By Alex Stevens
Stuart Dallas has described how Garry Monk delivered the pre-match message on Saturday of how important it was for Leeds to deliver back-to-back victories.
The players responded with a forgettable performance but a memorable result as they overcame stiff Brentford resistance to triumph 1-0 at Elland Road.
This was Leeds’ second home Championship victory in five days following their 2-0 midweek win over Reading.
Dallas, 25, was honest in his reflection of the Brentford clash and admitted it wasn’t a good performance from Leeds but the result has huge significance for Garry Monk’s team..
The manager told the players before kick-off on Saturday how he wanted them to send a message to their promotion rivals.
“We’re pushing and we’re in the play-offs but we can’t look too far ahead,” said Dallas, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “We’ve got to take it one game at a time and that’s Preston on Boxing Day.
“But back-to-back victories in this league is massive. The gaffer touched on that with us before the game and we’ve shown again that we’re able to bounce back from a defeat like we had (at Brighton). To do something in this league you’ve got to build on results.”
Leeds produced a lack-lustre performance at Elland Road on Saturday but an 89th minute winner from centre-back Kyle Bartley sealed a vital three points for Monk’s team.
It was their seventh home victory in the last nine fixtures at Elland Road and Dallas admitted it wasn’t pretty but it was the result that matters the most.
Leeds hadn’t recorded a shot on target before Bartley’s dramatic late winner but it has consolidated their place in the top five heading into the Christmas period.
Dallas provided the assist, producing an inch-perfect cross from the right-wing to set-up Bartley’s powerful header and he has been crucial in Leeds’ promotion drive so far this season with 13 Championship appearances.
In other Leeds news, the club are in talks to sign a £10million Premier League striker.