By Dave Woods

19th Oct, 2019 | 5:15pm

MOT View: Three things we learned from Leeds win v Birmingham

It’s been a week of celebrations as Leeds turned 100 on Thursday and thankfully the party can run on into Saturday night after a hard-fought three points were earned by the current crop of players.

They were joined by legends of Leeds past at Elland Road last week and today, but this was no vintage performance against Birmingham.

0-0 at half-time and a rare goal by Kalvin Phillips in the second 45 was the only difference at the end. A late West Brom goal stopped Leeds from going top but second is better than the fifth spot they were in during the international break.

Here are the big talking points from the game today:

1. Bamford out?
That’s surely it for Bamford for a while. Leeds dominated the first half of the game and couldn’t score. Sounds familiar? The shocking truth is that Leeds were the lowest scorers at home in the Championship ahead of this game with just four goals. Bamford hasn’t scored since August. Marcelo Bielsa moved to change things at half-time, bringing Eddie Nketiah on and taking Bamford off. The young Arsenal striker almost made an immediate impact, winning a free kick on the edge of the area that looked suspiciously like it was inside the box, and while he didn’t score, he looked sharp, especially when Tyler Roberts came on. Some people might point out that Eddie Nketiah hasn’t scored in his last four league appearances either but he hasn’t been given a chance from the start and his time will surely come in the next game against Preston on Tuesday. However, it’s true that Leeds were better with Bamford on the pitch. Can Marcelo Bielsa come up with a new system by Tuesday?

2. Bielsa has adapted
The manager might be stubborn about his team selection but there are clues that he’s adapting to life in the Championship. His final change today, Barry Douglas for Helder Costa, was a defensive one that you wouldn’t have seen last season. Bielsa’s preferred form of defence was attack but he seems to be happy to play the percentages this season. It was the right thing to do today.

3. Forget the party, this was a grind
This game wasn’t a party for the Elland Road crowd today. It was heart-wrenching stuff at times and a missed free kick from the visitors late on and the final whistle were celebrated as much as the goal this afternoon. Leeds should have made the game safe, with both Nketiah and Jack Harrison missing chances, but the team held on for a really valuable three points. After a run of poor results, that was all that mattered today. As long as Bielsa acts and changes the team.

In other Leeds news: Exclusive – Paul Robinson reveals what Leeds were missing in promotion bid last season