So here it is, the Malky Mackay reign starts here and well the performance showed a massive step in the right direction. Is everything going to fall together now? Or was this very much like the Derby County win we had under Uwe Rosler, a blimp on what will otherwise be a poor season? That answer will be discovered tonight when we face Sheffield Wednesday.
The line up was questionable. We switched back to our tried and trusted 3-5-2 with Ivan Ramis and Rob Kiernan returning in the defence. A move which could have back fired but did the trick as combined with James Perch our back three held firm through out the game.
It was more through luck rather than skill which allowed us to get the first goal. We have been missing that little bit of luck which you need sometimes to win games. This time we got that with James McClean pulling wide of his centralrole he whipped the ball across the goal for Lee Cooper to turn home as an own goal.
That seemed to lift the camps spirits and that confidence was ignited. It was the first time we would go into the break in front, the last time we did that was a 4-0 win over Birmingham City.
It was to be a pretty even second half with both teams trying to test the opposition keeper. Scott Carson though was equal to anything the Leeds United attacks could throw at him with the keeper denying them at each turn. Making it to be an away performance to be proud of.
A combination of hard work and resolute defending won us this game, as it was all rounded off with James McClean's late on fine effort. The winger now turned striker put through on goal by Don Cowie had time and space on the ball to set himself and smash it home.
Is this the start of something? We have to hope so.