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2nd Jan, 2017 | 7:36pm

Garry Monk posts Twitter verdict as Leeds secure emphatic victory v Rotherham

By Will Butcher

Garry Monk has revealed his disappointment at Leeds’ first-half display despite their 3-0 triumph against Yorkshire rivals Rotherham.

The 37-year-old boss saw his side go into the break with the score goalless, as Rotherham failed to put away a number of chances that would have defied the pre-match odds.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, the former Swansea manager did praise his players for “reacting well after the break” as Leeds ran out 3-0 winners.

The win is Leeds’ fourth in five domestic games, after securing victories against the likes of Reading, Brentford and Preston throughout December.

On-loan Swansea defender Kyle Bartley opened the scoring just after the break, before New Zealand international Chris Wood continued his fine form in front of goal.

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A quick-fire brace midway through the second half saw Leeds’ top scorer move onto 16 goals for the season, with just 13 minutes separating the two strikes.

Leeds remain in fifth in the Championship, as Huddersfield and Reading secured late victories on Monday afternoon to remain above the former Champions League side.

However, Monk’s side have given themselves a seven-point barrier between their fifth-place position and Derby, who sit in seventh and outside of the play-offs.

Newcastle’s loss to Blackburn at Ewood Park does see Monk and the rest of his squad move to within just seven points of the automatic promotion places.

The Yorkshire giants are next in action against League Two outfit Cambridge United in the third round of the FA Cup in a week’s time, before hosting Derby on January 13.

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