'I will never forget' - Leeds hero Billy Sharp thanks fans on Twitter

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Billy Sharp had a dream debut for Leeds United this morning - scoring the winner against Middlesbrough.

Leeds United got their season started this afternoon with a much improved performance and result against Middlesbrough in The Championship's early kick-off.

They were helped by the presence of more new arrivals, none more so than their new striker Billy Sharp. They snapped the Yorkshireman up from Southampton for a fee in the region of £600,000 and it has been immediately lauded as a great piece of business.

Sharp is a natural goal-scorer and a local lad, so he was always going to be a hit with the Leeds faithful - especially if he hits the back of the net.

Which he did today.

Sharp scored the winning goal for his new club in the 88th minute, with a typical poachers effort. He reacted fastest to a Tomas Mejias save from a Michael Tonge effort to tuck the ball away for a 1-0 victory - giving Dave Hockaday his first Championship win as Leeds United boss.

And Sharp was quick to thank the Leeds fans via his official Twitter account for their support - fans who will hope to see plenty more where that came from in 2014-15.

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