Cooper's response when asked why he took captain's armband from Bamba

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Leeds United's captain has responded to a question on Twitter about Saturday's match.

Given how well Leeds United defenders Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci performed against Millwall last weekend, it was no surprise to see them line up alongside each other a week later, with captain Liam Cooper on the bench.

The Ivorian and the Italian put in another wonderful display to keep Middlesbrough at bay and ensure Alex Mowatt’s early strike was enough to give them another three points. And Cooper – who came on as a late substitute – may wonder just how many more chances he will get when his defensive colleagues are fit and available.

Sol Bamba has captained Leeds for the last three matches, and in that time not only has he helped them to three wins, they are also yet to concede a goal. But when Cooper came off the bench in the 91st minute, the armband was soon back on his person.

That action prompted one Leeds fan to go on Twitter to ask Cooper why he had taken the armband off his teammate so late in the game.

The 23-year-old swiftly replied, “Sol gave me the armband,” before adding another tweet which read, “I didn’t ask for it.”

Leeds have already seen a number of players wearing the captain’s armband this season, two of whom – Jason Pearce and Stephen Warnock – are no longer at the club. But with Bamba excelling since his arrival, it will be interesting to see how many times he gives it up again in the months ahead.

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