Michael Brown drools over Jack Harrison in Leeds United win v Burnley
Michael Brown has showered heaps of praise on Leeds United winger Jack Harrison after a 3-2 win against Burnley at Elland Road on Sunday.
After three heavy defeats, Leeds returned to winning ways with Harrison scoring the opening goal in the 39th minute.
Maxwel Cornet scored a sublime free-kick for the visitors to restore parity, but goals from Stuart Dallas and Dan James sealed all three points for the Whites.
Harrison pounced on a mistake from James Tarkowski, and despite having the opening shot saved by the goalkeeper, he found the net on the second attempt and gave his side a deserved lead.
“Great work from Harrison, he was anticipating, he was on the front-foot, waiting for that mistake,” Brown said to BBC Radio 5 Live.
“It’s a good save but as the ball comes back out, Wayne Hennessey couldn’t get up quick enough. Burnley will be so disappointed with the mistake but great play from Jack Harrison. Great determination – you get your reward sometimes.
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“Jack Harrison needed that goal. There’s been a little bit of criticism towards him, he was wonderful last year, he’s had a couple of injuries and come back in. He’ll be delighted to get on the scoresheet.
“He anticipated where the ball was going and he showed determination, he followed James Tarkowski all the way to the box.”
The 25-year-old was outstanding for Leeds last season, but he has really struggled this term.
Harrison has made 16 appearances this season so far, managing only one goal and an assist.
This performance will give him a lot of confidence, and Marcelo Bielsa can expect him to play with more authority from here on.
Harrison showed great determination in chasing the ball where he anticipated that Tarkowski might make an error. He showed great presence of mind as well to hit the target on the rebound.
With Leeds still missing several key players, Harrison is expected to play a big role going forward.
At 2-1, the game was still hanging in balance, but when James scored, the pressure was finally lifted.
Stuart Dallas, who made his 250th appearance for the club, soaked the atmosphere, while Marcelo Bielsa was seen hugging his coaching staff, as raw emotions came out.
With this victory, Leeds have now moved eight points clear of the relegation zone. But, they are capable of better than this.
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