McDermott: Leeds must change ‘mentality’ away from Elland Road

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The Whites boss is out to change the hearts and minds of his players on the road.

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has called on his team to get tougher with opponents when playing away from their Yorkshire home.

The Whites made a positive start to life on the road in the Championship this term with a draw away at Leicester followed up by wins over Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers but recent weeks have seen the team suffer a poor run of form away from Elland Road, with Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Derby County marking their third straight defeat on the road in the English second-tier and prompting McDermott to call for a rethink.

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Last season the Yorkshire club struggled for wins away from home, ending the season with a run of just one victory in their last 14 games played on the road.

That sole success came on the final day of the season, against Premier League-chasing Watford, and brought their total number of away wins for the campaign to a pitiful four.

And while McDermott is close to equalling that total, he remained adamant in a post-match interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post that if the club has any ambitions of making the playoffs and beyond, they needed to improve their play away from Leeds.

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'We need to get a mentality where we’re very difficult to play against away from home.It’s not about hoping to get a result. It’s about knowing that you’re going to get a result,' he said.

The former Reading boss has spent much of the last few weeks attempting to secure the services of an additional striker, with Leeds struggling for goals so far this term. And while he has so far been unsuccessful in bids for the likes of Luciano Becchio, McDermott still believes he can get the best out of his current squad and perhaps change a few perceptions along the way.

'Things can happen and players who’ve been written off previously can get a winning mentality. Can we foster that? Definitely. I’m determined to get it right.'

Leeds are currently six points off the playoff positions and are next in action at home to Birmingham City on Sunday October 20th.

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