'They're the best in the league' - Harry Toffolo on Huddersfield Town's suffocating Leeds United experience
A Luke Ayling volley on three minutes gave Huddersfield a mountain to climb and Patrick Bamford's close-range finish in the second half secured three points for Leeds.
Toffolo was unable to get on the ball and affect the game to the same degree that he has since joining Huddersfield from Lincoln City in January.
In his 10 Championship appearances he has averaged a shade under 43 passes per game, but on Saturday made just 28.
He's accustomed to having to win between one and two tackles per game for Danny Cowley's side, and against Leeds had to win five. Helder Costa threatened down Leeds' right and pinned Huddersfield in with his runs with the ball.
Toffolo's passing accuracy was down, he was forced to go long far more often than he normally would do and took more unsuccessful touches.
Leeds dominated possession and the intensity of their play kept Huddersfield busy throughout.
Toffolo was impressed by what he saw and admitted the timing of Leeds' picture-perfect opener, which came from the home side's right back in Toffolo's area of the pitch, was tough to overcome.
"I thought Leeds were exceptional, the movement of the players was the best I've come across in the league so far and what I've seen," he said.
"You have to hold your hand up to good play and a great finish for the first goal. When you concede that early in a derby game, especially away from home, it always makes things difficult.
"That was the most suffocated a team has made us and that's why they're up there. It's a fair reflection of the league, they deserve to be up there. They have a fantastic manager and the players they had out there were top class."
Like his boss, Toffolo is keen to learn lessons from the Elland Road experience and an encounter with the Championship leaders.
"We can take a lot of learning," he said.
"They're a top side and in my opinion the best in the league. We can take a lot of learning from that."