Leeds United got their Championship campaign off to a flyer, by turning over the preseason favourites Stoke City at Elland Road. Goals from Mateusz Klich, Pablo Hernandez and Liam Cooper proved enough for a 3-1 win, despite Benik Afobe’s penalty.
The Whites did, however, receive a helping hand, quite literally, from Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The England international should have saved Hernandez’s effort. However, he could not get a strong enough hand on the ball and it crawled over the goalline for Leeds’ second.
It was a rare mistake from Butland, who spent this summer as England’s back-up goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia.
But Elland Road does not hold many good memories for Butland. Following an impressive loan spell at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley the year before, Leeds signed Butland on loan until the end of the 2014-14 campaign in February 2014.
“There’s a lot of expectation that comes with playing in front of big crowds.
“Yes it’s been tough and we haven’t picked up enough points, but it’s taught me a lot and it will help me moving forward.”
He arrived to provide cover for an injured Paddy Kenny. He quickly was awarded man-of-the-match on his debut against Middlesbrough. However, his form swiftly dipped. The Bristolian conceded 28 goals in just 16 games, not impressing many Leeds fans with his displays.
Butland has come on leaps and bounds since then. However, it still seems something about Elland Road does not quite work for the stopper.