By Mark Smith

13th Mar, 2023 | 9:10am

Leeds United players call Brighton best team they have encountered in Premier League

Phil Hay has shared that Leeds United players were all talking about Brighton being the best team they had encountered in the Premier League this season.

The Whites battled from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw and could have won it in the end against the high-flying Seagulls who are pushing for European football.

Hay admitted that the Leeds players were blown away by their opposition on the day, with a good point in the end still leaving them anchored in the relegation zone.

Writing for The Athletic in his latest piece on Monday 13 March, Hay shared what all of the talk was about within the Leeds squad after the hard-fought draw.

“So in this instance, Elland Road was looking at a coach adapting to the wares of very talented opposition, a side who Leeds’ players talked afterwards about being the best they had encountered.

“It beats blindly flogging the same horse that is struggling to clear the fences. But from here, how long until Leeds find themselves having to take more risks? How long before Gracia feels the urge to lay it on thick and attempt to shoot his way out of the melee?

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“Only once since promotion have Leeds been bottom of the Premier League, and that on the first weekend of last season, but they are far too close to it for comfort now.”

Good point.

If this was offered before the game, many would have likely taken it.

Brighton are flying in the Premier League and have smashed through many teams, including those at the very top, but Leeds stood firm and were by no means dominated.

Javi Gracia changed his tactics and made his side sit deep and compact with very limited pressing, something which worked at some points but failed miserably at other times.

If the Leeds players were all saying they had just taken on one of the best teams they had seen, picking up that point could have done loads for their confidence, despite it not being a win.

A win against Wolves would make it four points from six in the last week before the international break, something which would surely leave the Whites out of the bottom three given how tight it is.

Hopefully, this somewhat positive result can kickstart a real run between now and the end of the season and give the players confidence that they can compete against anyone.

Fingers crossed.

In other Leeds United news, a key member of the Elland Road hierarchy appears to be headed for the exit after what has happened behind the scenes.

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