Coming into the season, most Leeds United fans could be forgiven for feeling pretty cocky. The Whites had just come off a spectacular first season back in the top-flight where a few results improved could have seen them playing in Europe. However, fans have been brought back down to Earth after a ruining defeat at Old Trafford, losing 5-1 to the old enemy. Then, a chastening draw with Everton took place where the team looked bedraggled at the back. Confidence is still high around the city, but results would be needed quickly to settle the team down.
Well, the first win of the season is on the board in the form of a comfortable 3-0 win against Crewe Alexandra. However, while that sounds comfortable, Leeds were not able to turn the scoreline in their favour until late on into the match-up. This took place with three late goals to turn a frustrating if well-played 0-0 into a comfortable 3-0 win.
The home team, who have gone out at the Second Round in the last three years, wanted to really showcase their ability. However, a frustrating first-half bled into the second half, with chances being created but precious little in the way of actual clear-cut chances. Leeds would push on the door, with several fringe players getting a chance to show their skills alongside players like Kalvin Phillips.
However, as Leeds struggled to make headway in the match, it came down to a corner. Phillips was on-hand at the near post to knock in the corner with around ten minutes of the match remaining. This seemed to settle nerves, and Leeds slowly but surely started to look more like their usual selves.
With 28 shots in total, they were the dominant party.
Can Leeds build on a good cup result?
The two late goals from Jack Harrison, one a tremendous chipped finish, were enough to add needed polish to the result. Leeds have grafted and attacked well in all three games so far this year, but lacked any tangible reward for their chance creation.
However, things slowly turned on their head in this game as the screw was turned and Leeds started to create more meaningful chances. By the end of the game, they have a collection of three good goals and plenty of proof that they can still create chances with absolute ease.
The problem for the fans is that they need to see the team build on results like this now. With a punishing schedule in the league set to come, Leeds need to see some quick results to match performances in the coming weeks. After such a strong first year, fans want to see progress as opposed to stagnation.
With two disappointing results already, this was a must-win game to help add some momentum and feelgood factor. With a 1-1-1 record so far across all competitions, Leeds now need to get focused on building up wins and improving performances. Tuesday night goes some way to making that possible.