New Leeds United boss delighted with fans response

Brian McDermott on the sidelines in his first match in charge of Leeds United against Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: IAN HARBER
Brian McDermott on the sidelines in his first match in charge of Leeds United against Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: IAN HARBER

Brian McDermott praised Leeds United supporters for the way they got behind the team as they ended the winless run in his first game as the club’s manager.

The Whites came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 and McDermott was delighted with the way his new players responded to their task and with the backing they received from the Elland Road crowd.

He said: “I said to the boys at half-time this crowd they want you to do well. Anything at all, they’ll want to get behind you, they are a fabulous crowd.

“They never got on the players’ backs at any time. They could have done, we were 1-0 down and it was a derby. They gave us everything and I felt they gave us a real lift.

“I think it’s a fantastic stadium and that support we got when we got it back to 1-1 was just phenomenal.

“I was really pleased. It was hard in the first half and we knew we shouldn’t have gone in a goal down but there was a good response after the interval, which was really important.

“We needed to pass the ball and create things and I thought the players were really brave in the second half.

“They were two very well-worked goals. The first was just over the line so I am glad the referee and linesman spotted it and the second was a fantastic bit of skill from Ross McCormack and a really good header by Luke Varney.

“Wednesday have been on a good run. You have to give them credit for that, so it was a really big win for us.”