Gary Lineker was highly impressed by the “belting” drama-filled game between Leeds United and Tottenham on Saturday as the hosts eventually won 4-3.
Three times the Whites went ahead, and three times they were pegged back, before a late winner for the home side in a game that also saw Tyler Adams sent off.
Crysencio Summerville added to his growing catalogue of Leeds United strikes, before Rodrigo did the same in high quality fashion twice, while the hosts were lucky to get their first equaliser allowed, before their attack overwhelmed the shaky visitors’ defence late in the game with Dejan Kulusevski key.
Writing on his personal Twitter account on Saturday evening (12 November) an appreciative Lineker said: “Belting game between Spurs and LUFC. 4-3 now to Tottenham with Kulusevski making the difference.”
Jesse Marsch will have plenty of positives to take from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, because he saw his players raise their game for a fourth time this season to face a big six side.
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Victories over Chelsea and Liverpool have been crucial this campaign, while Saturday’s tight loss will have to go alongside the 1-0 reverse at home to Arsenal on 16 October, as a result which somehow got away from Leeds United when they looked to have done more than enough to come out on top.
Rodrigo was outstanding with two beauties off his left foot, and Harry Kane’s goal should surely have been disallowed for a foul on Illan Meslier.
But for the second week running, the exhibition of excellent attacking output was counterbalanced by a weak defensive display.
In the 4-3 comeback win over Bournemouth last weekend the good just edged the bad, and Liam Cooper found some much-needed quality at vital moments.
In north London this weekend it was the reverse as the 4-3 result ended in favour of the opponents, with Robin Koch and Cooper not offering enough resistance late on as Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur were allowed to make the difference.
The Whites go into the World Cup break having hit on a winning formula going forward, but there is plenty of work for Marsch to do with his defence.
In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling and Tim Sherwood reacted to a complete lack of justice that went against the Whites at Spurs.