Leeds United: "A definite improvement," says Monk after Shamrock Rovers win

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Garry Monk said he and Leeds United were leaving Ireland in a positive frame of mind after their two-match tour ended with a 3-0 win over Shamrock Rovers.

Leeds followed up Wednesday’s night’s victory at Shelbourne with a straightforward defeat of a young Rovers side, helped by a brace from new signing Marcus Antonsson.

Kemar Roofe strikes the post with a first-half shot at Shamrock Rovers today.

Kemar Roofe strikes the post with a first-half shot at Shamrock Rovers today.

The Swede scored once in each half, either side of a Chris Wood penalty, and United were a class above their League of Ireland opponents, striking the woodwork three times.

Monk said: “It was definitely an improvement on Wednesday. I had a good meeting with the players after Wednesday’s game and there were a lot of things that we needed to work on but I saw a definite improvement today and that’s always good.

“Again, there are things that we need to improve on still but that’s quite natural and it was good to end two really good weeks away with two wins. Even though I’m not so focused on the results, wins give confidence to the players and it was important they saw improvement from Wednesday.

“There was more team ethic out there than I saw on Wednesday - a little bit more cohesive.”

Chris Wood takes the plaudits after converting a first-half penalty.

Chris Wood takes the plaudits after converting a first-half penalty.

Rovers - a top-flight Irish side - hosted Leeds less than 24 hours after fighting out a fierce local derby with Bohemians at the Tallaght Stadium and their line-up consisted almost entirely of youth players.

Monk, however, said he was satisfied with the level of opposition, saying: “It doesn’t matter so much at this stage.

“I wouldn’t disrespect them too much. They were a step up from Wednesday night in terms of their level of the club here and as much as you can look at the game like that, the improvement for me was in the amount that we dominated. To dominate them so much was pleasing from my side.”

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