Leeds United eased past strugglers Reading by a 3-0 scoreline at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night. The result saw Marcelo Bielsa’s side maintain their pace in the Championship title race.
Mateusz Klich opened the scoring for the Whites, before a well-taken Pablo Hernandez brace added gloss to the scoreline and sealed the points. One player who didn’t find the back of the net himself, but did make a huge contribution in the final third nonetheless, was right-back Luke Ayling.
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The 27-year-old defender registered two assists against the Royals and produced a fine all round performance. The Arsenal academy product was dynamic and aggressive going forwards and looked to be full of confidence. Considering he has struggled at times in recent weeks, this was a welcome return to form.
However, had the referee not veered on the side of leniency, Ayling may have been sent off for one particularly poor challenge.
After the match, plenty of Leeds fans took to Twitter to discuss the full-back’s contribution…
Back to his best these past few games. Credit to Bielsa for sticking with him when many wanted him dropped.
— Rob (@rabmchuggett) 12 March 2019
As I mentioned before on his twitter page form is temporary class is permanent,getting back to his very best
— Royce Dunston (@roycedun) 12 March 2019
i think ayling and alioski have been superb the last 2/3 games we’ve played, alioski’s decision making is so much better than what it used to be, and aylings back to his best, 3 assist in 2 games #lufc
— Simmo (@1simmo1) 13 March 2019
Fwiw I thought Ayling was poor tonight, lucky to stay on.
— paul warrick (LUFC) (@paulwarrick3) 13 March 2019
Bit generous Phil despite 3 nil win. Yeah Ayling 2 assists but still feel he’s a liability, fear Blunts (or any decent side which Reading clearly are not) will expose him or Alioski
— Paul Fox (@foxy2319) 13 March 2019
So pleased for Ayling. He’s struggled to rediscover his form post-injury, but tonight was so much closer to his best. #lufc
— The Scratching Shed (@TSSLUFC) 12 March 2019
Ayling was superb tonight and you need players like him to succeed. His attitude is also first rate. Top player, top bloke and we are lucky to have him
— Andy (@andygre63032144) 12 March 2019
Outplayed all over the park , should of been more than 3-0 to us but I do admit ayling should of seen red , don’t know if it would of changed much though
— luke john wood (@woodlj09) 12 March 2019