Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 3-0 victory at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
What a fantastic result! It was a great performance and three great goals but more importantly, a hugely important three points.
It’s the best feeling coming away from the John Smith’s Stadium with the win, but to batter them like we did, it makes it a lot better.
The first half was very dull with hardly any chances. We kept giving the ball away and inviting them towards our goal but they didn’t really cause us any problems.
But if it wasn’t for Liam Cooper being taken out by Scott Wootton, then we wouldn’t have scored our two goals.
The first was outstanding play by Stuart Dallas. His touch was first class and the ball he played in to Antenucci, you would expect to see at the highest level.
Steve Evans said after the game that he wasn’t happy with the performance in the first 45, and I really do think the scoreline flattered us.
However, we were very clinical and that is something we haven’t been at all this season. We have wasted major chances and for us to finally see the players take advantage of them on Saturday was a breath of fresh air.
Alex Mowatt hasn’t scored a poor goal for us yet. He only seems to score absolute screamers, and his montage videos will be getting better and better with every goal he scores. The technique for his goal was unbelievable, I don’t think he could have connected with it any sweeter. It was definitely better than his goal against Cardiff last week.
I said in the preview how I thought Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci’s partnership was getting better, and it was great to see them both on the scoresheet. Also, the most pleasing thing was that both players were involved in each other’s goals.
If the manager is able to bring in the players he wants, it will add even greater competition to the squad and hopefully push us on into the top half.
It doesn’t take long to get in the mix for the play-offs if you go on a good run. Evans seems to have all the players on his side and it looks really, really promising.
A lot of players could have got the man of the match but for his goal, I am giving it to Mowatt.
Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.
After one of the most uncertain weeks of the tenure of Massimo Cellino, Leeds have six more points going into the international break after two fine wins against Cardiff and Huddersfield, the latter a 3-0 win against their local rivals.
Steve Evans stuck by the 11 who started against Cardiff on Tuesday.
Leeds were the first to threaten but Alex Mowatt’s effort flew wide, after a lengthy stoppage in which Scott Wootton and Liam Cooper clashed heads, the latter substituted by Sol Bamba. Wootton was lucky to stay on the field after being booked and then committing another foul soon after. He did though create the first goal as his through ball found Dallas who supplied Antenucci who finished the move with a shot past Murphy. Better was to follow when Antenucci beat Murphy and Wood stroked home to make it 2-0 at the break.
With barely 10 minutes played in the second half, Alex Mowatt made it 3-0 with a shot that bettered his effort in the previous game. It was a very good display from Leeds and it has to be mentioned that although Wootton is not a crowd favourite he kept his concentration despite his booking earlier in the game. Maybe, just maybe, Steve Evans might make me eat my earlier words. A great win.
Man of the match: Alex Mowatt.
It says a lot about the first 45 minutes of Saturday’s game when the only memorable moment was two Leeds players running into each other.
But the eight minutes that were added on for Liam Cooper’s unfortunate injury will be remembered for a long time.
After a half of mistake-ridden football, Leeds sprang into life and produced a move totally out of character to the game and set the wheels in motion to a comfortable victory. Alex Mowatt sealed the win with an exquisite 25-yard hit at the start of the as second half, and despite a few nervy moments, with Marco Silvestri making a couple of brilliant saves, Leeds took a deserved three points.
Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.
Leeds pulled off a bit of a smash and grab in this one – even our most blinkered fan would admit we were not three goals better than the Terriers. With 63 per cent of the possession though, Huddersfield were guilty of doing very little with it and when they did, Marco Silvestri was back to his shot stopping best. By contrast, Leeds were uncharacteristically clinical with their finishing and three of our four shots on target ended up in the Terriers’ onion bag. The first two following lightning-quick breaks from deep and the third, another one from the Alex Mowatt gold collection.
Either we have suddenly become a very lucky side or Steve Evans is a much better motivator that any of our recent head coaches. Take your pick.
Man of the match: Marco Silvestri.
United recorded back-to-back victories for the first time in eight months with a clinical performance against local rivals Huddersfield Town.
First-half goals from Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood followed by another Alex Mowatt “worldie”, combined with a second successive clean sheet, soon silenced the yapping Terriers.
Man of the match: The Football League (your ban has once again resurrected our season).
United finally found a gear that could smash the opposition and, as suspected, it wasn’t much more of a stretch than the football they’ve been playing all season.
The increased work rate carried over from Tuesday night but this was a fragmented game that did nothing for either side’s reputation nor that of the Championship. Still, it will take more than that until Sky are tired of us.
The quality that wasn’t in doubt, however, was that of the goals. Particularly the precision of the first and the spectacular nature of Alex Mowatt’s effort. It’s always nice to beat Huddersfield and now we hope that Steve Evans can step things up further ahead of the return from international duty.
Man of the match: Stuart Dallas.