Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday was impressed by the attitude of his players during Thursday’s emphatic friendly win over FC Gherdiena.
The Championship club began their pre-season schedule by running out 16-0 winners over the Italian team, with Matt Smith scoring a double hat-trick and Noel Hunt, Steve Morison and Dominic Poleon all grabbing braces; Lewis Walters, David Norris and Luke Murphy also got their names onto the scoreboard.
The match was Hockaday’s first in charge of the Yorkshire outfit, and though the former Forest Green Rovers boss can expect much tougher tests in future, he was delighted with the ruthlessness shown by his new charges and believed he still learned much from the one-sided contest.
“The thing that I was really impressed with was the attitude of the players,” the 56-year-old told Leeds’ official website.
“It can sometimes be difficult playing against a team that we dominated like we did but the players kept on going and going. They all did some running afterwards as well because we need to be the fittest team in the league, that is the aim.
“They tried to put into practise all the things that we have been working on recently. There is still lots to work on but overall the attitude was spot on.”
Hockaday added: “It was the first game, the scoreline doesn’t really mean anything. We kept a cleansheet and we kept the ball well. There was a good intensity to our passing at times and we got lots of balls in the box. There were some great finishes.
“I just think that the general attitude of the team was great, and I will keep on stressing that, we looked like a team. There was a camaraderie there.”