Warnock sets his sights high after half time chat inspires Leeds

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NEIL Warnock officially started work as Leeds` new manager yesterday, after not being able to help himself from getting involved in team affairs on Saturday.

The 63-year-old former Sheffield United boss, known as a promotion expert, was given an 18-month contract at Elland Road to watch his new side against Doncaster.

Warnock headed to the dressing room and assist interim boss Neil Redfearn with his team talk with Leeds trailing 1-0. His words worked as Leeds hit back to win 3-2, with Luciano Becchio scoring the winner in the ninth minute of added time.

“I thought they did well. We changed formation at half-time, or just after, and I thought it worked well,” Warnock said of the game. Warnock is aiming high: “So (there are) 14 games (to play), everybody’s trying to help everybody else aren’t they, because no-one’s running away with it, so you never say never do you?”

Elsewhere yesterday, manager Nigel Adkins dubbed Adam Lallana the best player in the Championship as Southampton returned to the top of the league with a resounding 4-0 win over Derby.

Defenders Jos Hooiveld and Aaron Martin netted from Danny Fox corners either side of the break to set Saints on their way.

Spectacular strikes from Lallana and Tadanari Lee, scoring his first for Southampton, sent Saints back to the summit, above West Ham, for the first time in four weeks. Adkins said: “It was an outstanding goal from Adam Lallana. One word sums him up - class. For me he is the best player in the league. He is top drawer.”

Nottingham Forest secured a first home win since November, beating Coventry 2-0 and climbing out of the relegation places in the process.

In the day`s other games, Crystal Palace beat Watford 4-0, Peterborough saw off struggling Bristol City 3-0 and Ipswich beat Cardiff by the same scoreline.