It is barely 100 days since Leeds United had been matching Manchester Metropolis blow-for-blow right here in arguably this Premier League marketing campaign’s most mesmerising match so far. That dazzling, indefatigable aspect presently seem to be a distant reminiscence.
It does not assist to have Kevin Phillips, the heartbeat of the workforce, suspended. It does not assist a aspect which depends on speedy, high-impact soccer to be taking part in on a floor resembling a public park.
The pitch, laid 26 years in the past for Elland Highway’s half in Euro ’96, has not one of the artificial element of recent stadiums and was to have been re-laid final summer time till the occasions which have modified every part had their impact. The brand new turf should wait till subsequent season.
Brighton claimed their first Premier League win in 10 outings with a 1-0 win at Leeds
Neal Maupay gave Brighton the lead with a tap-in on the far submit from Alexis Mac Allister’s ball
Leeds might have gone two targets behind when Leandro Trossard’s effort smashed towards the bar following Luke Ayling’s deflection
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
Leeds United (3-2-4-1): Casilla 6; Ayling 7.5, Cooper 6, Alioski 6 (Hernandez 66 6); Struijk 5, Dallas 6; Harrison 7, Rodrigo 5.5 (Roberts 61 6), Rapinha 6 (Poveda-Ocampo 75 6); Bamford 5.5
Subs not used: Llorente, Helder Costa, Davis, Caprile, Shackleton, Jenkins
Brighton and Hove Albion (3-4-3): Sanchez 6; Webster 7, Dunk 7, Burn 6.5; Veltman 6, White 6.5, Grob 6, March 6; MacAllister 8 (Bissouma 61 6); Maupay 7 (Propper 81 6), Trossard 7 (Tau 74 6)
Subs not used: Alzate, Zeqiri, Walton, Sanders, Khadra, Jenks
Objective: Maupay 17
Referee: Kevin Good friend 7
However none of that provides as much as a proof for a day when Leeds regarded like a aspect for whom the lights have gone out. The decisive sixteenth minute objective mentioned every part about Brighton’s larger fluidity and presence of thoughts.
A pointy, incisive, five-man trade of possession between the wonderful Alexis MacAllister and Leandro Trossard, whose return cross was beautiful, which noticed Argentinian MacAllister’s ball attain Neal Maupay, who had totally escaped consideration, to faucet in his seventh objective of the season at a breeze.
The Leeds malaise ran deeper than that. The failure to mark-up from throw-ins. The benefit with which Ben White eased by Raphinho and strode 40 yards by midfield.
The unfastened passes by Pascal Srtruijk, the central defender filling Phillips’ boots, slowing momentum on the essential level in play when Leeds would often look to interrupt out. Leeds, whose defensive document is poor, are ordinary undone when groups strike out on the counter-attack and discover large open areas. Right here, they had been simply being crushed man-for man.
Brighton, who had not gained in none Premier League matches, did every part they’ve didn’t do in that stretch, which prolonged again to November 21. The discovered passes to interrupt the defensive strains, displayed attacking confidence in MacAllister, Trossard and Maupay and had been defensively strong. They might have gone two forward when Trossard’s deflected shot, after good construct up play with Dan Burn, hit the bar.
There had been some anticipation that the indignity of final weekend’s FA Cup defeat to League Two aspect Crawley City might need triggered a Leeds response. However there was simply not one of the function and passing zip from a aspect whose predicament by half time might have been worse with out the aim of Luke Ayling.
Patrick Bamford was amongst quite a lot of Leeds gamers annoyed because the hosts didn’t click on
Luke Ayling was put into the e-book by Kevin Good friend after a poor problem on Trossard
Leeds went shut in the beginning of the second half when Jack Harrison curled simply large
Tyler Roberts was launched after the hour and had a shot saved by Robert Sanchez
When MacAllister eased into harmful territory and took goal across the half hour after one other unchallenged throw in, Ayling hurled himself right into a headed block. The defender was making no secret of his frustrations by the hour mark. ‘What the **** are you there for? **** me!,’ he screamed on the ineffective Rodrigo, who was changed by Welsh worldwide Tyler Roberts quickly afterwards.
Leeds’ first half alternatives had been restricted to a low cross into the six-yard field from the left by Ezgjan Aliosko, which Rodrigo ought to have gotten contact on, and an air shot by Patrick Bamford after the same provide.
They did present extra intent after the break. There was sharp run into the field by Raphinha whose ball for Rodrigo was deflected to Jack Harrison. He shot over when on the lookout for the highest nook. As the house aspect started to show intent and apply stress, Brighton regarded weak, failing to seek out passes and delivering the ball straight again to Leeds.
Nevertheless it was too late to conjure a comeback. A 3rd Premier League win of the season takes Brighton 5 factors away from the underside three and buys some respiratory house. Important on a day when West Bromwich additionally confirmed some life.
For Marcelo Bielsa, there are echoes of final January a couple of run of three successive defeats. Again then, the sequence prolonged to 5 losses in six, operating into February – although his aspect recovered with 5 straight wins earlier than lock-down. Then, as now, they should put their detached soccer behind them in a rush.
Bamford hardly threatened however missed an excellent likelihood when lacking a header from a cross
Graham Potter noticed his males maintain out following late Leeds stress to safe them the factors
It ended Brighton’s greatest winless run since they returned to the Premier League in 2017