Leeds United Jury: Five-star Whites hit new heights to reward the long-suffering fans

Leeds United fans celebrate.
Leeds United fans celebrate.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 5-0 victory over Burton Albion.

DAVID WATKINS

Kemar Roofe.

Kemar Roofe.

Wow! Every Leeds fan knew that if we truly were the real deal then we had to be beating Burton to the tune of three, four or five.

Well, we did it and now we can be certain we are indeed the real deal.

That is not to be disrespectful to Burton but we knew they came into this game with players missing and only four points on the board.

By contrast Leeds had just completed superb looking victories at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest and with the addition of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki, we looked very strong.

In the past we have reached similar levels of optimism only to come up short but we came out and dominated this game so totally that it suggests this Leeds side is something special. It’s a side that delivered 30 shots to one (from Burton), 10 on target to none, 10 corners to one and that more than tells a story.

We have all the credentials needed to make a real go of this season.

Man of the match: Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

MATTHEW EVANS

Leeds United Football Club has been on an almost constant upward trajectory for nearly 12 months now but the events of Saturday afternoon saw the club ascend to another level.

It wasn’t just the performance on the pitch but the whole buzz around the game was like being transported a couple of decades back in time. That the board assessed this game as the right time to open a new fanzone in the North East corner, establish a Legend’s Club with several returning former heroes and run an experimental ticket deal shows remarkable foresight and more than a small amount of the midas touch.

Even Luciano Becchio turned up to score twice at half-time and, come the 70th minute, when United had taken their foot off the gas, five goals to the good, a hushed satisfaction rippled through the stands as our once beleaguered fanbase struggled to believe what they had seen.

Nobody left Elland Road with anything less than a beaming grin and the clamour for tickets to future games will only intensify. Every single United player deserves praise, even Felix Wiedwald, if only for staying focused throughout a game where he had (almost literally) nothing to do. It’s hard to pick out anyone for extra praise but Pierre-Michel Lasogga looked a world apart from Chris Wood (in a good way) and Kemar Roofe had his best game in a white shirt so far.

Man of the match: Kemar Roofe.

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds United climbed to second in the Championship, in the process registered their fifth clean sheet in a row in the league, after a five-goal rout of hapless Burton Albion.

Thomas Christiansen gave Pierre-Michel Lagossa his first start and as the main striker, meaning Kemar Roofe moved to the right of the attacking three.

Without doubt this was a superb performance by Leeds – first-half goals from Lasogga, Kalvin Phillips and a penalty by Pablo Hernandez contributed to a a proper first-half.

In the second half, Leeds added another two goals, Roofe, making it five goals in three games and Lasogga claimed his second when set up by Roofe. It could have been more but for a couple of misses and Burton’s goalkeeper.

There is an old adage that you can only beat what is in front of you and of course it’s true, but the manner that Leeds are doing it makes it much more pleasurable.

Leeds will welcome Birmingham City to Elland Road tomorrow and hopefully another three points will be claimed.

Man of the match: Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

MIKE GILL
Gjanni Alioski, who played for Macedonia in midweek made way for Pierre-Michel Lasogga who hadn’t featured in a competitive match since last November.

Was Lasogga rusty? No fear! He opened the scoring with a scorcher. Kalvin Phillips made it two, proving that he now knows where the goal is and Pablo Hernandez shot home a penalty before the break.

Half-time saw former idol Luciano Becchio scoring a ‘dizzy penalty’ which was almost as well taken as Pablo’s.

This left both him and the supporters regretting the wasted years at Norwich City.

Lasogga headed home a second goal before rushing off to fly to Hamburg for the birth of his first child. Kemar Roofe scored the fifth and arguably the best goal of the match. Burton were not credible opposition and didn’t have a shot on target, but these are the games you must win.

If you can win comfortably, so much the better.

Man of the match: Pablo Hernandez.

GARY NEWBOULD

United moved up to second in the Championship table with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon at a packed and euphoric Elland Road.

Right from the off, United looked to get on the front foot and register their first home league victory of the season. The Brewers goal had already led a charmed life before debutant Pierre-Michel Lasogga got his United career off to a flyer with a great finish on 20 minutes. It wasn’t long before Kalvin Phillips doubled the advantage with a fine curling shot from the edge of the box.

Just before half-time the game was over as a contest when Pablo Hernandez converted a penalty and United’s players left the field to a thoroughly deserved standing ovation.

The second half brought increasing frustration for Nigel Clough Junior as courtesy of Kemar Roofe and a second for Lasogga, it was 5-0 within the hour mark.

United’s utter dominance and sheer quality of play bodes well for Birmingham tomorrow.

Man of the match: Kemar Roofe.

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