Luke Varney was delighted to repay the faith shown him by boss Neil Warnock after a much improved performance against Southampton in the Capital One League Cup.
Varney also managed to put behind him a glaring miss in the opening fifteen minutes and he joked after the game that he was trying to set up El Hadji Diouf having missed the target from a yard out with the goal at his mercy.
“I was passing to Dioufy; I was disappointed he didn`t put it in,” jokingly told LUTV.
Varney joined Leeds from Portsmouth in the summer and he has had a slow start to his Leeds career.
Warnock has used Varney mainly on the wing since his arrival and the game with Southampton finally gave him the chance to play in an attacking position, replacing Luciano Becchio upfront.
Varney continued, “I asked the gaffer if I could have a go up there and I am happy to do whatever he asks. I was really pleased to get a bit of freedom and do positive stuff going forward.
The experienced 30 year old started the season as a regular starter in the Leeds side, starting the first four games of the season. He suffered a dip in form that has seen him being used as a bit part player since and he admits that he hasn`t been playing well and he was pleased to repay the boss with a much improved performance. “I haven`t put a shift in yet and I have been disappointed on a personal note. I haven`t enjoyed my football like I have in the past and it is disappointing when the manager brings you in and you are playing at a club like Leeds.
“I have not been happy with my own input. I have got myself going the past few weeks in training and I have really started to enjoy myself. I have been having a right good go. I am really pleased to get my chance again and start repaying a bit of the faith the gaffers shown in me.”
Despite the glaring miss, Varney worked hard all evening and he played a key part in Leeds opening goal when his run and cross eventually fell to Michael Tonge to score.
He hasn`t scored since the opening game of the season when he netted against Shrewsbury Town in the first round of this competition but he feels the goals will come once he gets his second of the season. “I will miss chances. I will get three or four in a game but I am just really pleased to be involved and get the shooting opportunities. I am sure when the first goal comes I will start knocking a few in.”
His start against Southampton was his eleventh appearance of the season and he has appeared in just three of Leeds last eight games.
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