By Danny Wright
Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk has insisted that he was not bothered by the hostile Leeds United supporters as his side lost 2-1 at Elland Road on Sunday.
Monk returned to Leeds for the first time since quitting the club at the end of last season, but failed to get one over on his ex-employers as Thomas Christiansen’s side earned all three points.
The Middlesbrough boss was subjected to booing and chants throughout the 90 minutes in the Championship clash and in his post-match interview after the game, the ex-Leeds boss made it clear about his thoughts on the home fans.
“That wasn’t my focus. We’re disappointed with the result. We felt we should have got more,” he said, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening reporter Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account after the game on Sunday.
Monk on his reception: "That wasn't my focus. We're disappointed with the result. We felt we should have got more." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) November 19, 2017
Monk’s former Swansea team-mate Pablo Hernandez opened the scoring for Leeds on Sunday when he latched on to a Kalvin Phillips header in the first-half.
Ezgjan Alioski doubled the lead after the break when he got on the end of Hernandez’s cross, capping a man of the match display from the Spaniard.
There was controversy at the end when Luke Ayling gave away a penalty for hauling down Daniel Ayala in the box, even though he looked to have been fouled first.
Britt Assombalonga scored from the spot but it wasn’t enough for Boro to mount a late comeback, meaning Leeds are now level on points with them and seventh in the Championship standings.
In other Leeds United news, fans have reacted on Twitter to Jonny Howson’s performance on his return to Elland Road with Boro.