Leeds United produced a remarkable performance to overcome Derby County at Elland Road on Friday night. The win ensured that Leeds would remain top of the Championship table.
The Whites were utterly dominant throughout the 90 minutes, and Frank Lampard’s side could find no response to the intensity, movement and relentlessness of their opponents.
Goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison were enough to seal the points but those were far from the only two standout performers. To a man, Marcelo Bielsa’s side were excellent. The likes of Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Ezgjan Alioski, Adam Forshaw and Jack Clarke all shone for Leeds.
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Another man who rose to the occasion was centre-back Pontus Jansson. The 27-year-old produced an imperious display. As well as being consistently solid at the back, he also had the confidence to stride out of defence with the ball at his feet and launch attacking moves.
After the final whistle, plenty of Leeds fans took to Twitter to praise the 20-cap Sweden international’s showing…
Jansson is premier league class, unbelievably good #lufc
— Ryan (@RPlufc93) 12 January 2019
Jansson is magic #lufc
— LUFC_4_LIFE (@LUFC_MOT_4_LIFE) 12 January 2019
Bit late to the party, but #Lufc were excellent tonight. Cooper and Jansson solid at the back, Alioski the best I’ve seen him play, and even the likes of Forshaw and Harrison proving doubters wrong. To top it off, Roofe and Clarke will be PL players next season (with Leeds!).
— Scott Eaglen (@ScottEaglen) 12 January 2019
Can’t wait for my wife to abuse me for calling my children Pontus Jansson Hughes and Jack Clarke Hughes #lufc
— Dan Hughes (@danielrhughes11) 12 January 2019
Clarke a must-keep superstar …… Alioski amazing work rate…..enjoyed Jansson’s Beckenbauer-like arrogance on the ball coming out of trouble. Confidence growing across the park.MOT
— George Sotiropoulos (@drgeorgesot) 12 January 2019
Coops and Pablo back. Clean sheet. Jansson a man mountain. Forshaw never put a foot wrong. Harrison first goal. Clarke running em ragged. Roofe deadly. Alioski never stopped. Outplaying Frank Lampards Derby County #LUFC #ALAW #MOT
— Cookie (@7_Cookie) 11 January 2019