By Jack Gaughan for MailOnline
Published: 21:37 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 21:45 GMT, 1 March 2019
The energy, the sheer insatiability of Leeds United with Marcelo Bielsa in charge might just do it.
Friday night was as good as it has been under him. Friday night felt like this is a Premier League club in waiting.
A night Leeds really, really needed to turn up and produce at the end of a week whereby their energy levels came in for significant questioning. Bielsa answered those critics emphatically.
Pablo Hernandez opened the scoring from outside the area with just 16 seconds on the clock
The Spaniard wheels away after opening the scoring against Leeds' promotion rivals at home
The no 19 slides on his knees in front of supporters at Elland Road following his early strike
LEEDS UNITED: Casilla, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Hernandez, Roberts, Klich, Harrison, Bamford
Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Douglas, Dallas, Berardi, Brown, Shackleton, Gotts
Scorers: Hernandez 1, Bamford 28, 63 Alioski 90
WEST BROM: Johnstone, Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Adarabioyo, Harper, Livermore, Barry, Robson-Kanu, Rodriguez, Gayle.
Subs: Bartley, Morrison, Townsend, Montero, Bond, Field, Murphy
Referee: Tim Robinson
The club’s owner, Andrea Radrizzani, does require promotion – as detailed in Sportsmail on Tuesday – and these will be very nervous months indeed, with the Championship as tight as ever. Continuing playing like this and there will not be quite so much jangling.
West Brom, now seven points adrift of Leeds, were lost boys in yellow and green observing a blur of movement around them.
Elland Road was volcanic. Hundreds had lined the path outside to welcome their heroes