Eddie Gray praises Chris Wood as catalyst for Leeds United victory

Chris Wood of Leicester City

Eddie Gray has praised Chris Wood as the catalyst for Leeds United's win over Hull.

Former Leeds United hero Eddie Gray has praised Chris Wood's role in the win over Hull City.

Wood scored the opening goal of the game to send the Whites on their way to a much needed 2-1 victory.

Gray told LUTV after the match that he felt Wood was the standout player.

He said: "I thought he was terrific today. He was the catalyst for the start of the game, holding balls up, bringing people into the game.

"The second half we did not come out with the same intensity and let them creep back into the game, but overall everybody has got to be delighted with that."

Wood had been the subject of criticism prior to the game, ineffective in their loss a week earlier against QPR, having scored just one in his last six.

He now has seven goals for the season and is the club's top scorer, and as long as Leeds are winning and he is scoring, his £3 million price tag will look like value for money.

The timing of the first half goal was vital as it sparked the team and the crowd into life. So often at home this season Leeds have gone in at half time trailing, or goalless, and nervousness around the team has spread and translated into poor results. The nadir of which was conceding after just 17 seconds against Blackburn at home, which was a particularly depressing performance.

What Wood's goal does do is re-ignite the debate as to whether he and the team are better with one up front as opposed to a partnership with Mirco Antenucci, or whether it should simply be alternated with dependent on opposition.

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