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Only way is up for Leeds, says Christiansen

Hernandez celebrates his goal. Credit: PA

Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen expects his side to climb back up the Sky Bet Championship table after a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough.

Pablo Hernandez and Gianni Alioski struck goals in either half to put Leeds 2-0 up before Britt Assombalonga ensured a nervous finale by converting a controversial 76th-minute penalty.

When asked if victory had seen Leeds turn a corner, Christiansen said: "Yes of course. The team is alive. They have been the whole time, believing in taking the three points always."

Leeds had slipped from top of the table to 11th after losing six of their previous seven league games, but are back up to seventh, level on points with Middlesbrough.

"When you fail you have to work harder and during these two weeks we have analysed a lot, worked a lot and there has been a good atmosphere in the team," Christiansen said.

The Leeds boss said he had no sympathy for Boro counterpart Garry Monk, who was given a hostile reception by a large section of Leeds fans in a crowd of 33,771.

"No. Garry or me, we are not playing," Christiansen said. "It's the players who have to respond on the pitch.