By Alex Stevens

Luke Ayling hailed a “great win” for Leeds in the aftermath of their 2-1 win over Barnsley on Saturday.

Garry Monk’s side secured their fifth victory in six matches, and their fourth from five league encounters, after overcoming their Yorkshire rivals at Elland Road.

Goals from defender Kyle Bartley and playmaker Pablo Hernandez were enough to secure the three points and lift Leeds into the top half of the Championship table for the first time this season.

Ayling, who joined from Bristol City in the summer, has emerged as a  key member of Leeds’ team during their excellent recent run after stepping in for the injured Gaetano Berardi at right-back.

The defender has started nine of the club’s 11 league matches this season and played the full 90 minutes on Saturday as Monk’s team climbed into the top half of the Championship table for the first time this season.

Speaking on his personal Twitter account on Saturday night in the aftermath of the win over Barnsley, Ayling hailed the result and commended the Elland Road atmosphere at a “place that was rocking today”.

Barnsley are still ahead of Leeds in the table on goal difference but Monk’s side are now 11th after increasing their points haul in the campaign to 16.

In other Leeds team news, this is what Sky pundit Ian Holloway predicted ahead of the team’s clash against Barnsley.