The Championship side would cherish a cup win over Sunderland, says their manager.
This weekend offers those teams suffering in the league a potential reprieve in the form of the FA Cup. One team who will be hoping for an external boost from their Championship form is Leeds United.
The Yorkshire club are in dire form in the league and currently hover just above the Championship relegation zone.
This weekend however they take on Sunderland in the FA Cup, with the hope of a potential cup upset in the air.
Leeds boss Neil Redfearn has been discussing the game in his press conference this afternoon and he certainly sounds optimistic.
The Leeds boss wants his team to take it to their Premier League opposition and hopefully gain passage to the next round of the competition, admitting he will be putting out a side to win the game:
Redfearn describes Sunday's FA Cup tie at Sunderland as "a good game to look forward to" - "There's history between the two clubs". #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 2, 2015
Redfearn: "It's one of those games where if you can get through to the next round, it just helps everything else." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 2, 2015
Redfearn on Sunday: "We want to put a side out to compete & win at Sunderland. We'll be looking to do that." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 2, 2015
Redfearn on the FA Cup: "It's a great competition & it's one everybody looks to for upsets. I think it should be cherished." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 2, 2015
He also believes that the club's foreign players, of which there are many, understand the importance of the cup to the club's fans and will not take it lightly when they face Gus Poyet's side.
Redfearn says the overseas players "understand the FA Cup is a prestigious competition" - "You enter it to go & win it." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) January 2, 2015
They shouldn't, because a morale boosting cup win could really turn Leeds' season around and get 2015 started with a bang.