Jansson: fine margins have denied Whites of perfect start

PLEASED: Leeds United's Pontus Jansson battles with Preston's Jordan Hugill.
PLEASED: Leeds United's Pontus Jansson battles with Preston's Jordan Hugill.
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PONTUS JANSSON is confident Leeds United have began on the right track under Thomas Christiansen, insisting the Whites are two goals shy of having made the perfect start.

Centre-back Jansson was suspended as United began their new Championship campaign with a 3-2 success at Bolton Wanderers but the Swede has returned to help Leeds to back-to-back clean sheets at home to Preston North End at Fulham.

Both games ended in goalless draws, leaving United unbeaten and seventh with five points from their first three games.

A tough test at sixth-placed and also unbeaten Sunderland now awaits on Saturday evening but Jansson has been pleased with United’s start to the season with only fine margins denying the Whites of the perfect start.

“It was important to start good with the win against Bolton,” said Jansson.

“They are a new team in the English Championship and we knew that they were going to fight hard and we won it which was important.

“And then Preston and Fulham they are not easy, neither of them.

“Preston defended really good and made it difficult for us and Fulham are one of the best teams in the league.

“I think of those two games we deserved at least four points, maybe six, but I think we have had a good start.

“Now we have got Sunderland, a really tough game away on Saturday so we just have to keep going and we have now had two clean sheets in a row.

“We defend really well together and now we have to just score the goals.

“If we won those two games with one zero then nobody is going to talk about the offensive.

“We just have to keep creating chances and score.”