By Saikat Mandal

23rd Apr, 2022 | 12:10pm

Ben Parker reacts after record attendance in Leeds United Under-23 clash v Manchester City

Ben Parker has shared his joy after the Leeds United under 23 side produced a “fantastic” performance despite losing 3-1 against Manchester City.

The City Under 23 side clinched their second successive Premier League 2 title in front of a brilliant crowd at Elland Road.

Everton hold the competition’s attendance record with 17,525 people watching in 2017, but that record was broken on Friday with Leeds recording a total of over 21,000 fans for this game.

Parker wrote on Twitter: “Not the result we wanted but what a fantastic effort and a performance to be proud of.

“21,321, a new record attendance at this level. Incredible. That’s why we have the best club and fans in the world. Proud.”

Impressive performances

Like the senior side, the U23 side have also struggled for form and consistency this season. 

They are perilously close to the drop zone with only a couple of games remaining, and the defeat has come as a blow for them. 

There were some impressive performances though from the home side. 

Charlie Cresswell, who has heavily praised by Jesse Marsch in his press conference on Friday [Leeds Live], did really well to deal with Liam Delap’s threat. Jack Jenkins was also impressive, as he never stopped running throughout the game. 

Lewis Bate, another promising young talent, produced some fantastic passes and overall delivered a tidy performance. 

Likewise, 16-year-old Archie Gray, impressed with some tidy touches and did well to cope with the physical battle.  

Crysencio Summerville has been the pick of the players, though as the City defence couldn’t deal with his speed and he was a constant threat throughout. 

Likewise, Sean McGurk was also superb. He showed fantastic technical abilities while his energy in the middle was impressive. 

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani has broken his silence on Twitter sharing when he will leave the club.