Leeds return to the top of the Championship in Style

10 Jul 2020 08:40 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Friday 10th July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Five star display widens gap at top of Championship

Leeds returned to the top of the Championship in style, thumping Stoke City 5-0 in the process.

Following a host of missed opportunities, Klich broke the deadlock on the cusp of half time from 12 yards following a rejuvenated Helda Costa being bought down on the corner of the penalty box. The Polish International sent Butland the wrong way as the ball seemed to travel in slow motion bobbling across the ground until it nestled in to the back of the net. It was no more than Leeds deserved. The Potters were living a charmed life up to this point due to a combination of goal line clearances and sturdy wood work which had kept the scoreline level.

Hernandez was introduced in place of Roberts at half time, and suddenly the flood gates opened! The rout began just two minutes into the second half when Dallas' through ball found Costa clean in on goal. The Portuguese star composed himself before toe poking the ball past a helpless Butland. Skipper Liam Cooper joined the party ten minutes later when his ferocious strike from the edge of the box rocketed into the back of the net off the woodwork following a delightful cut back from the magical Hernandez.

Supplier became goalscorer for the fourth. Ayling released Costa down the right wing. He cut the ball back towards Bamford who intelligently stepped over the ball, and there was Hernandez who recocked a first time shot into the corner of the net. Having been denied by a combination of last ditch defending and woodwork, Bamford completed the 5 star display with an impressive strike across goal from an acute angle following a sixty yard diagonal pass from Ayling.

If Leeds can replicate this form for the next two weeks, it doesn't matter who their opponents are! They are a class above the Championship, from anyone's point of view. Bring on Swansea on Sunday!!!

Post Match Press Conference

Marcelo Bielsa...
Every match is a new story. What happened in the previous game is not definitive for the next one. Safety and confidence are not linked 100% with the previous result. It was a positive performance. The manager always values a positive impact.

Being able to score at the end of the first half was very important. In the second half our early goal made it much easier for us, but in any case it was an exaggerated result.

Michael O'Neill:
"'d be very surprised if they don't go up. They're the best team we've played. We couldn't deal with them physically. (Bielsa) has done an amazing job. Two years of work here and you can see that in the team. They're hungry players. That's key and we are a long, long way from where they are. It will take time to change that.

Tonight you saw the difference between a team at the top and one which for two seasons has been at the bottom end of the table, a long way off where they need to be.We gave a decent account in the first half, but you can't give them a leg up, which we did with the penalty. Once behind, it was always tough.

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Ellandback1 wrote on 11 Jul 2020 11:24 am

mothbanquet wrote on 10 Jul 2020 06:49 pm

Byebyegeegee wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:47 pm
Yes you could be right moth, in that we would probably normally get fewer goals than we expect given the general match dominance and goal chances we create. Isn’t it nice to get what we deserve for a change?
At what may be the best possible time, too. :)

Leeds1000 wrote on 10 Jul 2020 06:13 pm

rrfierce wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:48 am
A real quality performance, second half was as good as i've seen us play.

Great that. :tup:

You could coach/train most players all their careers and they wouldn't get anywhere near Pablo's natural ability, vision, intelligence. When Bielsa says he is one of the best players he has coached, you know we got a gud en. Monk pissed me off when he went up to tin pot Boro for the money, but for Pablo i will always be thankful.

Byebyegeegee wrote on 10 Jul 2020 03:47 pm

Yes you could be right moth, in that we would probably normally get fewer goals than we expect given the general match dominance and goal chances we create. Isn’t it nice to get what we deserve for a change?

mothbanquet wrote on 10 Jul 2020 02:35 pm

Byebyegeegee wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:09 pm
I’m not sure what Marcelo means by “exaggerated result”. Perhaps he means it was an exaggerated result in Stoke’s favour because it could quite easily have been 8-0.
Stonking performance especially 2nd half although for most of the 1st half we’d played them off the park.
Roll on Sunday because on this form we can beat any team even, dare I say it, more than half of the Premiership.
I personally love his descriptions, they provide fertile ground for debate in of themselves. He really is the Lao Tzu of football, intended or no.

My take on it is it's exaggerated because we were more clinical than we usually are, so perhaps indicates the result we should be reaching every time we have stats like the ones we had last night. We've had so many games with these kinds of possession, passing, defensive and xg stats but only scored 2. Sometimes even less. As such, it is exaggerated because we've smashed nearly half a dozen past one team where we'd usually expect to maybe get half that.

That's my interpretation anyway.