In defeat against Burnley yesterday, Leeds United performed admirably well and were arguably the better side at Turf Moor.
After going behind to a well-worked Burnley opener inside 60 seconds, and surviving some close calls, the Whites took the game by the scruff of the neck and put in the performance that fans had been demanding.
However, a loss is a loss and even a dominant performance cannot erase the 1-0 scoreline from the record books. The manner of Leeds’ performance is more galling as it highlights perfectly what Leeds United’s season has been about; inconsistent performances where the depths are plumbed and the heights are reached – with a bulk of mediocrity in between.
Putting aside the goal, a well-worked effort from Scott Arfield that included a knock-down from Sam Vokes to Andre Gray and a threaded ball from Gray that allowed Arfield to slide the ball across Marco Silvestri’s dive and into the far corner, Leeds were the better side for large portions of the game.
Whites boss Evans picked up on the improvement in Leeds’ performance, drawing comparisons with a performance from a previous half against Sheffield Wednesday. When speaking to BBC Radio Leeds’ Adam Pope for the ‘West Yorkshire Sport’ program, Evans said:
“I said to the players that I thought [it was]one of the best performances that we’d played, we lost that game as well, was the first half against Sheffield Wednesday and I thought that even bettered it today in the second half. But what I remember from the Sheffield Wednesday game was not the performance but more importantly was the chances we missed and I’m looking at that today.”