By Will Butcher
Leeds manager Garry Monk has revealed that his squad’s second league win of the season against Blackburn on Tuesday was down to character and determination.
Kyle Bartley, one of Monk’s 11 summer recruits, rose highest to head home an Alex Mowatt corner in the 86th-minute to secure a 2-1 win against Blackburn which has pushed Leeds out of the Championship relegation zone.
Former Swansea boss Monk posted a message via his personal Twitter account, stating that he was also happy for “the players and the fans.”
The Yorkshire giants had previously taken the lead in the 65th-minute through New Zealand captain Chris Wood, who finished high into the net after a brilliant run by the effervescent Hadi Sacko on the right flank of Leeds’ attack.
A win for the former Champions League side looked under threat though, as one of Monk’s former Swansea players, Marvin Emnes, smashed a shot from 22 yards into the top corner past ex-England international Rob Green.
However, according to The Times paper edition on Wednesday, the triumph against Owen Coyle’s side may not have saved Monk’s job with owner Massimo Cellino ready to pull the trigger on the manager’s reign.
Leeds move into 17th place with a win, surpassing the likes of Aston Villa and Derby County, as Monk prepares his squad to face 21st placed Cardiff City.