Football - McDermott passes test for Varney

Luke Varney said it felt like Leeds had "won the cup" after his two goals against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend got new manager Brian McDermott off to a winning start at Elland Road.

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McDermott opted to play Varney in a central role alongside Ross McCormack and was rewarded with a two-goal salvo from the former Crewe, Charlton and Derby forward that secured a 2-1 win to lift Leeds six points clear of the relegation zone.

Leeds were 1-0 down at half-time and Varney's fifth and sixth goals of the season halted a run of four straight defeats.

"The gaffer gave a good speech at half time telling us to be positive and have no fear and that really showed," said Varney.

"It showed a lot about the bloke. He basically came in on Friday afternoon and stood in the dug-out. Most managers would have looked on and probably started (in the dug-out) on Tuesday.

"To see someone there telling us to `pass, pass, pass' was a different outcome. It really worked for us and we are just delighted to get over the line.

"We felt we'd won the cup to be honest after a lot of disappointment and results. It was a real good feeling.

"For him to shove me up front shows he must have seen me before and know I can have a positive outcome up top.

"As a two (up front), I have not played there since I was with Nicky Maynard at Crewe. I enjoyed it."

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