Leeds United maintained their unbeaten start to the Championship season with a 1-1 draw at Millwall. Historically The New Den has always been a tough place for Leeds to pick up points, having lost on their last four trips to Millwall without scoring a goal, before yesterday’s meeting.
Once again, The Whites endured a difficult encounter at The Den, with Millwall making it difficult for Leeds, who were without the influential Pablo Hernandez and kemar Roofe, to find their attacking rhythm. The Lions edged ahead through Jed Wallace ten munities into the second half and were a goal up with just minutes to play, before Jack Harrison’s excellent strike from the edge of the box rescued a point.
Harrison’s goal ensured that Bielsa’s side are now the only unbeaten side in the division, after Middlesbrough lost their unbeaten record losing 1-0 at Norwich City. Undoubtedly, as has been well documented, since the Argentines arrival the quality of Leeds’ football and the ability of their players have improved immensely. However, what also seems to have been vastly improved is the mentality of the side enabling them to pick up points even when not at their best.
That improved mentality has been instilled by a coach with a fierce winning mentality, as well as an ability to improve the quality of players. Leeds have now drawn three matches and have had to come from behind in two of those, at Swansea and Millwall, those were games that caused them to fall away from play-off contention in the last two campaigns.
This season though things appear to have changed and now Leeds have not only the quality, they have the winning mentality as well required to sustain a promotion push over the full course of a grueling Championship season.