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A few thoughts on yesterday – it’s still frustrating that Leeds miss the target completely so often, but look how many of yesterday’s shots were blocked.
Some were even blocked by our own players.
Even though Reading countered readily, the box was still often packed when Leeds attacked and it was hard to get shots through – fortunately Pablo reacted brilliantly to one of these blocks to get the winner.
It seems the only way to avoid these scenarios is to score early and force the opponent to come out a bit more.
All the while that Leeds haven’t scored packed boxes are just going to be harder to get through.
On the other hand, while Kalvin Phillips went off injured yesterday, the midfield has massively benefited from the proper structure returning and 28-year-old Stuart Dallas moving back to full back.
Leeds are holding the ball much better and strangling opponents of possession and thus any way of hurting them.
Reading completed only 53 passes in Leeds’ final third and a pitiful four in the penalty area.
It still took a save from Kiko in the last minute, but the odds of keeping a clean sheet when the opponent is limited like that are so much higher.
The return of clean sheets to Leeds United is enormous. We all know they struggle to score the amount of goals they should.
As long as they’re keeping clean sheets they can cover for such profligacy, although we really hope they can break the curse in front of goal very soon.
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