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Mark WrightLeeds United are reportedly chasing MK Dons winger, Mark Wright who’s recent form has alerted many Championship and League One teams.

The 26-year-old winger has netted an astounding 14 goals in the last 29 games since moving to MK Dons. He was released by Walsall at the end of last season, and was snapped up by the Dons manager Paul Ince.

Since then Mark Wright has been in the form of his life, repaying the faith that Paul Ince showed in him.

His form this season is even more amazing when you look into his six years at Walsall. During that time he made 107 appearences, scoring just 9 times, less than once every 12 games, but since his switch he’s been scoring at the rate of a top class striker, netting almost once in every two.

Paul Ince is determined to fight off the interest in his prize asset, and should the circumstances change, Leeds would still have to fight off interest from Crystal Palace amongst other clubs.

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Jermaine BeckfordTwo goals from Jermaine Beckford helped get Leeds United’s promotion dreams back on track as they cruised to victory against fellow promotion chasing Walsall.

Walsall started the game with five in midfield, and a lone striker, perhaps hoping to dominate the match by controlling the centre, but it was Leeds who started brightly and should have been one up early on when Freedman put Beckford through on goal, only for him to narrowly fire wide.

Beckford soon made up for the miss though after Kilkenny broke free and played the ball forward to Beckford who took the pass neatly in his stride, rounded the Walsall keeper and slotted home from a difficult angle on the 29th minute.

The Leeds team had improved significantly following the recent bad run of form, and looked to be in complete control as they headed in for half time 1-0 up.

However, Walsall came out after the break looking much livelier and earnt a free-kick on the edge of the area. The resulting shot was fired narrowly over, before Mooney missed a complete sitter minutes later. The goal was at his mercy, but the lone Walsall front-man somehow hit his shot over the bar as a relieved Gary McAllister looked on.

Leeds dug deep and survived Walsall’s brief onslaught, before getting back into there stride. Alan Sheehan’s 30-yard free-kick and Bradley Johnson’s header forced two good saves from the Walsall keeper.  

Leeds kept Walsall’s defence busy as they carried on attacking, in search of the second goal which would ultimately seal the crucial three points, and with ten minutes left, Jermaine Beckford and Kilkenny linked once more to send Walsall home with nothing. Beckford’s pace saw him ease past the Walsall defence to score his 19th of the season, before heading off to celebrate with the fans in the North-East corner – myself included.

A much improved Leeds United controlled the majority of the game, attacked throughout and completely deserved the 2-0 victory. Jonathan Douglas also made his return following three months sidelined with injury. The Republic of Ireland international played the final 10 minutes of the game, replacing Johnson, and Tresor Kandol was brought on for Dougie Freedman who received a standing ovation from the Leeds faithful.

Final score: Leeds United (Beckford 29, 80) 2 Walsall 0
Attendance: 19,095

SuperLeeds.com man of the match – Jermaine Beckford

I was tempted to go for Dougie Freedman as this weeks man of the match, but decided to go for Jermaine to make up for my earlier post questioning whether or not the striker deserved a first team place. He’s well and truly silenced the critics and it’s great to have him scoring again.

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Anthony EldingAnthony Elding has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he hopes to have “planted a seed” in Gary McAllister’s mind ahead of Saturdays must win six-pointer at home to Walsall.

The stiker who joined Leeds from Stockport at the end of January is in good form, coming off the bench to net a consolation goal against Cheltenham last week, before netting twice against Sheffield Wednesday in a reserve fixture on Tuesday.

Elding – a childhood Leeds United fan – thinks McAllister thought he may be a little overwhelmed by his arrival at Elland Road and this has perhaps hindered his chances of making the starting line up so far “I feel he (McAllister) thought I was in awe of the club at the start, which I was – it’s fair to be said. But I’ve settled down a lot more now. I’m sure if I’m given a run over the course of the season, I’ll get some goals.”

With Jermaine Beckford unable to find the back of the net lately, the timing couldn’t be better for Elding. Jermaine still sits on top of the League Ones goal scorers, but has found the back of the net only once -from a penalty – in the last twelve fixtures. McAllister hasn’t been afraid to axe regulars in recent weeks either, with Tresor Kandol and Frazer Richardson finding themselves dropped after poor performances.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Douglas has said he’s delighted to be back in the mix after being sidelined with an injury for the past three month. He played the entire 90 minutes of Leeds’ reserve fixture on Tuesday, and now aims to play a part in the team as Leeds chase promotion to the Championship.

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