Leeds United Jury: Whites look the ‘real deal’ after third straight win on the road

Leeds United fans celebrate at the City Ground.
Leeds United fans celebrate at the City Ground.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 2-0 victory at Nottingham Forest.

DAVID WATKINS

Samuel Saiz gets away from Joe Worrall and Liam Bridcutt.

Samuel Saiz gets away from Joe Worrall and Liam Bridcutt.

Leeds United are the real deal!

The Sunderland result could easily have been dismissed as a one-off but to put Forest to the sword in the same way – another team that has beaten most of what they’ve come up against until now – and you have to conclude we have a side capable of taking this division by storm.

There are no apparent weaknesses with the current first choice XI or even the first choice match-day squad that we can now select.

It is all pulled together and taken from decent and efficient to almost unplayable by the presence in the middle of Samu Saiz; it is vital that he stays fit but with that proviso we currently look the strongest side in the Championship.

Forest had no answer and, like Sunderland before them, were made to look very average indeed as we posted 18 attempts on goal to their five.

It is impossible to pick one player as man of the match as all 14 involved made important contributions.

Man of the match: All 14 who played a part!

MATTHEW EVANS

An organised and determined United performance made a decent Forest side look very ordinary on Saturday night without Leeds ever really hitting top gear.

As the sun-drenched away end exploded with delight at Gianni Alioski’s late strike, you felt that Leeds United have finally found the formula that delivers the quality on the pitch that’s expected in the stands.

There was some very good link up play in the final third and we continue to be impressed by what Samu Saiz, Alioski and Pablo Hernandez can do when they press the opposition and go looking to create space but this victory was as much about the defence. Tireless running from Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane helped the back five achieve a fourth clean sheet in a row in the league.

In 630 minutes played in August, we were only behind for 11 minutes in total and that was in the cup, against a Newport side we went on to thump 5-1.

I can’t remember an international break that we’ve entered in such a positive frame of mind.

Man of the match: Pontus Jansson.

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds climbed to third in the Championship after a 2-0 win at the City Ground.

This was the third away win ‘on the trot’, following wins at Bolton and Sunderland, it was also the fourth Championship game the defence kept a clean sheet.

There’s no doubt about it, this game put a statement down to the rest of the division.

In a open first half both teams tried to win control of the midfield, Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips won the battle against Liam Bridcutt and the rest of the Forest midfield. Leeds went ahead after a corner was half cleared to Liam Cooper who headed across goal for Kemar Roofe to net his fourth goal in two games.

Leeds continued to create chances and Ezgjan Alioski scored the second with a superb shot with three minutes to go. Forest did have a lot of possession before the goal but did little to trouble Felix Wiedwald.

A fantastic performance by Leeds and all the players deserve credit for the victory. Enjoy the break lads you’ve earned a couple of days off!

Man of the match: Ezgjan Alioski.

MIKE GILL
This was our most complete performance this season and the momentum seems to be building.

From the moment Kemar Roofe put United ahead on 22 minutes there seemed little doubt about the eventual outcome.

Fast and fluid in attack and solid in defence, this side is already looking like a serious contender for one of the top spots. Yes, it is early days, but the mood is infectious.

Pablo Hernandez was preferred to Stuart Dallas and when the latter did appear, he missed two really tasty chances which could have turned this game into a rout.

Gianni Alioski put the result beyond doubt when he scored a long-awaited and well-deserved goal in the dying minutes of the match.

This is a set of players who support each other. Whatever Thomas Christiansen has, it’s worth bottling.

He made a great connection with the United fans at the end, not a furtive hand clap and lack of eye contact like his predecessor.

Man of the match: Pontus Jansson.

GARY NEWBOULD

United secured another vital three Championship points with a thoroughly deserved victory at Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.

After a midweek hat-trick in the cup, Kemar Roofe kept his lone striker role whilst former Whites skipper Liam Bridcutt made his debut for Forest. The home side had recently defeated both Middlesbrough and Newcastle United and before kick off were one place better off than the visitors.

However United were soon into their stride and once again began to take control in terms of possession and chances and it was no surprise when Roofe opened the scoring with a close range header just before the half-hour mark and that remained the difference between the teams as half-time arrived.

The second half continued in a similar vein to the first with United looking solid at the back, creative and competitive in midfield and dangerous up front. The three points were secured three minutes from time through the increasingly impressive Ezgjan Alioski. Third place and still plenty more to come!

Man of the match: Ezgjan Alioski.

Gjanni Alioski

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