It wasn’t pretty but it got the job done.
In fact, the second half yesterday was probably the most anxious and stressed I have ever felt during a game.
The changes in the line-up seemed to unsettle Leeds and we didn’t look anything like the team who have taken the Championship by storm this season.
To their credit, Barnsley did not look like a team sat bottom of the league, they came to Elland Road to try and save themselves and even Marcelo Bielsa admitted that the result was a little unfair on them.
It was a game with few chances for Leeds but the breakthrough came on 28 minutes after Patrick Bamford managed to get the ball away and it ricocheted in off Michael Sollbauer.
Pablo Hernandez came on at half time replacing Tyler Roberts in the hope of replicating his recent form but even he couldn’t find his way into the game.
Helder Costa went down after been taken out by former Leeds man Alex Mowatt. Costa was unable to continue and was stretchered off the field, replaced by Gjanni Alioski.
Leeds were unsettled and Barnsley seemed to be breaking through our midfield with ease and Marcelo Bielsa brought on Pascal Struijk as a replacement for Jack Harrison.
Barnsley were on the attack for much of the second half but the football gods are with us this year and somehow we held out.
We didn’t play well and at no point did we ever look comfortable, but we won and that’s what great teams do.
One point is all we need, one point at Derby and we are back where we belong.
However, should the result go our way tonight, Leeds United could be back in the Premier League at 7:30pm.
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