Monk: This Leeds duo have been tearing it up in training, typified team in win v Preston
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has praised midfield duo Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips for reproducing their training form on matchday in Leeds’ 3-0 Championship victory against Preston on Saturday.
The Yorkshire giants got their promotion bid back on track with an emphatic win against the ninth-placed visitors at Elland Road.
Goals from Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Souleymane Doukara secured the three points and cemented Leeds’ place in the play-off spots.
Monk identified Vieira, who was recalled to the starting XI in place of the injured skipper Liam Bridcutt, and Phillips as two players who stood out in a fine team display.
“Vieira and Phillips showed me a good attitude in training and they knew exactly what was expected from them,” Monk explained after the match to BBC Radio Leeds. “I thought they typified the performance of the team today and they’re growing all the time. I trust all my players.
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“It’s just about getting back to what we know we’re good at. We’ve done well this season to block what’s been going on outside out – we went back to that.
“That’s the reason why they’ve been so successful – the attitude toward what they were trying to do today was the best response they could have given.”
The Yorkshire giants cemented their place at fifth position in the Championship table and lifted their points tally to 72 with five matches of their league campaign remaining.
It was their 22nd league win of the season, a tally bettered only by automatic promotion favourites Newcastle and Brighton, and third-placed Huddersfield.
In other Leeds news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.