By Will Butcher
Assistant manager Pep Clotet has revealed the reason behind Leeds’ 2-1 triumph over Barnsley on Saturday.
The Spaniard has helped manager Garry Monk orchestrate Leeds’ superb run of form of late, which has seen the Yorkshire giants win five out of six league and cup encounters, including wins against the likes of Cardiff, Blackburn and Ipswich.
Clotet, who was Monk’s assistant manager at Swansea, posted on his personal Twitter account that “competitiveness” saw his side pick up another three points.
— Pep Clotet (@pepclotet) October 1, 2016
Leeds beat their high-flying Yorkshire rivals thanks to goals either side of half-time from new signings Kyle Bartley and Pablo Hernandez.
Stand-in captain Bartley gave Leeds the lead after bundling home a corner from close range, before ex-Spain international Hernandez broke free of the defence in the second half and completed a tidy finish past Tykes goalkeeper Adam Davies.
Charlie Taylor’s own goal gave Paul Heckingbottom’s side hope, but Leeds saw out a nervy end to the game despite a Barnsley onslaught, to move them into the top half of the Championship table.
Leeds next face Derby at the Pride Park Stadium on October 15, as the Championship halts for two weeks to make way for the international break.
In other Leeds news, this £8million-rated defender is set to enter contract talks with Monk’s side.