Leeds United: Lions win crucial as light relief for Whites - Gray

PIC: Tony Johnson
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When we weigh it all up, our performance was irrelevant on Saturday; it was the result that counted as we needed a win and got it.

The win was the most important thing for Brian McDermott, the team and everyone connected with the football club and the supporters.

In terms of giving us a bit of confidence, it was important. It was just a relief to get the win. Brian needed a result and the players and club did.

It was a particularly big result for Brian. With everything going on with the ownership situation, Brian is bound to feel a bit of pressure, while recent results have not been great as well.

Brian wants to be successful here and is just hoping things go right and he gets that opportunity. And I think he will.

The whole ownership issue now has to be resolved and you just hope that the powers that be realise the situation that our football club is in. Finances aren’t great as everybody knows and something has got to be done quickly, or we could find ourselves in trouble.

Ian Holloway spoke well of Brian after the game and will know the pressure the manager is under at the football club here.

It was good for Brian to get a reward on Saturday.

Now we have a game on Tuesday at Bournemouth and then Doncaster on Saturday and while it is mathematically possible to get into the top six, you just keep playing.

If we can play like we did on Saturday and win, you must think we can have a chance of picking a fair few more points up when we play better.

Brian is a manager who will back the players and we have some young players. But once you step over that white line, you are a player. Full stop – whether you are young or old.

Sometimes, I feel if you keep telling players that they are young, they will never progress. Players are in the team because the manager thinks they should be.

All the great players get in football teams from a young age and have to stand up and be counted. That’s how football is; it never changes. When I got in the team here at 17, I didn’t get any sympathy from anybody if I played badly. And in football, there’s always other players knocking at the door.

I just think at this present moment in time that something definitely holds back the players at Elland Road.

We never made it easy on Saturday. We worked hard, but never really took control of the game.

Their goalkeeper must look at himself for our first goal. I don’t know what position he was in and I don’t know why he wandered where he was. He must have been expecting Matt Smith to flick the ball on, but it nearly bounced just before it went over the line.

Ross McCormack took the second goal well, but it was from just a semi-clearance/tackle from Tom Lees, with the ball just happening to land to Ross. It could have gone anywhere.

We never really passed the ball with any conviction.

Looking at the team, Connor Wickham again played out wide and I do not think that suits him. He did all right on Saturday and did a job for the football club, but I think he is better when he is playing in and around the middle of the park.

That said, I can sort of understand where Brian is coming from. Ross McCormack is his top goalscorer and Matt Smith has been doing well.

I don’t think Ross would be happy if he was moved away from the firing line, although he would be more suited to playing that wide role more than Connor or in behind the front two. But Ross wants to play up front.

Looking at things, it’s highly unlikely Connor or Jack Butland are going to be here next season and Brian has got to look after his players here and he won’t want to be upsetting Ross and wouldn’t.

As for Smith, once again, he scored and he’s done well for us and can be pleased with his contribution in the games that he has played.

Now it’s onto Bournemouth, who as a side have been playing quite well and who are above us in the league.

They will be quite happy about how things have worked out for them this season.

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