EL­LAND ROAD HAS PLENTY TO CHEER NOW

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BLANKS against Cardiff and QPR in re­cent weeks had begged an un­com­fort­able ques­tion of Leeds and their man­ager Garry Monk.

If sides ar­rived at El­land Road con­tent to sit deep and frus­trate, did this young team pos­sess the nous to break them down? Those per­fro­mances sug­gested not. Monk, then, must be hugely en­cour­aged by 90 min­utes that demon­strated both per­sis­tence and in­ge­nu­ity in crack­ing the di­vi­sion’s tough­est nut.

Gone was the pas­siv­ity of the 0-0 draw with QPR, re­placed by non-stop in­ten­sity and for­ward thrust. Just as im­pres­sive was their for­ti­tude at 1-0, re­fus­ing to drop deep and ask for trou­ble as Brighton at­tempted a re­vival.

In truth, a 2-0 vic­tory was the least Leeds de­served, and Brighton can have no com­plaints. The Seag­ulls will rue a missed chance to put day­light be­tween them­selves and Hud­der­s­field. For Leeds, the nine-point gap to Ful­ham in sev­enth surely en­sures their place at the play-off party.

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