Grayson takes positives from United win

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LEEDS United manager Simon Grayson was able to look on the positive side after seeing his side benefit from another sending off to take all three points in a difficult atmosphere at Elland Road on Saturday.

Goals from Robert Snodgrass, Ross McCormack and Luciano Becchio in the last 16 minutes brought Leeds from one down to beat Ipswich 3-1 after the visitors had goalkeeper Alex McCarthy sent-off.

Grayson agreed the sending off of a player who until recently was on loan at Elland Road had been a turning point after his side had initially struggled against a backdrop of protests against chairman Ken Bates following the sale of captain Jonny Howson.

But the Leeds boss was also pleased with the way his players overcame their anxiety to find a way to win in the end.

He said: “We were poor in the first half - there is no getting away from that.

“We went behind to a soft goal but the sending-off changed the game. You could sense the anxiety of our players until our first goal went in.

“They were a different animal after that and showed their character. The players found an extra yard and were sharper. They were better to second balls and looked like scoring more.

"The game just mirrored a bit of what happened down at Portman Road where we dominated the first half, the sending off changed the shape of the game and they went on and won the game when they probably didn`t deserve too based on the first half performance. This was very much the case.

“We are obviously delighted to have won the game. We were fortunate with a couple of things, but on the positive side we’ve taken seven points out of nine.

“It still doesn’t detract away from what we know we need to do better. We’re not daft enough as a staff to realise that as well and we will be working hard on the training pitch and while the window’s open working hard to recruit players.

“We’ve brought Fab (Delph) in and he did okay – he will get better with games. He gave us a little bit extra that we’ve been missing.

“It’s been a frustrating week with Jonny about to leave, but it happens at a football club and we’ve got to dust ourselves down. It’s all about what can happen in the future and my glass is always half-full.

“We’ve taken seven points in the last three games, which is a real good start to the new year, and we look forward to the game against Birmingham when we hope to get another victory to make it back to back home wins.”