Garry Monk suggests Leeds' man of the match from Bristol City win; also offers one disappointment

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United got their promotion push back on track in the Championship with a win over Bristol City.

Robert Green of Leeds UnitedRob Green of Leeds United

Leeds United boss Garry Monk has suggested that he would agree with BBC Radio Leeds when he was asked whether Rob Green was the man of the match from the Whites' important win over Bristol City on Tuesday night.

After two straight defeats that opened the door for the teams chasing a play-off spot in the Championship, Monk would have surely accepted a below par performance against the Robins provided that it reaped a vital three points.

And the statistics certainly suggest that Lee Johnson's men put up a brave fight at Elland Road, coming out on top in terms of possession, total attempts and shots on target - according to BBC Sport, they managed nine shots on target compared to Leeds' four.

Nevertheless, Leeds got the result they needed as they ultimately claimed a 2-1 win. But Monk seemed to be in agreement when it was put to him that Green deserves much of the credit for the three points.

"I guess so, in terms of the actual saves that he made but I think they're saves that you'd expect Greeny with his quality, to make them which is important," he told BBC Radio Leeds when asked whether the stopper was the man of the match.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

It looked like Leeds were going to secure the three points by a much more comfortable margin as they still led 2-0 with 95 minutes on the clock. However, City got onto the scoresheet with the last action of the game, and Monk suggested that while he felt they deserved the victory, the late goal took some of the shine off the win.

"The only thing we're disappointed with was not to get the clean sheet. I don't know where the five minutes came from and then, at the time just before the corner kick, I actually said to the [fourth] official, 'that's over five minutes,' and he said to me, 'I don't why he hasn't blown the whistle,' and I said, 'that's going to cost us,' and ultimately it did but overall I think we deserved the win," he would later add.

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

While it did not cost them in terms of points, Monk will be frustrated that - even if the time had been up - his players switched off slightly, but he will surely be hoping that it can have a positive impact on the team.

They can look upon this game and realise that they must not switch off again as they could well be punished by a much more significant goal at some stage in the coming months. 

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