Leeds United 1-1 Fulham: Noel Whelan's instant reaction to Coyle's performance

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Lewis Cook's wondergoal was the highlight of Leeds United's clash with Fulham.

Leeds United avoided defeat against Fulham but once again failed to deliver a home win in front of a crowd growing increasingly impatient with Steve Evans' side.

They now face a real battle just to finish inside the top half of the Championship table, with play-off hopes a distant memory.

Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan, now a pundit, gave BBC Radio Leeds his instant reaction to Lewie Coyle's performance, with the defender making his first ever start for the club.

He said: "They showed, heart, determination and tried to win the game, it was a very open game.

"Man-of-the match for me was Lewie Coyle, brilliant."

Fulham had taken the lead from a well struck goal from Tom Cairney, but Lewis Cook outdid him minutes later to equalise from Leeds United.

The teenage midfielder scored only his second goal for the club, but it was one worth waiting for as he launched a thunderbolt of a strike from 35 yards plus out.

It sailed over the head of former Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan and into the net, and could even usurp one of Alex Mowatt's previous efforts to be the club's goal of the season.

Sol Bamba was the hero early on, heading a Ross McCormack shot onto his own crossbar and preventing a certain goal after the former Leeds captain's strike had beaten Marco Silvestri.

Winger Jordan Botaka was brought on late for Leeds, but it was too late to have any effect on the game, while Fulham had defender Fernando Amorebieta sent off in injury time.

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