Monk: Attacking options coming together for Leeds' opening game of the season
By Amir Mir
Leeds manager Garry Monk praised his team’s character as he looks for the correct attacking combination for the forthcoming Championship season.
The Yorkshire club were beaten 2-1 by League One outfit Peterborough on Saturday afternoon, the day before the Whites had beaten Guiseley 4-3 in another pre-season friendly.
Monk spoke openly about the strike combinations he is trying for the new season, with new faces Kemar Roofe and Marcus Antonsson both starting the game.
“All the games has seen different combinations,” said Monk, as he was quizzed on his attacking options after the Peterborough game. “See who can play with who, are they understanding the work we are doing with them, and I think both games, second half last night and first half especially here, you could see that.”
The former Swansea manager took charge at Elland Road earlier this summer as he bids to guide the Championship club to the top flight of English football for the first time in 14 years.
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But, despite the loss, Monk was insistent his team has shown a great deal of fight since he started working with them three weeks ago.
“What is pleasing for me is that we have only had three and a half weeks with the players, and you can already see the ideas they have from us,” said Monk. “They are clearly putting it on the pitch and they will only get better coming through physical tests like that for 90 minutes, so I am very pleased with that aspect of our game.
“For me, the first half last night and second half tonight you can see the character, you didn’t see the team give up, they were trying to push themselves through to the end and that will stand them in good stead.
“You have got to have character and they have shown that in these two games.”
Leeds begin their Championship season on August 7, away at Queens Park Rangers, as Monk aims for promotion to the Premier League in his first time of asking.