Leeds United beat Barnsley 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Leeds United defender Jamie Shackleton has told the club’s official website that he thought the Whites were too open defensively against Barnsley.

The Whites made the short trip to Oakwell and Sunday afternoon, and were looking to bounce back after losing to Swansea City before the international break.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were frustrated by the Tykes for much of the game, but finally managed to make the breakthrough with six minutes to play as Eddie Nketiah found the net again.

Leeds found a second in the 89th minute as Nketiah was brought down for a penalty, with Mateusz Klich stepping up to seal a 2-0 win.

Leeds moved back to the top of the Championship table with that win, level on points with second places Swansea City but ahead on goal difference.

It wasn’t vintage Leeds, but they got the job done, and youngster Shackleton has pointed out some issues he found with the performance.

Shackleton felt that Leeds were a little too open defensively, believing that Leeds have been tighter at the back in previous games, yet still managed to keep a clean sheet at Oakwell.

Shackleton was pleased with the display going forward, but improving that defensively stability may well be on Biela’s wish list having given up 17 shots on goal.

“I think on the defensive side it was a bit more open than we’d probably want it to be and we’ve probably been a bit tighter in previous games but the key thing is we managed to keep them out despite the chances that they had,” said Shackleton. “I think we created a lot of chances going forward and we kept going, eventually we got that first goal which was vital, it took a while but when we got it we kicked on,” he added.

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