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Paul Heckingbottom comments on Leeds United quality

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on November 19, 2017...

Leeds United won 2-0 at Oakwell on Saturday as the cream rose to the top.

Samuel Saiz of Leeds United scores the second goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in...

Speaking to BBC Radio on Saturday, Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom claims that Leeds United's players proved their quality in Saturday's 2-0 win at Oakwell.

First-half goals from Samu Saiz and Egzjan Alioski gave Leeds all three points in yesterday's Yorkshire derby.

It was in-form Saiz, who has five Championship goals this season, who ran unmarked toward Barnsley's goal and drilled home the opener on 23 minutes after an eye-of-the-needle pass from Alioski, who stroked home a second from the edge of the box just before half time.

Samu Saiz of Leeds United(C) celebrates his sides second goal with team mates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017...

Asked on BBC Radio why the Spaniard was allowed to run so far unchallenged for the first goal, Heckingbottom said defensive midfielder Joe Williams should've been in the area, but believes the pass from Alioski was simply "first class".

The Tykes boss said: "He [Saiz] is a good player isn't he. Nine times out of 10 if you ask Joe where he's going to be then he'd be there [marking Leeds man] but then Saiz is just going stand somewhere else.

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds celebrates after scoring the equaliser to make it one all during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4,...

"The ball into him for the goal was first class and that was the difference. Leeds showed that they got some quality players today."

He is right. Leeds, when they're on form, are a fine football team and two wins from three games this week should fill them with a lot of confidence ahead of next week's visit of in-form Aston Villa.

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