Leeds United came out of a home clash against Rotherham United with a deserved 3-0 win, but it could have been more if they took chances more ruthlessly in either half.
The Whites are still a point off the top two at the moment, with Southampton going toe-to-toe with Leeds’ run of form right now.
Daniel Farke’s latest triumph came in the form of a home win against the Championship’s bottom club, Rotherham, with three goals and a clean sheet on the board.
Leeds 3-0 Rotherham: It could have been more
A three-goal haul and comfortable win is not something Leeds fans have been able to enjoy often since their struggles in the Premier League, so it was good to see a game that was never in doubt from the moment Patrick Bamford seemingly elbowed Leeds into the lead.
Leeds went in at half-time with only one goal to show for their complete dominance though, having seen Crysencio Summerville, Bamford, Georginio Rutter squander big chances while Archie Gray and Willy Gnonto were thwarted by smart Viktor Johansson saves.
Summerville made amends in the second half with two goals to see Leeds come out 3-0 winners, while other chances went begging again.
The BBC’s Adam Pope spoke on the Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet podcast about how infuriated Farke was with the missed chances:
“I was watching Farke a lot and he was getting so frustrated with the chances being missed.
“He was getting really, really annoyed by those chances going abegging.”
Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?
Outside the playoffs
Farke cites Robert Lewandowski in efficiency discussion
In terms of how the side improves their efficiency in front of goal, Farke spoke during his pre-match press conference.
He had this to say (via the YEP):
“It’s difficult to reproduce the same situation because there aren’t 40,000 people screaming during training. It also comes with experience and learning how to handle the pressure on game-day. We have many young players.
“Robert Lewandowski in the early stages of his career, he missed so many chances for Borussia Dortmund and everyone said he misses too many, but after that he was probably the best goalscorer in the world, so it comes with experience and hard work on the training pitch.
“For that, we try to let them be in finishing positions where they feel comfortable and can improve their confidence. but we need to put them in situations where they can finish under pressure – although in recent games the pressure was not great and we couldn’t finish.
“It’s a process and we have to work on it.”
Ruthlessness is coming from the Leeds attack
Dan James’ output in front of goal has been a prime example that we’re improving in front of goal under Farke.
Summerville is another too that has exploded into life in the final third too, and Farke’s work is clearly benefitting them all.
As much as the same sort of Lewandowski upturn in performance is hard to imagine, our young forwards are already getting better and better this season.