Noel Whelan highlights three positive aspects of Leeds' game

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Leeds United won against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Noel Whelan has highlighted on BBC Sport three encouraging aspects of Leeds United’s performance against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds got the better of Championship rivals Bolton 2-1 away from home at the Macron Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Souleymane Doukara put the Whites in the lead after just eight minutes when he found the target with a left-footed shot.

Toumani Diagouraga, who joined Leeds from Championship rivals Brentford earlier this month, made it 2-0 to the visitors on 39 minutes.

Bolton halved the deficit in the 80th minute when Darren Pratley fired high into the net, but the West Yorkshire outfit held on for the win.

Former Leeds striker Whelan was impressed with the overall performance of Steve Evans's side, highlighting the players’ desire, tempo and commitment.

“It wouldn't have been Leeds United if it had been a nice, 2-0 win!” the Englishman told BBC Sport. “Bolton didn’t really have any kind of spell in the first half then it was a little bit close for comfort at the end. It wasn’t just the selection today, it was the way they went about the game – the desire, the tempo, the commitment.”

Over the course of the 90 minutes at the Macron Stadium, hosts Bolton had 46% of the possession, took seven shots of which three were on target, and earned seven corners.

Visitors Leeds had 54% of the possession, took 10 shots of which five were on target, and earned two corners.

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