Leeds United may only have drawn a third consecutive game, but the emotions around Elland Road following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough were ones of relief rather than disappointment.
After throwing away two goal leads over Christmas against Leicester City and Portsmouth, Luciano Becchio’s stoppage time equaliser earned United a point which kept them ensconced in the play-off spots in the Npower Championship. Talking to the clubs official website manager Simon Grayson said: “After the games against Leicester and Portsmouth it felt like we had lost, so I suppose after coming back late against Boro it felt like a win in the end.” Leeds had fallen behind in the first half to a header by David Wheater, but despite a less than fluent performance, Grayson was happy with the sides character adding: “If you can come through a game with a performance like that against a decent team and still get a result, it shows we are heading in the right direction.”
O’Brien deal complete.
Despite speculation of a move to Cardiff City, Andy O’Brien became Leeds United’s first signing of the January transfer window by committing to a two and a half year deal at Elland Road before the Middlesbrough game on New Years Day.
Manager Simon Grayson was delighted to capture the 31 year old and said after the Boro game: “His overall experience is vital to us because we’ve got a young team with experienced defenders like Paddy Kisnorbo and Richard Naylor out. So to have him around and sign him after major competition for his signature is obviously very pleasing.” O’Brien, who had found himself surplus to requirements at Premier League Bolton Wanderers, had made 10 appearances on loan for the Whites. He had reportedly been offered better terms by the Welsh club but signed for Leeds following talks with Chairman Ken Bates.
White wants loan extended.
Leeds United youngster Aidy White has expressed a desire to remain on loan at Oldham Athletic until the end of the season.
The 19 year old left sided player has played four games in a loan spell decimated by the weather, but speaking on the clubs website said: “I have really enjoyed it here. It has been great and the manager and everybody at the club has been fantastic with me. I have enjoyed the four games I have played and I will have to speak to Leeds and the manager there, but if it came to it, I would be happy to stay.” Athletic manager Paul Dickov, who had a spell on loan at Elland Road last season said that he had spoken to Simon Grayson regarding extending the loan revealing: “It is going to be a balancing act, but we want to keep our best players and positive conversations have gone on with all the loan players’ respective clubs.”