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OPPOSITION VIEW: LEEDS UNITED

20 October 2014

Essential reading on Tuesday's opponents

LEEDS UNITED

Nickname: The Whites
Manager: Darko Milanic
2013/14: 15th
Ground: Elland Road
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 175 miles (3 hours 23 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Leeds are still searching for their first win since Darko Milanic was appointed manager almost a month ago.

Friday’s night’s 2-1 Yorkshire derby defeat to Rotherham United – after top scorer Mirco Antenucci had given them the lead – left them 14th in the Sky Bet Championship table, five points away from the play-off and relegation spots.

Prior to that and under the stewardship of caretaker boss Neil Redfearn, Leeds took 10 points from four games yet owner Massimo Cellino elected to look elsewhere when replacing David Hockaday, who last just 70 days in the job after his appointment in the summer.


Their best results this season came with wins over promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough and Bournemouth, with a disappointing Capital One Cup exit to rivals Bradford City standing out for the wrong reasons.

“There's some genuine flair in the squad at Leeds. It's just taking time to knit together,” says Phil Hay, chief football writer on the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“They're strong and competitive at their best and they've shown a tendency to dominate the tail-end of matches this season.”

Games against Norwich City have traditionally been close affairs; Leeds edge the overall head-to-head record with 19 wins to the Canaries’ 17.

They have one former City player in their ranks: striker Steve Morison (2011-13), who scored 12 goals in 59 games across a season-and-a-half in Norfolk.

THE BOSS
Slovenian Darko Milanic left his post at Austrian side Sturm Graz to take over the hotseat at Elland Road on September 23.

“His record as a coach is infinitely better than David Hockaday's,” adds Hay.


“By his own admission, he doesn't have forensic knowledge of English football and it's very new to him so it's impossible to predict whether the appointment will work. But I certainly think Milanic is a rational choice.”

The 46-year-old made his name at the biggest club is native country, NK Maribor, leading them to four league titles between 2008 and 2013.

As a player, Milanic was a defender who featured for Partizan Belgrade and Sturm Graz. He earned 42 caps for Slovenia.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Marko Silvestri, Stuart Taylor, Alex Cairns.

Defenders: Sam Byram, Stephen Warnock, Giuseppe Bellusci, Jason Pearce (c), Gaetano Berardi, Scott Wootton, Charlie Taylor, Ross Killock, Liam Cooper, Dario del Fabro.

Midfielders: Rudy Austin, Luke Murphy, Adryan, Aidy White, Tommaso Bianchi, Michael Tonge, David Norris, Zac Thompson, Lewis Cook, Chris Dawson, Alex Mowatt, Zan Benedicic, Casper Sloth.

Forwards: Billy Sharp, Noel Hunt, Nicky Ajose, Steve Morison, Brian Montenegro, Lewis Walters, Souleymane Doukara, Mirco Antenucci.

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