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Birthday joy for Adkins

11 March 2014

Manager delighted with 4-2 win

On the day he turned 49, manager Nigel Adkins saw his team pick up a fantastic 4-2 win at Elland Road, and the boss heaped praise on his players for a great display.

In scoring four goals we showed great attacking prowess, but once Leeds got back to 4-2 we had to dig deep to see the game out as the home side threw caution to the wind in search of a result.

Adkins said, "I was really, really pleased tonight and I thought it was a well-deserved, excellent victory. The players were top drawer and came with the right mentality.

"I thought tonight showed we can play, and we can also see a game out. We started the game ever so well, the football in the first half was exceptional.

"We quietened the crowd, and for the first half we had an excellent shape, we were assertive in our pressing which led to the first goal from Garath.

"Kaspars came into the side, Michael had a great game at Brighton, they targeted Jordan with balls knocked up but Kaspars dealt with it plus interest.

"Hal played the number 9 role ever so well, he looked after the ball, and Royston in the free role gave them all sorts of problems, he had an excellent game I must say.

"The wingers worked ever so hard as well. It could have been more than 1-0 at half time, and then second half we expected them to come out of the blocks, but it was us who did that.

"We started the second half with a great kick off, back to Chris Gunter, then up for a free kick on the edge of the box and what a goal from Royston. Like I say, he was excellent.

"Then Nick Blackman scores, Hal as well, we're on the front foot and lo and behold we concede one, it bobbled across and then a wondergoal for 4-2 which changes the game.

"They brought the big centre forward on, shelled it in and so we had to show the other side to win the game. Hector came on, the lads defended manfully which they have to do.

"We showed resilience to defend our box, and we dealt with the threat as Leeds gambled.

"Overall, we showed great spirit to come to Leeds and get three points."

Meanwhile, McCleary will be assessed after coming off with an injury, and Danny Williams & Pavel Pogrebnyak are also in the treatment room.

We now face Derby at home on Saturday, and the boss is looking forward to another exciting match.

Nigel said, "It's an important game, as they all are. We need everybody to get behind us, get behind the players and drive them on because that can make all the difference."



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