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Leeds fans laud Luke Ayling after his performance at centre-back vs Huddersfield

Leeds United returned to the top of the Championship table as they recorded a sixth straight victory by defeating west Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side needed to wait until the second half to break the deadlock after Ezgjan Alioski fired in a first-time volley from the edge of the penalty box after a cleared corner fell straight into his path.

The visitors then launched a scathing counter-attack with a little over ten minutes left on the clock as winger Jack Harrison whipped in a perfect cross straight onto the head of Pablo Hernandez at the back post.

It means Leeds’ 2-0 victory takes their defensive record to an 11th clean sheet from 20 league games, even despite missing skipper Liam Cooper and influential anchorman Kalvin Phillips.

Brighton loanee Ben White filled in for the 24-year-old but regularly throughout the match it appeared to be a three-at-the-back formation with Gaetano Berardi and Luke Ayling filling in.

And it was the latter that drew substantial praise from sections of the visiting support on Twitter.

‘Class,’ ‘solid’ and ‘superb’ were just three superlatives used to describe the 28-year-old’s performance which only goes to show how well he played considering he’s a full-back by trade.

Man of the Match vs Huddersfield?

Ezgjan Alioski

Ezgjan Alioski

Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford

Luke Ayling

Luke Ayling

Jack Harrison

Jack Harrison

Several other fans were left drooling over his passion too after he was spotted kissing the badge after Alioski’s opener…

When the team news was announced before kickoff, some supporters were slightly worried about the prospect of having Ayling at centre-back, it’s safe to say that they walked away from the match with egg on their face.

Per SofaScore, the 6 foot 1 defender recorded four clearances, three interceptions and also blocked two shots.

Leeds will have to wait until later this afternoon to see if they remain at the top of the Championship table as their closest rivals West Bromwich Albion face Swansea City.

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