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Leeds' Jermaine Beckford apologises to Simon Grayson

Jermaine Beckford
Beckford has scored 12 league goals this season

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson says he has sorted out a disagreement with Jermaine Beckford.

The striker reacted badly to being substituted in the second half of Saturday's 1-0 win against Southampton.

"Jermaine was waiting to see me in my office when I arrived on Monday morning," Grayson told BBC Radio Leeds.

"He apologised for his actions, was disappointed with himself and knows he let lots of people down. It has all been put to bed now."

Grayson added: "He knows he let his team-mates down, himself, me and other people.

"I expect him to put this behind him now, we move on. He remains a Leeds United player and I expect him to keep putting the work in and continue scoring the goals that he has done for the majority of the season so far."

Leeds' 15-goal top-scorer's reaction to being taken off was greeted by boos from the crowd and chants of support for Grayson.

"Any substitution I make I try and make it for the benefit of the team and I'm prepared to take my leading goalscorer off if it's not happening for him on the day," explained Grayson.


"I've taken my captain off in the past and any decision I make is trying to be the right one for the football club, but I know I will not get every one right."

Leeds scored the winning goal against the Saints through Robert Snodgrass just minutes after Beckford had gone off.

"We will speak and hopefully it is decided that this is a squad game," added Grayson.

"We have people who are worthy of coming off the bench and have the quality to affect the game and that's what happened."

Beckford is expected to be a transfer target for Championship and Premier League clubs in January, although Leeds insist he will see out the remainder of his current contract at Elland Road, which expires at the end of this season.

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