By Alex Stevens
Chris Wood is the 20-goal-a-season striker Leeds need and would have reached that landmark this season had he not been sidelined through injury.
That was the verdict of manager Steve Evans after Wood inspired Leeds to a thrilling 3-2 win over Reading in the Championship at Elland Road on Saturday.
Two goals from the striker secured the three points for Steve Evans’ side as they clinched their second victory in five days, following the 2-1 midweek triumph at Birmingham.
Leeds were 1-0 down at half-time but Toumani Diagouraga pulled one back and then Wood scored twice, including the winner after 85 minutes.
It gave the Yorkshire giants their first win at Elland Road since 5 March and lifted them to 54 points and 12th position in the Championship table.
New Zealand international Wood has now netted 11 times this season, but endured two separate spells on the sidelines with hamstring problems.
“We gave him service today and he got his two goals,” said Evans on Saturday evening, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account. “I have no doubt he’d be on 20 had it not been for injury.
“It was all hands on deck today. Everybody put a shift in. I’m really pleased Chris Wood got his two goals.”
Evans on Chris Wood: “We gave him service today and he got his two goals. I have no doubt he’d be on 20 had it not been for injury.” #lufc
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 16, 2016
Leeds’ win came in difficult circumstances as a virus in the camp have left them without the services of captain Sol Bamba and Tom Adeyemi, while Evans claimed that a number of other players were “under the weather”.
They are also without injured duo Liam Bridcutt and Mustapha Carayol as well as suspended pair Souleymane Doukara and Alex Mowatt.
Speaking afterwards, as quoted by the Leeds Twitter account, Evans said: “I was worried about today. We had four or five players suffering with illness, but we deserved to win in the end.”
In other Leeds news, Evans has explained why he thinks Cook is better than Moussa Dembele.