By Wayne Veysey

20th Aug, 2016 | 4:10pm

Noel Whelan names the two Leeds players pivotal to a high league finish

By Alex Stevens

Noel Whelan has identified Marcus Antonsson and Chris Wood as the two pivotal players in Leeds’ play-off bid.

The strike pair each scored as Garry Monk’s team beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon to secure the team’s first league win of the season.

Antonsson broke the deadlock with a header from a Hadi Sacko cross after 63 minutes and Wood sealed the three points five minutes from time.

Ex-Leeds striker Whelan was impressed with the pair after Monk had kept faith with a two-pronged attack despite the team’s slow start to the season.

“I think potentially we have got two strikers there that could end up getting double figures each,” Whelan said in the aftermath of the match to BBC Radio Leeds.

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“That will go a long way toward where we finish this season. They’ll score goals, those two.”

Antonsson scored his second goal of the season, while 2015-16 top scorer Wood netted his third of the campaign after his spectacular overhead kick secured a draw against Fulham in midweek.

The victory also eases the pressure after claims in midweek that controversial owner Massimo Cellino was already losing faith with the manager he appointed only in the summer.

In other Leeds news, the club have been told how much they will have to pay to land a Premier League midfielder after an opening bid was rejected.