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Warnock happy with Leeds strikers

26 August 2012

Neil Warnock admitted Leeds' attacking players were back in his good books after a first away win of the season as Leeds beat Peterborough 2-1 at London Road Stadium.

Argentinian hitman Luciano Becchio swooped for both goals as Leeds ensured struggling hosts Peterborough equalled their worst start to a Football League season.

Becchio broke the deadlock after seven minutes with a smart finish past home keeper Bobby Olejnik, and doubled the advantage five minutes into the second period when allowed a free header to convert a classy Ross McCormack chip to take his goal return to four in as many matches this term.

Warnock had been hugely critical of his front four for their displays in defeat at Blackpool in midweek but it was a different story on this occasion. He said: "We thoroughly deserved the victory. The front players were poor in the defeat at Blackpool and I let them know as much, but they were much better in this game.

"We looked dangerous, Luciano got his goals and we did a very professional job. You always get greedy when a couple of goals up but I thought we could have seen it out before Peterborough got their goal back."

Peterborough did halve their arrears when summer signing Michael Bostwick volleyed in a spectacular first goal for the club in the 73rd minute, but they could not summon a late fightback.

It is 40 years since the only previous occasion in which Posh lost their opening three league matches in a season. That was in the 1972/73 campaign.

Manager Darren Ferguson headed straight into a post-match meeting with chairman Darragh MacAnthony before eventually appearing to tell the media his team must cut out the silly errors.

Ferguson said: "We're giving away poor goals at poor times and giving ourselves a mountain to climb in matches. Leeds' first was as a result of a mistake and the second came after we had lost the ball.

"When we got it back to 2-1 I thought we might get something out of the game but it wasn't to be. Our final ball is letting us down but the final 20 minutes were positive and we have to take that forward."


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