Leeds United have been praised by Hull City manager Grant McCann after the Whites of Marcelo Bielsa ran out 4-0 winners over the Tigers in Saturday’s early Championship kickoff (Yorkshire Evening Post).
Hull went into the game against the Elland Road side in poor form, having lost seven and drawn two of their prior nine matches, and as such were nervously looking over their shoulders in the table.
Leeds, meanwhile, had stopped their own downturn in form with three consecutive 1-0 wins to re-establish a healthy cushion between themselves and third place, and so were heavy favourites to get a result against Hull.
McCann’s charges struggled from the off and were behind after just five minutes as Luke Ayling rattled home a long-range effort which cannoned off Callum Elder en route to the back of the net.
Pablo Hernandez then doubled the Whites’ advantage just two minutes into the second half, and Tyler Roberts capped off the rout with a brace late on in the game.
“They’re a top team, I’ve no doubt they’ll probably go and get promoted this year,” McCann told the Yorkshire Evening Post after the match.
“Leeds are a very good team, serious energy, serious legs, pace throughout the team and very good in transition as we saw at Elland Road. The last two goals were on transitions, we know it was a big part of their plan but we just couldn’t keep up.”
Things really are starting to look bad for Hull, now winless in ten and freefalling towards the Championship relegation zone – can McCann stop the rot or are they League One-bound?
Leeds, meanwhile, have extended their winning streak to four, all clean sheet victories, and better still for them, West Brom lost so the Whites are now just one point off the top.
Just 10 games to go for most of the Championship teams and there will be many more twists and turns to come.