Garry Monk warns Leeds players not to get ahead of themselves after Preston win
Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez both scored in the first half and after Preston defender Alex Baptiste's late dismissal, Souleymane Doukara added a third in stoppage time.
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"It was really important to respond and we were determined to after back-to-back defeats away from home and that was the key," said Monk.
"We spoke to the group this week after Tuesday's game and just felt what is important is that when this group is focused on showing what they're capable of, that's when they deliver their best performances.
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"In the games earlier in the week, there was a lot of talk going on about league positions and points and this would mean this and this would mean that and I get it, I understand.
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"We're fully aware of where we are in the league, but the key is focusing and always showing what they're capable of."