ELLAND ROAD HAS PLENTY TO CHEER NOW
BLANKS against Cardiff and QPR in recent weeks had begged an uncomfortable question of Leeds and their manager Garry Monk.
If sides arrived at Elland Road content to sit deep and frustrate, did this young team possess the nous to break them down? Those perfromances suggested not. Monk, then, must be hugely encouraged by 90 minutes that demonstrated both persistence and ingenuity in cracking the division’s toughest nut.
Gone was the passivity of the 0-0 draw with QPR, replaced by non-stop intensity and forward thrust. Just as impressive was their fortitude at 1-0, refusing to drop deep and ask for trouble as Brighton attempted a revival.
In truth, a 2-0 victory was the least Leeds deserved, and Brighton can have no complaints. The Seagulls will rue a missed chance to put daylight between themselves and Huddersfield. For Leeds, the nine-point gap to Fulham in seventh surely ensures their place at the play-off party.