Leeds United leapfrogged Sheffield United to climb up to the second place of the Championship table as they crushed a helpless West Brom side 4-0 here at Elland Road.
The Whites were expected to show a response following their shock 1-0 defeat against QPR and as soon as the referee blew the first whistle they looked determined to take control of the tie.
And with as little as 17 seconds on the clock, Pablo Hernandez smashed a powerful shot home to give his side a dream start.
Boosted by the early goal, Leeds created waves and waves of attacks but some lack of precision in front of the goal kept them from doubling the lead within minutes.
But it was Patrick Bamford who once again stood out for the Whites as he scored twice in the 28th and 63rd minute to give his side a comfortable lead.
And on the 92nd minute, Ezgjan Alioski wrapped up the tie by tapping it home from almost inside the six-yard box.
The Macedonian international once again managed to deliver a decent performance despite playing out of position.
The 27-year old prefers to play as an attacking midfielder but this season under Marcelo Bielsa, he is playing the role of a left back/wingback.
But shifting into a completely new position surely is no walk in the park and Alioski’s initial struggles to fit in proved that fact once again.
And during this period, a section of Leeds fans was absolutely not satisfied with his performance and some of them even went on to term the Macedonian ‘lazy’.
But the 27-year very quickly adapted to life as a left back and proved himself to be vital for Bielsa’s tactics.
As a matter of fact, hard work and dedication have always been the strongest features of the Macedonian and from time to time he has reflected that on the pitch.
His insane stamina allows him to support the attack when his team in the front foot and come back down the pitch very quickly when the opponent has the ball.
The post-match stats also provide further evidence of how his hard grind helps the Whites in almost all matches, the Macedonian tops the list of most number of tackles and most number of touches.
Last Saturday was also no different for him as he managed as many as 72 touches, passed with 72% accuracy and won a staggering nine tackles to wrap up a complete performance.
Gjanni Alioski v West Brom:
72 touches (2nd-most on pitch)
72% pass accuracy
28/39 successful passes
9 tackles on (most on pitch) 🌟
6 ball recoveries
2 shots on-target
1 successful take-on
1 goal ⚽️
Won 3 times as many tackles as any West Brom player.💪 pic.twitter.com/6opqXgvUgE
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) March 2, 2019
And a Leeds fan took it to Twitter to share a footage from the match where the Macedonian can be seen to cover almost every corner of the pitch without taking a second’s respite before earning a corner kick.
Have a look at this incredible footage here –
— Ian Harker lufc (@HarkerIa) March 4, 2019