Cooper said: “Jordan is a great finisher, especially in the box, but I thought we dealt with their forward players as a back four really well. It’s always nice to keep a clean sheet, especially against second in the league with their strikers and the team they’ve got – they’ve been scoring goals for fun this season. It was a great result for us.”
Cooper captained Leeds for the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough, playing alongside Giuseppe Bellusci, Charlie Taylor and Scott Wootton in the defensive line.
Although Boro have been struggling recently, they have a fantastic team, and further improved their attacking options with the signing of Jordan Rhodes at the end of the January transfer window.
Rhodes scored his first goal for Boro last week, but failed to break through the Leeds defence, and was substituted late in the game when Ben Gibson was sent off.
He had chances to put the ball in the back of the net, and he will rue one missed header in particular, but the Leeds defence held solid in what was one of their best performances of the Steve Evans reign.
Leeds could have taken all three points off Boro with the chances they also had, but Evans will be the more pleased head coach, having seen his team put in a performance to be proud of at Elland Road on Monday evening.