WATCH - Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara scored an unimaginably sweet volley last night
Garry Monk praised his Leeds players for proving their credentials as they moved third in the Championship with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
Leeds' brilliant form since October hit a wall when they lost at Barnsley, but struggling Forest were swept aside as Monk's men made it six home clean sheets and victories in a row.
After a sterile first half of few chances, United seized the initiative after the restart and secured a 2-0 win thanks to Chris Wood's 20th of the season and Souleymane Doukara's incredible volley.
Doukara's 20-yard thunderbolt was typical of Leeds under Monk; a player previously maligned playing with a freedom seldom seen before.
"It was a fantastic strike, you won't see too many cleaner or better ones this season," Monk said.
"It was a fantastic goal but the main thing for us was to bounce back. We felt it would be important, when we spoke in pre-season, to bounce back from negatives, show we could recover.
"It was a difficult first half, their game plan was working. It made the tempo lower and we found it difficult at times. It ended up a mucky game, stale. We made a few tweaks, upped our intensity and we win games when we do that.
"To show we can bounce back, that was the main thing."
Doukara's goal ensured that Wood's 20th of the campaign was a mere afterthought.
However, given the New Zealander was booed off in August and felt moved to celebrate a goal in the next game with a cupped ear to the crowd, his turnaround is an emphatic one.
"It's a fantastic achievement," Monk said.
"Strikers love goals, to score 20 at this point is fantastic but I'm not interested in who scored the goals. He knows that himself, his job is to want more and to push for more. He's a leader and he knows what I expect of him."
On Wood's turnaround in fortunes, Monk added: "I trust all my players. I believe in them. The key is to find their trigger, their motivation and they buy into what we want them to do. Chris is a perfect example of that. Credit to him, but it's now about wanting more."
Short of Britt Assombalonga drawing a fine early save out of Rob Green, Forest rarely saw Leeds' goal.
With no permanent manager in place and under-fire owner Fawaz Al Hasawi saying plans to sell the club have been shelved, confusion reigns at the City Ground.
"I was very pleased with our performance," caretaker boss Gary Brazil said.
"I thought in the first half our use of the ball was very good and we had to take our chances.
"No complaints about the first half. The second, we came off the tempo and I think that's where we are at the moment."