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Pic – Take a look how Leeds are promoting the news of Marcelo Bielsa’s contract extension

Leeds United have given a one year contract extension to their manager Marcelo Bielsa after a good stint in the 2018-19 Championship campaign.

Despite failing to qualify for the Premier League the Argentine has impressed with his fantastic management skills at the club.

The contract extension of Bielsa was celebrated by the fans and marketed well by the club as the news was displayed across big screens in West Yorkshire with the tagline “Leeds United. We go again!”

The former Marseille coach became the highest paid manager in the Championship last year after his appointment at the club earning an estimated amount of £2m per year.

He took over a weak Leeds side in June last year that had finished 13th in the Championship under Paul Heckingbottom. 

Bielsa impressed with a 3rd place finish in his first campaign in England. Leeds United President Andrea Radrizzani decided to pen down a one year extension for Marcelo’s contract claiming that the manager has ‘unfinished business’ with the club and wants to ‘have another go’.

“Let’s have another go,” Radrizzani said. “I am delighted Marcelo has agreed to stay for another year – we have unfinished business. We were close and next season we will work harder to achieve our goal.”

Bielsa collected a total of 83 points for the Whites in the 2018-19 season recording the highest points since their promotion from League One in the 2009-10 season.

The former Bilbao manager is a popular figure amongst the fans and has been handed another chance to practice his brand of football at the club.

Take a look how Leeds are promoting the news of Marcelo Bielsa’s contract extension –

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Leeds youngster Kun Temenuzhkov hit an absolute cracker against Coventry City U23s

On April 29, 2019, Elland Road played host to the semi-final between Leeds United U23s and Coventry City U23s in the Professional Development League (PDL).

Leeds won the five-goal thriller in a game that needed extra-time to settle matters as the scores were tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation time.

The game saw Leeds take an early lead after four minutes as Robbie Gotts fired home from an Izzy Brown assist.

They went into the break on the back of that goal as Coventry failed to capitalize after two opportunities just before the break.

The second half saw Coventry fire back, as David Bremang scored a tap-in to draw the Sky Blues level.

Substitute Ryan Edmondson seemed to have settled the tie for Leeds as he scored with five minutes left to play after a corner was spilled by the Coventry ‘keeper.

But deep into stoppage time, Coventry got their second equalizer as Jack Burroughs scored to send the tie into extra-time.

With the first fifteen minutes of extra-time providing no goal, the potential of the dreaded penalty shootout was looming.

In the second half of extra-time, with six minutes left to play, Leeds forward Kun Temenuzhkov, who came on right at the end of regulation time, lashed a shot into the top right corner of the Coventry goal.

The ‘keeper stood no chance as the ball flashed past him before he could even react. The goal meant Leeds led 3-2 with just minutes left to play.

With time not on Coventry’s side and Leeds holding steady, Temenuzhkov’s worldie of a goal proved decisive, as Leeds progressed to the final of the PDL. Leeds await the winner of Ipswich Town and Birmingham City, who play later on the 30th of April.

The Bulgarian teenager produced a moment of magic to see his side through to the finals. How good was Temenuzhkov’s goal?

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Marcelo Bielsa trying to pronounce Ipswich and giving up after saying “Is-pwish”

The penultimate weekend of the 2018-19 Championship season could not have been more dramatic. It was a weekend of football that had enthralled fans, leaving them with a multitude of emotions, ranging from euphoria to despair. There was more to this weekend than just the events that unfolded, with backstories and reactions making for some very entertaining viewing.

Let’s recap all the incidents, shall we? In the weeks leading up to round 45 of 46, Leeds and Sheffield United were contenders for second spot, with Norwich seemingly destined to finish on top.

Match 45 saw chaos unleashed at Elland Road, in a must-win tie for Leeds, against the in-form Aston Villa side.

Victory was crucial for Leeds if they were to make automatic promotion a lingering reality. Controversially, Leeds took the lead in the second half through Klich, who scored despite a Villa player going down injured.The goal sent fans crazy, but it drove the Villa players insane. Brawls started out with Klich at the epicenter. In the midst of this, Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi saw red in a sub-plot with Leeds’ Bamford.

The resulting kick-off saw Villa get a near-free run for Adomah to equalize, as Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa instructed his players to allow the goal, much to the disagreement of defender Jansson. All of the aforementioned action in six minutes of absolute havoc. Talk about drama.

In much calmer times, Bielsa explained his decision to concede in an interview after the game, citing sportsmanship as the reason.

With Leeds capitalizing on an unfair advantage, the kick-off saw Bielsa scream, “Give the goal!” from the sidelines. Bielsa played the match in the true spirit of the game, and for that he has earned the plaudits.

He may have won the hearts of Leeds and Villa fans alike, despite losing out on automatic promotion, but he was defeated in the post match presser under hilarious circumstances.

The presser saw Bielsa struggle to pronounce final day opponents “Ipswich”. After fumbling multiple times, he said “I give up” in his native tongue, duly translated to those attending, who were left chuckling.

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Leeds United v Aston Villa – The six minutes of complete and utter carnage at Elland Road

The EFL Championship saw intense drama on Sunday when Leeds United hosted Aston Villa in Matchday 45 of 46.

Dean Smith and his boys arrived at Elland Road vying for the fourth spot, and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds were hoping to secure their grip on third place. However, both clubs are firmly in the promotion playoffs.

Smith went for a more youthful lineup with three changes to the starting 11 including Andre Green, Axel Tuanzebe and Conor Hourihane coming in for Albert Adomah, Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak.

Bielsa made two changes to his squad, with Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas coming in for Gjanni Alioski and Tyler Roberts.

The travellers looked fresh at the beginning, with Anwar El Ghazi creating a couple of great opportunities. It was fast paced with chances at both ends and tackles flying left and right. The first half ended with the result very much up in the air.

It took until the 72nd minute for the first goal to arrive, when a tackle left Jonathan Kodija on the floor, with Leeds continuing play and breaking the deadlock while Villa players were still trying to process what happened.

A scuffle broke out inside the Villa box as the away team argued that their player was still down and the whistle wasn’t blown the referee, El Ghazi getting sent off in the aftermath. This in turn led to a war of words between the two coaching staffs and the referees.

Shortly before play resumed, Bielsa instructed his players to stand still after kickoff to let the away side score, with Villa equalising through Adomah after he was let through on goal.

The game finished 1-1, with Villa’s chances of fourth place gone, and both teams looking for promotion through the playoffs.

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Video: If there’s one thing that Leeds need before the Villa game, it’s this sort of motivation

A week is a long time in the footballing world, and a lot can change over the period of 7 days. Form can dip, managers can be sacked, players can get injured and league dynamics can change dramatically.

Speaking of league dynamics, we arrive at the curious case of Leeds United. Relegated to the Championship in the 2003-04 season, Leeds have either stayed there, lingering the top half of the table or have suffered further relegation. It hasn’t been the best of times for Leeds away from the Premier League.

But all those times seemed to be left in the past with the commencement of the 2018-19 season. Midway through the season Leeds were table toppers. But as anyone who has followed the Championship avidly will tell you, it’s unforgiving and extremely difficult to stay on top.

As the season progressed, Leeds dropped to second place, with Norwich taking top spot. With just the top two securing automatic promotion, Sheffield United and Leeds United were in close contention for it. Constantly swapping positions, Leeds seemed to be front-runners for second place with four games left in the season as they opened up a 3 point lead between second and third place.

But the tables have turned extraordinarily, with the Blades in second place and Leeds dropping to third, as Leeds suffered consecutive defeats to Wigan and Brentford, while Sheffield won both their games. This meant that with just two games left, Sheffield United have 85 points, and Leeds have 82.

Leeds face the most in-form team in Aston Villa next. With fans fearing the worst and form not on their side, it is imperative that they win this tie to take it to the final day.

A Leeds fan page posted a motivational video recently, to help the club and fans get through this tough period. The clip is sure to give you goosebumps. It is compilation of key goals and moments in Leeds’ season with a voice-over of quotes from “The Journey” by Fearless Motivation. If there’s one video that the Leeds players need to watch, it’s this one.

It is a strong message from the fans that they still believe in the good things going on at Leeds. And with such backing from the fans, it’s the only motivation the players need to give it their all to secure automatic promotion and take the club into the top flight. Fair play to the fans for sticking by the club with such a wonderful show of support and belief.

All things considered, the way Leeds have expressed themselves this season and the way that they have performed under the management of Marcelo Bielsa speaks volumes of their ambitions. It goes to show that Leeds United haven’t come this far, only to come this far.

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Belter – Watch Leeds United fans bounce to the Casilla/Hernandez song at Elland Road

It is very rare to see a stadium quiet on a matchday. It’s almost an impossible feat. With fans flooding in to see their team play, they will do anything to ensure that the players get all the support they need to perform well and send the fans home happy.

Flags, banners, posters, face-paint, scarves, flares are some of the methods the fans use to showcase their support. But the strongest weapon of them all, is the fans in full voice, singing, chanting, cheering and intimidating the opposition. It really is a force to be reckoned with.

With the football season coming to a close, we find ourselves in the Championship, where the race for promotion is going down to the wire.

Leeds and Sheffield United have been at it for a while to secure the second of the automatic promotion spots. With Leeds having a 3 point lead over the Blades before round 43, the stage was set for the fans to produce a masterclass when Leeds hosted Wigan. The atmosphere was booming, and the songs and chants were filling Elland Road, big-time.

One such chant that has got the Leeds fans buzzing is the Kiko Casilla and Pablo Hernandez chant. It’s quite a simple, yet cheerful chant with the lines, “Kiko Casilla…, Playing for United…, Pablo Hernandez…” sung on repeat; with the player names swapping positions in alternate verses.

It was one of the best things to come out of a very bad day for Leeds, as they suffered a 2-1 loss to 10-man Wigan. The loss meant Leeds dropped to third, giving up the second spot to Sheffield United, who won 2-0 against Nottingham Forest.

It has caused a serious dent in Leeds’ automatic promotion hopes, with them being level on points with the Blades with just 3 rounds to go. But regardless of the result, the chant really was something special.

How damaging is this loss, to Leeds’ automatic promotion hopes? Can Leeds still secure automatic promotion, or will the Blades have the last laugh?

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Sheffield United fan claims that Leeds are badly run and don’t deserve promotion

The Championship is no joke. An unrelenting league with 24 clubs fighting it out to bask in the sunshine that is the Premier League. Of these 24, only the top 2 clubs at the end of the season are automatically promoted. Teams placed 3rd to 6th compete in the playoffs, out of which one team completes the trio of promoted clubs.

Given that the chances of promotion are at 25% for clubs in the playoffs, it is understandable why teams give it their all to secure the top 2 spots. While some clubs are grateful for an opportunity to prove their worth, others are disappointed on missing out on automatic promotion. With the 18-19 season coming to a close and race for the top 6 intensifying, emotions are bound to flow, come the end of the season when the top 6 are finalized.

Only 3 points separate Leeds (second) and Sheffield United (third). The two sides have been swapping places often this season with Norwich leading the way for promotion.

And the Blades were dealt a major blow to their automatic promotion hopes as they drew at home to Millwall after a late equalizer from the visitors. This provided Leeds the opportunity to put clear daylight between them and the Blades who are in third.

They graciously grasped this opportunity by defeating Sheffield Wednesday at home, on a day that saw the Leeds faithful go all out for their team; providing an atmosphere that can only be described as electric.

Sheffield United fans, on the other hand, were disappointed, to say the least. Devastated that their side couldn’t dismantle lowly Millwall, they feared the worst for their automatic promotion charge. With Leeds playing later and securing the win, it meant the Blades had to settle for 3rd with 4 games to go.

One fan, in particular, was disappointed, if not, fuming. Not holding back on his opinions and harsh words in an interview for a YouTube channel, he said he was not pleased with his teams’ performance.

He also went on to claim that Leeds are a badly run club and are unworthy of being promoted. He accused Leeds of much more, in a tirade that was fuelled by his team’s shortcomings.

Fans on social media reacted to this man’s interview, by labeling his comments as cringeworthy. Leeds fans were in shock of his comments, calling them disgraceful and delusional; and also commented on how matters are at Sheffield United.

It was evident that that fan’s comments were made out of frustration, but was he right to say the things he said? Given their new lease of life under Bielsa, is this going to be Leeds’ season after all?

Watch it below –

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Leeds United fans produce intense atmosphere ahead of Wednesday game

The Premier League is a place, where dreams are made, but it is also a place where dreams can be shattered. It is unforgiving. Some have the joy of winning it, some the despair of missing out, some have the relief of staying on for another season, and some have the devastation of being relegated.

Clubs come and clubs go, but the dream to play in the Premier League lives on, both among the fans and the players. One such club that has harbored such a dream for a while now, is Leeds United. This season in the Championship has seen them push for the title, if not, automatic promotion. This season, the intent is real.

Leeds fans are hopeful after waiting for ages to get promoted from the Championship. They haven’t seen the top flight since the 03-04 season. After floating in and around the play-off places, for the most part, Leeds are within touching distance of the Premier League.

All those years of waiting and suffering seem to be paying off, with Leeds in contention for automatic promotion.

This video that was captured by a fan shows exactly what it means to the Leeds faithful that their team is in contention for automatic promotion. The video shows a panorama of the support at Elland Road just before kick-off for the Sheffield Wednesday game.

The entire stadium is singing in full voice in support of their team, with the music booming and the atmosphere electric and hair-raising. It really is a spectacle, to say the least.

Leeds went on to win that game 1-0 through a Jack Harrison goal, as they remain 4 points behind leaders Norwich and 3 points ahead of Sheffield United who leads the playoff pack, at the end of round 42.

With many Premier League clubs’ fans complaining of a lack of atmosphere and fans not really driving the team as the 12th man, one can be sure that Leeds fans will not hold back on creating an atmosphere and then some if they make it to the big time.

Maybe Premier League clubs could take some notes from a potential occupant and opponent in the league next season?

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Kalvin Phillips’ Henry-esque skill that went under the radar during Leeds v Preston

Everybody loves a bit of flair in a football game. Distracting us from the monotony of sideways and predictable passing, a bit of creative skill keeps us well immersed in the game, and keeps us talking after it.

Neymar’s sombrero flick, Ronaldinho’s no-look pass, Messi’s body feints, Ronaldo’s stepovers(and chop), Cruyff’s turn, Panenka’s penalty and McGeady’s spin.

These are some of the skills that have mesmerized us over the years of watching football. One particular skill that goes overlooked comes from legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.

Famously known as Henry’s trick pass, the skill involves the player shaping to shoot or pass with one foot, but the pass is made by the standing foot in the motion that would lead to a normal pass; tending to wrong-foot opponents and catch them off-guard. It’s much easier to watch than explain.

Not a lot of attempts of such a pass have been seen since the retirement of the Frenchman. That is, until now. In Leeds’ most recent Championship game versus Preston, Leeds defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips played this very pass that Henry made so famous.

After a cross into the Preston box in the second half was cleared out, Phillips got himself on the ball and drove forward. He then successfully completed the trick pass, finding teammate Ayling on the right edge of the box.

With Leeds leading at the time the pass was made, fans were quick to acknowledge and praise the skill, even though it may have been overlooked as Leeds went on to win the game 2-0 comfortably.

It was one of those moments that, if you blinked, you’d probably miss it. Thanks to the wonders of television recording and the internet,  we are able to relive that moment, and many such moments of creativity and brilliance.

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Leeds fans divided over Patrick Bamford’s “ear-cupping” celebration after scoring against Preston

Patrick Bamford is a name that is well known throughout the top three tiers of English football. Playing for numerous clubs such as Nottingham Forest, MK Dons, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Crystal Palace and currently at Leeds United, Bamford has made a name for himself in the Championship, as being one of the key creators in any team he plays for.

Bamford joined Leeds from Middlesbrough at the start of the 2018-19 Championship season, as Leeds looked to boost their team, hoping to get promoted to the big time.

And with 9 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions for Leeds, his contributions seem to be vital to Leeds’ vision to get promoted.

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So it was quite understandable when Leeds fans gave a lot of stick to Bamford as he had a drastic dip in form during March, which also included a missed penalty against Millwall.

Thankfully for Leeds, they went on to win that game 3-2, as they pushed on for automatic promotion to the top flight.

Stricken with injuries in a stop-start season for Bamford, he made the most of his most recent opportunity by bagging a brace in the 2-0 win against Preston North End.

His first was lash with his left foot after the ball dropped to him after a lucky deflection, and his second was a header that sealed the victory.

Although both goals were special, it was Bamford’s celebration for the first that became one of the main talking points during and after the game.

As he celebrated the goal, Bamford cupped his ears in celebration, as an indication that he couldn’t hear the hate, frustration and stick thrown at him for poor performances.

Patrick silenced his haters with a solid performance at Preston.

But the celebration did not go down well with some fans, who felt like the celebration embarrassed the club, with Bamford “silencing” his own fans.

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Other fans however, felt that Bamford had every right to celebrate that way, given that he has been through a lot of tough times and understood the outburst of emotion in the celebration, while also showering praise on the youngster’s quality and grit.

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Bamford’s celebration caused a lot of heads to turn, but given the times that he’s had to endure, one could argue that his celebration was justifiable.

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A dog joined in on the celebrations with the Leeds United fans during Reading win

Leeds United took another step towards the automatic qualification spots for the Premier League next season as they swept a lacklustre Reading side 3-0 here at Madejski Stadium.

Mateusz Klich opener followed by a brace from Spaniard Pablo Hernandez was more than enough for the Whites to claim a comfortable victory.

Leeds were firm favourites against the relegation-threatened Reading side and their intentions were clear right from the kick-off.

It took them only 14 minutes as Mateusz Klich finished it off from inside the penalty box after some slick play down the right flank.

And before the home side could react, Leeds took advantage of some sloppy passing and created a shooting opportunity for Pablo Hernandez who tucked it into the bottom corner.

The Spaniard struck again on the 43rd minute to wrap the game up for his side, this time with a screamer from outside the box giving Reading keeper Emiliano Martinez absolutely no chance.

With this brace, Hernandez now has 10 goals in the Championship this year and if you consider his 11 assists too, the midfielder is surely proving himself to be one of the most prominent stars in this years’ competition.

It was the White’s fourth win in the last five games and the fans are absolutely delighted.

Besides the performance on the field, there’s another aspect of the game that is winning the hearts of many Leeds fans.

In a viral video, Rita, a guide dog can be seen to join the celebration with the away supporters after the referee blew the full-time whistle.

Have a look at the brilliant footage here –

Rita and her owner are all-weather supporters of the Whites and many fans have reported spotting the pair in each and every game the club plays.

With only nine games to go, Leeds are closer to the Premier League than ever and this kind of support and dedication from their fans will only inspire their players even more.

 

 

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This bit from The Telegraph might be the best thing Leeds United fans will read all season

Leeds United maintained their push towards getting into the automatic promotion places with a solid 3-0 win over Reading on Tuesday.

The 3 points had temporarily displaced Norwich from the summit of the Championship but the Canaries regained their top spot with a narrow 3-2 win over Hull City.

Since getting demoted to the Championship all the way back in 2004, United finally look like they will secure their much awaited promotion back to the top flight next campaign under Marcelo Bielsa’s stewardship.

Since coming in last summer, the veteran boss has got the Whites playing with flair again and supporters have been left thrilled after watching the drastic change in style.

Especially during the early stages of his reign, Leeds were almost untouchable and had dominated the first spot in the Championship for large spells of this campaign.

While supporters would have surely been feeling pretty happy with how their side have gone about their business under the Argentine boss so far, a new report that has surfaced on The Telegraph should make them feel even more proud about Leeds’ exploits this term.

Luke Edwards has come up with a pretty enticing article explaining how Leeds have really turned up under Bielsa and should make a pretty decent read for any Leeds fan.

Calling the Whites better than the likes of Pep’s City and Solskjaer’s United, the author calls Leeds one of the most entertaining side to watch in England this year.

With United almost certain to get promoted to the top flight, seeing the historic club back in the Premier League should make for an interesting proposition for fans of all clubs in the country.

A must read for all Leeds fans! Check out a screenshot of the article here :

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Via Twitter/@markrikko

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Sky Sports commentator caught singing the Patrick Bamford song during Leeds v Reading yesterday

Leeds United moved back to the top of the Championship with a comfortable 3-0 win over Reading yesterday.

While Norwich City can regain the summit if the manage to get a win against Hull City, the win should definitely boost the morale in Marcelo Bielsa’s camp as they look to secure promotion to the Premier League this year.

The veteran boss has done a tremendous job since coming in last summer and the Whites are now considered firm favorites to finish within the automatic promotion spots.

Reading had no answers to United’s attacking threat as Pablo Hernandez’s brace and Mateusz Klich’s early strike secured a comfortable win for the away side.

Hernandez added a second for Leeds shortly after Klich’s 9th minute goal and effectively ended the contest before half-time with another magnificent strike in the 43rd minute.

The victory follows the vital 1-0 win over Bristol City last week when Patrick Bamford’s 9th minute strike prevented the Canaries from extending their lead at the top.

While the 25-year-old couldn’t get himself on the score-sheet against Reading, he created plenty of problems for the home team with his movement and interplay.

During one such attack late in the game, the England striker made a brilliant run behind the defense and was picked brilliantly by Alioski but narrowly pulled his shot wide off the far post.

While Bamford looked pretty disappointed with himself for missing the chance, one of the commentators seemed to enjoy watching the striker’s attempt.

The Sky Sports commentator seems to be a fan of the attacker and proceeded to chant Bamford’s song while replays were showing the attack during his coverage of the match.

The incident was quickly spotted by Leeds fans who have posted several clips of the commentator’s chant on Twitter since.

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(Video) Sweary malfunction on LUTV goes viral post Leeds United v West Brom

Leeds United returned to winning ways with the 4-0 thrashing of West Brom last Friday to maintain pressure on league leaders Norwich City.

A 17th-second stunner from Hernandez, another brace from Patrick Bamford and an injury time tap-in from Alioski were more than enough to sink a lackluster West Brom side.

With this win, Leeds are now two points clear of third-placed Sheffield United who were held goalless by Sheffield Wednesday in the Sheffield derby this Tuesday.

With only eleven matches to go, the situation is looking really promising for the Whites and their fans can now seriously start dreaming of getting back to the Premier League after a long absence.

At a time when things are looking to get better for the first team with every passing day, it didn’t go as planned for LUTV presenters during the post-match analysis after West Brom win.

In a viral footage uploaded by a Twitter user, the presenters can be seen to struggle with the touchscreen monitor during their detailed analysis.

One of the presenters can also be heard hurling inappropriate comments as he got more and more frustrated with the device.

In the end though, he finally managed to take control of the situation and resumed the analysis.

Have a look at this hilarious moment here –

 

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Egjan Alioski hounding West Brom players all over the pitch goes viral among Leeds United

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.

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.

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Kiko Casilla sends emphatic message to Leeds United fans after West Brom win

Leeds United bounced back from a narrow defeat against QPR in style as they smashed West Brom 4-0 to maintain pressure on league leaders Norwich City.

It took the Whites only seventeen seconds to open the scoring as Spaniard Pablo Hernandez blasted one in the top corner from outside the penalty box.

They could have easily doubled their lead within a few minutes after some sublime passing football but Tyler Roberts’ effort went straight to the West Brom Albion keeper.

They eventually struck the second of the night with Patrick Bamford who scored in both halves to increase the lead to three goals to nil.

Macedonian international Ezgjan Alioski put the final nail in the coffin as he tapped a Jamie Shackleton cross home.

With this vital win, Leeds are now placed second on the table, only two points behind league leaders Norwich City.

And Leeds’ January signing Kiko Casilla, who mostly played the part of a spectator against West Brom, took it to micro-blogging site Twitter to congratulate the team and the supporters.

Have a look at it here.

It was the first clean sheet for the ex-Real Madrid superstar in Leeds colours in what was his third appearance for the Whites.

Casilla, who has won as many as three Champions Leagues with Real Madrid, decided to make the switch when the Spanish side swooped up Belgian international Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea this summer.

Leeds United still have a long way to go before securing the automatic qualification spot for the Premier League next season and as the Catalonian shot-stopper pointed out, they’ll need similar performances in the weeks to come to make the dream come true.