Leeds United fans react to Premier League return and it sums up beauty of Elland Road atmosphere

Leeds United fans were all saying the same thing about Elland Road as it welcomed a full capacity of Whites supporters for the first time in 18 months.

Fans made themselves seen and heard during Everton’s visit in what was their first Premier League fixture at Leeds since Charlton Athletic in 2004.

36,293 supporters braved the elements as they witnessed Raphinha’s superb curling effort 18 minutes from time to secure a point against Rafa Benitez’ side.

It was the first taste of matchday experience for supporters since March 2020, when Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford helped see off Huddersfield Town.

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They had something to cheer about, not least prior to kick-off as Marching On Together chorused around all four stands. But they were up in arms and disbelief when a penalty was given after consulting VAR over an alleged Liam Cooper foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with the latter scoring from the spot.

Mateusz Klich equalised on the stroke of half-time before Demarai Gray fired Everton back in front shortly after the restart.

But despite the draw, fans were delighted to be back at LS11, even if the weather wasn’t the best.

Here is what Leeds fans had to say on Twitter.

Dominic Pinfield: Was great to be back at Elland Road yesterday.

RobLUFC: It was just fantastic to be back at Elland Road yesterday. A special place.

Ryan: What a place Elland road is, absolutely loved being back yesterday, really made me realise how much I had missed it.

Catherine Howarth: Great to be back in Elland Road.

Dan Messenger: Amazing to be back at Elland Road today. What an atmosphere.

Jordan Myers: One of, if not the best atmospheres I’ve experienced. Loved it at Elland Road today.

And it will be another Merseyside team visiting Elland Road in their next home game as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool come to West Yorkshire on September 12.

The Reds celebrated a 2-0 win over a tough, regimented Burnley in the early kick-off on Saturday, and the Clarets are the Whites’ next Premier League fixture following on from the midweek Carabao Cup clash against Crewe Alexandra.

Meanwhile, it was a first start for Kalvin Phillips against Everton after returning from his extended break following his starring role for England at Euro 2020.

“It’s been amazing,” he smiled. “It shows how much they’ve missed us and we’ve missed them. It’s great to get them all back in. It’s a massive difference with a full crowd here, it’s like having an extra man. It’s great to have everyone here and long may it continue.”

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