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Leeds beat Huddersfield 2-0 on Saturday, but it was by no means a straightforward victory for the Whites.
Fortunately, the Yorkshire outfit didn’t have to rely on White too much in this fixture as Luke Ayling stepped up to the plate with an admirable defensive performance.
While White may have been under pressure on Saturday, the stats show that Ayling’s brilliance more than made up for it.
The Brighton loanee has made more interceptions than anyone else in the Championship, but it was Ayling doing most of that work at the John Smith’s Stadium as he made three vital interceptions against the Terriers.
It was a rather strange role that Ayling was playing this weekend as he wasn’t pressing as much as you’d expect a centre-back in Bielsa’s system to as he didn’t make a single tackle throughout the game, but that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t effective in stopping Danny Cowley’s side.
Last week we stated that Gaetano Berardi may have to be vigilant when it came to blocking shots, but instead it was Ayling picking up a lot of that weight as he blocked two efforts on Saturday.
He was also key in other defensive areas as he made four clearances while also winning four aerial duels.
All in all, it was an incredibly assured performance from Ayling as Leeds kept up their incredible defensive record while keeping their 11th clean sheet of the season.
Meanwhile, Phil Hay has claimed that one youngster could get his chance in the coming weeks.