Boss wants to put 'nightmare' of a Friday behind him with positive response at Elland Road this evening
Town boss Mick McCarthy has spoken of his desire to put Friday’s defeat at Reading behind him and focus on tonight’s clash against Lees.
Having gone down 5-1 at the hands of the Royals, Mick insists he trusts his squad completely insists there won’t be any ‘knee-jerk’ reactions or wholesale changes to his side.
“It was a bad day in the office on Friday and we all have them,” he told the Club website.
“You have to give them the opportunity to get back out there because each and every one of them has been terrific. Those players are good players, and they’re a good team so there won’t be a knee-jerk reaction and loads of changes to the team.
“The defenders have been outstanding ever since they’ve come in. They’ve been rock-solid so I don’t see a problem and they’ll get back to their best again.
“We were punished by a good team. We’ll get back at it and we will have defeats again but it’s how you respond to those defeats that matters.
“Leeds are a really good side and have a good squad of players. They seem to be settled and there’s not all the uncertainty that used to be around the place.
“There was 25,000 there on Saturday. A big crowd, a very partisan crowd. So under the lights it will be an interesting game.”
Freddie Sears is the only doubt ahead of the game after complaining of a tight hamstring. Kevin Bru and Teddy Bishop made their return in an U21 match against Birmingham so will not be in the squad at Elland Road. Luke Hyam remains sidelined with a long-term knee injury.
The Whites have no new concerns for the visit of Town and have a relatively full squad to choose from. Tommaso Bianchi is the one absentee for Uwe Rosler as he continues his recovery from a persistent knee problem.
Where they stand
Town – 8th
Leeds United – 11th
Last time they met
It was a ferocious finish at Elland Road as Town went down to a 2-1 loss away at Leeds last time these two sides faced off. Youngster Alex Mowatt grabbed the first goal for the Whites with just under 20 minutes to play but Freddie Sears quickly pegged the hosts back within three minutes. A crisp volley from Billy Sharp regained their lead, whilst Daryl Murphy failed to convert a penalty with just minutes to spare, meaning Town missed out on the chance to hop into the Play-Off positions.
The winger- on a season-long loan from Premier League side Bournemouth- has made a fine start to his Town career, netting three goals in all competitions and putting in a number of eye-catching displays. Comfortable at playing on either the right or left flank, the Scotland U21 international is a constant threat for Town whenever he’s on the ball, as well as getting into the box to support the front players.
Wood is a player that will be very familiar to Mick McCarthy having spent time on loan at Town last season. Despite never scoring for the Blues, he has already bagged three times in the Championship for Leeds so far. He got those three in consecutive games before his streak was brought to an end on Saturday where he failed to score past Brentford.
Sky Bet odds
Tuesday night’s game is another one which the bookies are finding incredibly difficult to call as Leeds just edge it in terms of being favourites. They are available at 7/5 to win the match whereas Town are currently at 19/10. The draw is considered as being the least likely, with 23/10 the price on it finishing level.
Match officialsReferee: Tony HarringtonFourth official:
Matthew Dicicco & James Wilson Assistant referees: