After the 2-0 win over the Terriers, Richard Kosmala gives us a review from a rival.
Wasn’t fooled by 2 back to back home wins v out of form poor opposition coming into this one.
With Leeds at 4/11 to win the game, even without Phillips, it was going to take a huge effort with a bit of luck to get anything from the game against a home side with its mojo back and top of the divisions form table.
Cowley stuck with an offensive formation and the same team from the Charlton game which pleased me, but any gameplay was blown out of the window in minute 3, as Jack Harrison and Luke Ayling were afforded the freedom of Leeds by our defence as the latter connected with a worldy to send the home fans nuts.
As soon as it hit his boot I knew it was in and a mountain to climb. I felt we got up the pitch a little after that for the next 30 minutes without looking like scoring or troubling Meslier and gradually Leeds took full command - blowing a big chance on the counter attack to double the lead with Harrison from another run from Ayling who had a big game.
Glad to get into the break at 1-0 and still a chance if we could improve, was the chat on the concourse but the second half was a total no show from a Town point of view as Leeds showed why there is a 29 point gap between the sides. Lossl with a great save from White but straight to Bamford and 2-0 and game over. And after that it was a matter of how many as only the woodwork and Lossl saved us from a bigger mauling.
Fair play to Leeds who have shown big balls since the Forest game and it’s only a matter of when not if now in my eyes a return to the Prem happens.
Ayling was outstanding, a player that looks to have improved loads under Bielsa from the one I remember wearing the red of Bristol. We never tested the new keeper which disappointed me, I really felt coming in we’d give the whites a game, but the occasion and opposition was far too much for our team even with no Phillips.
Enjoy the Premier League, Bielsa deserves his time at the top table, such a fine job done compared to the dross you've had manage you before! As for us, staying in the division would be a genuine achievement from a shambolic start under Jan Siewert.
I think we are in good hands with the Cowleys and the summer transfer dealings are hugely important - outs as well as ins.
It was a long walk back into the city after the game to drown my sorrows!!
By Richard Kosmala
We’d like to thank Richard for his report and wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season.