By David Woods

9th Dec, 2019 | 9:02am

MOT View: 22y/o didn't do what Bielsa expected - 3 things we learned from Leeds v Huddersfield

Leeds United made it six in a row at Huddersfield on Saturday and went top of the Championship for 24 hours.

They had to wait until the second half for the first goal, but when it came it was a cracker.

A Leeds corner made its way to Gjanni Alioski on the edge of the box and he gave it a whack of a volley, with the ball getting a slight deflection off Patrick Bamford.

There was no mistaking whose goal it was though.

Pablo Hernandez made the points safe after a quite brilliant cross from Jack Harrison. He’s really upped his end product in the last few weeks.

The win put Leeds back on top briefly but more importantly created a gap of eight points back to Fulham in third after they lost.

Here are the MOT talking points from a very satisfactory 2-0 win…

Ben White is human after all.
After impressing massively at centre-back this season, the 22-year-old loanee was asked to replicate Kalvin Phillips, arguably Leeds’ best player, on Saturday. He didn’t look confident at all and Leeds had a shaky first half, with Gaetano Berardi struggling to cope with the height of Steve Mounie. Marcelo Bielsa had talked White up and said he had the football skills to play in midfield but this was the worst we’ve seen him play since he arrived on loan. Leeds were better in the second half but it was noticeable that it took until the 57th minute for White to stride forward with the ball. He was doing that more from centre-back against Middlesbrough. Thankfully, Phillips is back for the game against Hull on Tuesday.

Best? Certainly the fittest
Fitness has been paying off for Leeds this season. Late goals have been absolutely vital and Leeds looked much the better side in the second half on Saturday. To be fair, Huddersfield put so much into the first half, matching Leeds for possession, we were sure they couldn’t keep it up for the full 90. In the end, conditioning paid and Leeds navigated what turned into a  really tricky tie into yet another three points. Winning even when they’re not at their best? Dare we say it, the form of Champions?

Corners? Cracked?
There was a lot of moaning about Leeds’ efficiency from corners this season. Ahead of the Middlesbrough game, we’d scored one from about 120. In the last couple of games, there’s been evidence that Leeds have been working on this. We scored from a short corner against Middlesbrough, hit the post from a well-worked corner in the first half against Huddersfield and scored from one early in the second half. This was from the second phase, with Gjanni Alisoki unmarked on the edge of the box, and when he hit the ball it stayed hit. It’s a really good sign.

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