A number of Leeds United supporters have taken to Twitter to laud Gaetano Berardi’s performance during their 2-0 victory over Hull City on Tuesday night.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men have moved back to the top of the Championship. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, they did not make it easy for themselves at Elland Road.
The Whites were arguably the better side for much of the game. But they often struggled when they needed to produce that final pass. They did put the ball into the net during the second-half, but Jack Harrison was flagged for offside before Helder Costa converted the chance.
The deadlock was broken late on. And Leeds supporters may not have been surprised that it was an own goal that opened the scoring.
The lead would be doubled by Gjanni Alioski after a brilliant counter. But it was only after Kiko Casilla produced an outstanding stop moments earlier as Hull came close from a corner.
Leeds rode their luck at times. But the defence was generally outstanding. And Berardi has taken a large number of plaudits on social media following the game.
The centre-back was at his tenacious best all evening. He dealt superbly with Tom Eaves, and the Whites backline largely ensured that Hull’s star man Jarrod Bowen made little impact.
And the fans have insisted that Berardi was one of the best players on the pitch. The 31-year-old has not always managed to silence his critics, but his performance on Tuesday showed exactly why Bielsa has shown so much faith in him.
Here is what some of the supporters made of Berardi’s display…
Berardi was like a prime carles puyol tonight
— Joe (@Joe38296531) December 10, 2019
Never thought I’d say that Berardi had Bowen in his back pocket all night ?
— louis watton (@louis_watton) December 10, 2019
— JORD (@ukjordz) December 10, 2019
Costa, Berardi and Ayling have been brilliant tonight!
— Jamie (@MrToatsMgoats) December 10, 2019
Berardi and costa been on fire today ! #lufc
— jordan goodaire (@JGoodaire) December 10, 2019
berardi has been unbelievable tonight #lufc
— alex (@MikeDeansSon) December 10, 2019
@LUFC Give Berardi a new contract the lad puts 200% in Everytime he steps in, absolutely fantastic professional have got miles better under Beilsa and he was MOTM for me tonight.
— Macauley (@LUFCMacca2011) December 10, 2019