Sam Byram admitted last night that Leeds United’s supporters are “the main thing we’re playing for now” as the club enter the final weeks of the Championship season,
The winger praised a “great away support” during Wednesday’s 3-0 victory at Fulham and said he and United’s players were attempting to “show what we’re building for next season” with seven games of this campaign to go.
Leeds sold around 3,500 tickets for their visit to Craven Cottage and were backed by hundreds more fans who paid for entry to a neutral zone inside Fulham’s stadium.
Byram’s headed goal on 41 minutes set United up for a fifth away win in six games, a result secured by second-half finishes from Sol Bamba and Mirco Antenucci.
Asked about Leeds’ following, Byram said: “That’s the main thing we’re playing for now.
“They’re starting to turn up in even more numbers than usual.
“We’ve got a great away support and it’s about showing them what we’re building on for next season now.”
Leeds emerged from an early Fulham onslaught to strike through their first real chance of the game shortly before half-time.
Byram rose unmarked to head home a Gaetano Berardi cross, claiming his third goal of the season on his return from a minor foot injury.
Head coach Neil Redfearn had recalled Byram in place of Steve Morison on the right wing, the only change to Leeds’ line-up at Craven Cottage.
“I don’t think I was in the game that much up until that point,” Byram said.
“It was a great cross from Berardi and I just managed to get the header on target.
“But I thought we defended well and held our ground going into half-time.
“We’re a lot more solid as a team now. I think we’re harder to play against and we’re also creating the chances and putting them away.”