By Danny Wright
Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has revealed that Thomas Christiansen held a team meeting ahead of the win against Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Vieira, 19, has detailed that the players were told to battle for one another in order to get themselves back on to winning ways, which they did as Boro were dispatched 2-1 by a resurgent Leeds.
It wasn’t a happy return to Elland Road for Garry Monk, who watched his side thoroughly outclassed from start to finish.
Man of the match Pablo Hernandez and winger Ezgjan Alioski scored either side of half time to put the Whites two goals ahead before Britt Assombalonga scored a late penalty to ensure of a nervy final stages.
However Leeds battled on despite seeing a controversial spot-kick awarded against them and managed to earn three points to climb back up to seventh in the Championship standings.
Now, Vieira has suggested that the togetherness of the squad is what helped them cling on to the win.
“We had a meeting before the game about fighting for each other and, no matter how the game goes, focusing on what you’re doing and managing it,” he said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“At 2-0 we were managing the game and at 2-1 we were still managing the game properly. We managed to hang on.”
Vieira was in good form on Sunday to help Leeds overcome Boro.
He and Kalvin Phillips partnered up in the central midfield roles as Eunan O’Kane was dropped to the bench after a lengthy run in the first-team this season.
Next up for Leeds is a clash against top-of-the-table Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday night.
In other Leeds United news, Monk gave his verdict on the Whites fans after Sunday’s loss for his side.