Even the most biased Elland Road matchgoer would struggle to argue that Huddersfield Town did not deserve the three points in Sunday’s dramatic Yorkshire derby. Yet, the means of Leeds United’s defeat, via a last gasp Michael Hefele strike and an unseemly touchline melee, has not made the result any easier to swallow.
“Credit to Huddersfield, they’re a good team. But we need to stamp our authority on these games a bit more,” the centre-back said.
“We need to be a bit more composed, try and pass it a bit more and hold a bit more possession. That way we can create more chances.”
One crumb of comfort, however, and the potential answer to Bartley’s prayers, was the cameo debut of Alfonso Pedraza.
The attacking midfielder, signed on loan from Villarreal, replaced Souleymane Doukara (below) with half an hour to go and immediately set about attempting to earn that permanent deal.
Within a minute, he had already forced a decent stop from Terriers’ goalkeeper Danny Ward while his composure in possession, drive and ambition had Leeds fans purring.
A first start against Cardiff City at the weekend may not be out of the question. If Leeds need more creativity in attack, Pedraza has shown already that he can provide.