Leeds scored in a key game to escape relegation

Leeds United is experiencing the best moment since the 2021/2022 season began. After a last period of turbulence with Marcelo Bielsa in charge, with many goals received and without a favorable game dynamic, the team, since the arrival of jesse March, gradually took a turn towards a much more pragmatic version. So much so that beat Watford 3-0 with goals from Raphinha, Rodrigo Moreno and Jack Harrison, in a key match to escape relegation. Consequently, they put together their fourth consecutive match adding -at least- one point (three wins and one draw) and took a breather in the fight to escape from the bottom of the standings.


Harrison sealed the victory. (Reuters)

Although they felt outmatched for much of the first half, Leeds capitalized on the host’s defensive shortcomings and struck at just the right moments. For example, at 21′, when the Yorkshiremen could not control possession and suffered some approaches from Watford, the Brazilian winger took advantage of a weak clearance and nailed a shot from outside the box to the side of the nearest post to Ben Foster. Then, already in the second half, Rodrigo stole a ball in the end zone of the court, dodged the opposing goalkeeper and sent the ball into the back of the net. Finally, Harrison, one of the team’s top scorers in the season (with seven goals), crossed a very strong shot from outside the area, which ended up sentencing the result.

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The points are very important, because it gives you a greater boost and adds confidence in the group. In addition, we kept a clean sheet and converted three goals. Without a doubt, this is a fundamental result for us”, commented the American technical director in the post-match interview with the official broadcast. And he added about the fight to avoid relegation: “We continue in that fight: the other teams are getting the results too. That’s why I want us to play better.” The good news for the coach is that Calvin Phillips he added minutes again, after being out for four months due to an operation on his right shoulder.

Celebrate the scorers of the day.  (Reuters)

Celebrate the scorers of the day. (Reuters)

HOW IS THE POSITION TABLE IN THE LOW ZONE?

Leeds reached 33 points, with 32 games played. Indeed, it is located in the 16th sixth position, nine drives from Burnleythe last one that is losing the category at the moment. However, those led by Sean Dyche still owe three games and, on top of that, this Sunday they visit, from 10, the bottom Norwich.

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HOW IS THE LEEDS FIXTURE FOLLOWING?

Beyond the fact that the fixture said that on the next date, the 33rd, Leeds had to face Chelsea, the match will be postponed due to commitments of the Blues with the FA Cup (they face Crystal Palace in the semifinals). In that sense, they will only play again in two weeks: they will visit the Selhurst Park Stadium to face Palace. And he will close his participation in the Premier with a tough string: Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Brighton and Brentford. Six days to try to meet the goal of saving himself from relegation. And they will not only watch their games, but also Everton, Burnley and Brentford.

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