“Hopefully this will be a turning point”: Liam Cooper is convinced that Leeds’ victory over Bristol City could increase promotional costs
- Liam Cooper is hopeful that the victory of Leeds against Bristol City will give them a big boost
- Leeds put an end to a three-point run without a win, as they led to a 1-0 win
- Cooper praised goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, who has been heavily criticized lately
Maybe Leeds United doesn’t fall apart.
This dominant victory will certainly put Marcelo Bielsa in confidence after their recent horror run.
A total loss of confidence in goalkeeper Kiko Casilla under fire? Barely.
Liam Cooper believes that Leeds can continue after he returns to winning ways against Bristol City
Fear of burnout? You are joking.
A return to the Premier League after an absence of 16 years and a place in the folklore of Elland Road? Bring it on.
At least that was the way Captain Liam Cooper spoke after Leeds saw a rival in the top six with a win that was much more comfortable than the score suggests.
The 16th minute strike by Luke Ayling, a left-handed finish a short distance against his former club, was enough to send them three points from third place Fulham with 13 games left.
Because none of their promotion rivals succeeded in winning, it was an almost perfect day for Bielsa’s side.
Cooper insists that Leeds should focus on itself instead of worrying about other teams
When asked about the significance of that three-point cushion, Cooper said: ‘We don’t care what other teams do, we just have to take care of ourselves.
“Too many people get involved in points and other teams, but we always believe in ourselves.
‘We have faith in the way we play and our philosophy, so we just have to keep bickering and be scared every week.
‘Momentum is huge in every competition and you have to go and put together runs.
“Hopefully this will be a turning point for us and we can start running now.” Leeds had an 11 point lead in third place in December, but that was completely wiped out in Saturday’s game.
Spanish goalkeeper Casilla made countless costly mistakes during that bleak run, but he was a drenched spectator for much of this match, as Lee Johnson created virtually nothing.
The Elland Road audience supported Casilla everywhere and Cooper added: “I am absolutely delighted about Kiko.
Kiko Casilla, who recently received a lot of criticism, kept a clear headline on Bristol City
“He comes in for a little stick, but he’s a confident boy. That clean sheet was for him today. He deserves it.
“He never changes the way he plays and he’s a great boy. We absolutely buzz for him.
‘We do our work and stay together through thick and thin.
“We are an honest group and if someone messes up, someone else will save him. That’s how it should be. ”
Domestic midfielder Kalvin Phillips returned to the side after banning three games in last week’s 1-1 draw in Brentford and his presence has again proved to be crucial.
He led the proceedings against the Robins because Leeds had 69% possession and 21 shots, but only Ayling’s strike to show for it.
Patrick Bamford had rejected a goal due to offside in the first half and Jack Harrison hit the crossbar late.
Cooper admitted: ‘I would really like to be four zero at some point in the season!
“I suppose it’s the Leeds way – we’ll keep you on the edge of your seats.
“But the intensity and the will to win in these past two games is incredible.
Luke Ayling scored, but Leeds could have had more goals if they came back in winning ways
“We have to keep it going now and that is the message to the boys.” In recent weeks, Leeds has felt a city on the edge when Bielsa’s side staggered.
There is a desperation to finally return to the top flight and the white-knuckle ride will only increase in the coming weeks as the run-in approaches.
Cooper was asked about a possible repeat of last season’s failed promotion and burnout due to the notoriously debilitating regime of Bielsa.
Cooper said: ‘Saying that we are tired and blowing out is nonsense.
‘If you get the chance to step out of this competition, fatigue is nothing.
“There is so much to play for and going to the Premier League can be a life-changing experience.
‘This club has been hungry for a long time for whatever reason.
“But we have a real chance and we must hold on to that. It is life-changing and can be incredible for the city and the club.
“We see the legends stuck all over the wall in the club and if we approach it in the right way, why can’t we remember this club forever? We will fight to the end. “