Wolves 0 Leeds United 1: Monk hails character of battling Whites

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Leeds United head coach Garry Monk hailed his side for a performance packed with character after their 1-0 win against Wolves at Molineux.

The Whites sealed their success, a second in five games, thanks to Sílvio Manuel Pereira’s 70th-minute own goal.

Garry Monk.

Garry Monk.

Monk was thrilled with the display and said: “We are really competitive now.

“Overall our character shone through today and we got the deserved three points.

“I think we saw it out quite comfortably. Three points and a clean sheet - you have got to be happy.

“I think that it was an excellent performance. A really gritty typical Championship game where you have to dig in.

“We showed that side of it and I think that part of control and bit of football that we want to put on the pitch was there in patches today.

“You can’t always have it your own way, the Championship doesn’t allow you that.

“We are going in the right direction. You can see it. The group are very good together. They were determined and got the three points.

“We need to be a bit more clever with the final decisions but that will come. They are young players and young players do not always make the right decisions, but we are getting better as a team and when it doesn’t go our way we show character.

“They are growing into it and it is my job to keep improving them and pushing them.”

Despite a fourth defeat in five games, Wolves’ boss Walter Zenga refused to be too downcast.

He said: “It is a little frustration with the situation. I think the team created and played well and tried to do the positive things.

“The negative point should be if the team doesn’t play and doesn’t create anything.

“The team played well and created chances. We have to convert these chances into goals.

“We have to continue to work hard, don’t think everything is negative because the only negative is the result.

“We had an important meeting after the game, only me and the players, and I am sure 100 per cent that things are going to change.

“Sometimes it is important that you are talking not between coach and player but between man and man and the response was important.

“With all the chances that we created and the style that we played I don’t think anyone can blame us.”

Wolves frustrations were summed up in stoppage time when Helder Costa blazed over the bar.

Zenga added: “How can I blame Helder? He is running like a horse for 90 minutes. He is the best player on the pitch. He has received 100 fouls.”

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