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Leeds United players must step up v Blackpool in Championship today

The Leeds United players cannot shy away from their responsibility as it is imperative that they return to winning ways against Blackpool in the Championship today.

Not so long ago, Leeds United were close to the playoff spots in the Championship, but now they are just a point above the relegation zone.

The West Yorkshire outfit will head into Saturday’s clash against Blackpool at Elland Road without a win since September 20.

Leeds have not won in eight matches and hopes of promotion to the Premier League are starting to fade.

Who is to be blamed for this run of poor form?

The finger almost inevitably points towards Darko Milanic. The Slovenian’s reign as the Leeds manager was a failure, as he did not win a single game in charge.

Neil Redfearn’s appointment as Milanic’s replacement was met with delight by all Leeds supporters, but he has not won either of the games he has been in charge of.

It is all too easy to point the finger at the managers when things are going wrong, but the players need to take responsibility.

If Leeds fail to win tonight, then questions should be asked of the players.

One can discuss all day how Dave Hockaday and Milanic were wrong appointments, but if the Whites lose or draw tonight, then it will show that it is the players who need to step up.

As important as the manager is for a team, the players need to do their job on the football pitch. So far the Leeds star haven’t - at least not to the level they are expected to.

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