Sky Sports pundit Liam Rosenior has claimed that Leeds United have found it 'easier' playing away from home this season because of the difficulties of playing at Elland Road.
The Whites capitulated in the most dramatic of fashions on Wednesday night when they conceded four goals at Elland Road to crash out in the race to reach the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa's side went into the match with a one-goal advantage against Derby, but Frank Lampard's side produced a stunning display to book their place in the play-off final.
Speaking to Sky Sports Football (15/05/2019 at 10:00 pm), Rosenior believes the expectations have perhaps been too much for Leeds' young squad.
"They had their chances," Rosenior told Sky Sports Football. "You look back at their season. Wigan at home. They found it very difficult against Millwall at home.
"I am sure Frank watched those games because those teams threatened Leeds in behind. Leeds 1-0 up. That's what I was worried about. They are such a young team. It's such a big club that it's almost easier at times to play away from home because that expectation and pressure wasn't there."
For large parts of the season, Leeds were sitting in the Championship's top two and it was looking highly likely that they were going to earn promotion automatically.
But whilst Norwich City ran away with the title in the end, Sheffield United pushed Leeds to the limit and in the end, secured that final top-two spot.
Defeats to Wigan and Brentford over the Easter period all but ended Bielsa's hopes of guiding the club to the promised land automatically as they have now crashed out of the playoffs.
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