Leeds United picked up another invaluable three points in their hunt for automatic promotion at the weekend, easing past Bristol City by a goal to nil.
The Whites were looking to pick up from where they left off, after thrashing promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at Elland Road last week, thanks to goals from Patrick Bamford, Gjanni Alioski and Pablo Hernandez.
And it was Bamford who was at it again for Leeds, getting on the scoresheet for the third time in over a week to cement Leeds’ spot in 2nd place, after a comfortable display all round by Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
It wasn’t the greatest of games for a neutral, but once Leeds scored, there was only going to be one winner, and sometimes 1-0 wins can be just as satisfying as a 4-0 thumping over teams around you.
Here, we take a look at three reasons why Leeds’ victory over Lee Johnson’s men was the biggest and most important of the season so far…
Ashton Gate is a tough place to go
Make no bones about it, Ashton Gate is a tough place to go for any team.
The Robins had lost just five out of 17 games at home this season, and they have caused the likes of Norwich City and Sheffield United some real problems this term.
Of course, Leeds are no strangers to a fiery atmosphere, but Bielsa’s men did well to cope with a sold-out, boisterous Ashton Gate crowd.
Bristol CIty are a wounded animal
After three games without a win, Lee Johnson would have been desperate to get his side back to winning ways, and put their play-off push back on track.
We have seen QPR defeat Leeds after going on a run of seven straight league defeats, and the Whites did well not to fall into that trap once again this weekend.
Results around them
With Norwich winning on Friday night and Sheffield United winning earlier on in the day, Leeds knew that they simply had to win to keep their place in the automatic promotion places.
But Bielsa’s men were helped massively with Bamford’s goal, a strike that set the tone for the rest of the game.
With just 10 games left to play this season, there was no room for error on Saturday, and it was a solid, professional win by Leeds.