The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WHEN a keeper’s clean sheet is the highlight of the day, you know it’s hardly been Barcelona v PSG.

Though ab­sorb­ing in spells, this was not a con­test to set any pulses rac­ing, even if did show­case the progress of both sides.

In sea­sons past, Leeds would have lost this game. Cut apart and ship­ping chances, there were spells when it seemed the vis­i­tors must break the dead­lock.

But Garry Monk has in­stilled a steely re­solve in this side, along­side a clear sys­tem. In Pon­tus Jans­son, he also has one of the divi­sion’s stand-out cen­tral de­fend­ers; the Swede, a cult hero at El­land Road, was su­perb again.

As for QPR, the rab­ble Ian Hol­loway in­her­ited has been re­placed by a side full of en­ergy and speed, qual­i­ties en­cap­su­lated by the prob­ing, driv­ing runs of Luke Free­man. Un­beaten in five, the Hoops are fi­nally starting to look like a Hol­loway side – and that bodes very well for next sea­son.

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