Leeds United had swept sides before them imperiously in their three-game unbeaten start to the season under Marcelo Bielsa. Tonight it was a taste of their own medicine for the Whites.

For the bulk of the first half it was a case of Leeds United chasing shadows as Swansea played them at their own game. Leeds were dragged hither and thither until they were both ragged and out of shape.

It was a pattern that their fans had seen unfold over the previous three games the Whites had played, only then it was their side that was in the ascendency. That wasn’t the case in the first-half at the Liberty Stadium as the home side took a distinct stranglehold on the game.

It was the home side that took the lead (24′) when former Leeds United summer target Oliver McBurnie swept in from a low cut-back rom the impressive Bersant Celina.

In truth Leeds United were all over the place and way off kilter. Disarray seemed to replace that steady and methodical building that fans had seen in previous games. However they continued to plug away, probing at a very resolute Swansea side. Their industry paid dividends (40′) and it was that man Kemar Roofe who tucked away his fourth of the season after good work by youngster Jamie Shackleton.

Leeds went into half-time on level terms, luckily in one respect after taking an absolute shellacking at times from a very good Swansea side. They came out for the second-half with Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison coming on to replace he largely ineffective Gjanni Alioski down the left. It was Marcelo Bielsa’s second tactical substitution of the game, having replaced Kalvin Phillips just after McBurnie’s opener.

Leeds had found a foothold in a game they’d been harried out of, only for them to lose it in the early moments of the second-half. It was that man McBurnie (51′) who again punished lax play by Leeds, rising unchallenged to loop an excellent header over Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

The intensity from Swansea seemed to drop after they scored, being less prepared to press and more ready to attempt to play Premier League football as Leeds looked for a way back into the game. After a couple of half-chances from Swansea, it was a moment of sublime genius from recently introduced substitute Patrick Bamford (80′) that brought Leeds right back into it.

A shimmy down the left flank by Bamford saw Swansea defender Mike van der Hoorn clutching at thin air and the £7million striker was away. His perfectly weighted ball was deftly met by Pablo Hernandez who steered the shot sweetly past Erwin Mulder.

Both sides looked for a winner in the closing moments of the game and both sides came close to achieving that, but the game ended 2-2 after an entertaining 90 minutes of football. It was a game where Leeds United displayed a resolute approach, and it was a match that sees them top the table after a four-game unbeaten start to their 2018/19 campaign. Here’s what some fans said about the game on Twitter:


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