Leeds United's Dominance Continues
In a thrilling encounter, Leeds United secured their ninth victory in 11 games, triumphing 2-0 against Blackburn Rovers. The pivotal moment came in the 27th minute when Dan James netted his seventh goal of the season, marking his third consecutive scoring game and the first away from Elland Road.
The visitors, backed by a spirited 7,000-strong fanbase in the Darwen End during the second half, sealed their win with a display of quality. Archie Gray orchestrated a brilliant move, culminating in Crysencio Summerville's delightful chip, bringing his seasonal tally to nine goals.
While celebrating the victory, there was a somber note as Sam Byram sustained a hamstring injury, forcing an early exit from the game with 20 minutes left. Djed Spence, making only his second appearance since joining the club, stepped in for Byram.
Manager Farke, pleased with the performance, commented on the win: "It was a hard-fought victory, but well-deserved. We expected a competitive game, and I'm delighted with our performance."
Unfortunately, Patrick Bamford was unavailable due to illness, as confirmed by Farke: "Patrick was unwell, so he was not involved today due to illness."
Farke addressed concerns about Byram's injury, saying: "After a long stretch of his legs, it was something in his hamstring. We'll assess him; there is a concern about Sam Byram for the next two games."
Reflecting on Spence's performance, Farke stated: "Djed came in at a crucial period, playing out of position, but he looked rock-solid. It was important for him to grab some minutes."
Offering a Blackburn perspective, Jon-Dahl Tomasson, who watched from the stands due to a one-match ban, acknowledged Leeds as a formidable side: "We should not forget that they are a really good side. I think they will get automatically promoted."
The victory keeps Leeds United in contention, maintaining pressure on Leicester City, Ipswich Town, and Southampton. Farke's side faces Sunderland on Tuesday, aiming to build on their impressive away win.