Leeds United 1-0 Wolves: Warnock praises players after opening win

Leeds manager Neil Warnock celebrates the win. (Picture: Simon Hulme)
Leeds manager Neil Warnock celebrates the win. (Picture: Simon Hulme)
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Leeds United got their season off to the perfect start as they defeated relegated Wolves 1-0 at Elland Road.

Luciano Becchio scored the only goal with a header on 17 minutes and Leeds hung on as Wolves fought back, to no avail, in the second half.

For United, today represented a winning start to a season for the first time since they beat Exeter in 2009 and also allowed boss Neil Warnock to kick-off his bid for an eighth career promotion with a victory.

With a side sporting eight league debutants for the club - a statistic that was maintained when the injured Paul Green was replaced by El Hadji Diouf just before the break - Warnock saw his side dominate for an hour, albeit with just the one goal to show for it.

After that his players struggled to maintain their shape and, although Wolves did not create a clear-cut chance, United were glad of the final whistle.

“They deserve a lot of credit,” Warnock said of his players.

“We have a few niggles around the place and when you looked at our players and theirs, we were half the size of them, so we’ve done well.

“You have to do what we did today.

“The Championship is a different league to the top level.

“The players loved the atmosphere and playing in front of a big crowd.

“That was something I didn’t think we had about us last year.”

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