By Dominic Toner
Garry Monk has praised the reaction of his Leeds side after a dramatic 1-1 draw with Fulham on Tuesday night.
Leeds managed to record their first Championship point of the season after New Zealand captain Chris Wood scored a sublime overhead kick in the 92nd-minute to salvage a point for his side.
Leeds climbed out of the relegation places with the point, and simultaneously denied Fulham from moving to the top of the league after they took the lead in the 77th minute through ex-Elland Road midfielder Tom Cairney.
Monk posted on his personal Twitter account that the result will “build out confidence as we go on improving”.
— Garry Monk (@GarryMonk) August 16, 2016
Monk made four changes to his line-up for the Fulham clash and kept Wood in the side despite him coming under scrutiny following a poor start to the season.
The striker had come under increasing pressure after a disappointing start to the season, and was taking a lot of stick from the Whites’ fanbase.
However, the New Zealand captain’s spectacular finish has stopped the rot at Elland Road and given Monk his first point as Leeds manager.
The vital equaliser has also given Leeds lift-off in the Championship after losing their first two games of the campaign against Birmingham and QPR.
Wood was Leeds top scorer last season, and this goal has pushed him to the top of the club’s embryonic 2016-17 goalscoring charts once again, adding to his penalty against League One side Fleetwood.
In other Leeds team news, their senior player is expected to be sidelined until October.