Leeds United's Luke Ayling sends message on Twitter after Ipswich Town win; fans respond

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United battled to a hard-fought 3-2 win against fellow Championship high-flyers Ipswich Town at Elland Road.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds, England.

There is one word that stands out in Luke Ayling’s message to the Leeds United fans after their 3-2 victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday: ‘battling’.

Leeds have certainly picked up three points in more free-flowing fashion this season and, while it is far too early for the phrase ‘hallmark of champions’ to rear its head, the hard-fought victory against Mick McCarthy’s high-flying side is the sort of result Leeds failed to grind out in the ruinous final few months of last season.

Leeds were indebted to a bizarre own goal from Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski after first half strikes from Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Kalvin Phillips but the supporters will not care.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United feels the cold during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 29, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

The win keeps Leeds top of the Championship table, albeit on goal difference, while simultaneously opening up a five point gap between themselves and Ipswich Town.

No wonder Elland Road is rocking at the moment. Leeds fans have rarely seen more entertaining football in West Yorkshire over the last ten years or so but seeing off Ipswich proves that they can also snatch a win when not quite at their best – and that is usually a sign of a serious side.

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

And Ayling, whose bargain signing from Bristol City last summer looks more inspired by the week, perhaps sums up the mentality of the new-look Leeds better than anyone.

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