chipped in.
And I’m pleased for big Matt Smith and the boy can look back on his season and be quite happy with it. When you think of his goals and his goals tally, he’ll be pleased with his first season and him and Ross have struck up a good partnership.
In the bigger picture, the results don’t mean anything but it’s still good to win games and it will just be interesting now to see which direction the club go. Brian McDermott and the owner will sit down and have a chat and discuss things and we’ll see what happens at the start of next season. I just hope that everything is put in place before the season starts and Brian gets the players he wants or with whatever way the owner wants to go. But things have got to be put in place before the season actually starts.
The latest talk is about Benito Carbone coming here but I don’t know anything about that and there’s nothing official been said.
Apparently he was at the Birmingham game though I didn’t see him and I don’t know what his position is at the football club. I think the owner will probably clarify things in the next week or so and maybe just wait until the season ends to let people know in which direction he is going to take the football club.
We don’t know what the owner will do with the managerial situation but the owner runs the football club and that’s what it’s all about now and he’ll take it in the direction that he sees fit. Brian seems to have a decent relationship with him from what you read and according to the press they are going to meet this week. Hopefully they can resolve things and go into the market because we need to go into the market, no doubt about it.
There will be comings and goings during the close season and hopefully we can get the players that can get us into a challenging position next season.
This season has been a disappointing season and when you look at the position we can finish in the league – the highest we can finish is going to be 14th. That’s disappointing and although it’s nice to be winning these recent three games it doesn’t really mean a lot as far as the season goes. It’s the season you look at.
When we played against Forest in between these games we fell short and we’ve got to get to the stage where we can challenge teams that are in the top half of the table. That’s what we will be looking to next season though I must say there was a great support again on Saturday. The support was terrific again.
We finish the season at home to Derby on Saturday and that will be a tough game but it’s the last home game of the season and there should be a big crowd there.
We are playing against a team that have been at the top of their game for a while and it will be a tough test. But we are playing at home and it would be nice if we could finish with a flourish at home and give the fans something to cheer about.
It was great for the away fans on Saturday, travelling down to Birmingham and getting a result.
But it would be even better if they could turn it on at home against a side that have cemented their place in the play-offs a while ago.
Generally, there’s optimism about the new owner coming in here.
But as far as this season has gone, we are still going to have to get recruits in if we are going to be in a challenging position.