Leeds United went back to the top of the Championship thanks to a 2-0 win over bottom club Ipswich Town.
Goals from Kemar🔥Roofe and Liam Cooper enough to send the struggling East Anglian’s to another defeat and pile more pressure on their new manager Paul Hurst.
Marcelo Bielsa surprised many on how his team lined up, Berardi, Phillips and Cooper made a back three with Ayling and Alioski and wing backs. The midfield was Harrison, Klich, Hernandez and Siaz, Roofe restored to a central striking role. Phil Hay of the YEP said on Twitter it was set out in a 3-3-1-3 formation and I’m not going argue with the respected journalist!
Leeds started well and with a little more composure could have been ahead early in the game, Alioski shooting a powerful shot that the Ipswich keeper got a glove to, Ipswich had a chance soon after when former Leeds loanee Matthew Pennington rose unmarked to head the ball into the waiting hands of Peacock-Farrell.
Leeds went ahead in the twenty second minute, Klich found Siaz, the little Spaniard made space for himself before passing the ball to Hernandez who found the head of Roofe with a delightful cross field ball. Leeds 1-0 at the break.
Kemar🔥Roofe heads number one.
Leeds started the second half on the front foot, Hernandez tormenting the Ipswich rearguard at will. The 29,000 plus fans didn’t have long to celebrate a second Leeds goal, a quick corner saw Ezgjan Alioski pass to Pablo Hernandez who ‘whipped’ a low ball into the area. Kalvin Phillips cleverly let the ball fall to club captain Liam Cooper who stroked the ball into the top corner of the net.
Liam Cooper seals the win.
From that moment it was just how many Leeds could put past Ipswich, Alioski’s brilliant shot came back of a post, Forshaw was then brilliantly denied by Bialkowski. Peacock-Farrell brilliantly denied Nolan a goal late on as Ipswich tried their best to get a consultation goal. Leeds deservedly claiming a much needed win and three points.
Key players: Kalvin Phillips, impressive throughout and my MOTM in his last two games, the way he has developed under Bielsa is wonderful. Pablo was also back to his mercurial best after his lengthy absence(we do miss him when he’s out!)and Stuart Dallas also put in a good shift after coming on for the injured Gaetano Berardi.
We’re top of the league, we’re top of the league. We’re Leeds United and we’re top of the League!!
By Keith Ingham