Leeds United delivered one of the performances of the season on Friday night in the Championship to beat West Brom 4-0 at Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side moved back on top of the league table after blowing away a promotion rival in style.
The Whites were in front of after just 16 seconds through a Pablo Hernandez thunderbolt, while Patrick Bamford added a second in the first-half.
Bamford and then Ezgjan Alioski completed the scoring in the second period in what was a memorable fixture that could have big implications in the promotion race.
Many Leeds fans on Twitter after the game singled out defender Luke Ayling for his performance and he’s someone that has received his fair share of criticism recently.
But the praise came flooding in for the right-back, who looked back to near his best against West Brom and dealt well with attacker Dwight Gayle.
Ayling is an ever-present in the team and someone that Bielsa has stood by, which was proven a good decision with his defensive display.
The 27-year-old also looked far more comfortable on the ball and when joining in with the attack than he has recently.
Here are some of the Leeds fans hailing Ayling:
I know they were all brilliant last night, but hats off to Luke Ayling, who was back to his swaggering best, and Jack Harrison, who combined graft and talent to great effect. Big confidence boost for both I hope. #lufc
— Si_Turismo (@Si_Marishka) March 2, 2019
Agree with @NoelDavidWhelan about #Alioski bit credit to under fire #Ayling who defended well and helped allow the forward play @WYSdaily Amazing team performance 6 more like that and we are going up!!!
— JerseyWhiteLUFC 🇯🇪 (@JerseyLufc) March 1, 2019
Ayling’s heading tonight 👌 #lufc
— Martyn On Together (@MartynOnTogethe) March 1, 2019
Ayling looking sharp again 😃 #lufc
— Browney (@BrowneyBrowne) March 1, 2019
Outstanding last night Ayling well done ! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— James (@jimmy_L_UFC) March 2, 2019
quality last night @lukeayling_8 remember form is temporary class is permanent MOT
— Martin Cooney (@Cooney9Martin) March 2, 2019
Superb tonight luke .mot
— Dougie walsh (@walsh_dougie) March 2, 2019
Bill. Well played. Back to your best.
— fitzroybaggers (@fitzroybaggers) March 2, 2019