Noel Whelan's instant reaction as Leeds United win, comments on two-goal hero

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Leeds won 3-2 against Reading with two goals from Chris Wood.

Leeds United played out a fantastic five-goal thriller at Elland Road this afternoon against Reading.

In a game which saw former Leeds boss Brian McDermott return to the club Leeds had to fight hard for the win and in the end it was striker Chris Wood who found himself as the hero.

He scored the second and third goals for Leeds, after the they had gone 1-0 down to a Michael Hector goal and Dennis Rakels has equalised at 2-2.

Whilst Leeds’ other goalscorer is a rare finisher in Toumani Diagouraga the Yorkhsire club have been hoping for more from Wood all season but this was perhaps his finest hour in a Leeds shirt.

It took his tally for the season to 11 goals and after some recent criticism will be welcomed by the Leeds faithful.

But for one former Leeds United striker the most important thing was a win at Elland Road.

Speaking to BBC Leeds Noel Whelan had this to say about the win, and the performance of Wood:

“We needed to follow up the good displays at Burnley and Birmingham with a victory here.

“It wasn't perfect but it’s a win at Elland Road, which is something we needed more of.

"I believed in Chris Wood and when he gets the right service, he gets goals.

"You don't see three goals at Elland Road very often from Leeds and it's been an entertaining game.

"Strikers work on confidence and although his overall game is good, he's not judged on that. He's judged on goals and I'm happy his hard work has paid off. He looks sharper and hungrier and that is the key."

Leeds United’s win today was their first at home since the 2-1 win against Bolton Wanderers on the 5th March.

The result also means that Leeds are not mathematically guaranteed a place in the Championship for next season – for any nervous nellies out there.

Overall it was a positive result and hopefully a sign of things to come from Wood and Leeds United.

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