By Will Butcher

Luke Ayling has paid tribute to Leeds fans on Twitter after they clapped their side off the pitch despite a 2-1 loss to Huddersfield on Sunday.

Leeds suffered a late loss to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield after Aaron Mooy’s shot was deflected into the path of Michael Hefele, who slid the ball into the back of the net.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, Ayling is confident the fans “believe we are doing everything to get where we want to be”.

Ayling, 25, has been one of Leeds’ unsung heroes this season following his £750,000 move from Championship rivals Bristol City.

Making the right-back slot in Garry Monk’s side his own, the former Arsenal youth player has starred for the Yorkshire giants in their promotion chase.

Clocking up 31 league and cup appearances for Leeds this term, Ayling has helped keep 12 clean sheets.

Although the loss to Huddersfield is a slight set-back in their attempts at gaining promotion for the first time since their relegation in 2003-04, fans remained happy after the final whistle.

Now, Ayling is expected to feature against Cardiff at Elland Road on Saturday, as Leeds look to get back on track and close the gap between themselves and the automatic promotion places.

In other Leeds news, this senior duo have been demoted from into the reserve side.

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