Grayson impressed with Somma

17 September 2010 11:00
Leeds manager Simon Grayson hinted striker Davide Somma did enough in the goalless Yorkshire derby draw at Doncaster to keep the shirt after making his first full league appearance for the club. The South African-born forward, farmed out on loan to Lincoln last season, was the outstanding player in a high quality encounter, crashing a 20-yard shot on to the crossbar in the first half and giving the Doncaster back four a torrid time throughout. Despite the lack of goals both sides served up eye-catching football, with Doncaster responding by hitting the woodwork themselves through Dean Shiels' superb curling effort soon after Somma's rocket had ignited the first half. Grayson, who made five changes after Tuesday night's miserable 5-2 defeat at Barnsley, said fans would "have to wait and see" whether Somma would be lining up against Sheffield United in his side's third straight all White Rose affair next Saturday. He said: "They have done themselves no harm in terms of keeping a clean sheet and the players that came in to the advanced areas of the pitch looked very comfortable and were a threat all night. Any time you make changes and give players the opportunities to come in, I'm always open for them to keep the shirt and there were some good performances." On Somma, Grayson added: "For him to have his first league start and put in the performance he did, he looked very assured. His hold up play was good, his movement was good and on another night he could quite easily have had a couple of goals."

Source: PA