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LUFC Warnock - They all played their part

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock was delighted with the performance of his new look Leeds side as they got the season off to a great start with a 1-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Warnock gave league debuts to eight of his eleven summer signings and there was also a first championship start for young 18-year-old defender Sam Byram.

The Leeds boss thought the whole side played their part in a great performance and admitted he would have struggled to pick a man of the match.

Speaking on the Football League Weekend, Warnock said, "It was a cracking advertisement for the championship with end to end stuff. Wolves are a good side and they will not be far away.

"I knew it would be hard with so many new players. I thought the lads adapted are really gave a good account of themselves. I could not pick a man of the match, I thought they all played their part."


It was two of the clubs survivors from last season, who combined for the only goal of the game. A superb ball into the middle by Ross McCormack, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Saturday by signing a new three-year contract, found Luciano Becchio in the middle and his diving header gave Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme no chance.

Leeds were in control for most of the first half with McCormack going close, as well as Rodolph Austin, Paul Green and Sam Byram.

Paul Green was forced off with a knee injury close to half time and his departure saw Leeds lose a bit of their impetus in the second half. Despite Wolves coming into the game in the final quarter, Paddy Kenny in the Leeds game was untroubled as a resolute defence and midfield kept the visitors at bay.

Becchio and Luke Varney both had chances to increase Leeds lead in the second half but Leeds held on to secure their first opening day win since returning to the Championship in 2010.

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 19 2012

Time: 10:54AM

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A great team performance. Been a long time since the players could collectively leave the pitch with their heads held high. All gave it 100%.
king billy
Totally agree with you Billy, though at times when we needed to get our foot on the ball sometimes it was just hoofed away into no man's land when a decent pass would have done. All in all a great performance for the first game of the season.
trickyfandango
 

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