A look back at Leeds’ unbeaten August

Thomas Christiansen couldn’t have asked for a better first month. Leeds have gone unbeaten in August in all competitions and remain the only Football League team to do so.

Here’s a look back at Leeds’ first month of the 2017/18 season.

6th August, Bolton 2-3 Leeds

A good way to open the season thanks to two goals from Kalvin Phillips and a header from Chris Wood.

Leeds looked comfortable until Matthew Pennington was forced off with an ankle injury and in parts played some good fluid football.

The only worry from the game was Leeds’ ability to defend corners and set pieces but with Pontus Jansson still to come back that soon changed.

Another down side was that Gaetano Berardi was also forced off in the first half with a dislocated shoulder.

9th August, Leeds 4-1 Port Vale

A game that got fans exciting over a certain Spanish playmaker.

Samuel Saiz started for the first time since his £3 million move and didn’t disappoint.

The Spaniard netted in the first half before two delightful finishes secured him the match ball.

Caleb Ekuban also marked his debut with a goal as he finished the night off and sent Leeds into the second round.

12th August, Leeds 0-0 Preston

It was a frustrating day as Leeds failed to breakdown a Preston side who had been set up well by new manager Alex Neil.

Preston were reduced to 10 men on the hour mark as Ben Pearson received his second booking.

Leeds’ best chance fell to Chris Wood who could have easily rounded the oncoming Preston keeper Chris Maxwell, instead opting to go low and to the keepers left, Maxwell guessed correctly.

People said it was two points lost but if anything, it was one point gained as Preston could have won the game late on as they hit the bar and had a goal ruled out for offside.

15th August, Leeds 0-0 Fulham

Another frustrating night.

Leeds could have easily seen themselves two or three goals down after an awful first 20 minutes.

After the first 20 minutes Leeds were a much better side and had the better chances out of the two teams before half time.

Chris Wood missed another one-on-one but this time an on-rushing Button stood tall and saved the Kiwi’s chipped shot.

Overall, a point was a fair result and Fulham probably felt they could have also won the game.

19th August, Sunderland 0-2 Leeds

Another good away performance from Leeds, who played with plenty of freedom and confidence with Saiz starting his second league game.

The Spaniard opened the scoring with a fine low effort into the bottom corner.

Saiz was then on hand to assist Stuart Dallas with a fizzing cross.

Alisoski had his best game so far for the club Brendan Galloway ragged and Sunderland eventually brought the full-back off.

Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson have looked solid as Leeds kept their third clean sheet in as many games.

22nd August, Leeds 5-1 Newport County

It was the first time Leeds had scored five goals in a game since the 5-1 victory against Huddersfield in 2014.

After Saiz’s hat-trick in the first round it was Kemar Roofe’s turn to net three.

Roofe scored the first three goals after Leeds fell behind in a game for the first time this season.

Saiz was on the scoresheet again before Ronaldo Vieira scored the fifth to put Leeds in the hat in Beijing.

26th August, Forest 0-2 Leeds

Leeds saved their best performance of the month till the last. They harassed and pressed Forest and didn’t give them an inch of space.

Kemar Roofe backed up his hat trick in mid-week by heading home the opening goal of the game after the forward met Liam Cooper’s header.

Leeds looked the better team throughout and young powerful forward Jay Roy Grot came on for his debut.

Stuart Dallas almost doubled Leeds’ lead with a thundering left footed strike that whistled past the right-hand post.

Leeds did eventually get a second to seal the game as Alioski struck home from 25 yards out into the bottom left corner.

Player of the month | Liam Cooper

Cooper has been one of Leeds’ stand out performers this season and has proven what a run of games can do to his confidence.

The centre back has been a fantastic leader and a rock at the back and it seems like waiting all last year for his opportunity to get into the side as paid off.