Liam Bridcutt and Pablo Hernandez react to Leeds' victory over Derby

Liam Bridcutt Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield Town

The Whites beat the Rams 1-0 on Friday to move up to third in the Championship table.

Leeds United captain Liam Bridcutt and winger Pablo Hernandez both hailed the club's vociferous support as the driving factor in the 1-0 win over Derby County on Friday night, speaking to Sky Sports.

The Whites came into the clash at Elland Road knowing that a win would - temporarily, at least - take them up into third in the Championship table ahead of the weekend's action.

And they got that victory, thanks to Chris Wood's first-half header, with the visitors finishing with 10 men after former Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson was shown red late on.

The win was Leeds' 10th in the last 13 Championship fixtures since mid-October to extend what has been a remarkable run of form.

Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez scores the winning penalty in the shootout

There was one common theme in the post-match reactions of Hernandez and Bridcutt, as they hailed the unwavering noise and support from the fans.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Hernandez said: "In the first half we played very good and deserved two or three goals. Thanks to the fans because they gave us more than 100%."

Whites skipper Bridcutt elaborated, and went as far to say that it is the fans who have been the driving force behind the club's run as they successful negotiated what the midfielder believes was one of their toughest tests of the season.

Liam Bridcutt Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield Town

Bridcutt added: "We all knew before the game that this was going to be one of our toughest tests this season. We put in the hard work and got the points in the end.

"The atmosphere has been brilliant. The fans have been pushing us over the line for the last two or three months."

The win was Leeds' 10th in the last 13 Championship games and extends a remarkable run of form since mid-October.

Monk's side are looking the club's best bet in years to finally complete their long-awaited return to the top flight of English football.

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