'Underwhelming': Bolton fans give their verdict on Leeds United's title chances

Fans of Leeds United celebrate during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on December 26, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Gianni Alioski scored the winner as Leeds United edged Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road...

Bolton Wanderers fans have seen two of the Championship’s title-chasers in their last two match days.

A week after Norwich City cruised to a 4-0 win at the Macron Stadium, a performance full of class, guile and ruthlessness in the final third, Phil Parkinson’s struggling side travelled to Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

But did Leeds match the standards set by Norwich against Bolton? Not exactly. While Daniel Farke’s side cut through the Trotters like a knife through room temperature butter, Leeds really made a meal of things.

Mark Beevers of Bolton Wanderers slides in to tackle Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road on...

A penalty from Patrick Bamford and a deflected cross from Gianni Alioski sealed a nervy, perhaps fortunate, win against a Bolton side stuck in the Championship’s relegation zone.

Three points are three points of course but, on this evidence, the Whites will need to play much better in the final few months of the season if they are to end their 15-year exile from the Premier League.

That is the opinion of many Bolton fans anyway, some of whom perhaps expected better from a side that has topped the table for much of the season.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United reacts after his header on goal is saved during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road on February 23, 2019...

 

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