Yorkshire latest: Leeds great impressed by new signing, Baxter to thrive off Blades criticism

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Leeds great impressed by Bellusci

Leeds United great Andy Ritchie says that he has been impressed by the form which Giuseppe Bellusci has shown for the club.

The Italian defender is fast on his way to achieving cult-hero status at Elland Road and Ritchie has joined his growing list of admirers - after his performance against Sheffield Wednesday.

"I thought Bellusci was fantastic with the way he played, not just for his goal which was a great one," he said the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Ritchie was also impressed with two of the Whites' youth-products in the Wednesday match, which finished as a 1-1 draw.

"Young Alex Mowatt is also doing well at the moment and Sam Byram looks like he is coming into a bit of form," he said. 

Waddle backs Gray

Sheffield Wednesday great Chris Waddle has praised the job that Stuart Gray is doing at the club.

The manager has led the Owls to an encouraging start to life this season, after steering them clear of the relegation zone last time around and Waddle paid tribute to Gray today.

“Stuart is doing a really good job," he said to the Star.

“He’s got the team well organised and made them hard to beat. They are playing with a lot of confidence.”

Skarz happy with start

Rotherham United defender Joe Skarz says that he is happy with his form over the opening part of the season.

The Millers defender has put in some impressive displays in their defence and he says he is pleased with the way he has adapted to the new level, after helping the squad gain promotion last season. 

“I’m satisfied with how I’ve started,” he said to the Star.“I’m always trying to improve and get better. It’s about working hard.”

Baxter to thrive off criticism

Jose Baxter says that Sheffield United will use the criticism they are currently receiving as a motivation tool.

The Blades have had a poor start to their League One campaign and have come under a lot of pressure, but Baxter is determined to use it in a positive way.

"I feed off that negativity. People don’t want to see us do well," he said to the Star. 

“That’s something I thrive on, trying to go out there and silence your critics. Then, when you do, you can just give them a little cheeky smile and move on.”

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