Leeds United: Paynter will kick on - Ormsby

Billy Paynter fires a shot in past Sean St. Ledger.

Billy Paynter fires a shot in past Sean St. Ledger.

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan.

Billy Paynter has got a goal at long last. Can you remember a striker going so long without a goal when you were playing?

JOHN SHAW.

The one that springs to mind when I was at Leeds was Keith Edwards. When he came to us, we’d heard all about his prolific goalscoring record at Sheffield United and being a crowd favourite.

I think it was Billy Bremner who bought him, but I remember his assistant Dave Blakey doing all the contract stuff with transfers. I remember one day, being in the old changing rooms at training when we’d signed Keith, and Dave coming to me and saying: ‘You are going to stop the goals going in at the back and we’ve signed a striker who will score for fun – and hopefully now the job is done.’

We were all well chuffed when Keith came, and we all thought what Blakey did, but Keith went on a run where he just couldn’t score! I think it was getting him down but when he finally got his goal it was the first time I saw him really relax afterwards. I remember we won that game and he played well, got his goal and he was sitting there with his missus and kids after with a smile on his face. He will have been thinking: ‘Thank God for that!’

Obviously, everyone remembers him going on in the play-offs at Oldham. We were 2-1 down after my mistake and he equalised.

When he scored, I think I was the most relieved man in Yorkshire; I couldn’t get to him quick enough. I’ve always said that I ran to him quicker than Usain Bolt in the 100 metres!

I’m pleased Billy (Paynter) has got his goal. I’ve met him a few times and he’s a lovely lad.

He’s not had a great run, but people shouldn’t forget that he had an injury at the start of the season and has been brought on quite a lot when the board has gone up at the end or for the last few minutes. Billy needed a good run out, he wants to play and hopefully the goal will settle him down.

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