Leeds United played a pretty decent match against Bristol City over the weekend, coming back to Elland Road with all three points after a 1-0 win over a team that has been in form and gunning for the playoffs.
Here are three things we learned from the win.
Casilla signs for Leeds— Adam Pope (@apopey) January 17, 2019
Leeds United sign Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, 32, on 4.5 year deal until summer of 2023.
️⚽️ Casilla was part of Real's Champions League winning squads of 2016, 17 & 18. #lufc pic.twitter.com/T9trihA80A
Kiko Casilla is going to give a Leeds fan a heart attack before the end of season
There was a moment in the match at Bristol City where the ball was rolling out into the Leeds half and a blur of a green goalkeeper shirt appeared onscreen as Casilla came out to deal with the stray ball. He hit it up the pitch to safety, but in that moment it was easy to think “oh hey, the keeper’s got the ball” and then reality set in. “HOLY HELL WHERE THE HELL IS HE WHAT THE CRAP” as it appeared that Casillas had, somewhat needlessly, came about 94 yards off his line to clear the ball.
He is going to give some Leeds fan a heart attack if he keeps playing as a sweeper. He’s aggressive, which is good but sometimes his decision making process leads him to gamble, and, so, yeah, we’re all gonna have to eat better and maybe work out a little bit if he’s gonna be back there the rest of the season.
The EFL Team of the Week has landed, and it's !#EFL | #TOTW pic.twitter.com/8P2Gzqyl22— EFL (@EFL) March 11, 2019
Ayling might be back to his old form
Luke Ayling finally looked like his old self during the Bristol City match. He got up and down the pitch, created four chances, and had an assist from a headed ball into the box that Patrick Bamford put behind the net. He was even named to the EFL team of the week for his efforts, and got MOTM from our grades.
Ayling had been struggling a tad after coming back from injury, but he’s starting to look better. Perhaps he just needed some time to recover and get back to full fitness, but whatever was causing him to not play great, he’s been back to his normal brilliant self for a couple matches now, just in time for the final stretch of the season.
Bristol City 0-1 Leeds Breakdown:— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) March 10, 2019
Pass acc: 63%-65%
Ball recoveries: 54-71
Shots on-target: 1-3
Chances created: 5-10
Tackles won: 16-21
Clearances: 17-22#MOT pic.twitter.com/d50RWLuMFV
A win is a win is a win is a win
A 1-0 win while creating a number of chances isn’t the greatest result in the world, but hey, a win is a win, right?
The biggest issue against Queens Park Rangers was the finishing, as Leeds created plenty of chances but wasn’t able to get anything past the other team’s keeper. Leeds scored early against Bristol City and never looked back.
This team plays its best in possession and with the ball at the feet of their players, creating chances and putting shots on net, and when those chances aren’t getting converted, it puts pressure on the team and they start to make mistakes. However, the early goal settled all nerves, and even though the result wasn’t like the win over West Bromwich Albion, it was still a win.
A 4-0 win and a 1-0 win give the same amount of points, and right now, wins are the most important thing.