Leeds United: Owls bullied by ruthless Whites in return to good old days – Whelan

Chris Wood celebrates his goal with Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and Soulemayne Doukara.

Chris Wood celebrates his goal with Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and Soulemayne Doukara.

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SATURDAY’S display at Sheffield Wednesday was absolutely a different kettle of fish altogether.

First of all they stood out with the aggression they showed and the controlled aggression.

They were physical, they were up for the battle and they basically bullied Sheffield Wednesday which was nice to see because I don’t think we have bullied a side for a long, long time.

Everybody did their jobs and I think that is probably the most pleasing thing. There was nobody that we were carrying throughout the 90 minutes.

Everybody was doing their job, everybody was being physical and everybody brought some quality and intensity to the game. It was all there and that’s all we have been looking for from a Leeds side. It was like going back to the old days.

We know they have got the quality, but have they got the intensity to keep it up for 90 minutes and have they got the aggression?

Are they up for the battle first and foremost? Yes they were and not only that – Sheffield Wednesday couldn’t live with them.

The performance was a massive step up from what we have seen this season and that wasn’t a gradual improvement – that was a leap. From what we have seen in the first three league games of the season to Sheffield Wednesday, you can’t even compare.

They have set the standard now, they have set their stall out of how to go about winning football matches and that has got to carry on now from Sheffield Wednesday to Luton to Nottingham Forest and all the way to the end of the season. It’s got to be all season long now.

That’s how you win football matches and that’s what you need to do.

That’s the intensity and energy that you need every single game.

The manager has brought some good players in and it was great to see Liam Bridcutt back in the team. I think he does make a difference, he brings that experience and that aggression and that little bit of grit that you need in that central area of midfield.

I thought Ronaldo Vieira was excellent as well. He’s going to make mistakes, he’s a young boy and that’s all about learning. But I think he will learn a lot quicker next to somebody like Bridcutt.

Regards Chris Wood, we know it’s in him and everybody wants him to succeed at Leeds United.

We know that he has got 20 goals in him a season and on Saturday he was a different animal. He was aggressive, he was winning headers, he was hurting defenders and that as a centre forward is what you have got to do.

You can’t be six foot plus and not put yourself about and give centre-halves an easy time.

He has got to bully them as much as they are being aggressive towards him as well and when he brings that aggression like he did on Saturday his game is different.

When you bring a bit of aggression to the table you are going to win more headers, more challenges and more 50-50s and he got his reward with his goal at the end.

Hadi Sacko was most people’s idea of the man of the match and in my eyes I think he is the best winger we have at the club. He’s powerful, he’s strong, he’s got a trick, he’s got a turn of pace and he showed that he has got the composure and vision for the first goal, to pick out Marcus Antonsson which was the right pass.

His overall game, not just going forward but tracking back as well was great.

There was a togetherness about the side which is what you want to see at Leeds United.

Souleymane Doukara came on and I don’t think he’s anyone’s solution to a striker and he is probably on the bench because he is probably the only other natural forward that we can use. We are light on numbers in that forward area but he’s buying into what Garry Monk wants and I am sure he wants to be part of the team.

And who wouldn’t want to be part of the team with the way they played on Saturday?

Now he’s got to follow suit and he’s got to put the same energy and enthusiasm into the game that all of the other players are doing. They are striving for something at the end of the season which might be fantastic which is a place in the Premier League.

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