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When Leeds fans consider our most impressive win of the season when the campaign concludes, it is unlikely that the 1-0 victory at Sheffield United will get many mentions.

The demolition of Stoke and dismantling of Derby in August were remarkable. And beating Norwich City 3-0 at Carrow Road is now looking like an amazing result.

But the win at Bramall Lane could arguably prove to be one of Leeds’ most important of the campaign.

Pablo Hernandez scored the only goal in the latter stages. It was not one for his showreel, but was enough for the three points.

The Blades had not lost at home since the opening day. And they would have fancied their chances of holding onto that record when Liam Cooper had to be replaced during the 21st minute – especially given Leeds’ centre-back issues this season.

Chris Wilder’s men rode their luck. David McGoldrick and Enda Stevens were both lucky to avoid red cards in the first-half. And Kemar Roofe could have had a penalty.

 

Somehow, the only thing Roofe got before the break was a yellow card.

Justice done

The feeling of injustice was all too familiar. And with Leeds well short of their best, the first 45 minutes could have easily caused the Whites to self-destruct.

But Leeds responded brilliantly after the break. They looked significantly more dangerous and had another clear penalty shout waved away by the referee.

And when Hernandez tucked the ball home after Jack Clarke’s excellent pass, it felt like justice was done. A draw may have been a fair result, but the official’s performance gave Leeds reason to believe that they were playing against 12 men at times.

And the way they stood up to the challenge made Saturday’s win as important as any other that Leeds have secured this season.

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