Date: 18th February 2020 at 6:00pm
Written by: Zak Roome

Loads of Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media after captain Liam Cooper claimed the Whites were a “different class” against Bristol City on Saturday.

Cooper featured in the starting line-up at home to the Robins to make his 26th outing of the Championship season, and helped goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to clinch his first clean sheet in 13 league games.

United had been leaking goals at the back over the past few months, with Casilla beaten 20 times in the second-tier between shutting out Hull City on December 10 and saving everything Bristol City could throw at him.

Casilla was required to make one save on Saturday, while collecting one cross, as Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites did well to thwart much of what Lee Johnson’s side looked to create.

United held the Robins to just 31.6% of possession, allowed just three shots – one on target – and forced the visiting Ashton Gate natives to misplace 40% of their 251 attempted passes, per WhoScored data.

We, meanwhile, produced 20 shots, struck six on target, recorded 772 touches, completed 432 of our 552 passes, played 12 key balls and were successful with 11 of our 18 attempted dribbles.

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The performance produced on Saturday left a glowing impression on Cooper, who was delighted to see United move three points clear of third-placed Fulham and within four points of Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion.

“It was a good win, I think to a man we were a different class,” the £5.4m-rated centre-half told LUFC TV. “The energy levels were there, the intensity levels were there and we are all buzzing to get the three points and come away with a good result.

“We came out from the first minute and I thought we were the better team and should maybe have won the game by three or four.

“That’s no disrespect to Bristol, but we created a lot of chances and limited them to very few chances and that is the way we want to play and those are the games we want to be involved in.”

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Cooper’s claim…

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