Leeds United chiefs' standing ovation, Farke's frustration, ex-coach reunion, Gelhardt ribbing and off-camera moments

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Leeds United are flying after a seventh-straight Championship victory and a 4-0 beating of Swansea City on the road.

It's a good time to be a Peacock and even if Daniel Farke will not speak about the league table, Leeds sitting second is a sight for sore eyes after the turmoil of the last few years.

Here's the YEP take on the latest win for the in-form Whites.

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Good day: Willy Gnonto

Daniel James is back in the squad, fit and well again after injury, so Gnonto knows he has to up his game, again, to stay in the team. What he did at Swansea was exactly that. Daniel Farke is a demanding manager, but even he could ask for little more than two goals and an assist from the Italian. That's four goals in four games for Gnonto. Adding end product in such volume tells James that there's no rush. He can ease himself back in. Take your time, boyo, I've got this, Gnonto might say.

Good day: Daniel Farke

He spoke openly about the difficulty that Swansea would represent, with their possession-based style and how good they can be on the ball, and obviously drilled it sufficiently into the heads of his players. Leeds knew that if they got the press right then they could nick the ball and counter dangerously, which is exactly what they did. Farke is not one for getting carried away, but the little wink to the camera as he went down the tunnel said it all about how pleasing a night this was for the boss.

Bad day: Patrick Bamford

There's never a good time to get injured, but to pull up in the very final minutes before a game kicks off is pretty rancid luck. Bamford has been playing well, so well in fact that his removal from the starting line-up was almost unthinkable. He and everyone at Leeds will hope and pray that whatever ails him is not serious and he can quickly return to the team.

Bad day: Luke Williams

Having watched his team get dismantled by Leeds United in a pretty ruthless way and having heard some boos from the home crowd during the game, it was clear the last thing Williams wanted was to discuss it all at length. He gave off the impression of a man who was doing a good job to hold his frustration in, especially when his post-game press conference was interrupted first by the unfortunately timed entry to the room of a group of journalists who had been speaking to Joe Rodon, and then by a phone ringing on the desk in front of him. The sonic boom of Leeds United's dressing room stereo will have done little to perk up his mood.

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Off-camera moments

Jesse Marsch's former assistant Cameron Toshack catching up with ex-Leeds colleagues in the press room prior to the game. Toshack was once Under 21s boss at Swansea.

Archie Gray coming to the bench to ask of Eddie Riemer who should stay back to defend for the first corner of the game, with Swansea leaving their wingers high and wide.

Farke's annoyance as Gnonto spurned a chance to make it 3-0 inside the opening 20 minutes. When it was 3-0, thanks to Gnonto, the German then clapped his hands angrily after another missed opportunity. He wanted more, all night.

Gnonto sportingly staying in the right-back position as Leeds attacked to check on the welfare of Swansea man Tymon, who had taken a clearance straight to the chest. Eventually Gnonto realised he would have to play on, as the game continued downfield.

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Rutter looking in discomfort as he came off at the break, indicating some source of his pain to performance coach Chris Domogalla before the pair headed down the tunnel.

Connor Roberts grinning as Dani van den Heuvel's wayward pass caused a pair of ballgirls to take urgent evasive action. The ex-Swansea full-back then gave a thumbs up to a well wisher from the home stand.

The conditions, which worsened all night due to the incessant rainfall, were not just treacherous on the pitch, as Gnonto's slip as he took his seat on the bench proved.

Rutter wearing his unhappiness at being substituted all over his face as he came off, prompting Farke to stop him in the technical area for a little chat.

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Farke screaming 'Jaidon' as the substitute misplaced a pass with Leeds attempting to break in search of a fifth.

Joe Gelhardt waiting patiently in the technical area as Leeds stroked the ball around for a period of minutes, Charlie Cresswell ribbing the striker about it. Farke saw the funny side as well. On and on went the phase of play before the ball was finally put out into touch and Gelhardt could come on.

Leeds officials Angus Kinnear, Gretar Steinsson and Adam Underwood giving Joel Piroe a standing ovation as he came off late in the game.

Farke doing the wave with Ampadu and Gray in front of a delighted away end, then giving a cheery wave to Kinnear, Steinsson and Underwood as he went off the pitch.

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