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Byram impressed with how Leeds star Alex Mowatt bounced back from Hockaday snub

Leeds United defender Sam Byram has praised teammate Alex Mowatt.

In the same 24 hours former Leeds boss Dave Hockaday was announced in a new role in non-league football, he has been referenced by one of the club's star players.

Defender Sam Byram says he is impressed with how one of his teammates has bounced back from being overlooked by the manager in his brief stint.

Hockaday was fired in late August and has yesterday landed an advisory position on the management team of Swindon Supermarine.

Byram was speaking to BBC Radio Leeds and was asked to pick out the most impressive players this season, when he began discussing Alex Mowatt.

He said: "Warnock's been very consistent and obviously he's good with me, I learn a lot from him.

"Mowatt, after the start and not getting picked by Dave Hockaday, I think he's been very good over the last few weeks.

"Cookie's played a lot of games, and then there's the front three who are all improving."

Central midfield star Mowatt was not even included in the squads by Hockaday, failing to make the bench in any of his four Championship matches.

He was immediately brought into the side by Neil Redfearn when he took over as caretaker manager, who knew his talent well from under-21 level.

The midfielder has been impressive ever since, scoring four goals in 11 games, included three in his last three since Redfearn became permanent head coach.

Byram himself is blossoming, knowing Redfearn from even when he played under him in the under-18 side, putting in arguably his best two games of the season over the last two games.

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