Leeds fans blown away by combination of these four players
By Alex Stevens
Leeds kept a clean sheet in their 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday evening – and fans took to Twitter to praise the back four to the hilt.
The combination of centre-back pairing Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson, and full-back duo Luke Ayling and Charlie Taylor, has been integral to the team’s sequence of impressive results in recent months.
Leeds won their fifth game out of six in the Championship on Saturday to lift Garry Monk’s side to fourth in the table and to within seven points of the automatic play-off positions.
Goals from Kemar Roofe and Chris Wood clinched the win over in-form Villa, who had been unbeaten in Steve Bruce’s first seven matches in charge going into the Elland Road encounter.
But Leeds fans were blown away by the performances of the defenders, made up of academy product Taylor and summer signings Bartley, Jansson and Ayling.
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The quartet have played 12 full games as a unit, contributing to five clean sheets and a record of just eight goals conceded.
Many supporters hailed the combination of the four players as the best Leeds backline since the club were in the Premier League.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
The #LUFC back four of Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor have played 12 full games as a unit. Five clean sheets, a mere eight goals conceded.
— Simon O’Rourke (@simon_orourke) December 3, 2016
— Paul Robinson (@northbeach26) December 4, 2016
So so glad we got Luke Ayling he’s been absolute class in the new back 4 and getting better each game, keep it up lad! #Lufc
— Elliot Ren (@mahoney1992) December 3, 2016
Ayling. Bartley. Jansson. Taylor. The best back four #lufc have had outside of the premiership & with Berardi, Cooper and Coyle in reserve.
— EllandRoadOwl #lufc (@EllandRoadOwl) December 4, 2016
Said it before, say it again. Fucking awesome back four. Luke, Kyle, Charlie and Pontus won that game for us tonight. Brilliant. #lufc
— Tiddy (@PureLeeds) December 3, 2016
Leeds return to Championship action next Friday when they travel to second-placed Brighton for their fourth televised match out of their last five fixtures.
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