Leeds United: Action stations for Whites lads now - Matteo

The floodlight failures in the second-half at Portsmouth on Saturday must have been a nightmare for the Leeds United players – and it took me back to my own experiences with Liverpool many years ago.

I remember the floodlights actually failing in a cup tie at Bristol City before the game – we were sitting in the dressing room getting ready and then the lights just went off. We just sat there patiently, waiting for them to go back on...but, unfortunately, they didn't and the game actually got postponed.

It's never actually happened to me when I've been out on the field though. With it being in the dressing room, it was quite funny, to be honest – though it's a long way to go to Bristol on a coach.

In the replay, we drew and then famously lost the replay at Anfield to a Brian Tinnion goal.

I used to hate it when you'd get to grounds and games would get called off, mainly for the weather. You build yourself up for the weekend for the match to happen and then, an hour before the game, the referee decides not to play! You just want to perform and it can throw you a bit.

I know the Leeds players and manager have said they lost a bit of momentum with the second-half breaks when the floodlights went out at Fratton Park and, who knows, they may have won without those distractions. We'll never know.

But, having looked at the game, I think a draw was a fair result. Pompey had chances which they missed as well. It was a good point, Portsmouth is a long way to go, with a good fanbase, and a tough place.

I actually predicted 2-2, to be honest – though I always tip 2-2 for Leeds away from home! I always think that while they might concede, they can score a goal or two.

Looking back at the Arsenal FA Cup replay at Elland Road, you've got to say it was a glimpse of what Leeds could possibly get back to, and have had in years gone by.

It also showed the level you need to be at to play in the Premier League week in, week out.

It was a proper good tie between two great clubs, and quite a few of the Leeds lads handled themselves pretty well. The tie was a great learning curve for all the Leeds players though, at times in the replay, I think Leeds were outclassed in certain sections. But, with the fantastic backing of the Elland Road fans, they were never out of the game. The supporters kept the players going, I felt.

However, it's the league that's the bread and butter and if you think back to last year the FA Cup became a little bit too much of a distraction. This year, Leeds have done themselves proud – though they were maybe unlucky not to go through down at the Emirates – but the games have put Leeds on the map once again.

But now it's back to the important business of, hopefully, promotion.

Leeds head to Hull City for a Yorkshire derby on Tuesday and hopefully, this weekend, the lads will do the right thing, get their feet up, get the right food down them, and get some rest in.

The next run of fixtures are when it hots up now for me. This stage of the season is when results really matter – the business end of the year.

There are some tough matches coming up in the next four or five games, though there aren't many easy ones in the Championship to be fair.

United have got long trips to the likes of Swansea and Bristol City and home games against rivals such as Norwich to come, and February could

be a big month.

Simon Grayson will have told the lads to chill out early this week and do what they have got to do before these fixtures, because when they get back at the end of this week, they get back to work, and it will be a long run when they start again.

Mentally, it will have been good for the players to get a few days away from it. There is pressure to play at Leeds – I had that when I played and when I was at Liverpool.

That's why I think so many players at such big clubs simply can't handle it. Some think you move to Liverpool or Leeds and things aren't different, but they really are and that's why I believe so many top players just don't make it.

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