Garry Monk's observations on Reading and look ahead to Brentford on Saturday: Wood very doubtful for Saturday, needs another scan on his injury, hopeful it's not serious, O'Kane out of the game and another he hopes doesn't need a operation, Hernandez back in training, said he was "embarrassed for him" when asked about Reading manager Japp Stam, acknowledged that emotions can run high after matches, as a manager he tries to be 'adaptable',
On Rowett being sacked by Birmingham City when they are seventh in the Championship; "Whatever way you put it it's an unbelievable decision. I don't think he deserved to lose his job."
A satisfied Monk.
Leeds wins 11
Brentford wins 9
Last five games
Brentford 1 Leeds 1 Champ 16
Leeds 1 Brentford 1 Champ 15
Leeds 0 Brentford 1 Champ 15
Brentford 2 Leeds 0 Champ 14
Leeds 1 Brentford 1 Div 1 10
Leeds will hope to carry on where they left off on Tuesday, the 2-0 win over third placed Reading might not have impressed the visiting manager Japp Stam but the victory took Leeds back into the top six so they won't be too concerned with the ex manu players post match comments.
Leeds will probably be playing without fourteen goal striker Chris Wood who is struggling with a hamstring injury, either 'Sully' Doukara or Marcus Antonsson could lead the line. Captain Liam Bridcutt played as a first half substitute for Wood and came through without reaction so should start against Brentford, either Ronaldo Vieira or free from suspension Kalvin Phillips will partner him in midfield.
This might seem to most as a 'home banker' but Brentford have back to back wins in the last week and in Hogan have a striker on form.
I still think, even without Wood, Leeds can still get the three points. Leeds 2-1.
Leeds United vs Brentford
Team: One change, Kalvin Phillips replaced the injured Chris Wood. Green, Ayling, Bartley(c), Jansson, Taylor, Vieira, Phillips, Sacko, Roofe, Dallas, Doukara.
In a largely forgettable first half, Brentford's top scorer Hogan had a effort that brought the best out of Green, for Leeds Sacko engineered a chance for Dallas but his effort went over. With half time approaching, Brentford were denied the lead by the linesman's flag. The decision was the correct one as Hogan was clearly offside, a pretty ordinary first forty five minutes.
The second half brought a little more action than the first, Hogan theatrically went down in the area but his pleas fell on deaf referee ears, Egan should have put the visitors ahead, but his effort went wide. Ayling and Doukara both had good opportunities to open the score but failed with their efforts. With time nearly up it was left to 'Captain Fantastic' Kyle Bartley to head home from a Dallas cross, Brentford so nearly equalised in injury time but Egan's effort hit the bar and went over.
'Captain Fantastic' Kyle Bartley celebrates with Pontus Jansson after heading the winner.
Leeds fifth! Who'd have believed that after the early games, not many would have thought that even without key players at various periods the club would be going into the Christmas fixtures in such a healthy position in the Championship.
This result was ground out despite not playing at their best, also this team never gives up until the final whistle blows.
Men of the Match: Kyle Bartley, impressive throughout and 'Johnny on the spot' when it mattered, Luke Ayling also showed what a superb signing he has been.
Garry Monk: Said his team 'looked tired', but thought they would get that one chance, and take it, very impressed by crowds patience and admitted he expected a poor reception at the break, admitted that Wood was missed but stares we aren't a one man team, best he's seen Bartley play and said it's a 'big season' for the Swansea loanee.
Wood will hopefully train next week and along with Hernandez could be available against Preston, Pablo just "wasn't quite right" for today's game, Charlie Taylor has a Achilles problem so had to come off, will be assessed next week, ended by saying that Leeds are "in a good place" - which must be code for "we are flying".
A delighted top five Monk.
Dean Smith: "I'm very disappointed; I don't think we deserved that," said Smith. "For an hour we were very good and made a good team look average and added "It was a typical Championship game - chances at a premium and I'm was cruel to lose at the end".
Lots of praise for match-winner Kyle Bartley and for Luke Ayling for their performances yesterday. A general feeling that, like Burton Leeds got three points out of a game that looked destined to be a draw.
David Watkins look at the Brentford game, many Thanks DW
Heidi Haigh's reflects on how Leeds cemented their place in the top six of the Championship.
Many Thanks Heidi and we wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We so appreciate using your articles in our blog.
Leeds United under 23's 2 Bolton Wanderers 3. Eoghan Stokes and Tom Peace with the Leeds goals.
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner is hotly tipped to be leaving the Championship team, Wolfsburg are rumoured to be set to approach the well respected manager in the next few days.
Kyle Bartley was named in the Championship team of the week.
David Wagner has rejected the chance to manage Wolfsburg of the German League.
Daily Mirror - true or false?
Thoughts of the Head Coach on the recent impressive run: Leeds United: Best is still to come predicts boss Monk
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Here with LUTV's Thom Kirwin and Bernard Smith. Thom's behind the beard.
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