Leeds United forward Luke Varney has heaped praise on new manager Brian McDermott after his inspirational half-time speech saw his side seal their first win in over a month.
McDermott, who was appointed manager of the Elland Road side on Friday, witnessed his side come from behind to win 2-1 against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Varney, who scored both goals in the comeback win, admitted it was a major relief to get a positive result for the former Reading chief, who replaced Neil Warnock in charge of the Whites.
"To have a positive outcome after a football match is what we were looking for and we got that on Saturday," Varney told the official Leeds website.
"The gaffer gave a good speech at half time and told us not to have any fear and I think that showed."
Varney was also impressed with the way the McDermott took charge of the match despite taking the reins less than 24 hours before Saturday's vital Championship clash.
"It shows a lot about the bloke, he's basically come in on Friday afternoon and sat in the dugout on Saturday. Most managers would have just sat in the stands, looked on and picked up the pieces for Tuesday," added Varney.
McDermott had previously stated the Leeds role was the only job he would have taken at this late stage of the season.
The Whites host Burnley on Tuesday before travelling to the Amex Stadium to face play-off candidates Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend. Victory against the Owls has all-but assured Leeds' safety in the second tier.
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