Wolves boss: We must respect Leeds United

Elland Road pitchside

Kenny Jackett is confident Leeds United must be respected despite their poor start to the season.

The Whites sit mid table after 13 games of the Championship season, with three head coaches and a string of negative results behind them.

Current head coach Darko Milanic has failed to win any of the five games he has spent in charge, and he is fortunate that results elsewhere have kept the Elland Road side within six points of the play-offs - although they are also just five points away from the relegation places.

They host high-flying Wolves on Saturday, with the former giants of English football facing off in an important tie. Wolves can move atop the Championship table with a victory, whilst Milanic will be keen to break his winless run before the pressure from club president Massimo Cellino grows too high.

Despite their poor starts, Leeds have performed admirably when faced with stronger teams - as evident by their 1-1 draw with Norwich City on Tuesday - and Wolves boss Kenny Jackett is aware that they must respect their Yorkshire opponents.

Speaking prior to the game, Jackett said: “They [Leeds] have picked up after quite a rocky start.

“They’ve got some very good players, and they’ve been a club in a transition with the new ownership. They’ll be looking to find their feet in the Championship and be the force we all know Leeds can be with the size of the club.

“It [playing at Elland Road] is something you should enjoy, and we should try to kick on further.

“Respect Leeds United all of the time, but not fear them.”

On current form, Wolves enter the game as favourites, despite United’s home advantage, and Jackett will be delighted to see his team take the game to Leeds - showing a fearless desire to defeat the largest club outside of the Premier League.

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