Leeds United 1 Ipswich Town 0: YEP Jury verdicts

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town.

STEPHEN CLARK

Hadi Sacko.

Hadi Sacko.

In recent years the thought of Leeds United stringing four passes together has sometimes been the limit of my optimism as I headed to Elland Road on a Saturday afternoon.

So the thought of Leeds winning four games in a row had me giddy beyond belief as I made my way to the ground.

Perhaps even more strange was the fact that I actually had total belief that Garry Monk and his side would have no problem in beating Ipswich Town.

Stranger still was the fact that this confidence was not knocked out of me by the Whites reverting to recent type and collapsing to another morale sapping defeat.

This is not the Leeds United I have come to know and loathe. This is more like the Leeds United I used to know. Teams used to come to Elland Road and be beaten before they got off the bus.

After watching Ipswich Town on Saturday, they never believed that they were going to get anything from this game and deservedly they didn’t.

Were Ipswich totally inept, or were Leeds just a lot better than them?

Well, the Whites were very good.

Defensively sound, rock solid in midfield and exciting in attack, this was as good a performance as I can remember in a long time.

But we still only scored one goal, and if we are to push on this season, then we need to be putting teams away quicker. The last ten minutes were a little nervy, but Rob Green was never seriously tested.

However against teams with more attacking potency the chances wasted by Leeds will come back to haunt us.

So it is those thoughts that are keeping my feet on the ground, but for the first time in a long time, I feel really positive about the future of this club. Amazing what four wins on the bounce will do to you.

Man of the match: Chris Wood.

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds climbed to the heady heights of 12th in the Championship, this was as comprehensive a victory you could have seen despite the 1-0 scoreline. Chris Wood again scored the winner, just four days after he had despatched Blackburn Rovers out of the EFL Cup.

From minute one the host ‘bossed’ proceedings, quicker and more alert than their visitors. Wood nearly gave Leeds a early lead but his effort smacked off a post and bounced back into play, at the other end Leeds fans held their breath as Skuse’s effort crept past Green’s post. Leeds deservedly went in front after the half hour, in a superb move which involved Dallas and Taylor, the latter’s cross found the Leeds ‘hitman’ Chris Wood and the ball nestled in the corner of the Ipswich net.

Hernandez and Wood had early efforts which were blocked, Phillips’ free-kick was brilliantly saved by the Ipswich keeper. Sacko, who had a fine game, was replaced by Roofe. Ipswich had their moments in the second half, Knudsen’s deflected effort was the closest.

That was it, another win and probably one of the best performances at home this season. Leeds’ improved form will be tested when they visit Bristol City tomorrow. City had a fine 4-0 win at Fulham on Saturday.

Man of the match: Hadi Sacko.

DAVID WATKINS

As good a performance from Leeds as we’ve seen in years. Leeds dominated this game in a way I don’t think any of us thought possible at this stage of the team’s development. The stats for once proved it too with Leeds dominating possession and doing plenty with it by creating 16 attempts on goal. The only criticism we can levy this time is that only four of those attempts hit the target and we spurned so many more. But I can’t remember a time when we so outplayed an Ipswich side… even when we’ve beaten them in the past!

I have to confess to not being a fully signed up member of the Chris Wood fan club thus far but after his performance today my application is in the post. Four in four for the big man but more than that, he was a real focal point for the team. He and the team are starting to get it all together.

Man of the match: Chris Wood.

GARY NEWBOULD

United made it four wins on the bounce for the first time in six years with a thoroughly deserved victory against Ipswich Town.

Chris Wood converted his fourth goal in as many matches from a pin-point Charlie Taylor cross to settle the encounter just after the half-hour mark. The margin of victory could have been much greater, however United were full of energy from the start, had plenty of creative ideas and once again looked much improved defensively.

Despite missing a sitter, Hadi Sacko was a sensation throughout and looks unplayable at times.

Man of the match: Hadi Sacko.

MATTHEW EVANS

The best performance of the season so far and more evidence that Garry Monk is finding a formula that works. The only disappointment is that we didn’t win by more.

United played some excellent stuff around a lacklustre Ipswich side and a mediocre referee. We only failed to score more thanks to Chris Wood being denied by the post and then scuffing a golden chance in the box while the equally good Hadi Sacko smashed an erratic shot into the Gelderd End when it looked easier to score. There were good performances throughout the team and this win was again built on the Bartley/Jansson partnership at the back. It was Eunan O’Kane, however, that made us tick.

Man of the match: Eunan O’Kane.

MIKE GILL

‎Leeds were more dominant than at any time this season. How do you slaughter your opponents 1-0? I’m not sure, but that’s what happened. Sacko continues to excite and frustrate in equal measures. Wood was a bit wasteful at times but took his 35th-minute header confidently and battered the Ipswich defence for 93 minutes. Great performances from Jansson, Ayling. Phillips and Hernandez put the icing on the cake.

Man of the match: Chris Wood.

EXIT DOOR: Souleymane Doukara.
 Picture: Bruce Rollinson

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