Leeds fans react to Chris Wood display against Rotherham
By Alex Stevens
Chris Wood made a headline grabbing return to the Leeds starting XI on Monday – and fans took to Twitter to hail the prolific striker.
A double from Wood and a header from Kyle Bartley secured a 3-0 Championship triumph against Rotherham at Elland Road and a fourth win in five matches for Garry Monk’s promotion chasers.
Bartley broke the deadlock with a header direct from a corner before Wood showed he had not lost his clinical touch with two second-half strikes.
Starting his first match in four after coming through two appearances off the bench following a hamstring injury, Wood lifted his goal haul for the season to 16, 13 of which have come in the league.
Supporters took to social media to acclaim the New Zealand international as one of the key members of Monk’s high flying team.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Fantastic second half performance today and a comfortable win in the end. Who ever doubted Chris Wood ? #lufc
— Ian Boyd (@iboyd1984) January 2, 2017
— Christopher ? (@ChristophMeade4) January 2, 2017
Need to remember to charge phone. Poor first halve very good second. Wood first goal world class finish. #lufc
— Peter Andre (@T0MA4LIFE) January 2, 2017
— Jake Maw (@JakeMaw) January 2, 2017
If I had the time I’d love to go back and retweet the garbage people said about Chris Wood. He’s always been good, the team is better #lufc
— Andy Giff (@AndyGiff) January 2, 2017
Wood silencing his critics this term. 16 in all comps and had an injury. Another day where #lufc found way to win despite not at their best
— Callum Dent (@cdent31) January 2, 2017
Roofe most improved, Ayling a bargain, Wood on fire, Bartley and Pontus great together and Hernandez a touch of class #lufc
— Donald Jones (@dwj66) January 2, 2017
Wins for Reading and Huddersfield Town meant Leeds stayed fifth in the table but they continued the momentum built either side of the Christmas period.
Moreover, defeat for second-placed Newcastle United, who lost 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers, mean Monk’s team are now just seven points adrift of the automatic promotion places.
In other Leeds news, this senior player is transfer plan B for a Premier League club in the January window.