Leeds United thumped West Brom 4-0 at Elland Road on Friday night. The result ensured that the Whites maintained their place in the thick of the Championship title race.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were highly deserving of their triumph, as they outclassed the Baggies from the first minute to the last.
The home side took the lead inside 20 seconds when Pablo Hernandez found the top corner from distance. Two goals for Patrick Bamford and a late Ezgjan Alioski finish sealed the emphatic result.
Not only were Leeds scintillating going forward, they were also solid at the back. West Brom hardly mustered a chance as the centre-back pairing of Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson kept Darren Moore’s men at bay. Jansson was particularly impressive as he worked relentlessly hard to win the ball high up the pitch and launch attacks.
The 6’4” 28-year-old was imperious at the back and fans certainly appreciated his efforts. After the match, plenty of Leeds supporters took to Twitter to praise the 20-cap Sweden international’s display…
Pontus playing out of his skin #lufc
— Michael Farrell (@MickFarrell84) 1 March 2019
pontus Jansson he’s the best in the League won’t be with us next year if we don’t go up
— Luke (@parsons_no_7) 2 March 2019
Keep giving us performances and commitment like that big man and we will stay with you through the fires of hell and back
— Adam Clarke (@AdamClarke19) 2 March 2019
I heard a rumour that Chuck Norris checks under his bed at night incase you are there. Any truth to this?
— SJWilson30 (@SJWilson30) 2 March 2019
When Cooper and Jansson steam forward and intercept the ball near the halfway line before it gets to their strikers it completely sets the tone for the game. #lufc
— James Vause (@JPRVause) 2 March 2019
#LUFC jansson has been brilliant again. Every where in the back line, a player that could easily fit in the prem
— the realplacement scottmjones (@the_scottmjones) 1 March 2019
Cooper & Jansson…incredible. As good as you’ll see CBs at this level. Pontus has more to offer on the ball, but Cooper’s reading of play, when to step up/out has been 10/10. #LUFC
— ETHAN (@EthanFromOnline) 1 March 2019
Jansson is our best player by a country mile. He revived a half empty Elland Road back in 2016 and we’ve not looked back since #lufc
— Joe (@LUFCJoe_) 1 March 2019