Last season, Wigan Athletic ruined my birthday. 10 men at Elland Road, one goal down and facing a barrage. Only one result – yes, Leeds lose 2-1. There was always that fear the same Leeds United would turn up.

Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Wigan did go down to 10 men early doors, again. Leeds United did take a 1-0 lead, again. Yet, the Whites powered on to a 2-0 win with another dominating performance which saw them top the Sky Bet Championship table on goal difference.

For the goals, Leeds United had to thank the much-maligned Patrick Bamford whose supposed inability to finish had drawn the ire of some Whites fans across social media. That ire is now choking at the back of many throats and it has the certain piquant taste of humble and pie mix.

The goals – Bamford brace sees Whites pass Latic’s acid test

Turning point – Williams two yellows = one red

It was a clumsy challenge by Joe Williams on Leeds United’s eventual goal hero Patrick Bamford which earned the Wigan player a 21st-minute red card. Was it red worthy? On its own, it would likely have received a yellow and it was that line of thought that must have pushed referee  Andrew Madley to issue a yellow and the subsequent red. It unbalanced Wigan, and Leeds were able to exploit the man difference much better than last season.

Kalvin Phillips outdoes whole Wigan outfield 10

Another game notched up and consigned to the history books and another performance that enhances the reputation of Kalvin Phillips at Leeds United. His conversion to a defensive midfield enforcer grows game by game, the influence of Marcelo Bielsa shining through at every stride.

Today, at the DW Stadium, Phillips basically outdid the whole Wigan starting outfield 10:

With these figures, and coupled with the game-by-game performances, it is easy to see why the Whites value Kalvin Phillips at £30million.

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Leeds United fan reactions as Whites top the table

It was a 2-0 win that allowed Leeds United to not only avenge the ghosts of last season and that ‘performance’ at Elland Road but also was good enough to see them top the table three games in. United are undefeated with two wins and a draw and lead the table on goal difference from promoted side Charlton Athletic, West Brom, Swansea City and Millwall.

It was a different performance to last season, with Leeds more dominant than they were in their embarrassing capitulation at Elland Road. It was a result that had many Leeds United fans commenting on Twitter. Here’s what some of them said:

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https://twitter.com/john_bartrop/status/1162786824378572800?s=20


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Cynicism turned to optimism but without the woop woops and ringing bells. Leeds United supporter through thick and thin, more thin than anything recently. Write mainly about the Whites but turn my hand to other clubs. Lover of salted crisp sandwiches. Not a hipster.