After ten games without a win, Leeds United finally produced a performance worthy of victory on Saturday, defeating Brentford at Elland Road in the English Championship.
It’s a win that puts Paul Heckingbottom’s side in contention for a play-off spot once again, now just five points behind sixth placed Bristol City, who must travel away to Cardiff on Sunday.
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Liam Cooper was the hero of the day, netting from Ezgjan Alioski’s free-kick on the half hour mark to give his side a lead that they would defend well until the final whistle.
Fans were overjoyed with Alioski’s performance after a period of struggling form and criticism, with many believing the Macedonian international was back to his best alongside the returning Samu Saiz.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his Saturday display…
What is Paul Heckingbottom putting in Alioski & Lasogga's food? Lasogga holding the ball up shoving defenders & quick footwork. Alioski keeping on his feet & getting back with some decent tackles covering every blade of LONG GRASS both look like different players #lufc
— Wayne Monaghan (@White_never_red) February 24, 2018
Alioski looked a different player with Saiz in the team! #lufc
— Joel Moore (@JoelMoore93) February 24, 2018
It wasn’t just saiz we lost for 6 games, it’s alioski too, mans a completely different player without Samu
— Pinned 3.0 (@backagain03) February 24, 2018
Alioski was back to his best today
— BC (@BC_LUFC) February 24, 2018
Alioski MoM for me. Coops played like he had a point to prove. Dallas ran them close. Pish game though #lufc
— AndyD (@AndyD_69) February 24, 2018
Alioski put a great shift in for Leeds today 👏👏👏@MacedonianFooty
— Peter Bellerby (@radio_bellers) February 24, 2018
Great win. Hard fought. Starting to see Hecks influence on this team. Saiz class as ever but special mention to Alioski and Dallas who I thought were excellent today. Never stopped running #lufc
— 92 Leeds (@LeedsUtd1992) February 24, 2018
In fairness to Alioski, regardless of what he's doing on the ball, his workrate and fitness is always superb.
Also much happier to see him moved back to the right – he's much more dynamic there. Him and Dallas swapping is a handy trump card. #LUFC
— ETHAN (@EthanFromOnline) February 24, 2018