Monk shares what Leeds players have massively improved at this season
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has claimed that Leeds’ game management has improved considerably this season.
The Yorkshire giants consolidated their place in the play-off spots with a landmark 1-0 win over derby and promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Leeds took a first-half lead through a slick Chris Wood finish and then defended superbly to keep out the big-spending visitors.
Monk gave some insight into the planning involved in preparing his team for the promotion run-in.
“We identify the opponents we play, the environments we go into – all our players have different attributes, so we select the right ones to do the right things in the right moments, and affect the game how we want to affect it,” said Monk, as quoted by the BBC Leeds live match blog (Saturday, 2.51pm).
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“Today was a good example of how we did that. I trust my players and they know what I expect from them. There are certain situations where that game management will be improved in time, but we’re talking about very minute details.
“My players are improving all this time, and they give this team and this club everything. They work very hard every game and are very focused on what’s ahead of them, on fighting for the next three points.”
Leeds’ win on Saturday enabled them to leapfrog Reading in the league and also opened up an eight-point gap on Fulham in seventh position.
Monk’s side have accumulated a tally of 61 points from 34 Championship matches this season and ended the weekend only nine adrift of leaders Newcastle.
They are next in action on Friday of next week, when they travel to Birmingham for a live televised clash.