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McDermott delighted with win

Brian McDermott was delighted with Leeds United's 4-0 win against Birmingham, with Lee Clark admitting his side were second best all afternoon.

Last Updated: 20/10/13 at 17:13 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: Saw his side thrash Birmingham

Brian McDermott: Saw his side thrash Birmingham

Leeds marched into a three-goal lead in the first half before adding a fourth late on in the second.

McDermott's side had been inconsistent in recent weeks but put pressure on their opponents from the first whistle.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, McDermott said that it was exactly what Leeds deserved.

McDermott said: "We have been trying to find a way to win and today we did.

"I think that's 10 wins from 20 since we've come to the club so it's been a funny little run.

"I thought the boys were really, really good and the international break came at exactly the right time for us. It gave us the opportunity to score some good goals today."

Leeds were led by Jamaican midfielder Rodolph Austin and McDermott reserved special praise for his captain.

McDermott added: "It's a good position for Rudy. I wanted to show him how much the Leeds fans appreciate him. He was fantastic this afternoon.

"Now we focus on Huddersfield Town and it's another three points that are up for grabs."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark, meanwhile, said his side were poor overall and need to improve quickly.

Also speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Clark said: "We were not good enough. Our defending was atrocious.

"The whole game we didn't play well. Our passing. Everything.

"It's nothing to do with systems. Why are we obsessed with systems? We didn't defend or close down properly. We didn't do our jobs.

"We got what we deserved today. The general performance in the first half was not acceptable. Leeds won every first and second ball and passed it better than us.

"We defended like young players but we don't come out here and criticise. We win and lose together.

"We didn't give ourselves a chance today, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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