AS Leeds United strode off the Elland Road pitch after their latest victory “That’s Entertainment” by The Jam boomed out over the public address system. 

What a fitting anthem for this current Whites team who reeled off their fifth successive home win by despatching Plymouth Argyle 2-1 to consolidate third spot in the Championship. 

Forget the scoreline, Leeds are a good watch these days and had the taken half their chances to reflect their superiority the margin of victory would have been much wider. 

They played some sumptuous attacking football only to lack a clinical edge in front of goal. The quartet of Georginio Rutter, Crysensio Summerville, Dan James and Joel Piroe were too hot for the visitors to handle. Their energy, intensity, skill, speed and vision was a joy to watch but a collective failure to score more goals kept Plymouth in the game. 

Leeds boss Daniel Farke said: “When you are so dominant like we were in the first half, 2-0 up, we would’ve wished to score six or seven goals to win the game confidently. But there is also a good and brave opponent who plays with freedom. 

“We made our lives more complicated than it should’ve been after this performance, after creating so many chances.” 

Leeds looked like winning by a landslide as they netted twice in the opening 28 minutes. James curled home the opener after Glen Kamara poked the ball off defender Kaine Kesler-Hayden and six minutes later Argyle coughed up possession to trigger flowing link-up play between Dutch duo Summerville and Piroe, the latter stroking the ball past goalkeeper Michael Cooper. 

Plymouth, who amassed 101 points on their way to the League One title last season, clearly try to play passing football and felt they should have had a penalty at 2-0 when Bali Mumba went down under a challenge from Ethan Ampadu while Leeds also had a couple of spot-kick appeals rejected. 

Plymouth came more into the game in the second half after manager Steven Schumacher solidified his midfield in an effort to break the grip of Kamara and Ampadu. 

However, it was Leeds who continued to create chances without putting them away, Rutter being the biggest culprit while substitutes Jaidon Anthony and Willie Gnonto were denied by Marshall. 

Leeds should have been out of sight before substitute Ben Waine knocked in Luke Cundle’s cross with six minutes of normal time remaining. Although Plymouth pressed for an equaliser it was Leeds who looked more likely to get a third on the break and saw out six minutes of added time in relative comfort. 

The downside for Leeds was the loss of full back Sam Byram to a hamstring strain which may rule him out of United’s trip to Rotherham after the international break on Friday 24 November. 

After 16 matches Leeds have collected 31 points which is the same as Marcelo Bielsa’s Championship winning side of 2019-20 yet they are eight points adrift of pacesetters Leicester and Ipswich.