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Byram says Leeds have improved in key area; remarkable stat proves it

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The 21-year-old has been discussing where Leeds have been going right over the past few weeks.

Sam Byram says Leeds United are a much harder team to play against now that the Championship side have solidified as a unit, according to the club's official website.

Neil Redfearn's men have been on an impressive run of form of late, one that most recently saw them thrash Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.

That victory was borne out of a resilience not shown during the earlier stages of the season by this Leeds side and 21-year-old Byram feels his team have improved in terms of their solidity.

Fortunately, though, Leeds are also taking their chances in front of goal - which always makes life easier... 

He said: "We’re a lot more solid as a team now. The fans can see that we’re staying in games. I think we’re harder to play against and we’re also creating the chances and putting them away at the same time."

Against Fulham particularly, Byram feels this newfound hardness is what helped Leeds most - as the Cottagers enjoyed superiority both in terms of possession and chances in the opening stages of the Championship clash. 

"I thought we defended well and held our ground going into half-time. We came out a lot sharper I think," he said.

"First and foremost, you’ve got to stay in the game. Even if you go 1-0 down, it’s important to stick at it and stay in there so we’re not too far away."

  Tackles WonAppearances
Leeds 233 14
Rotherham 225 14
Sheff Wed 214 14
Charlton 207 14
Brighton 205 14

As Opta stats show, meanwhile, Byram certainly isn't wrong about the Yorkshire side being more 'solid'.

Indeed, since the turn of the year, Leeds have won more tackles than any other Championship side.

Boss Redfearn says United have to be more horrible during games and, at the moment, that's something this young Leeds side are very much working towards. More of the same next season?

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