Leeds United were forced to produce a four goal comeback last night to beat National League side Guiseley 4-3 in a pre season fixture at Nethermoor.
Guiseley took a shock lead on the 7th minute through new signing Ash Palmer, a well placed header from the defender finding the goal. Jake Lawlor then added a second on the 13th minute and when Palmer scored his second goal of the match to make it three Leeds looked in major trouble.
Leeds academy player Eioghan Stokes scored on the stroke of half time, with a powerful strike from the edge of the box as Leeds went in at half time 3-1 down.
A much more impressive second half followed for Leeds. A goal from Jordan Botaka on the 63rd minute brought it back to 3-2 followed by two goals in two minutes from Kalvin Phillips and Souleymane Doukara, giving Leeds a 4-3 victory.
After the match, Guiseley manager Mark Bower said: “You have to remember we’re a part time national league team playing a championship club. You look at two of the goals, shots from outside the box into the top corner and you have to hold your hands up at times and say well done.”
“We knew we would be without the ball for long spells tonight but when we had it we were effective with it and we’ll need to do that throughout the course of the season.”
“We’re one of the sides fancied to go down we’re odds on to be relegated so people don’t fancy us to do well. I’m quietly confident we have some good players.”
Leeds United Head Coach Garry Monk was pleased with the challenge the match provided for his team and was happy with how his young side coped with the pressure.
“I knew coming here that’s why I accepted it because I knew it would test us and it very much did especially in that first half.”
“It’s a lesson for our younger players. They need to go through these to come out the other side stronger.”
“I’m here to help them. Not to hinder them at all or make them lose their confidence.”
Leeds now head to Peterborough United who they face later today in a friendly at the ABAX stadium. Monk said a different team would line up against the league one side: “Yes a completely different 11 that was the design of the two games anyway to mix teams and see different combinations see different partnerships and how they work together, the chemistry.”
Asked if the club was still in the transfer market for new players Monk said: “We are working daily very hard we have great guys behind the team trying to sort it out. It’s not always from our side there are many parties involved when you’re trying to bring in players but we’re very focused on that and im sure in the coming days or weeks we will sort it out.”
Garry Monk interview conducted by Thomas Feaheny