Daniel Farke compares Leeds United team to 'wild dogs' after pulsating Middlesbrough clash

A relieved Daniel Farke claimed his youthful Leeds United side play a "little like wild dogs" after their pulsating 4-3 win at Middlesbrough. The Whites battled back from a goal down to see off Boro in a Championship classic.

Star man Crysencio Summerville grabbed a brace either side of half time as United boosted their automatic promotion hopes. Victory lifted them above Ipswich Town into second position, albeit Farke's outfit have played a game more than the Tractor Boys.

Whites boss Farke said: "It was a great game for the supporters. As a manager, I would have preferred a bit more calmness and composure in our tactical behaviour.

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"We have a pretty young side and sometimes we play a little like wild dogs and I don't want to take this away. It was important to calm it down at half-time and play more structured in the second half, especially against the ball. It was a much more controlled second half and we could buried the game earlier with one or two counter attacks. It is always the same in the Championship; sometimes you can concede a crazy goal out of nothing and anything can happen. It is a massive three points for us."

Farke praised his players' mentality after they dug deep to grind out three precious points. "It was a difficult game," he said. "It was an important game for Middlesbrough. It was more or less their last highlight of the season. They came into the game with confidence, nine games unbeaten. They played with freedom. It was the worst possible start for us. It was a real unlucky goal to concede but we showed great character and great mentality to come back.

"It was a bit of a wild game in the first half. I wanted us to calm down at half-time and control the game a bit more against the ball. I wanted us to concentrate on not allowing them to have chances.

"We won the game with our possession on the counter attack. Then, out of nothing, a long ball in the 88th minute made it a tight game again. We had to dig in and grind out result. It is a massive three points for us and big compliments to the lads."