Cheeck out our at-a-glance analysis from Leeds United’s 2-1 win against Hull City at Elland Road.
GOOD DAY FOR...
Leeds United: The club were under siege from all angles last week: pie tax, various allegations in various newspapers and a suspicion that on the back of a woeful display at QPR, Hull City might only need to turn up at Elland Road. The first half was a marvellous surprise and it was nice to be back in the business of positive football. This goes down as a huge win.
BAD DAY FOR...
Steve Bruce: Hull lost to Derby in their previous game and Bruce must have seen this as a prime opportunity to recover from that result. His tactics failed dismally in the first half and a 2-0 deficit was too much for City to chase - even though Chuba Akpom should have levelled at the death. Too little too late, as Bruce himself admitted.
Akpom’s late miss: It was no more of an escape for Leeds than Alex Mowatt’s strike in the first half had been for Hull but United were horribly exposed at that point and Akpom needed only to cushion a cross from Snodgrass into the net. The ball fizzed wide, Hull couldn’t believe it and they never got as close to Marco Silvestri again.
WHAT THEY SAID
Steve Evans: “It’s always fine margins but the level of the intensity in our performance deserved the three points. The first 45 minutes were very special for me. We’ve dominated for large parts a good team and rightfully turned in 2-0 up but you’re always wary. You’ve got a manager in Steve Bruce who was always going to rattle a few.”
Steve Bruce: “The first half was arguably the worst of my reign. I have to apologise to the fans for that. We let ourselves down by not turning up. It was nowhere near the level required. There’s no excuse from one to 11. We didn’t show the right attitude. In the second half we were excellent but in the first we were pathetic.”