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Three things learnt from Leeds’ win over Rotherham: Roofe justifying his place

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Three things learnt from Leeds’ win over Rotherham: Roofe justifying his place

Leeds United made it nine points from a possible nine to remain in the automatic promotion spots and continue a run of four consecutive wins under the command of Marcelo Bielsa.

The Whites started slowly but got going in the second half with two goals, from Luke Ayling and Kemar Roofe, to see off Rotherham for their second defeat of the season.

Here’s what we can learn from the game…

Luke Ayling is prolific

After being unstoppable in pre-season, the right wing-back has continued his goalscoring form in the season and found the breakthrough against Rotherham just when Leeds needed it most.

He was in the right place at the right time in the box to dive into a header with the ball just about crossing the line, even if referee Robert Jones wasn’t entirely convinced at first.

 

Kemar Roofe just keeps doing what’s asked of him

Following the arrival of Patrick Bamford, many questioned what kind of role Kemar Roofe would have to play in Yorkshire this season. However, since then, he has been in the form of his life and continued that with another fine finish on Saturday.

The former Oxford man burst down the wing with pace and then kept his composure to bury the ball into the back of the net. Bamford may feel frustrated watching on from the sidelines, but there’s little more that Roofe can do to keep his place.

A lack of cutting edge won’t be an issue

Early on, there was concern around Elland Road. Leeds were by far the dominant side but they were struggling to turn possession into goals with Rotherham having their fair share of chances on goal to look a threat.

In the second half, the breakthrough came via Luke Ayling and from then on, Leeds were in complete control and their finishing, later on through Kemar Roofe was good enough to convert dominance into three points.

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