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Silence the key

Posted: Sat 27 Oct 2012
Author: Paddy Day
Lee Clark celebrates with matchwinner Leroy Lita.

Lee Clark celebrates with matchwinner Leroy Lita.

Image by: Press Association

Lee Clark’s game plan of keeping the Elland Road faithful quiet was followed to perfection by his charges.

The visitors’ quick start ensured they had a foothold on the game, which led to a dampened atmosphere in the home end – something which pleased Clark.

The Blues boss, who turns 40 today, told “I think the first-half set the tone. We dictated the tempo of the game. We kept good possession of the ball and we did what we set out to try and do at the start, and that was to try and nullify the affect of the crowd by us being in control of the match and the crowd not using their influence in terms of getting behind their term.

“We were in control of the game, kept good possession and then obviously in the second-half when Leeds came at us a bit more we had to withstand a bit of pressure. The lads stood strong, defended well and we scored a goal that’s worthy to win any game.”

He added: “I’m delighted we kept a clean sheet. To come here and get any sort of result is difficult because of the way Neil gets his teams playing; high tempo, in your face football and you have to combat that and we’re delighted with it.”

In a tight affair a piece of brilliance was needed by Leroy Lita to grab a deserved three points, but few would have predicted the striker would try his luck from all of 30-yards.

Clark concluded: “I was actually shouting my head off for him to pass it because Chris Burke was running on the outside of him and I thought he was going to roll him in. We had a two-on-one but as soon as it left his foot it went like a rocket and as I said it’s worthy to win any foot."