LEEDS UNITED coach Jason Blunt has hailed the ‘never-say-die’ attitude of the Whites’ development squad after they came from behind to beat Brentford 2-1 at Elland Road.
The victory - thanks to late goals in the last 11 minutes from Dario del Fabro and substitute Luke Parkin - kept United on course for the end-of-season Professional Development Squad play-offs later this spring.
United, whose line-up included Adryan, Brian Montenegro, Kalvin Phillips, Lewis Walters and Chris Dawson, produced a dominant display, but surprisingly fell behind on the hour to a breakaway goal from Bees’ striker Courtney Senior.
But strikes from Del Fabro and Parkin provided Leeds with a belated reward.
Blunt said: “The group have been together a long time now since being kids and there’s a willingness to back each other up and keep on driving on.
“The way they apply themselves in training is the same and they have that never-say-die attitude.
“There were some excellent performances. I thought Kalvin was excellent and Tyler Denton came into it in the second half and Chrissie Dawson was excellent. But I thought it was great team performance.
“From minute one, we played some great football. We missed some earlier opportunities that we should have taken, but I thought there was a desire from the boys to get going.
“We played through the thirds and passed the ball really well and there were some great individual performances.
“We kept on playing and got our rewards.”
Parkin was mobbed by his team-mates after heading home Dawson’s corner on 85 minutes to enable Leeds to claim victory, with Blunt particularly pleased for the youngster.
He added: “Parko has been in and out of the team with other people playing, but the lad never gives up and always comes on and effects the game.”