Yorkshire latest: Milanic explains Cooper decision, Lees defended by Gray

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Milanic on Cooper

Leeds United manager Darko Milanic says that he played Liam Cooper out of position at left-back to limit the threat of Reading's Nick Blackman. 

The Slovenian boss had identified the Royal's front-man as their main danger man before the match and felt Cooper could do the best job of marking him. 

“I played with Cooper because there was an extremely good player there, (Nick) Blackman," he said to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Lees has nothing to prove

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray says that Tom Lees has nothing to prove when he takes on his old club Leeds United at the weekend.

Lees was sold by the Whites over the summer, but Gray doesn't feel he has to show them what they are missing at the weekend.

“Tom’s got nothing to prove," he said to the to Sheffield Telegraph. "I think he was at Leeds since the age of eight so he’s done his bit there. I hope he gets a good reception. Let’s hope he will train today and be fit for Saturday."

Holt needs a goal, Powell

Chris Powell says that he knew exactly what Grant Holt would bring to Huddersfield Town when he brought him in on loan from Wigan Athletic.

The target-man centre-forward has already made a big impression in his first few games, but Powell does want to see him start hitting the back of the net. 

"I knew exactly what Grant would bring to the club - intelligence, link-up play and assists. All he needs now is a goal," he said to the Examiner.

Clough sees improvement

Nigel Clough has seen his Sheffield United side make progress, even they are not where they wanted to be at this stage.

The Blades are currently outside the playoff spots after an indifferent start, but Clough insists that they have made progress under his stewardship. 

“This time last year the club was bottom. Now we’re seventh," he said to the Yorkshire Post.

“You’ve got to be patient. We’re still quite a way short of where we want to be in terms of gelling, but we are still picking up results which is good.”

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