Leeds United maintained the pace of the Championship title race with a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road on Saturday. A Patrick Bamford penalty and a deflected Ezgjan Alioski strike earned the Whites victory in the hard-fought encounter.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side spurned a number of presentable goalscoring opportunities and should have won by a more comfortable margin, but will be glad just to have secured the vital three points.
There were a number of impressive performances on display, with Pablo Hernandez and Alioski both shining. There was a big slice of fortune about Alioski’s goal, but the 27-year-old earned his good fortune with his hard-working, committed and relentless performance.
Bielsa will be delighted with the spirit and stamina that the 25-cap international showed. It was the kind of performance that his squad will all have to replicate if Leeds are to dig deep and successfully achieve automatic promotion.
After the game, plenty of Leeds fans took to Twitter to praise Alioski’s display…
Alioski is the best left back at the club
— Aizlewoods Fingers (@Dave_Pez) 23 February 2019
Alioski frustrates me with the needless fouls but he doesn’t half put a shift in, what an engine #lufc
— Ryan (@RPlufc93) 23 February 2019
Alioski man of match for me
— BINKY_TALKINGSHUTT (@BinksLeeds) 23 February 2019
Alioski is the real hero of this season. Don’t @ me.
— Andy (@_G_Loken) 23 February 2019
Just saying we have got 6 points in the last 2 games thanks to alioski….
— Matt (@Itz_Mat_4shaw) 23 February 2019
Also Alioski had a right game today, very important player today and had a fantastic match
— marcelo bielsa’s bucket (@bielsa_marco) 23 February 2019
Hernandez was on today, Alioski again was very good! #lufc
— Aram (@AramLeeds) 23 February 2019
If Alioski wasn’t a Leeds player we’d all hate him. Love it. The rage when he scores!
— Neil Ⓥ (@rogerframes) 23 February 2019