Leeds overcame Southampton 3-0 on Tuesday but the scoreline did not come close to telling the whole story.
Marcelo Bielsa admitted that the scoreline flattered his team post-match, as the visitors were on top for much of the first half.
Leeds carried a threat throughout, however, and it was little surprise when Patrick Bamford pounced soon after half-time to score his 13th league goal of the season.
No English player has scored more than that, while Stuart Dallas and Raphinha also produced good finishes to round off the win.
Interestingly, our 47% possession was the lowest we have recorded this term, yet we won convincingly in the end.
That gives us an insight into this Leeds team, and here are three things we learned from the display.
1.) Helder Costa still has a role to play
Jack Harrison was hauled off at half-time after he failed to impact the first-half, but many Leeds fans will have groaned when they saw Helder Costa was taking his place. That proved unnecessary, however, as the winger had a big influence on the second half. Along with the assist for Dallas’s goal, Costa made one key pass and earned four free-kicks per SofaScore. He also gave the ball away just five times in a display that earned rare praise from Leeds fans. He showed he could make a good impact for the remainder of the season so here’s hoping the £36,000 a week man can replicate his performance moving forward. His effort on Tuesday night was what pleased us the most.
2.) Victor Orta right to sign Diego Llorente
Llorente will be delighted at getting through the game unscathed but he also displayed his quality to ensure a clean sheet. Che Adams and Danny Ings can be tricky customers but they barely got a sniff thanks to Llorente. The Spaniard made four interceptions and four clearances and could have scored, too. He has a long way to go to both prove his fitness and his ability but this was a positive early sign. Long may it continue.
3.) This team is very adaptable
Southampton posed us a problem that not many teams have this season with their high press. Patrick Bamford acknowledged this in his post-match interview while also commenting on the difficult playing surface. Also, the striker revealed that a change in strategy at half-time produced the win. He said that moving the ball in a quicker, more direct style overcame the Saints press while reducing the risk of slipping on the bad pitch. The conditions did not favour our style but we adjusted well and still produced three moments of quality that gave us the win.