Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers went head-to-head this weekend.
Leeds United finally got a much-needed win under their belt this weekend as they overcame Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Elland Road.
The Whites were smarting after their humiliating 4-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion last week and this performance was the ideal remedy, easing the pressure on manager Steve Evans.
Here are five things we learned about Leeds from their latest outing:
It is wrong to overlook Antenucci
Evans may have opted to select the likes of Souleymane Doukara and Lee Erwin ahead of Mirco Antenucci in recent weeks, but the Italian proved how effective he can be when starting.
Last season’s top scorer netted a brace in the 2-1 win and on this evidence he is surely second-choice forward and should play whenever Chris Wood is unavailable.
Sol Bamba has come in for plenty of criticism in recent times but the Ivorian was superb when he replaced Liam Cooper at the break.
With 22 effective clearances and a composed presence at the back it was like watching a different player.
Berardi’s return is a timely one
Gaetano Berardi’s return to full fitness comes at the perfect time, with Scott Wootton proving he is not the answer at right-back and Lewie Coyle suffering a first-half injury.
The Swiss full-back will surely now get a run in the side from the start and rightly so.
Wootton’s time at Elland Road is surely up
Speaking of Wootton, there really does seem to be no way back for the centre-back that Evans has persevered with despite fan discontent.
He was injured for the match against Bolton but is unlikely to play from the start even when he is fit as long as Berardi is available.
Carayol must do more
Mustapha Carayol was signed to give Leeds additional width but on Saturday the loanee offered little in that regard.
His corner did set up Antenucci for the first goal but the winger needs to do more on a consistent basis or risk heading back to parent-club Middlesbrough in the summer with little to show for his time at Elland Road.