John Ryan: Leeds United ticket prices give the game a bad name

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IT was not the result we wanted against Blackpool and Lady Luck does desert one when you are at the bottom of the table.

Okay, we should have picked up Gary Taylor-Fletcher for those first two goals and no doubt Dean Saunders said his piece about that at half time.

However, the normally reliable James Hayter must have been kicking himself after not burying his golden opportunity just before half time.

Martin Woods was then denied by a fluke save on the goal-line when we were really in the ascendancy.

Had either gone in, it could have been a different story against a side that is on a roll, has forgotten what it is like to lose, and at times did play some quality football.

With other results on the night we plummeted to the foot of the table but we have players who can produce results.

We have James Coppinger coming back into full training next week and dying, he tells me, to put on a shirt and get out there if selected.

It certainly is roll your sleeves up time and, starting on Saturday, I want to see every sinew stretched to the full for the cause against a team that is in crisis right now.

Leeds United, as I pen this column, are manager-less and we should take every advantage.

What sickens me for the loyal Rovers fans who travel home and away is the fact that their chairman Ken Bates has made this game category A.

While his loyal fans, for the second successive home game, stage a demonstration on Saturday lunchtime, our fans will be sat at home listening to the commentary, denied by his decision to charge £36 for a ticket.

It is a huge amount of money and if a couple attend then it is £72, plus travel costs and any other expenditure.

It does not matter if we were to moan for England to the Football League, they would be powerless to act and it’s too late right now.

As a club we are forever thinking about ways of bringing in extra support and then something like this occurs - it gives the game a bad name and especially in these times of extreme hardship.

I am sure next week I will be able to come up with an initiative to get added support to cheer us on against the Posh.

That one now is a real must win game - as they all are - and one I categorise as a six-pointer.

Please help us to keep this club in the Championship.