Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott has saluted the sense of "optimism" that prevailed at Elland Road after the end of a disappointing season on Saturday.

The Peacocks ended their 2013/14 Championship campaign at 15th, after being held to a 1-1 draw by playoff contenders Derby County.

The manager felt that his team could easily have won their last league match with a bit of luck and was impressed with the way they were able to create chances against a "very good team."

The visitors were given an early lead in the sixth minute, but were denied a victory as Matt Smith levelled the score in the 49th minute.


“We went down early doors which was disappointing”, the 53-year-old told his club's official site.

“I thought the team created a lot of chances against a very good team."

Speaking about the fan reception at the end of the match the former Reading boss said: "The reception at the end was phenomenal.

"There was so much optimism, it was tremendous.”

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