Sunday 21 January 2018

McDermott happy with Leeds' point against Leicester

Brian McDermott Picture: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Brian McDermott Picture: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Brian McDermott was happy with a point after his Leeds side played out a goalless draw at Leicester yesterday.

There was little to write home about as the two failed to light up the King Power Stadium – with City striker Chris Wood's late shot against the post the stand-out moment.

That was the only incident to cause McDermott concern, though, as he watched his side extend their unbeaten start to the season to three games.

"They hit the post, but we started well and I thought we might have nicked a goal," he said.

"But this is not an easy place to come and get a result. Home or away you try and win the game and it is what it is. We've got four points. We have a couple of good results."

With this result and last week's win against Brighton, Leeds have taken four points from two of last season's play-off semi-finalists.

Leicester are also waiting to taste defeat this season and boast an identical record to that of Leeds – two victories and a draw.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola urged his side not to get carried away after Saturday's 6-1 thrashing of Bournemouth sent the Hornets to the top of the fledgling Championship standings.

"The best of us comes when we push forward, and we need to keep doing that as much as we can," he said. "It won't be like this every week, though. Everyone has to be calm and keep their feet on the carpet.

"It is a long season and there will be many difficulties."

Nottingham Forest and Blackpool also boasted 100 per cent records after the opening two weekends, but both left it late to triumph yesterday.


Speaking after Darius Henderson's stoppage-time strike secured a 1-0 success at Blackburn, Forest manager Billy Davies said: "I think we deserved it. This was a very close encounter.

"The second half was end to end but overall you get what you deserve and I thought Henderson got what he deserved with his performance."

Scott Wiseman's stoppage-time own goal saw Blackpool edge Barnsley 1-0 at Bloomfield Road – much to the delight of Seasiders boss Paul Ince.

"I'd pretty much resigned myself to it being a goalless draw to be honest," he said.

The Tykes' defeat left them as one of six teams yet to collect a point in the Championship.

One of those sides – Millwall – was beaten 3-0 at Ipswich, with own goals from Shane Lowry and Mark Beevers sandwiching a fine header from Tractor Boys centre-back Tommy Smith.

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