UNFLAPPABLE Garry Monk believes there is more to come from his improving team.

“It is still work in progress,” said the Leeds United head coach after his side’s 2-0 home win against Aston Villa elevated the Whites to fourth place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Monk was disappointed with his side’s overall display and is clearly keen to keep his players’ feet firmly on the ground despite the current euphoria enveloping Elland Road.

“There is a lot more to come from this young group of players,” he said after second-half goals from Kemar Roofe and Chris Wood earned the Whites a fifth win in seven home matches.

“An understanding has been built between the players, the fans and everyone at the club, which is crucial to what we are doing here.

“They (the fans) have stuck with the team. They were disappointed with the performance in the first half, but they pushed us over the line.

"That support, the big crowds supporting our team is vitally important for the young players.”

Although expensively-assembled Villa had plenty of possession they did little with it as Leeds edged a poor first-half with set piece headers by Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley missing the target.

The visitors began the second period with more intent as Albert Adomah missed a good opportunity and Ashley Westwood tested goalkeeper Rob Green with a half volley.

Leeds had looked a bit jaded after their midweek EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool but were lifted by their supporters and grew into the game as young terriers Ronaldo Vieria and Kalvin Phillips began to drive them forward.

The Whites broke deadlock with a fine goal on 68 minutes when Roofe got on the end of a teasing Souleymane Doukara cross to power a header past Pierluigi Gollini.

It was his first goal for Leeds on his 23rd appearance since his £3m move from Oxford in the summer.

Although Villa huffed and puffed after that, Leeds had plugged into the energy generated by the crowd and were in the ascendancy in the latter stages.

The points were sealed deep in injury time when Hadji Sacko pinned back his ears to burst through the Villa backline. Although Gollini took the sting out of his shot the ball trickled towards the goal-line and the supporting Wood knocked in the easiest of his 13 goals this season.

Leeds became the first side to beat Villa since Steve Bruce took charge eight games ago, but face an even stiffer test on Friday night at second-placed Brighton.

Leeds United: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor, Phillips, Viera, Roofe (Mowatt 78), Doukara (Dallas 72), Sacko, Wood. Subs (not used): Silvestri, Antonsson, Grimes, Beradi, Denton. Cautions: Phillips, Ayling, Jansson.

Aston Villa: Gollini, Hutton, Chester, Elphick, Amaui, Westwood, Jedinak, Gardner (Grealish 67), Adomah (Ayew 76), Kodjia, Gestede (Agbonlahor 76). Subs (not used); Bacuna, Tshibola, Cissokho, Sarkic. Cautions: Ayew, Jedinak, Grealish.

Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside) Att: 32,648