By Keith Ingham
Well I doubt even the most optimistic of Leeds fans would have expected us to beat Premiership Southampton by three clear goals after the last two fixtures, but they did and the performance merited no less.
Luke Varney and El Hadji Diouf (please sort his contract out now and if it takes the dusty one of Robert
Snodgrass, give him it!) deserve a special mention but they all played fantastic and were worthy winners.
Next up is a visit to the South Coast and a reunion with ex Leeds assistant Gus Poyet at Brighton. Albion sit a place above us only on goal difference with the same points. They have Craig Machail- Smith (if fit) among their ranks as well as Kuszzcak, Bridge and ex Valencia full back Bruno Saltor with old boy Casper Ankergan on the bench.
It will be interesting to see if Luke Varney keeps his place as Neil Warnock said he gave the team 'something different' and without doubt played his best game in a Leeds shirt. Jamie Ashdown who made it three clean sheets out of four could challenge Paddy Kenny for the keeper's jersey. Apart from those two I can't see many other changes with Byram, Lees, Pearce, Peltier at the back with Austin, Norris with Tonge and Green out wide, unless Varney keeps his place behind the main striker and Diouf goes on the wing or is preferred to Luciano Becchio as the main striker.
The 'plan B' may have come about by accident but it was effective and seeing the ball go to feet instead of 'route one' was pleasing on the eye.
As all matches in this division it's a hard one but after the improved display on Tuesday I'm confident of a Leeds win.
Brighton 1 Leeds 2 - Diouf and Pearce with the goals.
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