Lewis Cook believes Leeds United’s season is back on course after a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town helped redeem a result which head coach Steve Evans called the “worst of my career”.
Clinical finishing at Huddersfield on Saturday – culminating in another sensational strike from Alex Mowatt – earned Leeds back-to-back victories for the first time this season and continued their recovery from a dire defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
United’s campaign reached a low ebb on October 29 when a goal after 17 seconds contributed to Blackburn’s 2-0 win at Elland Road and sparked protests against owner Massimo Cellino but Evans’ squad responded last week by seeing off Cardiff City and taking the honours from a dramatic derby at Huddersfield.
Evans’ side scored twice in eight minutes of first-half stoppage time – once through Mirco Antenucci and again through Chris Wood – to establish a 2-0 lead and Mowatt’s blistering 54th-minute effort left Town with no way back.
Midfielder Cook said: “The last two games have been a big lift for us all. We knew we had to bounce back after Blackburn and we have. Now we need to carry it on.
“Things are clicking. We’re really up for every game, trying to press teams and force mistakes. The feeling in the camp is great.
“We’re focusing on the football and everyone’s been buzzing.”
Evans has been in charge at Elland Road for five matches since replacing Uwe Rosler and the Blackburn game was his first home fixture as head coach.
It followed 1-1 draws at Bolton Wanderers and Fulham and Evans said: “Fulham was very good, we should have won. Bolton was not so good but second half we should have won.
“I described Blackburn, the first 15 minutes, as probably the worst (experience) of my career but our way of working is coming through.”
Mowatt has played a key role in the past week, claiming his first goal of the season in spectacular style against Cardiff and producing another eye-catching finish from 25 yards at Huddersfield.
“Mow’ did it for the second game in a row,” Cook said.
“He’s not one to brag but we’re all proud of him for getting two goals like he has.
“I felt we did well on the counter. As a team we’ve worked hard on the final ball. But there’s more to come from us because our final ball can improve.”
Cook is due to link up with England’s Under-19s this week, a call-up which will rule him out of a friendly arranged by Evans against Wycombe Wanderers this Friday night.
“I’m glad to be part of things with England,” Cook said. “Putting that shirt on is great. I love it. The standard is really good and that helps me with Leeds.”