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27th Dec, 2016 | 10:29am

Kemar Roofe: Three key reasons for Leeds win v Preston

By Will Butcher

Kemar Roofe has revealed Leeds’ togetherness, desire and willingness to win were crucial elements of his side’s 4-1 triumph against Preston.

The 23-year-old opened the scoring on Boxing Day with a close-range header after Pontus Jansson had looped a header towards the back post from a free-kick.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Roofe revealed that Leeds have to look to secure three points in all of their games this season in order to stand a chance in the fight for promotion.

“We have the desire and the willingness to win,” Roofe said. “That togetherness got us the win. We knew it was going to be a tough and a physical battle, we had to match them and thankfully we did.

“We need to focus on the next game now. It’s the toughest league out there, and today sums it up. You need to win every game to stand a chance but as long as we take care of ourselves we will be alright.”

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Roofe’s header was just his second goal for the Yorkshire giants after moving to Elland Road in the summer for £3million from Oxford United.

A disappointing start saw Roofe go 22 games without a goal, before heading in against relegated Premier League side Aston Villa earlier this month.

Roofe will be hoping to replicate that form against the Midlands giants on Thursday, as the two sides meet for a second time in a month.

Sitting in fifth in the Championship table, Garry Monk’s side have given themselves a five-point barrier between them and Fulham who sit outside the play-offs in seventh. A win against Villa could see Leeds climb into third.

In other Leeds news, fans reacted to Jermaine Beckford’s red card for Preston.