Yorkshire latest: Milanic reveals his first job at Leeds, Wednesday man wants cup upset

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Milanic reveals first Leeds aim

Darko Milanic has said that his first job since taking over at Leeds United is to get to know his players' strengths and weaknesses. 

Milanic was officially appointed as Whites boss yesterday and took charge of his first training session in the afternoon.

It was a first chance for the Slovenian to see his new team first-hand and he clearly saw it as a valuable opportunity to analyse his squad's ability. 

“My first job is to get to know each player individually," Milanic said to the club's official site. "I will talk with my team about Saturday’s opponents."

“I know that it will be very tough but the team has to move forward. The team needs to continue the form like the last few games.”

Milanic will oversee his first game as Leeds boss on Saturday when the side take on Brentford. 

Powell wants Scannel improvement

Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell is hoping to see an improvement from Sean Scannell. 

The attacker is clearly a talented player on his day, but he struggles to maintain top form and Powell has challenged him to be more consistent in his showings under his stewardship.

"Sean is a talent but we need to get consistency from him, and we are working to do that,” Powell said to the Examiner. 

“He has power and he has pace, and that’s always important.”

Smallwood enjoying life at Rotherham 

Rotherham United's Richie Smallwood says that he is loving playing at the New York Stadium.

Smallwood joined the Millers on a permanent transfer this summer and he is now aiming to repay the investment that Steve Evans paid to sign him from Middlesbrough.

"I’m loving every minute of it,” Smallwood said to the South Yorkshire Times.

“I’m grateful to the manager for bringing me here and I just want to repay him on the pitch by doing the best I can.”

Helan wants cup upset

Sheffield Wednesday winger Jeremy Helan is targeting a cup upset when his side take on Manchester City. 

The Owls go into the match as heavy outsiders against the English champions, but Helan believes that his side have enough ability to cause a shock. 

“Why not? They [City] are human beings," Helan said to the Sheffield Star. "True, they have good players, are one of the best teams in the world, but on the day it’s a cup game and you don’t know what can happen."

Clough sees positives in defensive performance

Nigel Clough is hoping that his Sheffield United team are able to emulate the defensive performance that they put in against Leyton Orient in the League Cup last night when they return to league action.

The Blades have struggled to keep clean-sheets since the start of the season, but picked up a 1-0 victory over Orient last night and Clough wants the side to repeat the impressive defensive showing more often. 

"We want to progress as a team and want to improve and want to be more on the ball and more on the front foot but when there are times that we can't do that, then we are going to have to defend like we did here," he said to Sky Sports.

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