Leeds United: Relief for Whites as confidence is restored - Gray

GOOD SIGNS: Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci takes on Bolton's Tim Ream. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
GOOD SIGNS: Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci takes on Bolton's Tim Ream. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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The important thing was that the club got the win against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday before the international break to get a bit of confidence going for the players and the fans.

When you are not winning games, things get pretty despondent and now we will just have to wait and see what happens in the international break at the football club now.

I don’t think anyone really knows yet which way it is going to go in terms of who will be the new coach.

Neil Refearn has got a lot to consider. He has done very well at the academy when you look at the players who have come through and I thought the two young boys who came in, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, did very well on Saturday.

Lewis looks as if he will be a top player. He has certainly got the attributes.

He knows how to pass the ball and knows how to get in the game. I think he can make his mark in a big way in the future.

The whole thing about the game was that Bolton should have got something out of it. But our goalkeeper had one of those days where everything stuck.

I also thought their ’keeper was poor for our goal when he couldn’t deal with that cross from Stephen Warnock.

He just seemed to misjudge it and it looks as if he just dived over the ball.

He will have been disappointed getting beaten from that angle. You shouldn’t get beaten with a cross-shot from there.

For us, everyone must have been happy with the effort and the work-rate, the fans especially. That was noticeable.

It’s obvious they have done a lot of work on the training ground.

But Bolton still had the chances to win the game. I thought Marco Silvestri made a wonderful save to tip Joe Mason’s shot onto the crossbar and then Jermaine Beckford obviously missed with the header at the end.

We were maybe a bit lucky in the second half, but it was all about just getting a win, that was the important thing.

I thought that Mirco Antenucci did well on Saturday. He made good runs and got the ball to feet and involved people and him and Billy Sharp looked quite good, especially in the first half.

The second half was more backs-against-the-wall. But even then, he showed some good work in carrying the ball deep in their half, although at times, we struggled to go past the halfway line.

Everyone worked hard. Giuseppe Bellusci had a ding-dong with Craig Davies.

I thought Casper Sloth did well too and looks a decent player, although he obviouly tired a bit in the second half and that was why he came off.

But we were playing against a side struggling near the bottom of the table, so we have to put it in perspective really and we struggled to get something out of the game.

Obviously, David Hockaday has now left the club and it was a difficult job for him.

It was always going to be, given the circumstances of coming from his last job in non-league to Leeds United.

I thought he did okay. He worked hard at the job and tried to get the best out of the players. But now obviously, we move on.

The owner has made a decision and it will be interesting to see which way we go now.

I have not got any real thoughts regarding the new man.

Whoever comes in; I don’t care who it is, even if it was Jose Mourinho, it would be a tough job!

The thing about it is there are that many teams in the Championhip who all have aspirations of getting in that top six and gettting into the Premier League.

It is certainly not an easy league to get out of.

You just hope we can go on a little run after this break and get ourselves into contention coming up to the busy Christmas period near that top-six area.

That is what we have got to be aiming at.

Whatever people say, there is always going to be an expectation level at Leeds United to be in the top division.

But football is not like that; things don’t get given to you.

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