COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds secured their third win on the bounce on Tuesday night when they beat Blackburn 1-0 to secure their safe passage into the last 16 of the League Cup.
The victory eased the pressure on manager Garry Monk and continued the upward curve that began with the Championship win over Blackburn eight days ago.
Football Insider reveals three things we learned from Leeds’ triumph against Blackburn.
Defensive strength in depth
For one of the first times in recent years, Leeds fans will not have to worry if a star player is unavailable. The win against Blackburn saw both in-form Pontus Jansson and captain Liam Bridcutt ruled out, but the team still secured a notable win as well as a notable clean sheet.
Given that the win was against Owen Coyle’s struggling Blackburn, sterner tests will be faced; starting at Ipswich on Saturday.
But fans will find strength in the fact that a defence consisting of back-up goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, youngster Lewie Coyle and last-minute replacement Liam Cooper can still hold out against a Championship side.
Kemar Roofe needs time
The League Two Player of the Year has found the going tough in Yorkshire so far, following his £3million move from Oxford United. Despite the price tag, he has been ousted by loanee Hadi Sacko and Stuart Dallas from the starting XI.
But an impressive array of touches and invention against Blackburn proved that the 23-year-old has the capability to adapt to the higher standard of the second tier after climbing two divisions.
Roofe has failed to make the matchday squad on occasion but after Tuesday night’s third consecutive win, Roofe is likely to be given more opportunities from the bench.
Alex Mowatt is not a winger
The academy graduate’s performance last night proved that he is not a winger. Mowatt lacks the pace and ability to beat a man over a long distance, as well as the fitness.
Playing him in his natural number 10 role and giving him free reign to use his vicious left foot, Leeds will benefit from from his technical talents.
Continue to play him out wide, and his ability will dissipate. His career is stagnating after a blistering start, and Monk must stop his talent from going to waste.
In other Leeds news, this defender has posted a Twitter message following the 1-0 win.