Cooper and Grimes send Twitter messages to Wood after Leeds fans criticism
By Dominic Toner
Liam Cooper and Matt Grimes have both praised their team-mate Chris Wood on Twitter after Leeds’ 1-1 draw with Fulham.
Leeds managed to record their first Championship point of the season after New Zealand captain Wood scored a sublime overhead kick in the 92nd-minute to salvage a point for Garry Monk’s 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.
Defender Cooper and midfielder Grimes both posted on their Twitter accounts their support for Wood, who has been heavily criticised in the opening weeks of these season, after his late spectacular equaliser.
Both of the striker’s colleagues said they were “buzzing” for their colleague.
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— Liam Cooper (@LiamCooper__) August 16, 2016
What a finish from @officialcwood buzzing for you big man ????
— Matt Grimes (@Matt_Grimes8) August 16, 2016
Cooper was restored to the starting line-up following his return to fitness in place of captain Sol Bamba.
The Ivorian looked shaky in the 2-1 loss to Birmingham and Monk elected to field a more steady option in centre-back Cooper.
Grimes joined Leeds from Swansea on a season-long loan during the summer but was not in the match day squad against Fulham.
Monk decided to keep Wood in the starting line-up despite him coming under scrutiny following a poor start to the season.
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, Monk has revealed how new signing Liam Bridcutt can improve the club’s youngsters.