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24th Sep, 2016 | 5:55pm

Mick McCarthy hails Leeds exceptional talent after his side's defeat

By Dominic Toner

Mick McCarthy has praised the ability of Chris Wood following his performance against Ipswich.

The striker scored the decisive goal on Saturday as Leeds completed a 1-0 victory in the Championship.

Wood, 24, netted a header in the first-half from a Charlie Taylor cross to give the Whites another three points.

He has now netted seven times this season in just 11 appearances, with four goals coming in his his last four competitive matches.

Ipswich manager McCarthy has claimed that Wood delivered an exceptional display and is a top Championship striker, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account.

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“He was the focal point for them and a big difference,” he said. “We were poor. He’s showing why his signature was coveted. If he continues doing that then Leeds have got an exceptional Championship striker.”

Leeds moved up to 12th in the Championship with the win and have enjoyed a remarkable turn around in recent matches.

Garry Monk’s side have now won their last four competitive fixtures, including an EFL Cup win against Blackburn, and are continuing their rise up the table.

Wood has been a crucial part of Leeds’ success and is the first-choice striker at the club.

The forward has been condemned by fans in the past for his overall play, but he is silencing the critics with his goal scoring record.

He has now made 48 appearances since his move to Elland Road and scored an impressive 20 goals.

In other Leeds team news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to the performance of Hadi Sacko against Ipswich.