On Friday evening, it saw a huge Yorkshire derby between Leeds and Sheffield United. Two clubs who have been exceeding expectations this year and who are firmly behind their respectable managers. Many Premier League fans say they do not have the same intense local bragging rights with the globalisation of the top league. This game was a great advert for the competitiveness and quality that the Championship has.
Sheffield United started well when the reliable Billy Sharp netted after two minutes. The forward will always get you goals at this level and manager Wilder will be happy to have him in his squad. Leeds then replied through academy product. Kalvin Phillips was their star man once again as he scored, however, he showed the other side of his game with a bad challenge and was lucky to stay on the pitch. The match was then settled when the highly rated David Brooks scored. Brooks who shone in the famous Sheffield derby netted his 1st goal and will remember this goal for years to come.
Leeds, who changed ownership in the summer, were outfought by a the Blades who's intensity and industry really has turned them into promotion contenders. A Leeds team who have replaced the profilic Chris Wood with big-name Lasogga have been struggling for form in recent weeks and fans will be wondering why leader Pontus Jansson found himself on the bench and they missed both his influence and qualities as they looked defensively susceptible when they were placed under pressure on the pitch.
But the night belonged to the Blades and their manager Chris Wilder. The lifelong fan has masterminded nine victories in the last eleven and has taken them to the top of the league for the 1st time since 2005. Back-to-back promotions seemed unthinkable at the start of the season but Wilder has made it into a reality with attacking play and organisation. The manager, who has a tattoo of the club’s crest, may well find himself as image most fans want in tattoo parlours across Sheffield if he continues to get results like that on Friday night.
Sheffield United extended their lead over Leeds to seven points and will be hoping to maintain themselves at the top going forward. Whilst Leeds will be hoping to end the downturn in their form which has lead to four defeats in the last five.
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