Garry Monk shares his unusual personal ritual during Leeds penalties
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has revealed that he never watches when Leeds are awarded a penalty.
The Elland Road manager shared his unusual personal spot-kick ritual after Chris Wood secured the three points for the Yorkshire giants in their 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday evening.
Wood broke the deadlock in the top-of-the-table clash with a superbly directed header in the second half before wrapping up the victory with an emphatic penalty after 84 minutes.
Despite the Leeds striker’s outstanding form – he tops the Championship scoring charts with 24 goals and has netted 27 times in all competitions – Monk revealed he is too nervous to watch him from 12 yards.
“I don’t watch penalties – I pick someone in the crowd and focus on them,” said Monk, as quoted by the BBC Leeds live match blog on Saturday (7.50pm). “If they stand up, I know it’s gone in. If they sit down, I know it hasn’t!”
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Leeds have a good track record at penalties under Monk, knocking Norwich out of the League Cup in late October via a penalty shoot-out after the score had finished 2-2 at extra time.
The former Swansea manager paid tribute to his charges after Saturday’s notable win against fellow promotion hopefuls Brighton.
Leeds are well on course for a place in the end-of-season play-offs, with a points tally of 69 maintaining their eight-point advantage over seventh-placed Fulham.
Monk’s side retain hopes of an automatic promotion spot, although they are still eight adrift of second-placed Brighton.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Yorkshire giants are in shock talks to sign a Liverpool attacking player.