By Harvey Byrne

Noel Whelan believes that Leeds are still in a “great position” despite their 2-0 defeat against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

The Yorkshire giants were hit by two Dwight Gayle goals during the Championship clash at Elland Road to ensure the Magpies left with all three points.

The win helped Newcastle to solidify their position at the top of the table, while Leeds remained in seventh place and one point behind Norwich in the play-offs.

Garry Monk’s team are currently exceeding pre-season expectations and former player Whelan believes that the club are still in a good place following the loss.

“It was an emotional day in lots of ways but Leeds are healthy, they are in a great position and they have got this Rotherham game coming up in what is going to be a tough month without any shadow of a doubt,” Whelan wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.

“But I feel confident that we are in a really good position and we are in a good state at the club at the minute.”

Monk was appointed the Leeds manager in the summer taking over from Steve Evans after a 13th placed finish.

The 37-year-old boss added 11 senior players in his first transfer window at the club, with many proving to be successful signings.

Players such as Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Eunan O’Kane have hit the ground running at the famous club and have helped Leeds into the top half of the Championship table.

In other Leeds news, Green has explained his calamitous mistake on Twitter following the Newcastle clash.