Eddie Gray: Leeds United can be Bourne again after fine victory

WORLD AT HIS FEET: Leeds United's Lewis Cook. Picture by Tony Johnson.
WORLD AT HIS FEET: Leeds United's Lewis Cook. Picture by Tony Johnson.
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TUESDAY night’s win against Bournemouth came in a great game and I thought we played really well.

The midfield players were outstanding and it was a great goal by Luke Murphy. I thought he, Lewis Cook and Rodolph Austin played really well and they’ve got to keep that up. There’s got to be that consistency.

At times, we rode our luck as Bournemouth had some great chances and obviously they missed a penalty kick but overall it was a terrific performance against a team that are flying high.

You’ve got to give the players all the credit for that and hopefully we can pick up from this.

We’re still in trouble as you look at the league and it’s still tight down there but at least we’ve pulled away from teams now so it gives us a bit of breathing space. That should give the players a lot of confidence to go on and give the same type of performances like against Birmingham and Bournemouth.

We’ve got to be looking up the league now, we’ve got to get up there and start getting into a reasonable position. And we’ve got to start playing like we did against Bournemouth at home and put teams under pressure.

I don’t think Bournemouth expected us to play at such a high tempo and that upset their rhythm. In saying that, they are still a good side and they can probably consider themselves a little bit unfortunate not to get a result. But from our point of view it was as good a performance as we have put on for quite a while.

Cook obviously shone again and he is a terrific player. He plays with a maturity, he’s got good ability, good pace and he works hard in games.

And I still think there’s parts of his game he’ll need to work on, like his finishing. He gets himself into some good positions and once he starts getting the ball in the back of the net a bit he’ll be even better as a midfielder player.

One way or the other he’ll play in the Premier League and I hope it’s with us. He’s a young player just now and he’s got plenty of time as he’s still 17 and he’s not 18 until next month.

He’s got a lot of time on his hands but he’s maturing fast and there will be people watching.

The quicker we can get in the Premier League with him in the side and the likes of Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt the better it will be for the football club in the long run.

But I am also pleased for Luke Murphy as well because he was out in the cold for a while but he’s come back and since he’s come back he’s played very well. He’s got to be delighted with his performances.

I see we have made our first January signing in Sol Bamba but I don’t really know much about him.

But I hear he’s a big centre back and we still look like conceding goals so the more people we can get in with quality the better.

It’s good that we have signed somebody and it just lets people know that the club are still in the market for players given all that’s gone on. He’s had a season in the Championship with Leicester before that will stand him in good stead and hopefully he will come in and pick us up a bit.

It doesn’t make any difference what players we need – as long as you are bringing better quality in.

Obviously we need players and if the players you are bringing in are of a better quality than the players at the football club then of course you need them.

We’re back in action next Saturday at Huddersfield and they had a good result this weekend away from home at Wigan.

They are going quite well and that will be a test – it’s always a test there.

Off the field, Massimo Cellino has now officially resigned but I don’t think there’s much to worry about.

I think he’ll be back to pick up the helm again and hopefully take the club forward.

All we know is he’s back on April 10 – he’s coming back and that’s what he says.

Hopefully when he comes back we’ll be in a safe position in the league and everything will be running smoothly.

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