It wasn’t pretty, If Reading Boss Jaap Stam had been watching, he would have no doubt had something to say (after his rant at Leeds fans last week for chanting boring boring Reading), but quite frankly who cares?
A win is a win and Leeds’s 1-0 win over Brentford on Saturday was the type of victory that proves pivotal in the race for the play-offs come May.
Defender and captain Kyle Bartley was the hero as he headed home the winner in the 89th minute to the rapturous chants of the home fans.
The match produced few chances for either side but Brentford thought they had the lead early on only to see Scott Hogan’s strike rightly ruled out for being offside.
The win establishes Leeds’s play off credentials and gives Garry Monk his fourth win in the last five league games and he had this to say at the final whistle: –
“We’ve won seven of our last nine home games and that’s great, but it was obvious we weren’t at our best today. I thought we looked tired, especially in the first 60 minutes.
“The sense was that it was going to be one of those days, but it was a great header from Barts and I think the roof came off the place when that goal went in.
“It’s great to see that mentality, fight and spirit from the players to keep going right to the end.”
Over the weekend there has been mounting speculation that Bundesliga high flyers RB Leipzig are interested in signing Leeds academy product Rolando Vieira after impressing for the whites this season.
(Ronaldo Vieira Photo Credit footballinsider)
Backed by the seemingly insurmountable wealth of Red Bull, Leipzig are reportedly ‘scouring’ the globe for the world’s best footballing talent and have been rumoured to have earmarked 18-year-old Vieira as a possible transfer.
Vieira has made 19 appearances for Garry Monks side this season largely thanks to Liam Bridcutt’s injury and has emerged as a vital player as Leeds push for promotion.
Mere speculation at the moment but if Leeds fail in their bid for promotion then it is inevitable that clubs will come knocking, however at only 18 Vieira has time on his side and needs more time to establish himself as the true talent we all believe him to be.