Noel Whelan delivers instant verdict on Leeds display against Preston
By Harvey Byrne
Former striker Noel Whelan was full of praise for Leeds after they earned a convincing victory against Preston on Saturday afternoon.
The Yorkshire giants had stuttered of late with just one win coming from their five matches prior to the one against against Simon Grayson’s side.
However, goals from Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Souleymane Doukara earned Leeds a vital win which saw Preston defender Alex Baptiste also pick up a red card with four minutes to go.
BBC pundit Whelan was full of praise for the response from Garry Monk’s team and believed the team gave it the “full whack” at Elland Road.
“This was the perfect response after two defeats and a string of average away performances. We saw commitment, energy, passion, creativity, midfielders scoring, defensive duties from everyone, the full whack,” said Whelan, as quoted by the BBC Leeds website’s live match blog (Saturday, 4.57pm).
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“It could have been more than 3-0 – the crossbar, the disallowed goal. I’m surprised Norwich didn’t score but it could have been a Norwich scoreline. Leeds played great football and I don’t think you can take the win away from them. ”
The win for Leeds has seen them remain in fifth place and six points ahead of Sheffield Wednesday in seventh, who are set to play Newcastle at Hillsborough in the evening kick-off.
Monk’s side will line-up against the Toon next at St James’ Park on Friday, who will be looking to beat Brighton to the league title.
Leeds themselves will also be looking to win promotion back to the Premier League, which would end their 13-year wait for top-flight football, but with 12 points separating them from the automatic spots with five games left it looks like they will have to go through the play-offs.
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