Leeds United suffered a 4-1 defeat at Ipswich Town, while Derby County eased to a 3-0 home win against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Championship.
Leeds United and Derby County went into this weekend’s round of matches in the Championship under different circumstances.
Last weekend Leeds had defeated league leaders Derby 2-0 at Elland Road to revive their hopes of a top-six finish this season.
The Whites were certainly better than the Rams and deserved the three points, but on Saturday the gulf between the two teams became clear.
While Leeds suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Ipswich Town away from home, Derby maintained their one-point lead at the top of the table with a 3-0 home victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.
While Leeds failed to build on their brilliant win, Derby bounced back in style.
And that underlines the huge difference between the two teams.
Of course, second-placed Ipswich are a much better team than third-from-bottom Brighton, but the way Leeds capitulated at Portman Road showed just how far behind the two top they really are.
As much as one can bang on about the potential about the young players and quality of the summer signings, Leeds are simply not good enough, not at the moment anyway.
One could argue that Neil Redfearn’s side had an ‘off day’ against Ipswich, but for a team aiming for a top-six finish, that excuse simply does not hold water.
Even if Leeds did have an ‘off day’, they still should not have been hammered 4-1 - that’s four goals conceded after taking an early lead.
The West Yorkshire outfit are currently just five points above the Championship relegation zone, while the team they defeated last weekend are 15 points ahead.
One swallow does not make a summer.