Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has heaped praise on Leeds United’s travelling support at Portman Road on Saturday afternoon in his instant assessment of his side’s 1-0 win.
Bersant Celina’s second-half strike was enough to see off the Whites, who had been reduced to 10 men in the first-half when Eunan O’Kane was shown a straight red card for supposedly heatbutting an Ipswich player.
McCarthy says that the Leeds fans created a brilliant atmosphere despite the circumstances that surrounded their side slipping to yet another defeat, adding another dent to their hopes of a play-off spot.
“Their fans helped get them back onside and they created an atmosphere which was brilliant to play and manage in,” he said, as quoted by LeedsLive on their official Twitter account.
— Leeds United Live (@liveleedsunited) January 13, 2018
Leeds fans packed the stands at Portman Road on Saturday, with the Yorkshire club confirming that 3,537 had travelled to Suffolk despite seeing their side losing in the FA Cup to League Two side Newport County a week earlier.
It will perhaps be a long journey home for those fans though, who would have no doubt been frustrated by an ill-disciplined display that saw them perhaps lucky not to lose by more.
Christiansen’s side are now seventh in the Championship table but are still keeping themselves close to the top six.
Sheffield United are just above them on goal difference, however only three points separate Leeds and 11th-placed Brentford.