Leeds United boss Brian McDermott has heaped praise on his players and their fans, after the side opened their Championship account with a win.

The Yorkshire outfit secured a 2-1 victory over Brighton at Elland Road last Saturday as 30,000 fans cheered them on, the club's highest total for an opening game in more than a decade.

“We’d worked hard in pre-season, but when the season starts and there’s 30,000 plus it’s a different kettle of fish,” McDermott told the club's website. “You have to use the crowd to your advantage and they dragged us over the line.

“I’ve been here before with away teams, but never seen it like that. It was a different level, right from the anthem before the game. It was different. When we went 1-0 down there were no rumblings, everyone kept together. I’d have loved to see the volume of noise after the goal."

An equaliser from Luke Murphy, after Brighton had gone 1-0 up, followed by a last-minute winner from new signing Matt Smith, was enough to drag Leeds over the line and notch up their first three points.

Manager McDermott was keen, though, to reiterate the need to keep level headed as they continue in their opening fixtures.

He said: "Sometimes you have to dig deep and work hard in a group, and we did that. It was really encouraging, but we can’t get carried away.”


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