Hollywood actor Russell Crowe congratulates Leeds on Twitter after memorable Middlesbrough win

Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer Sept 14 2011

The New Zealand celebrity took to Twitter after Leeds' 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds United's 1-0 win over Middlesbrough had a global appeal on Saturday afternoon, as Hollywood actor Russell Crowe even took to Twitter to congratulate the Yorkshire side.

Alex Mowatt's third-minute opener sealed victory for Leeds but not after a long struggle against a dominant Middlesbrough side.

And any Leeds players who are fans of Crowe's cinematic work would have been overjoyed to see the actor show his appreciation for the Championship side's achievement after the game.

As well as being an actor and musician, Crowe is the co-owner of Australian Rugby League side the South Sydney Rabbitohs, showing he's an avid follower of sport.

And his praise is nothing short of what Leeds deserve after a remarkable victory at the Riverside Stadium.

  ShotsShots On TargetTackles WonInterceptions Won
Middlesbrough 27 10 13 15
Leeds 8 3 17 21

Statistics can often be misleading but the Opta stats demonstrate the full extent of the challenge Leeds faced against Middlesbrough.

Aitor Karanka's side took an incredible 27 shots on goal, 10 of them hitting the target, while Leeds were also forced into making more tackles and interceptions than Middlesbrough.

The home team were left frustrated but Leeds were worthy winners purely for having withstood so much pressure.

Where next for Neil Redfearn's men? Brighton away on Tuesday - after that, who knows where the limit lies?

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