By Will Butcher

Stuart Pearce declared himself delighted for Garry Monk as Leeds’ good form begins to mask their off-the-field difficulties.

Ex-Manchester City and England Under-21s boss Pearce was happy to see the Yorkshire giants doing well, instead of hearing about stories from the board room.

Speaking on Sky Sports News’ Wednesday morning Premier League show, Pearce revealed that it was “refreshing” to hear only positive news from Monk’s side.

“He’s (Monk) done a great job,” Pearce said. “There’s a level of consistency at the club, they’re winning and playing well. We’re talking about the football, instead of the off-the-field activities and that’s refreshing.

“I don’t seem to hear stories come out from Leeds as much as they used to, in terms of the owner and the things going on behind the scenes.”

Leeds secured a 2-0 victory against Jaap Stam’s high-flying Reading on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from strikers Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara.

Now sitting in fifth, Leeds have sparked an assault on the Championship’s elite in recent weeks after beginning the season in woeful fashion.

Owner Massimo Cellino is known for his controversies off the pitch, and has recently been banned for 18 months.

Monk has taken his side from languishing above the relegation zone to playoff candidates, despite the injury list continuing to grow.

Leeds face Brentford at home on Saturday, but must do without Eunan O’Kane and Pablo Hernandez.

The midfield duo remain sidelined with muscle injuries, after missing matches against Aston Villa, Brighton and now Reading.

A win against Brentford on Saturday could see Leeds go as high as third if Reading and Huddersfield drop points on the weekend.

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