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5th Jan, 2017 | 3:26pm

James Beattie posts Twitter response to Leeds fans after 35-minute sell-out

By Will Butcher

James Beattie has lauded Leeds fans after they sold their ticket allocation for January 21’s away trip to Barnsley in just 35 minutes.

Beattie, who has been Leeds’ first-team coach since last summer, revealed his delight after fans bought the 5,300 tickets available in just over half an hour despite the game being on television and an evening kick-off.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, former England and Southampton striker Beattie described Leeds fans as “unbelievable” as they look to inspire their side in their hunt for promotion.

Leeds still have two games to play before travelling to Oakwell to face Paul Heckingbottom’s high-flying outfit, as manager Garry Monk looks to continue his side’s sparkling run of form.

The Yorkshire giants face League Two minnows Cambridge United before going head to head with Steve McClaren’s Derby County on January 13.

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With Oakwell able to hold a total of more than 23,000 spectators, Leeds fans could give their side a huge boost in just over two weeks’ time.

Beforehand, former Everton and Southampton goal machine Beattie will join Monk in the dugout at Cambridge as the 37-year-old manager looks to rest his star players.

A win will see Leeds progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup, where a potentially glamorous cup tie awaits them before hosting Derby at Elland Road in eight days’ time.

Beattie joined Leeds this summer along with Monk and assistant manager Pep Clotet after the trio worked together at Welsh outfit Swansea, striking a formidable partnership so far.

In other Leeds news, this Football League ace has compared Leeds to bitter rivals Manchester United.