Warnock pleased with fans’ backing

Leeds United Manager Neil Warnock press conference at  Thorp Arch.....23rd February 2012 Picture by Simon Hulme

Leeds United Manager Neil Warnock press conference at Thorp Arch.....23rd February 2012 Picture by Simon Hulme

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NEW manager Neil Warnock is delighted with the reception he has received from Leeds United fans since taking over from Simon Grayson.

Although disappointed his first official game in charge only ended in a 0-0 draw at Portsmouth, Warnock was pleased with the backing from the travelling supporters who turned up in good numbers on the south coast and got behind the team as he had asked for in the build-up.

He said: It’s massive this club. There’s a 50-metre swimming pool at the training ground. You don’t get that at Hartlepool.

“I work better when I’ve got crowds behind me and the Leeds fans have made it clear that they want me. You look at the numbers here (at Portsmouth), miles from Yorkshire – that what whets your appetite. I’m hoping there’ll be 30,000 next week.

“I think there are stronger teams outside the top six than us, but it would be great to finish my career with another promotion.”

Warnock lived up to his reputation for questioning decisions as he complained that his side were denied a goal when Ross McCormack’s shot hit the underside and crossed the line according to replays seen by the manager.

He added: “McCormack’s shot was a metre over the line. It’s embarrassing really when you see it. It’s not even close.

“Apparently the television pictures here are not so good, but if they want to borrow ours, they’ll see it’s not even close.

“I’ve asked the official and he said he was in line about 12 yards away. He obviously didn’t see it.

“But in fairness, there was a certain handball against us in the first half and that was the same linesman. The sun was obviously causing a problem out there.

“In the first 20 minutes it was like Wacky Races. I think the lads were trying to impress. But then we settled down.

“I thought we defended very well and I have to be pleased. A clean sheet is a big bonus.”