Date:Tuesday January 22 2013
Former Leeds United midfielder Neil Kilkenny says it is disappointing to see his former club playing in front of gates of just over 18,000.
Kilkenny returned to Elland Road on Saturday with his current club Bristol City and just 18,156 were in attendance, Leeds lowest home crowd on a Saturday since the last home game against Oldham Athletic in the 1987/88 season.
The midfielder says he does not understand where the fans have gone in the space of two seasons, since he last played for Leeds at Elland Road.
Speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Kilkenny said, "When I was here we used to get 30,000 most weeks and now they say it was 18,000.
"I don`t know what`s gone on over the year-and-a-half that I`ve been away but it`s disappointing."
Kilkenny spent three and a half years at Elland Road, helping the side win promotion from League One as well as just failing to claim a play-off place in their first season in the championship, when Leeds finished seventh.
The Australian international, who made 144 appearances during his time at Elland Road, says he knows the expectations of the fans at club and whilst he said it was great to play in front of big crowds during his time at the club, he admitted it was daunting when things were not going well. "It was great to play here in front of 30,000 but it can get daunting when results aren`t going too well.
"You need to have big balls and take it. That`s what we did and that`s why we succeeded.
"In my last season we finished two points off the play-offs and that was a massive disappointment.
"We`ll see if Leeds can beat that because they didn`t last year. They could push on still and they need to push on because the fans demand success," continued Kilkenny.
The 18,156 at Elland Road on Saturday was their lowest home gate on a Saturday since their final home game of the 1988/89 season against Oldham Athletic.
Leeds are averaging 21,237 so far this season, there lowest average since their relegation from the championship in 2007, when they averaged 20,184.
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Date:Tuesday January 22 2013
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