Shaughnessy delivers verdict on Leeds debut in win v Bolton, hails travelling fans
By Danny Wright
Conor Shaughnessy has declared that it was a “proud moment” for him to earn his Leeds debut in the 3-2 win at Bolton on Sunday.
The 21-year-old was forced into action in the 64th minute when he replaced another debutant Matthew Pennington after he was hit with an injury.
The natural midfielder was then forced to play in the centre of defence next to Liam Cooper, however Thomas Christiansen’s men managed to pull off an opening day victory despite having a makeshift back-line.
Although Shaughnessy was clearly delighted with earning his first appearance for the Whites, he also took his time to hail the travelling supporters.
“Proud moment making my debut for Leeds today, fans were class, great start to the season,” said the Irish midfielder on his personal Twitter account on Sunday night.
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— Conor Shaughnessy (@Conor_shaughs) August 6, 2017
Leeds stormed into an early lead at the Macron Stadium thanks to a seventh minute strike by Kalvin Phillips, which was followed up by last season’s top scorer Chris Wood 23 minutes later.
Gary Madine got Bolton back in the game before Phillips doubled his tally just before the break.
An Adam Le Fondre penalty in the 67th minute ensured that it wouldn’t be a comfortable final phase of the game for Leeds, but Shaughnessy and his fellow defenders stood firm as three points saw Christiansen’s men moved up to third place in the Championship standings.
ESPN has reported that Leeds are now expected to complete the signing of another defender before Wednesday’s clash with Port Vale in the League Cup, with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson moving to Elland Road on loan.
In other Leeds news, Christiansen has made an admission about this striker’s future at Elland Road.