Leeds boss Simon Grayson hailed his side's performance after they ended a winless run of five games in all competitions with a 2-0 victory over Colchester.

Jermaine Beckford struck twice to take his goal tally for the season to 24 as United sank their promotion rivals at Elland Road, but Grayson was equally as happy with the clean sheet.

"We defended really well as a team. We looked very hard to beat and were resilient, restricting them to very few chances," said Grayson. "I expected that reaction because the players were disappointed and wounded by the defeat at Swindon in midweek."

He added: "It will be a different game against Spurs [in the FA Cup replay] because they won't be as direct at Colchester and will play the ball around more. We will go into Wednesday's replay still as underdogs but with nothing to lose. If we can beat Tottenham it will give us a major psychological boost because they are a top team."

Grayson handed debuts to Gary McSheffrey and Shane Lowry and the loan signings slotted in smoothly before the latter limped off with cramp 19 minutes from time.

"I was pleased with both of them, especially as they only trained with us on Friday," added Grayson.

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