Thursday, 17 February 2011

Leeds United News, Snodgrass praises defence,Bates admires Norwich.

Snodgrass praises defence.

Robert Snodgrass has been the stand-out performer for Leeds United in recent weeks, but despite another match-winning performance against Bristol City on Saturday, Snodgrass was quick to praise another area of the team.

Snodgrass told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the defence are the unsung heroes of the clubs promotion push: “The defence have been first class,” he said. After a shaky start to the season which saw the team concede six against Preston North End, five against Barnsley and four against Cardiff City, Leeds have tightened up the defence considerably. Saturday was the first time the side had managed to keep consecutive clean sheets since September and Snodgrass was quick to point out the importance of a solid back line: “They haven’t had as much attention as some other players here but if we’re going to get to the Premier League then this is the way it needs to be. If we keep clean sheets then we’re in business because we’re a team who score a lot of goals.”

Bates admires Norwich.

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has expressed his admiration for Saturday’s opponents Norwich City in his weekly address to Yorkshire Radio.

The two sides were promoted together from League One last season, and have both surprised many by being promotion contenders in their first season back in the Championship. Bates compared the two clubs by saying: "They're a good team, a good club and they're well run. We have a good manager, a good team, a good ground, great supporters, and we're being run carefully and wisely."

The clash on Saturday is being seen as real six pointer, with just two points separating Norwich in 3rd from Leeds in 6th place. The last three meetings have all been close, Leeds triumphing at Elland Road last season with a last minute Jermaine Beckford goal, but Norwich repaid Leeds by scoring a last minute winner of their own in March. This season the sides drew 1-1 at Carrow Road, and the Leeds chairman, despite wanting to win the game has high hopes for both teams: "It would be nice if we both got promotion this season, us automatically, them through the play-offs” he said.

Leeds extend Stewart trial

Leeds manager Simon Grayson will take a longer look at trialist midfielder Michael Stewart.

The former Scotland international, 29, has been training with Grayson's squad for the last two weeks.

Grayson said: "He's done OK while he's been here and shown the qualities that have seen him play for the likes of Manchester United and Hearts.

"Because he's done well and fitted in well, we're going to take more of a look at him and see how things go."

Stewart, who has won four caps for Scotland, began his career at Old Trafford and has had spells with Nottingham Forest, Hibernian and Hearts.

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