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Leeds boss McDermott hails 'Gary Speed moment' at Newcastle

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott was absolutely delighted to hear fans from both his club and Newcastle United come together to chant the name of the late Gary Speed.

Leeds went down 2-0 to the Magpies in the Capital One Cup third round at St James' Park on Wednesday night and although he was disappointed with the loss, McDermott said it was a great moment when the two sets of fans sang for ex-Wales manager Speed who had lengthy spells at both clubs.

"I was really impressed with the two sets of fans - that Gary Speed moment was one of the highlights of the season," said McDermott.

On the match, he added: "Their [first] goal (scored by Papiss Cisse), from their point of view, was a little bit of quality on the left-hand side and maybe we needed to do better in that situation, but it was a good header, and their second goal (Yoan Gouffran) was a great finish.

"Having said that, at 1-0 Matt Smith was bundled over in the penalty area and I think because he is a big lad, the ref didn't give it. But it was a certain penalty, there's no doubt about that."

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