Four lessons learned from Leeds United's 2-1 win over Swansea City

Leeds United's Luke Ayling applaud the fans after the match

Leeds are back at the top of the Championship table.

 

Leeds United's Luke Ayling applaud the fans after the match

Leeds United sit proudly at the top of the Championship table after a win over Swansea City.

Leeds won 2-1 at Elland Road while Norwich City slipped up, losing 3-1 away to Preston North End.

 

Here is a look at four things we learned on from the game.

Barry Douglas might not get his place back

Leeds' summer signing Barry Douglas missed the game with injury, after briefly making a return at the start of the month against Norwich.

Ezgjan Alioski filled in again for him at left-back and the Macedonian was impressive.

Daniel James of Swansea City (L) is tackled by Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on February 13,...

Alioski provided assists for both of Leeds' goals and worked tirelessly defensively.

He shut down transfer target Dan James with ease.

His performances on the wing picked up flak earlier in the season, but at left-back he is playing a crucial role and Douglas may not get his place back so easily.

Leeds are still working out how to replace Samu Saiz

This game saw another experiment from Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds seek to settle on a way to replace Samu Saiz.

Leeds started summer signing Patrick Bamford up front, with Kemar Roofe in Saiz's old role behind him.

It didn't really work, but it's too early to write it off. Roofe has been out of form in general in recent weeks, and Bamford is still finding his way back to form after injury.

The Whites should persist with this to see if the pair can click.

Ayling error should not ruin promising performance

Joel Asoro of Swansea City (R) is fouled by Luke Ayling of Leeds United which was awarded as a penalty kick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at...

Luke Ayling was heavily criticised after a poor display away to Middlesbrough at the weekend.

He have away a penalty last night which early cost Leeds the game.

Fans vented their anger on social media, but before that, Ayling showed promise.

His ball into Alioski sparked Leeds' second goal, and until the penalty, he wasn't troubled.

There was enough to build on here for the right-back to feel positive.

Promotion is going to the wire

Leeds are back on top of the table, only just.

The Whites are top by a point, and behind that, the chasing pack are closing in.

Sheffield United in third are just three points back, and if West Brom win their game in hand, they will be just a point behind the Blades. Likewise Bristol City who could be just a point further back.

Last night was an illustration for Leeds and Norwich of just how quickly the table can swing.

If they aren't careful, both teams could end up missing out. The promotion race could go right down to the last day of the season.

Leeds United and Swansea City players applaud in tribute to 1966 England goalkeeper Gordon Banks during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road...

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