BBC pundit: This is what furious Bartley yelled at some of Leeds players against Birmingham
By Alex Stevens
Kyle Bartley inspired Leeds to their Championship win over Birmingham on Friday night with his leadership skills.
That is the verdict of BBC pundit Noel Whelan, who was impressed by the manner in which the defender helped his side secured a 3-1 win at St Andrews.
Whelan claimed Leeds were well below par but still managed a comfortable win over Gianfranco Zola’s side through a Chris Wood double and a late strike from substitute Alfonso Pedraza.
Centre-back Bartley, who has been a mainstay of the side during his season-long loan from Swansea, was a key figure in the win by urging his teammates to crack down on unnecessary moves.
“Leeds didn’t all get up to their best level, but they did get better when Bartley started yelling – he tells them to get back to basis, and stop with the fancy flicks,” said Whelan to BBC Radio Leeds after the match, as quoted by the BBC live match blog (Friday, 10.13pm).
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“He does that so well. He keeps driving and wanting more, pushing them all up to their best level. He’s the man who keeps the team ticking over, right until the end.”
There was little rhythm to Leeds’ play and the attacking players struggled to consistently put the home side under pressure.
Nevertheless, Garry Monk’s side secured a second consecutive win as they kept their promotion bid on track.
Leeds are fourth in the Championship with a haul of 64 points from 35 league matches, just seven adrift of Brighton in the second automatic promotion spot.