By Will Butcher
Chris Wood has revealed that the secret behind his wonderful goalscoring form for Leeds is manager Garry Monk.
Wood, 25, scored his 20th Championship goal of the season and 23rd strike in all competitions on Saturday afternoon, securing a crucial 1-0 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
Winning the man of the match award for his display, Wood said that Monk and his coaching staff have given him the confidence and the belief to find the back of the net more often.
“I feel good. I’m in a good mood and feel like I can score every time I step onto the field,” Wood told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match.
“But the gaffer and the coaching staff have instilled confidence in me, so I put it down to them. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing and I hope it can continue.”
Wood broke the deadlock in the first half, after some poor defending from Yorkshire rivals Wednesday saw a Gaetano Berardi cross fall at his feet in the middle of the penalty area.
Afforded acres of space and plenty of time, Wood prodded the ball home past Keiren Westwood to score the only goal of the game to give Leeds all three points at Elland Road.
Monk’s side held on despite conceding a 53rd-minute penalty, which saw goalkeeper Rob Green deny striker Jordan Rhodes with a wonderful one-handed save.
The win sees Leeds move into fourth in the table, and they could stay there if Reading lose to automatic promotion hopefuls Brighton on Saturday.
In other Leeds news, Green has revealed how he saved Rhodes’ penalty.