Darko Milanic explains why Leeds face a tough test against Rotherham

United head coach Darko Milanic is expecting a tough test when Leeds take on Rotherham on Friday night.

Former Slovenian international Milanic is looking for his first victory as Whites head coach, having claimed two draws and fallen to defeat in the three games since his appointment.

He leads his side out on Friday night to face Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United, with a victory taking the Whites to just three points off the top of the Championship table, whilst defeat would see them overtaken by the Millers.

Leeds are undoubtedly favourites for the game, with Steve Evans leading his side to just one victory in their last seven league games, but, coming off the back of a 1-1 draw with co-league leaders Norwich City, Milanic is expecting a ‘hard’ and ‘aggressive’ game with the League One Play-Off winners.

Quoted by the official Leeds website, Milanic revealed: “I expect a hard game, they are extremely aggressive.

“The play very directly with strikers and put pressure on. They want to take a second ball, they want to be dangerous.

“They are hard workers and it is our job to be very quick, to be reactive and to recognise the right moments to be calm and to play.

“We want to have good possession and be quicker in the attack.

“I have respect for the trainer and for their team. They have their own strategy, they play very hard and are good.”

Rotherham have impressed with their start in the Championship, with their direct football - the Millers have the lowest average possession in the division - shocking the more established, footballing sides to defeat. They will be looking to take the three points off of the Whites, but Milanic is keen to see Leeds pick up the first win of his reign.

He added: “It’s important.

“For me personally, for the squad, for the fans and the owner, it is important that we take the three points.

“It will be difficult but we are good.”

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