Leeds ruin Garry Monk's return to Elland Road

Leeds ruin Garry Monk's return to Elland Road

Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen expects his side to climb back up the Sky Bet Championship table after a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough.

A battling display against Monk's men proved the tonic Leeds required, with Pablo Hernandez sending it on its way in the 24th minute as he stabbed in from close range after Ezgjan Alioski's cross had been flicked on by Kalvin Phillips. We're off the back of a good run, and deserved to pick up at least a point.

The former Leeds United manager, who left the club for Teesside in the summer, endured constant taunts that even extended to obscenities involving the dead paedophile and predatory sex offender Jimmy Savile.

"No. Garry or me, we are not playing", Christiansen said. 'We've got real belief and we want to keep proving people wrong'.

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Monk's side were handed a lifeline in controversial fashion by one of the assistant referees, who flagged after spotting Luke Ayling and Daniel Ayala grappling in the area before a corner.

"When the referee gave a penalty for the opponent, the character and responsibility the players took on the pitch was flawless and I congratulate them".

"I think sometimes when we get the big man up front, unless you can run in behind and got the pace to trouble and run out wide - static strikers, it falls right into the hands of the centre-halves". It's about my team and the players on the pitch and we're disappointed with the result and should have got more.

Monk, whose side came in to the game on the back of three successive league wins, felt they did not deserve to lose. We were just better in this game.

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