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Grayson salutes team performance

15 Oct 2011 09:35:32

Grayson salutes team performance

Simon Grayson was able to celebrate his 150th game in charge of Leeds with 'almost a complete performance' as his side clinched their first away success of the season in the npower Championship with a 3-0 win at Doncaster.

Grayson, installed as Gary McAllister's successor at Elland Road in 2008, was unaware he had reached the milestone, but was left in no doubt as to how much his side has improved since the opening day surrender at Southampton as goals from Danny Pugh, Ross McCormack and Tom Lees lifted them up to fifth place in the table.

Grayson said: "I didn't know about the 150th game, but it's not about me, it's about the team and it was a real team performance. Individuals will get the credit because that's the nature of the game, but it was a team performance and every one of them contributed."

He added: "It was a very good performance, very professional. There were a lot of good things, the work rate, we pressed well and made them make mistakes. And we defended very well as a team and as individuals. The players were determined to keep a clean sheet. It's been a good night for us.

"It wasn't far off the complete performance. We moved it round and caused them problems."

Leading goalscorer McCormack struck his 10th goal of the season with a superb overhead kick and, although the former Blackpool boss acknowledged the Scot's brilliance, he was full of praise for his strike partner Andy Keogh.

Grayson added: "There's good combination play between them. Keogh did ever so well without possession. Ross took his opportunity because he's very confident in his own ability. Ever since Andy's been here he's shown his quality and work rate. It's a shame he hit the crossbar late on because I thought he deserved a goal.

"His understanding with Ross is there for everyone to see. He's shown his qualities in the Premier League and for the Republic of Ireland and he's keeping two good players out. But they've got to keep working hard because [Luciano] Becchio and [Mikael] Forssell are ready to step in."

Doncaster boss Dean Saunders was left "flabbergasted" by his side's defending as they slumped to their first defeat since the Welshman replaced Sean O'Driscoll.

Saunders said: "I've learned more tonight than I have in the three games before and I've got to have a think about the personnel and the way we try and play. Have we got the right players for what I want us to do? We've lots of nice pretty footballers, but we've not got many Roy Keane types. If our football isn't working we struggle to resist."


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