Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers went head-to-head this weekend.
Leeds United’s renaissance continued when they overcame Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Ewood Park on Saturday.
Whites manager Steve Evans has come in for his fair share of criticism this season but he has now overseen three straight victories and here are five things we learned about Leeds from their latest encounter:
Bamba’s transformation complete
Ivorian centre-back Sol Bamba looked a shadow of his former self during the first half of the campaign, but in recent weeks he has played his way back into form and on Saturday he completed his about-turn.
The defender scored a rare goal from a corner and if he can continue his good form at both ends of the pitch he should start more often than not.
Antenucci’s form is no flash in the pan
Earlier this season, Souleymane Doukara showed form that suggested he had turned the corner at Leeds, but that proved to be only temporary.
Not so with Mirco Antenucci, who has always been a talent in front of goal but just needed faith from his manager.
The Italian scored yet again this weekend and he should start every match between now and the end of the season, with a new contract surely a no-brainer.
Cooper will struggle to get back into this side
With Bamba back to his best and fellow centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci continuing to impress, Liam Cooper will struggle to get back into this side when he returns from injury.
Strength in depth is vital and dips in form will happen, but for now Cooper must be patient.
Width not vital for victory
For the second game running Leeds opted to start the game with all three first-team wingers on the bench, and yet again it worked a treat.
A more compact Leeds side are proving very hard to beat these days and it will be interesting to see how Evans works with this moving forward.
Bridcutt’s dip in form only temporary
Midfielder Liam Bridcutt has been flagging somewhat in the last few matches; however on Saturday he put in a wonderful performance to drive his side to victory.
If Leeds can sign him permanently in the summer they will be taking a big step towards becoming the play-off chasing side they have the potential to be.