You kind of have to admire the Football League’s sense of humour. Despite the 3-0 battering at home to Swindon where Richard Naylor was about as affective as a plastic frying pan, he was awarded a place in the official Football League team of the week for the Easter Weekend.

Every week, TSS receives emails from a PR company working on behalf of the Football League. One of the things TSS is sent is the team of the week for the previous weekend which is decided between a panel of “experts” from the Football League. You have to question how much notice they actually take of the games when the email contains the following quote;

This week, the Coca-Cola League 1 Team of the Week features Leeds United’s Richard Naylor. Defender Naylor is included for his performances against Swindon and Yeovil over the Easter weekend.

I do appreciate Naylor’s revival at Yeovil. He was exceptional from set-plays and undeniably won us the game, but does that really excuse the sorry efforts of our entire team against Swindon Town and merit a place in the team of the week which was based jointly on the two games?

I suppose the only one good thing about this award is that it should further add to our slowly returning confidence. Naylor has received a lot of deserved criticism over the past few weeks and the only way he can combat that is by turning in match winning performances like he did against Yeovil. He still had his dodgy moments, but at the front, he led by example. You need your key players to step up at times like this and carry the rest forward.

Fingers crossed that Naylor is up to the job.