Leeds United head coach Garry Monk has lavished praise on his side’s performance last night against Blackburn, and feels it was a step in the right direction.

A Kyle Bartley goal in the final minutes of the game earned Monk’s men the three points against Blackburn with a 2-1 win, and it was also their first win at Elland Road since mid-April.

Monk’s men dominated the game and took the lead when Chris Wood opened the scoring in the 66th minute, but a Marvin Emnes strike levelled the scores at Elland Road.

However, the goal from Bartley calmed down the nerves and earned the points for Monk, who was absolutely delighted with the display last night by his men.

He admits that in recent weeks he has tried to compromise with his style of football to get results, but feels for large parts of the game last night his side played the kind of football he wants to see.  


The Leeds boss admits that they still need to improve a lot to find consistency but the performance against Blackburn was a step in the right direction.

Monk told BBC Radio Leeds: “When I look overall in all the games, I have sacrificed little bit of my style for substance.

“I think that’s not me; a manager likes to play with a certain style, a certain way, in a certain belief – I pushed that into my players on a daily basis.

"It’s important that we go out on a matchday and show that belief, and I think we showed that tonight.

“I think we have shown that in some spells in other games, but I think just the way we were – without the ball we were aggressive, we were pressing, we were trying to be all over them.

“And with the ball we tried to move it quickly, find a way to attack and use the ball in good areas. I think we did that tonight, and that’s what we are trying to build here.

“It’s only one game, there is a lot we need to do, and do it even better but I am just very pleased with everyone, it’s a step in the right direction.”

Monk and his men will look to build on their performance when they travel to Wales to take on Cardiff City on Saturday.