Leeds United moved back to the top of the Championship table on Tuesday night when they ended West Bromwich Albion’s unbeaten run.
Tony Pulis has stated that he noticed in the second half that the ‘tension’ around Elland Road was ‘building and buildng’ and, as a result, that was forcing the Leeds players to drop further back as they clung on to a 1-0 win over West Brom.
In recent games, Leeds have failed to make their dominance count and have, during certain games since the start of last season, failed to punish the opposition when they are leading 1-0.
But against West Brom, who went into the game sitting top of the Championship table and unbeaten, they showcased their true worth by walking away with a clean sheet and all three points.
Speaking to Sky Sports Football (01/10/2019 at 10:45 pm), former Championship manager Pulis commented on the Leeds crowd during the second half.
“The tension around the ground was massive in the second half,” Pulis told Sky Sports. “It kept building and building and building and building.
“And what happens is that defenders start taking a step back. There’s more space for team’s to step into, but in the end, they saw it out.”
As mentioned above, it is understandable why the Leeds fans are slightly nervous during the latter stages of games, but the game on Tuesday shows that they are learning.
If they can add more of that to their game then they will more than likely not just earn promotion, but end up walking away with the Championship title.
At this moment in time, they are sitting top of the tree and, at the weekend, they take on Millwall before the second round of international fixtures hit.