Grayson joy at clean sheet
Simon Grayson admitted he was more satisfied with Leeds keeping a clean sheet in their 1-0 win against Portsmouth.
Last Updated: 01/10/11 6:57pm
Leeds boss Simon Grayson admitted he was more satisfied with his side keeping a clean sheet in their 1-0 win against Portsmouth at Elland Road.
Danny Pugh marked his second home debut for United with a goal as Grayson's men finally put their defensive frailties to one side, keeping a first clean sheet of the season in the process.
The hosts extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to four games, but it was at the other end of the pitch where Grayson got the most satisfaction, especially after the Whites had conceded 15 goals in eight games.
"One or two of them were on their last warnings after last week," he said of his players.
"I criticised the back four and I don't normally do that, but I felt it was time that people took responsibility for what's happened and they responded in the right manner.
"It was a good performance from us, I'm delighted that we kept a clean sheet for the first time this season.
"The players have taken on board what we have worked on this week.
"When they were called on the defenders defended and the goalkeeper made some good saves. We're trying to get the right balance between attacking and defending and we're delighted to keep the clean sheet.
"You have to be able to see stages of a game through and be determined and professional. We've probably been a bit naive, going gung-ho for the next goal, but we needed to be professional and we were."
Meanwhile, Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill felt his side were worn out having played three games in eight days.
Pompey have picked up just nine points from their 10 games this season, but despite improving on a torrid first-half performance after the break, they were unable to find a way past Andy Lonergan.
"In the second half, we were much improved," said Cotterill.
"In the first half we looked like it was our third game in eight days and they looked fresher than us for not playing in midweek.
"But the way we played in the second half makes it harder to understand why we were so lethargic in the first.
"It was the first goal we've conceded from a set-piece, and if someone loses their man there is not a lot you can do."