Warnock hails heroic Leeds

Leeds manager Neil WarnockLeeds manager Neil Warnock was delighted with his team’s 2-1 FA Cup victory over Tottenham, describing his players as “heroes”.

Goals from Luke Varney and Ross McCormack put the home side ahead, before Clint Dempsey pulled one back for the Londoners.

Despite some tense moments in the closing stages the Championship side held on, much to the delight of Warnock:

“It’s a fabulous performance, it’s a great day for us. The atmosphere was good, two cracking goals.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

“There were a lot of heroes today. It was a typical FA Cup tie today.”

The visitors fielded a number of their first-choice stars, including the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, but Leeds managed to match their top-tier opponents.

Warnock highlighted the performances of defensive duo Aidy White and Sam Byram as key in keeping Spurs’ attacking line fairly quiet across the 90 minutes:

“I thought Aidy and Sam got done occasionally, but they’ve learned so much today against top-class opposition,

“It’s not very often that Aaron Lennon has an ineffective game as he did today, and we handled Gareth well as well.”

Star striker Luciano Becchio was missing for the Peacocks, amid reports that he is set to leave the club after handing in a transfer request.

But, Warnock refused to suggest that the Argentine’s actions have been disruptive, and insisted that even if he had have been fit and focused he would not have made the starting XI:

“If I’d have thought Becchio would have been fit today or in the right frame of mind I would still have played this team.”

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