Leeds manager Simon Grayson hailed Max Gradel after the tricky forward's impressive display in a 5-2 thrashing of Yorkshire rivals Doncaster.

The former Leicester man opened the scoring in a dominant Leeds display at Elland Road, and although goals from Billy Sharp and Franck Moussa gave Rovers an undeserved lead just after half-time, Grayson's side were not to be denied the three points. Skipper Jonny Howson equalised soon after Moussa's strike and further goals from Luciano Becchio, Gradel and another from Howson ensured Leeds were rewarded for an impressive attacking display.

Grayson was thrilled with the manner of his side's victory and particularly the form of Gradel, saying: "He (Gradel) just epitomises what this team is about. He's got quality but also a great work ethic. The way he chases down defenders and works rubs off on his team-mates and he is a breath of fresh air, a joy to work with."

He added: "He's reaping the rewards for his endeavour and enthusiasm and he's a great lad to work with."

"The game should have been won by half-time. We were disappointed when it was 1-1 at half-time and even worse when it was 2-1.

"But the players showed great spirit and determination and I thought we were outstanding. It could have been any score.

"We wasted good opportunities, got hit with the sucker punch for the second goal, but in the end it was a deserved victory."

Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll was left to rue some poor defending from his side and backed Leeds to secure a play-off place.

"The manner of the goals in the second half disappointed me. To concede a goal 30 seconds after you've scored and when you look at the DVD we weren't even ready for the kick-off, in this division you can't switch off especially against a quality side like Leeds.

"Credit to them, they've created chances all afternoon and their front six is probably as good as anything in the league. They'll be a side that you wouldn't mind a bet on being in the play-offs, and anyone who gets in the play-offs has got a chance."

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