ScottT: Bit of a pain giving away points so easily, but that's football
Griffo: I get the impression they're sick of coming to Elland Road!
OneMoreGame: Like football's Robin Hood
TheLFCFan: Showing plenty of promise, just enjoying being up this end whilst I can
Justice: As is winter...
Kostas Tsimikas 39
Leeds United 3-0
Haris Seferovic 44
Alfie McCalmont 61
In the early stages of the season, we're in a similar position to what Bournemouth were in around this time last year, chasing the European spot. They fell away and whilst I'm hoping we don't suffer the same fate, as long we keep ourselves in the discussion for as long as possible, I'll be happy.
After dominating the first half, we took a deserved lead inside 40 minutes. After some patient build-up play, Phillips picked out Tsimikas on the overlap with a perfectly weighted ball, putting him through on goal. He took a touch and fired it into the far corner. Five minutes later, we doubled our advantage, when after some good link-up play down the left with Tsimikas, Eze played the ball inside to Seferovic, who lashed it into the roof of the net from the edge of the area. We wrapped it up on the hour. Geertruida snuffed out a Bournemouth attack 30 yards from his own goal and started a counter. The ball came to McTominay, who played a through ball to McCalmont putting him one-on-one, before the young midfielder slotted it home first time. It was a truly dominant performance and one in which we finally gave the thrashing that our stats indicated we would. A rare clinical afternoon.
West Ham United 0-1
Haris Seferovic 40
Cristiano Piccini off 67
We'd got back to winning ways against Bournemouth before the international break and now had a trip down to London, to play newcomers West Ham, who had achieved automatic promotion last season, earning an immediate return to the top flight. Zack Steffen failed a fitness test before the game, so Casilla continued to deputise for the American international.
The only goal of the game came five minutes before the break. Shackleton picked the ball up inside his own half and just ran with it. He ran all the way to the edge of the D, before laying off a beautiful through ball to Seferovic, who got one-on-one and fired home. We had a man advantage to add to the goal advantage midway through the second half, when Cristiano Piccini saw a second yellow card for a tactical foul on Seferovic. We absolutely played them off the park, passing them to death and creating some good chances. A satisfying away performance.
Ebere Eze 58
Leeds United 2-0
Ebere Eze 60
After a win at West Ham, we were faced with a game against their fellow automatic promotees in Watford, also making an immediate return to the Premier League. Steffen was back from injury and cleared to play, so he was thrown straight back into the starting XI.
We dominated the first half and started the second half in the same fashion. We finally got the goal we deserved just before the hour mark, when an inviting cross from Xadas found Eze at the far post, who headed it past Marek Rodak in the Watford goal. He doubled his and our tally just a couple of minutes later, with what can only be described as the world's best one-two. He sent a ball for Seferovic from behind the halfway line, which the Swiss striker latched onto and held it up on the byline. Seferovic played it back to Eze, who had burst towards the edge of the box, took a touch and put it into the far bottom corner. It was another pleasing dominant win. We're starting to make the winnable games look like most games from when we were in the Championship, which is a very encouraging sign.
Wigan Athletic 1-4
Carabao Cup Fourth Round
Joe Gelhardt 8
Carles Perez 45+1
Rayan Cherki 83
Kalvin Phillips 90+1
Kalvin Phillips 90+5
With our league form as good as it's been since we were promoted, it was time for a change of pace in the Carabao Cup. Three of the 'big six' were already out of the competition and with our luck of the draw so far, I was starting to fancy our chances.
We didn't get off to a great start and Wigan got themselves in front inside eight minutes, when Nathan Byrne got to the byline and pulled it back for Joe Gelhardt, who met it with a first time finish. For the first 20 minutes or so, it was all Wigan and we were firmly on the back foot. We grew into the game as the half wore on and got our reward for it on the stroke of half-time, when Cherki's cross from a deep position on the right was met with a header from Perez at the far post. We dominated the second half and finally took the lead just after 80 minutes. Carvalho picked up the ball from a deep position and kept running with it, skinned Lee Evans before playing a ball across to Cherki, who obliged with a finish ath the far post. We grabbed a third a few minutes later, when after some patient build-up up play, McCalmont laid it off to Phillips, who curled it home first time from the edge of the D. The Yorkshire Pirlo doubled his tally a few minutes later after another ball from McCalmont- this time fro the right touchline- found him in the same position on the edge of the D, which he battered into the top corner this time. It was a fully deserved win, but it took some good defending early on to keep us in the game so that we could grow into it and finish Wigan off. We're in the hat for the next round and starting to fancy our chances.
Ebere Eze 20
Leeds United 2-1
Haris Seferovic 36
Ruben Neves 57
We'd got to the end of the month with three league wins from three and we were now one of only two teams in the division (us and Liverpool) with a 100% home record so far. Next to dare challenge us was Wolves, who had finished 6th and qualified for the Europa League last season, but currently found themselves treading water in 11th so far. They've looked a different side since Laudrup left in the summer and not for the better, so this felt like an opportunity for us.
In an evenly matched first half, we took the lead on 20 minutes. Perez went on a run cutting right across the pitch from the left, played it to Eze, who then cut inside from the right, skinned Jonny and and smashed it in off the near post. A great goal. He was also involved in the second goal, breaking down the left and carving the Wolves defence open like a turkey with a ball to Seferovic, who took a touch and buried the one-on-one. They pulled one back just before the hour mark, with a quick free kick down the right from Morgan Gibbs-White which caught McCalmont napping. Ruben Neves had got to the ball ahead at him and although his first shot cannoned off McCalmont, he reacted quickest to bury the rebound from a tight angle. To paint a clearer picture of the second half, we completely lost control of the game. Our midfield went completely missing- to a point where I hooked off Phillips to make a point- but luckily so did their forwards. If they'd been capable of finishing, we'd have been dead and buried in this game. It's the first time I've felt frustrated with a winning performance. But we got the three points and continue our run as the joint best home side in the league.
There it is. We've broken into the top four after making a flying start to the season so far. You could point to the fact we've had an easier start, although we have done well in the tougher games we've been handed so far. Next month will be a real test of our credibility as European contenders, as we take on Liverpool, Man City and Leicester, with games against Spurs and Man Utd following on in December. I'm not expecting a huge number of points from those games, but if the players can keep surprising me, there's a lot of points up for grabs from teams around us. A quick glance to the bottom of the table shows a worrying sight for Brentford, who seem to be suffering from a nasty case of 'Second Season Syndrome'. They were excellent last season, so to see them struggling the way they are at the moment is puzzling. It's interesting to see Brighton up here with us as well, particularly as they were one of the so-called 'easy' teams that we've put to the sword so far.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Surprise of all surprises, it's that man again. Ebere Eze has been in sensational form this month, bagging three goals and two assists for us. His close control and lightning pace makes him an absolute nightmare for defenders and his talent is really starting to shine through. It's a testament to his drive and determination that after struggling to adapt to the Premier League in the early stages of last season, he appears to have come to life and really established himself as one of this club's best players. Before, it was hard to know whether to play him or Harrison on the right, but he's stepped up and duly answered that question recently. Honourable mention goes to Haris Seferovic, who after a worrying start has finally started banging them in, notching three goals this month.
IN OTHER NEWS
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. There have been nominations left, right and centre for the league's monthly awards, but no winners at the club. Ebere Eze came third in the Player of the Month Award, behind Sadio Mane and winner Paulo Dybala. He also came second in the Goal of the Month Award for his strike against Wolves, behind a 25-yard screamer from Brentford's Mathias Jensen against Norwich. I came second in the Manager of the Month Award behind Man City's Pep Guardiola, who also had a 100% record for the month.
Bournemouth's poor start to the season has cost Eddie Howe his job, with the Bournemouth legend struggling to get his side out of the bottom three. He's yet to be replaced.
In the Championship, Kilmarnock boss Alex Dyer has taken the Cardiff job, left vacant by the sacking of Ben Garner last month. Dean Smith has lost his job at Preston, with the Lilywhites sat in the bottom three. David Moyes has made a return to Deepdale to try and turn the club's fortunes around.
In the Carabao Cup, we've been handed an away tie against Burnley. There are two 'big six' sides left, after Man Utd eliminated Man City on penalties, after a 0-0 draw in the Manchester derby. Luton's cup run was ended with a 6-2 thrashing away at Arsenal.
That's all from me for now. Next update will be soon. Won't say when as this one seemed to take forever to put out!