Leeds United got their payback against Crystal Palace thanks to a 2-0 win on Monday night.
The Eagles beat Leeds 4-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season but there was only going to be one winner at Elland Road.
Palace offered little in attack despite handing a debut to new striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, and it was instead the Whites who entertained.
Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford all proved a threat once more, and they are beginning to form a formidable threat with 22 league goals between them now.
The win once again highlights what we are capable of and now we just need to show a bit of consistency.
An unbeaten run would be nice and though our next five matches pose different challenges, they are all winnable games.
Here are three things we learnt from the Crystal Palace clash.
1.) Bamford is still unreliable
The 27-year-old was brilliant against Leicester last week and was clinical in front of goal on that occasion. On Monday his finishing was more familiar as he blasted over when one-on-one with Vicente Guita in the first-half. He also produced a brilliant header which was unlucky not to find the net but his next headed effort went high and wide. It is little surprise his goal conversion rate is the lowest amongst the division’s highest scorers, with 18%. He did however grab a goal so he cannot be criticised too much, though he did have the simple task of tapping into an empty net.
2.) We already have the ideal Ben White replacement
Marcelo Bielsa brought in two big-money centre-backs last summer but Pascal Struijk is beginning to prove that he could be a regular starter even when they return from injury. A recent run alongside Liam Cooper is seeing him improve game after game, and he was magnificent against Palace. A return of two tackles and three clearances (SofaScore) show he snuffed out danger while he reminded us of White in another department. Struijk achieved 94% pass accuracy and looked remarkably composed when Palace pressed high up the pitch. It is worth remembering that he is still only 21, too, so could develop into a fine player for us. He could have had a hat-trick tonight.
3.) Injuries have not impacted us too much
Some would have been worried following the injury to Rodrigo last week but Stuart Dallas has performed well since coming into midfield. In recent games Bielsa has been limited to the players that won promotion last year, with the exception of Raphinha, yet they each look like they belong in the top-flight. Moreover, there is no indication that fatigue is beginning to set in despite most of the current line-up starting almost every game this season. If we can replicate this showing and improve our finishing we may see a thrashing at some point soon.
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