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Grayson - Reward for the fans
Published : 04 Jan 2010 08:06:10
Leeds United's long-suffering supporters finally got their reward in a glorious FA Cup third round victory at Manchester United on Sunday.
That is the view of manager Simon Grayson, whose League One leaders valiantly clung on to the first-half lead given to them by Jermaine Beckford and in the end claimed a deserved triumph, and a fourth round trip to Tottenham.
"Our football club has had a lot of negativity over the last five years," said Grayson. "We have been in administration and we have been relegated. I said when I came to the club, we had reached rock bottom and would not go any lower. But our fans were there for us."
He added: "It is not just about taking 9,000 to Old Trafford.
"We have taken 3,000 to Bristol Rovers on a Tuesday night. Every away allocation, we sell. We regularly get 25,000 at home.
"There have been times when they might have downed tools and decided football was an expensive business and supported the team from home.
"But they have followed us the length and breadth of the country. They deserved this result."
A fourth round match at Tottenham would not be much of a reward for many clubs but for Leeds, whose main aim is to haul themselves back into the Championship, it seems somehow fitting given their reunion with former players Robbie Keane, Jonathan Woodgate and Aaron Lennon.
"It's another fantastic draw and another game that could have been quite easily a Premier League fixture five or six years ago," said Grayson.