A number of Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to praise Pablo Hernandez’s display as the Whites ran out 1-0 winners at Elland Road in the Championship on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s charges hosted Reading and secured a 1-0 victory to increase the gap between themselves and third-placed Fulham – who could only claim a draw on Friday night – to five points.
The visitors gave Leeds a tough game but the Whites prevailed thanks to the veteran Spaniard, who made the most of a kind rebound to pick the ball up, weave through the defence and rifle home.
There were plenty of hearts in mouths going into the latter stages of the game, and Kiko Casilla had to be at his best to keep out a George Puscas effort in injury time.
Although Hernandez hasn’t quite hit the heady heights of last season this time round, he’s still more than capable of superb displays, and against the Royals he looked very much back to his best.
As per Leeds United StatZone, the 34-year-old had 98 touches of the ball, 78 percent passing accuracy, made 31 passes in the final third, won four duels and had two shots on target – and of course, the winning goal.
Here is how some Leeds fans reacted to Hernandez’s display on social media:
Pablo Hernandez you beauty
— Keno LUFC ?? (@NKennedy70) February 22, 2020
Messi wears Pablo Hernandez pajamas #lufc
— James Howson (@BigJimmy_V) February 22, 2020
Strachan esq from Hernandez. Love it #lufc
— JimmyMac (@jmcnichol2306) February 22, 2020
— LUFCMOT (@LUFCMOTcom) February 22, 2020
Hernandez back to his magical self, Dallas and Ayling controlling the tempo from both full-back positions and Ben White filling the large boots of Kalvin Phillips impeccably infront of the back four. That’ll do me! 12 to go #lufc
— Jonny Chick (@jonnychick__) February 22, 2020
Just seen the Hernandez goal. Brilliance when we needed him most. Love ya man ? #lufc
— Dazza (@Huntaseye1) February 22, 2020
Hernandez > Messi #lufc
— Mark Reid (@witneywhite) February 22, 2020
Pablo was absolutely pivotal today.
Aside from the goal, it was all about his pressing and the passes he produced.
? mode fully activated again.
(Also a shout out to Dallas’ crossing and Harrison’s pillow feet yet again ??)
— Luce (@Lucy_LUFC) February 22, 2020
When he’s on it like today he’s unplayable. He wanted the ball all the time and was great to see. Far too many times this season we haven’t seen that from Pablo which is understandable but he was on top form today along with Dallas for me
— Mr Popular (@Russlufc) February 22, 2020
That’s the best pablo has played for quite a while. Pulling the strings, dictating the tempo. Composure to score the goal. Bosses it second half. Hopefully we can nick three points at boro with another one nil win ?
— andy barker (@andybarker18) February 22, 2020
Up next for Leeds is Wednesday night’s Championship trip to Middlesbrough.