It was a great start for the Whites. Matt Smith’s goal after just 70 seconds is the fastest goal scored by a Leeds player this season, beating the previous record held by Luke Varney after his sixth minute winner at the Reebok back in September.
The 3-5-2 is definitely a formation that suits our players. It gives us width and that was proved yesterday as 46% of our play was fielded on Sam Byram’s right hand side. The 20-year old was one of our more creative players going forward, he attempted 41 passes and was successful with 35 (85%) of them. He completed 50% of his 4 crosses.
In the middle of the park Alex Mowatt again stood above Rodolph and Luke Murphy. The youngster has come on leaps and bounds this season and is fast becoming our key player. Like Byram, Mowatt completed 85% of his passes (41 out of 48).
Dexter Blackstock came on for Luke Murphy in the 72nd minute, making his Leeds debut and scored the equaliser just a minute later, from another Mowatt corner.
As a team, Leeds made a total of 406 passes. This included 306 short passes, an alarming 78 long balls, and 22 crosses. Our pass completion percentage was 75%. In terms of attempts on the Huddersfield goal, Leeds had 13, so at least we’re creating opportunities. Again though, it’s going to be the taking of those chances, we made just 4 of those 13 shots go on target. Matt Smith tried his luck on 6 occasions, just 2 (33.3%) of those were on target, 1 of the culminating in a goal.
Luke Murphy had United’s best opportunity of scoring. Probably the neatest United move we’ve seen all season and he dragged his shot wide.
Defensively Rodolph Austin made the most tackles with 5, whilst Sam Byram made 3 interceptions followed by Luke Murphy with 2. Murphy himself made the most fouls conceding 3, picking himself up a yellow card along the way. Finally Jason Pearce made 10 clearances, with Tom Lees making 9.
Overall it was a disappointing result. A weakened Huddersfield team, we really should’ve taken a point. The goals we let in are comical, you can’t defend like that as this level and get away with it.