Watch: Thomas Christiansen’s post-match press conference after Leeds United’s 3-1 win at QPR

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Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen praised his defence after Kemar Roofe’s hat-trick clinched a 3-1 victory at QPR.

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Thomas Christiansen directs his players from the sidelines at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon. 
Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Thomas Christiansen directs his players from the sidelines at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Roofe was the visitors’ hero but Christiansen felt the way his side dealt with Rangers’ former Leeds target man Matt Smith was crucial.

“In the first half we were not good but in the second we were better and it was important to score the first goal,” Christiansen said.

“The whole defensive line was much better. We’ve had five games now where we have defended better and believe we’re stronger.

“They came under pressure and we defended well, because it was difficult with QPR’s direct play with Smith up front. It was a tough test for the defence.

FLOORED: Leeds United's Kemar Roofe celebrates his hat-trick strike against QPR at Loftus Road. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

FLOORED: Leeds United's Kemar Roofe celebrates his hat-trick strike against QPR at Loftus Road. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

“We have had five very good performances and I’m very pleased with the team, the performance and of course the result.”

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