22y/o showed exciting glimpse into the future: 3 things we learned from Leeds win v Bristol City
There’s been a lot of grumbling and moaning from Leeds United fans recently but the team put things right at Elland Road this afternoon.
Leeds beat Bristol City 3-1 on the opening day of the season and completed the double in a similar fashion – dominating Lee Johnson’s men and getting the valuable three points.
The first half was ridiculous, with Leeds enjoying 75% of possession and having 13 shots to Bristol City’s one (four on target to Bristol City’s one).
Leeds 1-0 Bristol City HT:
Successful Passes: 256-53
Chances Created: 8-1
Tackles Won: 10-8
Completely and utterly dominant first half for Leeds. Should be home and dry. #LUFC
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) February 15, 2020
The second half was a bit closer but not by much. Bristol City just weren’t in it and Lee Johnson must be a relieved man that it only ended 1-0.
Here are the three MOT talking points from Elland Road…
1. Huge three points
This was a massive win, let’s be clear. It might not have been as clearcut as it should have been but three points are three points and who needs fingernails anyway?
Luke Ayling got the goal in the first half and he was brilliant – as was Helder Costa. Patrick Bamford was good but really should have scored. Costa really, really should have scored but wanted too much time when he was round the keeper.
But, get this, Leeds were the only team in the top seven to win today. You can’t write a set of results like that and it means the promotion charge is back on.
2. Why can’t Bamford score?
This will be a question that baffles scientists in the future. He’s shot more times than any other striker in the Championship and he’s still only scored 12 goals. He looked like he had to score today but his shot caught the underside of the goalkeeper and didn’t have enough left to get over the line.
Marcelo Bielsa defended him again in his post-match press conference and said he hoped Bamford would get what he deserved in the future.
The fans recognised the shift he put in today and gave him a standing ovation as he left the pitch. Goals must be coming.
3. Big Kev is getting there
We thought Jean-Kevin Augustin was going to get his first goal today. Kalvin Phillips found the 22-year-old with a ball in the penalty area and he took the pass smartly, before looking composed and shooting.
The ball went narrowly wide and clipped the side netting but it shows that Big Kev is getting there and it’s a glimpse of what he’ll be able to do when he’s fully up to speed.
If he’d finished it we’d be hailing him as a new hero. It really wasn’t that far off.
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