Leeds United fought their way to an impressive win against Reading last night.
Leeds United secured an impressive 2-0 win away from home, which will leave manager Neil Redfearn delighted looking ahead to the weekend.
Goals from Luke Murphy and Sam Byram were enough to secure the points for the Whites, as they moved up to 17th in the table.
Here are five things we learned about Leeds from the win.
Redfearn has found his best system
Redfearn brought Alex Mowatt back into the team at the expense of a striker. That gave Leeds a better balance across midfield, allowed them to pack the middle of the pitch and support the sole striker effectively.
Leeds can do it away from home
Leeds’ struggles on the road this season have been well documented but they defended well, kept a clean sheet and took their chances. This result will give them the confidence that they can perform on the road and back up the positive performances they have shown consistently at home.
Confidence back in the youngsters
The goals for Murphy and Byram would have done their confidence no harm at all. It will put a spring into their step and strengthen their belief that they deserve to be controlling the team’s midfield and carrying the side up the Championship.
Striker Steve Morison is never going to be a prolific player in terms of scoring, but he showed good intelligence last night in terms of holding the ball up and also kept his composure to help out Byram for the second goal. It’s other aspects to his game, which seem to be keeping him in the team ahead of the other striking options.
A confident Leeds team is very hard to beat
By the end of the game, Leeds looked confident all over the side. They had a real spring in their step and credit for that goes to the manager, who is now challenged with maintaining it heading into the game against Millwall where they have another god chance to put three points on the board at Elland Road.