Leeds United boss Garry Monk backs his under-fire striker Chris Wood after controversial goal celebration

Leeds United's Chris Wood scores their first goal

The New Zealand international was criticised for his recent celebration against Fulham.

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

Leeds United picked up their first point of the Championship season in midweek, thanks to a late goal from Chris Wood against Fulham.

It looked as though Garry Monk’s side were set to lose the game 1-0 before Wood acrobatically scored what proved a vital equaliser.

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

It was a goal that meant a lot for Wood, who has been criticised for his performances early on this season.

Perhaps that was the reason behind his ear-cupping celebration, which had some fans and pundits disappointed in the Kiwi striker.

But Leeds boss Monk played down the incident earlier this week.

Leeds United manager Gary MonkLeeds United manager Gary Monk

He told his press conference, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post:

“Whatever motivates you. Whatever you feel. Those situations happen.

“It was with no ill intention. It was to show that he’s motivated, ready to score goals and do well for that shirt.”

Wood has struggled for his best form so far this campaign but showed glimpses of his ability throughout the 2015-16 season.

He has had to battle with injury problems throughout his time at Leeds and that did not help his tally last term, but with those problems now in the past Leeds fans are expecting more from their big striker.

Hopefully the goal against Fulham can inspire him into his best form.

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