By Alex Stevens
Stuart Dallas has revealed the tactical plan that inspired Leeds’ convincing win at Birmingham on Tuesday night.
They players adopted an intense ’10-second fury’ strategy to hunt the home side side in possession and win back the ball.
Steve Evans’ side won 2-1 in the Championship clash at St Andrews with a display that the manager claimed was not only the best of his Elland Road tenure but on a par with anything produced by any of his teams in his lengthy coaching career.
Dallas put the visitors in front after 11 minutes with a smashed finish into the bottom corner following excellent play from Football League Young Player of the Year nominee Lewis Cook.
The 24-year-old added a second five minutes into the second half when he chested down a pass and then leathered in from 20 yards.
“The first half was as well as we’ve played all season, we showed how good we can be and we played at a high intensity. We didn’t let them play,” Dallas told BBC Radio Leeds afterwards.
“That’s what we’ve been working on. We worked on it yesterday in training. Whenever the opposition get the ball, you have a sort of ten-second fury to try and get it back.
“The gaffer told us at half time, keep the number 12 in your head. Everybody sort of looked at him [puzzled]. He said you’ve got 12 seconds to get the ball back.”
Leeds cemented their position of 15th in the Championship, four points clear of 16th placed Blackburn.
In other Leeds news, Evans has explained why he thinks Cook is better than Moussa Dembele.