Leeds United manager Neil Warnock is hoping Luciano Becchio’s current form continues after the Argentinian struck twice in a 4-2 win at rivals Huddersfield Town.
Warnock, who only told his players after the game that today (Dec 1) is his 64th birthday, became the first Leeds manager to win at Huddersfield since Don Revie in 1963 and agreed Becchio had been a key factor in his side’s third straight npower Championship win.
“He’s done well this week,” said Warnock. “It’s amazing what he can do when he sets his mind to it. One or two of my friends from other clubs say when Becchio plays, you seem to play.
“We’ve got a better team now to give him the ball in areas he wants to be, but he hasn’t always performed to the best of his ability and it’s a shame that.
“But hopefully the penny’s dropped and he can continue in that form.”
Huddersfield midfielder Chris Atkinson gave his side an early lead in his first league start this season, but Michael Tonge equalised thanks to home goalkeeper Alex Smithies mistake and Becchio put the visitors ahead with a fine finish in the 37th minute.
Town midfielder Adam Clayton levelled from the penalty spot after Becchio’s pull on Peter Clarke in the area just before half-time, but Leeds were superior after the break and scored twice more through David Norris and Becchio, who headed home his 14th goal of the season in the 86th minute.
Warnock, whose side have climbed back into play-off contention on the back of three straight wins, was delighted with this latest success.
“It comes very high on the list,” the former Huddersfield manager added. “Especially away from home in a derby. They dominated the first 15 to 20 minutes but we got back into it then and I thought: ‘Ok, let’s play now’ and after that we were very good.
“We dominated the second half and played some good football really. The boys have been on fire all week and we hoped they wouldn’t leave it on the training ground.
“The finishing has been out of this world in training and you could see that. To see it in a game was great, sometimes I had to look twice.”