Clean sheet makes defender's week...
Defender Tom Lees was able to toast one of the best weeks of his short career on Saturday when Leeds United beat Portsmouth at Elland Road.
The 20-year-old was handed a central defensive role for the first time in a Leeds shirt, and he played a key role as United kept a first clean sheet since April.
"It was really pleasing to get a clean sheet," said Tom, who played all his reserve team football for the club at centre-back.
"Once we scored we knew if we did what we set out to do we would win the game. An early goal gives you a boost, and I think everyone realised how important a clean sheet was.
"We were solid and we didn't give them many opportunities. We still created chances as well. Sometimes this season we might have let a goal in, but we kept that clean sheet and it's important.
"It's a mindset and a real determination now, and we have to keep doing what we did against Portsmouth."
Tom has played at right-back so far this season, but manager Simon Grayson shuffled his defence, by recalling Paul Connolly and moving Tom across to centre-back for the first time.
"I was pleased to play there," said Tom. "It's up to the manager where I play. I'll play anywhere for him. If he thinks I'm strong at full-back I'll play wherever.
"Darren (O'Dea) was good to play alongside and with Paul Connolly on the other side, he really talked. I think we all took responsibility."
The win came at the end of a week that had seen Tom put pen to paper on a new contract that will take him to 2015.
"I can't thank the manager and the club enough," added Tom. "They were prepared to commit to me, and it was a great week."