Grayson: Win was for Gary

Wed, 30 Nov 10:54:52 2011

Leeds manager Simon Grayson dedicated his side's 4-0 win at Nottingham Forest to Gary Speed, saying: "He would have been delighted with that."

Grayson signed schoolboy forms with Leeds on the same day as Speed when the pair were 14, forging a lifelong friendship that ended when Speed was found dead at his home on Sunday aged 42.

Grayson asked his players to win the game for his friend and goals from Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson, Luciano Becchio and Adam Clayton ensured they did.

Off the field, fans paid their tributes to Speed with a minute's applause and the travelling support stuck to a pre-match plan of singing Speed's name for 11 minutes - 11 being his old shirt number - during the first half. At full-time Grayson went to the away end and pointed to the sky before leaving the field in tears.

"It's been a difficult couple of days for myself and Gary's family, supporters of Leeds United and supporters in general," Grayson said afterwards. "Gary Speed was a fantastic person and I wanted my players to go out and produce a performance for him.

"That was right out of the top locker of our performances. It was very poignant that the first goal came right as the 11 minutes of singing ended and was a left-footed shot. Gary Speed scored many goals like that. It's been difficult, but I'm a very proud manager. I'm delighted to have got a result for Gary Speed."

 

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