Leeds United 1 - 0 Burnley - Post Match Reaction
By Sid1
Monday 02 May 2011 11:09:00
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Leeds United have all but since had their play off ambitions dashed following Nottingham Forest's comprehensive 5-1 victory over Scunthorpe United. United's 1-0 defeat of Burnley keeps Leeds mathematically in the hunt for sixth place, albeit by needing a miracle this weekend on the final day of the season.

Sky Sports viewers and a capacity filled Elland Road were treated to a highly polished home performance from Simon Grayson's men. Ross McCormack registered his first United goal since his transfer from Cardiff City and could have added to his tally had it not been for Brian Jensen in the Burnley goal.

For large periods United dominated, not allowing Burnley the opportunity to claw back into the game. Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen kept the Clarets still within one strike of United thwarting Jonny Howson, Billy Paynter, Max Gradel, Ross McCormack and Andy O'Brien on multiple occasions. Jensen, speaking after the match conceded that United were the better side.

"We are very disappointed, but looking at the game today I think they were better than us and we have to take that on the chin.

"We know what are a good footballing team we are. They knew we could hurt them if they let us play and they didn't do that and it paid off for them."

Ross McCormack who scored the match winning goal on 33 minutes looked lively and composed with possession. His finish belied his 19 match goal drought; shaping to shoot into one corner McCormack fooled the brilliant Jensen beating him at his near post. The Scottish international talked post match about the confidence he has in his own ability.

" It's known that if you're a goalscorer that you don't panic in front of goal, and I've got confidence that I can score at this level and even at the next level."

United manager Simon Grayson who recalled McCormack for his first start since January was full of praise in the manner of United's victory.

"The manner of the performance was pleasing. With the ball, we created some really good chances and without the ball, we were hard to beat. We kept a clean sheet and deservedly won the game."

United need a six goal turn around with Forest travelling away to Crystal Palace who've only been defeated once since October at Selhurst Park, and Leeds travelling away to already promoted Queens Park Rangers.




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