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43 touches, 7 duels won: Leeds star Bellusci was superb in win at Huddersfield

Leeds United defeated Huddersfield Town 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.

Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci had a fine game as he contributed greatly to his side’s 3-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Whites headed into the encounter buoyed by their 1-0 midweek win over Cardiff City, and followed up their first clean sheet of the season with another against Huddersfield.

Goals from Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood in first-half stoppage time set the visitors on their way, before an unstoppable 30-yard drive from Alex Mowatt in the second period made sure of the points.

Mowatt’s goal was his second belter in as many games, a factor which will no doubt alert Premier League clubs ahead of January and in the meantime see him earn his fair share of plaudits.

However, Leeds’ victory over their Yorkshire rivals was one built from the back, and one player in particular was outstanding throughout as the hosts struggled to make any sort of headway.

  TacklesInterceptionsDef Duels WonAerial Duels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesMins Played
Giuseppe Bellusci 3 5 7 1 4 43 18 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Giuseppe Bellusci’s fine contribution can be illustrated by the impressive figures posted in a number of key defensive areas.

The Italian defender contributed with one aerial duel winner, three tackles, four ball recoveries, five interceptions and seven defensive duels won over the course of the 90 minutes.

Moreover, he was reliable in possession as he took 43 touches and completed 18 accurate passes.

Bellusci has often come in for criticism from his own supporters, yet after coming back into the team, Steve Evans’ men have won both of their games and kept clean sheets in the process.

The victory takes Leeds momentarily up to 14th in the Championship table, nine points clear of the bottom three.

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