Leeds United's London celebrations sadly muted by loss of true legend Peter Lorimer - David Prutton

So sadly, another has been taken to form that great game in the sky.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 6:00 am
Leeds United celebrate at Craven Cottage against Fulham. Pic: Getty

We understand, we acknowledge and, in time, we shall accept. Peter Lorimer departs to follow Trevor Cherry, Norman Hunter and Jack Charlton... amongst others of course. Genuine icons of this game, this club, this county.

I’m old enough to know who they are but too young to have witnessed it first hand, however, their legend and responsibility is passed on at Leeds United, never to be forgotten.

I’ve stood on the shoulders of those giants and sung from their lofty heights to the communion and, my God, it’s an unforgettably glorious place.

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One I can only assume that was infinitely more glorious as they swaggered across England and Europe. So I eternally thank Peter for all he precociously was, for all he became, for all he brought, for all the time he afforded to those of us infinitely indebted to him... he was lovely.

And marvellous. And powerful. And respected. And, most of all, loved.

Rest well Peter, you’ll be sorely missed.

His beloved Leeds United finally recorded a win in London with Friday night’s victory at Fulham but the victory is more significant purely because of the three points for their continued Premier League campaign.

It also gets the London monkey off their back and it means that, whoever treks down there the next time, will not have that to contend with because it has been chatted about a few times.

It’s good for Leeds to get that off their back but the most important thing is the result and, after that, the performance which was fantastic.

Fulham boss, Scott Parker, was very honest after the game in saying that his side did not deserve anything from the encounter and I thought he was very good with the way that he spoke.

He was very good in articulating what it is to face Leeds at their very best and what a unique challenge that is.

He made it sound really quite engaging. It was something he was looking forward to relishing but his team were not up to it on the night, and I thought he came across really well.

He summed it up pretty succinctly.

If you are a Leeds fan watching on then that’s nice to hear but it’s also nice to win and be pretty comprehensive in that performance, which they were.

You had to feel for Luke Ayling a bit with the disallowed goal by VAR.

There is so much debate about contentious decisions and this time, in the end, when you look at the scoreline, nothing too much is made of it.

It’s not one of those that Leeds have suffered from.

But, on another day given the fine margins that come in a Premier League win, it could have been another discussion point.

The victory put Leeds 13 points clear of the drop zone with nine games left, which is huge.

If you look across the Premier League, Leeds will be very good value for a mid- to lower-table finish, if it is that. They will be there purely on their own merits.

There are several teams that are worse than Leeds and who will be fighting right until the end of the season.

Thirteen points is a wonderful cushion to have at this stage of the season but, as Marcelo Bielsa has always maintained, it’s about being able to be as comfortable as possible at the end of the season to build on next season.

At this moment in time, they are on course for that on the back of some dodgy results and it just reaffirms how good they are.

If you were a cynic, you would say that playing against a Fulham side fighting for their lives, they should be doing that.

But I think it reflects growth over the course of the season and that ability to be able to perform to those standards that have been set by Marcelo.