As I was leaving the ground, a very irate young man was tell everybody within a 40 yard radius how bad the Barnsley team is. In fairness, most people were telling him to calm down. The fact is that if any team finishes above Leeds this season, they will win the league. Personally, I thought that we did very well for most of the game, and it is very disappointing when you lose to two late goals, but our opponent was exceptional, and sometimes, you just have to put a late defeat down to the learning process. In Kalvin Phillips, Leeds had the game’s outstanding player. He controlled the tempo from just in front of the Leeds central defence, always being in the right place, always wanting the ball and always accurate in his passing. The Barnsley press in the first half knocked many of the Leeds players out of their stride, but he was never rushed, he always had time. He is going to be a very, very good player. But he had lots of competition from those in grey(?). Just as last season, it was pace that we found hard to live with, but their movement was good too, and just like Fulham, they inconvenienced us most by getting players behind the advanced full backs. If we want to know just how far we have to go, then a player by player comparison with the Leeds eleven will tell us all we want to know. But it is not a surprise, is it? Our players are here to learn. They are here to get better, and today was a school day. It is not even like we played poorly. We did not. For all of the first half, and half of the second, we matched them, chance for chance. But all that pressing, all that running had to take its toll, and when both teams turned to their benches, Leeds found yet more pace, whilst Barnsley found players who had not started because they lacked pace. Wouldn’t it be great if we could turn to our bench and find players of the quality of Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah awaiting our call instead of Pinillos Bahre and Thiam. In the end, we were ground down by it and as the second half wore on, I could see only one winner. I was not deflated by the defeat though as I had been by the Luton defeat. I was encouraged, particularly by the performances of the keeper, the two centre backs, the two strikers and especially by Sibbick, who looks like he can play anywhere. However, whilst we could cover our weaknesses last season in League 1, this season our weaknesses are picked apart mercilessly, particularly when the opposition is as good as Leeds were. Cavare has his supporters on the BBS. He is strong. He is quick and he has skill on the ball. However, his passing is poor and his concentration has a tendency to lapse at the most inconvenient moments. It is no good having the body of Adonis if you have the mind of Mickey Mouse. I know exactly why right back Jordan Williams was picked at left back. With his namesake Ben suspended and Dani Pinillos a poor choice against pace, it was either Oduor or Williams, and Stendel clearly does not trust Oduor yet. I was one of Alex Mowatt’s greatest fans last season, but the lack of real pace that blighted his future prospects at Leeds, and caused them to move him on has resurfaced again this season with our return to the Championship. He can still pass the ball well, and he still takes a very good free kick. He can still cover the ground, even though much of his running is wasted effort against players with better skills, but the Achilles Heel in his skill set is his lack of pace, and it will be this that prevents him from playing at a higher level. I was surprised that Jacob Brown played 80 minutes after being out for so long. It is hard to judge his effect on the game because he is used to playing on the front foot, and today, for a lot of the time, he was defending and filling in. He will improve, and as he says, there were times when he was struggling physically with the pace of the game. To end, let me look at the positives. Collins could not be faulted for the two goals, and he made some quality stops. Andersen and particularly Halme had their best games for the club, particularly when Bamford was playing. He represented just the sort of challenge our big lads relished. The Woodrow and Wilks partnership showed promise, although there is much still to learn. But my man of the match was Sibbick. I really cannot understand why everyone has not seen it yet, but the guy has enough talent to play anywhere. By training, he is a defender, but today he was our best central midfield player… by a mile. Rookie Watch Brad Collins was faultless. He made several good stops and used his height to take several crosses that got his team out of difficult situations Toby Sibbick gave a man of the match performance in central midfield, which included the pass of the game to Mallik Wilks which set him up for a chance. Aapo Halme was a close second for man of the man against his former team. He looked good in the air and was confident enough to carry the ball into the heart of the Leeds defence, even going on to demand a return pass when he released it. Mads Andersen was back to his best today. He looked a very good player against a talented opposition. Luke Thomas sacrificed himself for the team today. He would have been more effective if he had held his wide position, but worked inside in order to help his overworked colleagues in central midfield. Mallik Wilks had probably his best game for the club showing great pace and almost scoring on a number of occasions. Nevertheless, he needs to improve on his finishing. Player of the Match Toby Sibbick can play anywhere.