Leeds United forward Joel Piroe is happy with the way his side is playing and how he has settled in to life in West Yorkshire, but also believes that the best is yet to come for the Whites as the Championship season progresses.
Piroe’s comments come after Leeds recorded a 3-1 victory against Swansea City at Elland Road yesterday evening, a return to winning ways after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United last Friday night.
The win also saw the Dutchman notch his seventh goal of the season, levelling the scoreline after a breathless start saw the Swans take the lead in the game’s opening minutes.
Leeds were dominant from the point of scoring their equaliser, completing a successful turnaround on the stroke of half time as Georginio Rutter latched onto a pinpoint pass from Ethan Ampadu and deftly smashed home to put the Whites ahead at the break.
A goal from winger Daniel James later in the game’s second period sealed the deal for Leeds, with the visitors never really putting them under any significant threat.
Wednesday night’s result carries Daniel Farke’s side back up to third place in the Championship table and – with league leaders Leicester City dropping points to strugglers Sheffield Wednesday deep within stoppage time – the chances of Leeds securing an automatic promotion spot find themselves strengthened.
Speaking post-match, Piroe claimed to be happy with the result secured against his former side on the night, but reassured supporters that the squad is far from complacent and recognises that performances can be made even better.
“Of course, we wanted to bounce back and go back to winning ways and I think it’s the perfect reaction, not perfect but a very good reaction. It was kind of special going into the game.
“We are a little bit unhappy that we didn’t get the clean sheet, but we put our chances away, that’s a good thing and we just want to keep going now. I’m very happy here, I’ve settled in well.
“The guys are starting to really understand each other and we know what we want from each other and I think that’s working better every day. I still think we can create more and be more deadly, but we are creating enough chances and I think we are on the right track.”
With a contest against Middlesbrough to come on Saturday afternoon, the Elland Road faithful will be hoping for a repeat performances of Wednesday night in order to see their side tighten their grip on the table’s third spot, and further increase the pressure on the top two.