Antenucci explains why Derby win was extra significant for him

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Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci has explained why the match against Derby County was extra significant for him.

Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci was the star of the show as Neil Redfearn’s side saw off Championship leaders Derby with a comfortable 2-0 win over the weekend.

The forward produced arguably his best performance in a Leeds shirt so far and has revealed his belief that the team can keep the run going, also explaining why the match held extra significance for him on a personal level.

“We needed to win. It was difficult against the first-placed team but we played good. We are growing match after match and I think we’re as good as any team in the Championship. There’s little difference,” he’s quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I’m happy with two goals for the first time in England and it gives me great satisfaction. It was extra-special because my daughter was in the stadium.”

Leeds remain in a position, 15th, that Redfearn won’t be happy with and he’ll be determined to get the team into the top half of the Championship table as quickly as possible.

Leeds now have a full week to rest up and recover ahead of the trip to Ipswich Town next Saturday, but preparation shouldn’t be a problem for Antenucci who is understandably buzzing after his weekend performance.

“The best thing in my life is my family and daughter but in football, this was a special match against one of the best teams in the Championship. It’s a fantastic moment for me.”

The trick for the 30-year-old is going to be keeping the run going because if Leeds are going to push for a play-off place, it’s important he’s able to maintain momentum and make the most of the half chances which fall his way.

Sides are going to study his performance against Derby and look for ways they can keep him quiet so it’s important he works hard and reinvents himself when he has more difficult patches of form.

For now though, Redfearn will just let him off the leash to cause chaos.

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