Leeds United host Swansea City tomorrow night at Elland Road aiming to get back on track in their race for promotion after drawing at Rotherham United.
It was an evening to forget for Leeds on Friday night as they drew against Rotherham United, having taken an early lead and being the completely dominant side for most of the game.
Chances went begging and the defence were to blame for the goal they conceded that saw two points dropped, through a handful of poor moments rather than one individual being to blame.
How did Liam Cooper do?
Liam Cooper started his second game in a row as Pascal Struijk had to wait patiently for a return to the side after hernia surgery.
It wasn’t the most brilliant performance from any Leeds player through that game, and that includes Cooper, even if he did put in a goal-saving clearance from close range as Illan Meslier was beaten by a curling effort in the second half.
He hobbled off with 10 minutes to play due to a muscular complaint, replaced by the returning Struijk, just 14 days since his operation was revealed.
Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?
Outside the playoffs
Struijk to come back in?
Struijk came in and it was largely a case of him helping build attack after attack for Leeds as the Millers held on for a valuable point.
However, him being back in the side for this game does suggest that he was ready to play a part, meaning he should be fit enough to start on Wednesday night.
It’s plain and simple, Struijk and Joe Rodon are our best centre-back pairing and them playing together gives us a greater chance of winning, starting from how both of them progress the ball.
Having rested over the international break, Struijk is going to be fresh legs compared to his teammates who looked fatigued in the latter stages at the New York Stadium.