Paul Hart makes encouraging comments about Souleymane Doukara and Lee Erwin

Paul Hart has praised the work rate from Lee Erwin and Souleymane Doukara.

Leeds United's academy manager Paul Hart has told LUTV that he was impressed with the attitude shown by Lee Erwin and Souleymane Doukara today.

Leeds Under-21's took on Nottingham Forest away from home this afternoon, but were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline in a disappointing defeat.

The games are mainly there for young players to make an impact and stake a claim for a regular first team place, but Leeds have also been using out-of-favour first team players in the development squad, in a bid to give them some match practice.

The big name in the side was right back Sam Byram, who has endured a poor season so far, but forwards Lee Erwin and Souleymane Doukara also featured today.

Erwin, a summer signing from Motherwell, recently returned from a loan spell at Bury having failed to break in to the Leeds side, but he is now looking to impress new Leeds boss Steve Evans.

Meanwhile, Doukara has had very little football over the last year, and appears to be something of a forgotten man at Elland Road having fallen way down the pecking order.

Today though, both players have received praise, with academy boss Hart telling LUTV that he was impressed with the application shown by both Erwin and Doukara, given that they have had to drop from the first team in to the development squad.

"Lee Erwin worked really hard, Doukara worked hard as well as Sam," said Hart. "We're really pleased with their attitude to the game," he added.

It's often difficult for some players to give their all when they have been dropped down a level, but the hard work from both Erwin and Doukara suggests that they are committed to Leeds' cause and are looking to get back in to the squad - especially with Evans needing some more attacking firepower.

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