Shaun Derry recalls Leeds memory that will always live with him

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Shaun Derry made 78 appearances for Leeds United following his move to Elland Road in 2005.

Shaun Derry has suggested that just putting on the Leeds United kit was enough motivation during his time with the club and suggested that his Whites home debut will stay with him forever, the Daily Mail reports.

The current Cambridge United boss - who is preparing his team for their FA Cup third round tie with the Yorkshire club on Monday - joined Leeds in 2005, and went on to make 78 appearances in all competitions before departing for Crystal Palace.

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And while he helped Leeds reach the play-off final in 2006 - where they were comfortably dispatched by a Watford side who were relegated just as comfortably the next season - it was another particular appearance that continues to stick in his mind. 

"There have been too many players for whom the white jersey has been a burden. But I think Garry has been able to explain that a little bit more and bring in certain types who can handle the atmosphere. For us back then, pulling on the Leeds shirt every week drove us on," he said, as reported by the Mail.

"I am quite an emotional guy but when you play at Elland Road on your debut and score the winner in front of 41,000, that’s something I'll take right till the very end."

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On that occasion, it was Derry's late winner that settled a clash with West Ham. And while that goal probably ensured that the Leeds faithful were quickly willing to chant his name, he will be hoping that he can upset them this coming week. 

Garry Monk's men are flying high in the Championship currently, but Cambridge have shown that they are capable of surprising sides in the second tier, having beaten Sheffield Wednesday in the EFL Cup back in August. 

But with Leeds' only defeats since mid-October coming against Newcastle, Brighton and Liverpool, the League Two side will surely need to be at their best to spring a surprise and ensure that they are the ones progressing to the fourth round. 

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