Deepdale is a tough place for any Championship side to go to, but after Sheffield United came away from there with all three points on Saturday, Leeds simply had to do the same last night.
As always when facing Alex Neil’s side, Leeds had to battle hard and went in at half-time drawing 0-0, before two goals from Patrick Bamford sealed all three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
But such an away win doesn’t come together without leadership and organisation at the back and that’s what skipper Liam Cooper provided last night.
Like Bamford, Cooper has had his critics at times during his Elland Road career but has really come to the fore this term.
The Whites fans have responded to that with excitement this season and took to Twitter to pay tribute to Cooper for his part in the clean sheet that helped their side back into the promotion spots ahead of Sheffield United’s trip to Birmingham – who of course beat Leeds on Saturday themselves – tonight.
We’ve put together the best of the reaction…
Class Coops. Much like you’ve done, Paddy stuck a big two fingers up at the trolls and tossers that think slating our players is their right for occasionally watching one of our games on a dodgy stream!
— Ted Atkinson 💙💛 (@tedatkinson) April 9, 2019
MOT cap. Should send some love out for @PJansson5 and his massive eye (and balls) great game today all around.
— Darren Scott (@sirdaringtons) April 9, 2019
Best way to answer critics. Keep plugging away, lads #MOT
— KlichKlichBoom (@KlichKlichBoom) April 9, 2019
5 to go skipper! MOT
— julian hardcastle (@jmhardcastle) April 9, 2019
5 more games like this and you'll be a legend! 😘
— 🇮🇩 Indonésian Whites (@IndoLeedsUtd) April 9, 2019
You was superb tonight coops 💙💛⚽️
— Glenn Bugge (@Buggey20) April 9, 2019
Love this Captain. To hell with the trolls. Regardless of the end result once the season is over you and the boys have put 100% into this which is all we ask for as fans. Superb captain and leader of our great club. In Marcelo and Coops we trust
— Chris Kelly (@JustChrisKelly) April 10, 2019
Well done Cooper ace captin
— kate doubtfire (@KDoubtfire) April 9, 2019
Class is permanent and both you guys have it, on and off the pitch. I’m 50 yrs old and difficult not to sound condescending when I say I am so proud of you guys staying open and reactive in a positive way. Crack on, let’s get it done! #lufc #MOT
— Boo&Boy (@BooandBoy) April 9, 2019
Great performance tonight. On to the next one Skip. 👍🏻👍🏻
— John McGlashan (@john959379) April 9, 2019