Date: 20th February 2020 at 9:25pm
Written by:

Fans of Leeds have been reacting to comments made by Bristol City manager Lee Johnson, in which he reflects on his playful push of Leeds defender Luke Ayling following the match between the two sides last Saturday.

The victory for Leeds saw them move three points clear of third-placed Fulham after the West London club lost at home to Barnsley.

However, there was controversy during the first half of the fixture when, during a break in play, Lee Johnson gathered his players around him on the touchline to give them instructions. Johnson believed Leeds’ Luke Ayling, who was stood in close proximity to the Bristol City boss and his players, to be eavesdropping on their team-talk, so Johnson approached the player before pushing him away.

When asked about the confrontation, Johnson said: “Part of me wanted to – with my player’s head on – tread on his toes, two-foot him, give him a cuddle and pinch him under the arms at the same time. But part of me also respected his sneaky nature, listening to what I had to say.”

The majority of Leeds fans responded to the Bristol manager’s comments light-heartedly, with many joking that the 1.68m-tall Johnson would be lucky to reach the 1.85m-tall Ayling’s arms to pinch, while others claimed that Johnson is “obsessed” with their club.

What do we think?

Regardless of the altercation, Ayling performed brilliantly on Saturday, as the right-back made three tackles and one clearance, as well as scoring the only goal of the game. Perhaps we’ll never know whether that had anything to do with Ayling’s supposed attempts to foil the Robins’ tactical plans.