Date: 17th December 2016 at 10:32pm
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By Amir Mir

Neil Redfearn has explained Leeds would have been worried about not having their main striker Chris Wood in their side, before their 1-0 win over Brentford.

Kyle Bartley’s late headed goal helped the home side secure all three points at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

The win came without their star striker Wood, who missed the game through injury after he came off in the first-half during the midweek win against Reading.

The 25-year-old went off with a hamstring strain, but he is expected to be back for the busy festive period, according to his manager Garry Monk.

Nonetheless, the Yorkshire club fought till the end for all of the points, which helps them maintain a play-off spot after 22 games.

After the game former Whites boss Redfearn provided his verdict on the win over the Bees.

“Well it is [important for Leeds to win without Chris Wood] because your main striker, is your main striker,” Redfearn told TV Yorkshire. “He comes up with the bulk of your goals, it might have been a worry at the beginning of the game, but when they needed to Leeds found a way. That is the hallmark of a good side.

New Zealand international Wood has scored 11 goals from 21 games this season, last finding the net during the win over the Royals in midweek.

The back-to-back victories mean, the promotion chasers have won four out of their last five games, including three on the bounce at home.

As a result, Monk’s side are now in fifth place in the Championship table on 38 points from 22 games, winning 12 of those encounters.

Their next fixture is a trip to Preston North End on Boxing Day, before travelling down to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa three days later.

In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson posts a passionate twitter message after the victory over Brentford.