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Championship

Warnock proud of Leeds victory

23 September 2012

Leeds manager Neil Warnock had few complaints about his side's performance as they ended Nottingham Forest's unbeaten start to the npower Championship season with a 2-1 victory at Elland Road.

Goals from leading scorer Luciano Becchio and teenager Dom Poleon saw off the challenge of Forest in a match watched by potential investors from Bahrain, with talks at an advanced stage according to current Leeds owner Ken Bates.

"We had no man of the match because it was a fabulous team performance," Warnock said. "Every one of them worked their socks off."

The success not only ended a two-game losing run for Leeds, but allowed manager Neil Warnock to avenge the 7-3 defeat at the hands of the same opposition in March that he described as one of the worst nights of his career.

Warnock added: "I was proud of them, especially when you consider that Forest had players worth about four or five million quid on the bench.

"It was an exciting game and you just couldn't take your eyes away from it for a second.

"We've played some tough games so far and done well with the thin squad we've got."

The last unbeaten record in the Championship fell as a result of Forest's defeat, and manager Sean O'Driscoll blamed some of their troubles on referee Andy D'Urso.

"We didn't deserve anything in the first half," he said. "We did well for the first 10 minutes or so and, for the life of me, I can't see why Dexter Blackstock's goal was disallowed before they scored."

He added: "I would describe Andy D'Urso's performance as baffling. I haven't a clue what a foul is any more after those strange decisions, though it was a difficult game to referee."


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