Mark Jackson: The lads put in a really good performance

U23s head coach on Liverpool victory.

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Mark Jackson’s side secured an impressive three-goal victory over Liverpool at Elland Road in Premier League 2 action on Monday evening.

The Whites controlled the game throughout and picked up an excellent three points, which saw them move up the table.

The Under-23s head coach gave his thoughts after the match and praised his players on the display.

“I am really, really pleased,” Jackson said.

"It was a tough and challenging game tonight against a good Liverpool team. We knew it would be.

“We wanted to go out and get the three points like we do every game. We wanted to bounce back as a group from the last game against Blackburn.

"I thought the lads put in a really good performance tonight. They showed some quality and also some togetherness and desire to defend.

"We can talk about tactics or this and that but it's about us being focused and being disciplined. We knew Liverpool would come out and have a go, which they did in the second half.

"We had to ride our luck a little bit. We stuck into our shape. It doesn't always come off in development football but as long as the boys listen to what you're saying, try and implement things and try to get better, then you're happy."

The Leeds United Under-23s head coach was also pleased with the way his side handled the occasion at Elland Road, whilst thanking the fans for their support on the night.

“It’s a good test for them because there’s a little bit of pressure when you’re in front of a crowd,” Jackson stated.

“When you’re playing at Elland Road and when you’re playing in front of a big crowd for 23s level, which it is a really big crowd for 23s level, then it can test a few of the young players.

“So it’s good for us to see as coaches who can handle it and I thought every one of them handled it tonight, really really well.

“And it’s great that we as a club can put the game on at Elland Road and attract this level of support.

“It’s fantastic, it helps us as coaches with our development because it puts the players under pressure, like I said, and a huge thank you to the fans too.”

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