Noel Whelan criticises Leeds United striker Chris Wood's celebration

Leeds United's Chris Wood scores their first goal

Former Leeds striker not happy with New Zealand international.

Leeds United's Chris Wood scores their first goalLeeds United's Chris Wood scores their first goal

Chris Wood appeared to answer his critics by scoring a spectacular late equaliser to rescue Leeds United a point against Fulham.

The injury time goal salvaged a draw for the Whites, giving them their first point of the season.

Wood celebrated by cupping his ear to the fans, taking in their applause, but also a gesture which can be taken as a response to their criticism.

Leeds United manager Gary MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

After lacklustre displays in Leeds' first two league games, Wood has been criticised on social media and in the stands.

His performance against Fulham in general was more of the same, with little movement, and missing easier chances than the impressive goal he scored.

His reaction to scoring brought criticism from former Leeds striker Noel Whelan, who told BBC Radio Leeds

"When your not scoring goals, not chasing the ball down, not knocking players to their feet... you should be celebrating with fans, not putting your hand to your ear." 

Leeds United's Robert Green celebrates their first goalLeeds United's Robert Green celebrates their first goal

Manager Garry Monk defended his striker, dodging the question when quizzed by BBC Radio Leeds, praising Wood's mentality for securing the point.

He said: "It will give everybody at the club a big lift."

Leeds have one point from a possible nine, and sit in 20th position, but can take hope from the fact they are off the board. Their next fixture is against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Leeds United's Chris Wood celebrates scoring his sides second goalLeeds United's Chris Wood 

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