By Wayne Veysey

16th Apr, 2016 | 5:03pm

Noel Whelan gives instant verdict on Leeds win over Reading

By Alex Stevens

Chris Wood inspired Leeds to a thrilling 3-2 win over Reading in the Championship at Elland Road on Saturday.

Two goals from the striker secured the three points for Steve Evans’ side as they clinched their second victory in five days, following the 2-1 midweek triumph at Birmingham.

Leeds were 1-0 down at half-time but Toumani Diagouraga pulled one back and then Wood scored twice, including the winner after 85 minutes.

It gave the Yorkshire giants their first win at Elland Road since 5 March and lifted them to 54 points and 12th position in the Championship table.

Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds afterwards: “We needed to follow up the good displays at Burnley and Birmingham with a victory here.

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“It wasn’t perfect but it’s a win at Elland Road, which is something we needed more of.

“Leeds did deserve this victory overall and they battled their way to a win. They’ve shown they can bounce back and that’s a side I’ve been wanting to see.

“You have to get results whatever it takes and have that strength of character. We’ve seen that today – Leeds have made their moments count.”

Leeds’ win came in difficult circumstances as a virus in the camp have left them without the services of captain Sol Bamba and Tom Adeyemi, while Evans claimed that a number of other players were “under the weather”.

They are also without injured duo Liam Bridcutt and Mustapha Carayol as well as suspended pair Souleymane Doukara and Alex Mowatt.

In other Leeds news, Evans has explained why he thinks Cook is better than Moussa Dembele.