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Varney hails McDermott speech

Luke Varney has hailed new Leeds manager Brian McDermott for his half-time speech in the crucial come-from-behind win over Sheffield Wednesday.

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Luke Varney: Scored both of Leeds' goals against Wednesday

Luke Varney: Scored both of Leeds' goals against Wednesday

McDermott opted to play Varney in a central role alongside Ross McCormack and was rewarded with a two-goal salvo from the former Crewe, Charlton and Derby forward that secured a 2-1 win to lift Leeds six points clear of the relegation zone.

Leeds were 1-0 down at half-time but Varney's fifth and sixth goals of the season halted a run of four straight defeats.

"The gaffer gave a good speech at half time telling us to be positive and have no fear and that really showed," said Varney.

"It showed a lot about the bloke. He basically came in on Friday afternoon and stood in the dug-out. Most managers would have looked on and probably started (in the dug-out) on Tuesday.

"To see someone there telling us to 'pass, pass, pass' was a different outcome. It really worked for us and we are just delighted to get over the line.

"We felt we'd won the cup to be honest after a lot of disappointment and results. It was a real good feeling.

"For him to shove me up front shows he must have seen me before and know I can have a positive outcome up top.

"As a two (up front), I have not played there since I was with Nicky Maynard at Crewe. I enjoyed it."

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