Paul Hart calls Souleymane Doukara's goal for Leeds Under-21's 'a little bit special'

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Souleymane Doukara scored for Leeds Under-21's on Monday.

Leeds United Under-21 boss Paul Hart has told TV Yorkshire that Souleymane Doukara's goal for his side was 'a little bit special'.

Hart, who returned to Elland Road in September, has taken charge of the club's academy and Under-21 setup, as he looks to help bring through the next crop of homegrown Leeds talent - and with the likes of Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram in the first team, those young players don't have to look far for motivation.

On Monday, the Leeds Under-21's faced off against Bolton Wanderers, and whilst the games are primarily for the young players to feature on a regular basis, they also present Leeds with a chance to give some playing time to some of their fringe players. 

That was evident early on as midfielder Casper Sloth put Leeds in to a 2-0 lead, and whilst Bolton hit back with three goals of their own, striker Souleymane Doukara snatched the equaliser, meaning the game ended 3-3.

Sloth may have stolen the show - despite being a largely forgotten figure at Elland Road - but another bit-part player earned praise in Doukara.

The 24-year-old Frenchman has struggled to nail down a place in the Leeds first team since joining from Catania in 2014, but his goal earned praise from Hart, who told TV Yorkshire that his strike was 'a little bit special'.

"We were on top and playing some good stuff, and possibly should have gone three up [in the first half]. And the last goal from Doukara was a little bit special!," said Hart.

It still looks like a long shot for Doukara to establish himself in the Leeds first team, but with a new manager in place in Steve Evans, he has to take every chance he gets in a bid to impress - and his goal on Monday was a step in the right direction.

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