Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has detailed where he was impressed with the side's performance against Sunderland in the FA Cup.
Leeds United legend Eddie Gray wants the team to build on a solid second half performance in the FA Cup game against Sunderland.
Neil Redfearn’s team went down 1-0 at the hands of Gus Poyet’s Premier League side and Gray feels the positive second 45 minutes will stand the side in good stead looking ahead to the Championship game against Bolton this weekend.
“Leeds definitely came out in the second half and put up a spirited performance which was a lot better and augurs well for the future. It gives them a bit of hope to go to Bolton on Saturday but we have got to start the game right as in the first half we never started,” he wrote for the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“In the second half we put them under pressure, closed them down quickly, played at a higher tempo, passed the ball crisper and these are the type of things you have got to do if you are going to win matches.”
The second half performance will also have a positive mental effect on a very young side, because for spells of the game, Leeds held their own against an established Premier League unit.
Promotion for Leeds looks like a task too far based on their performances over the first half of the season, but there was evidence against Sunderland that Leeds can put an experienced team under pressure.
Leeds need a win. A win will help kick start some confidence and momentum and get the team on a roll, moving forward and they can use that to their advantage to put pressure on their rivals at the wrong end of the Championship table.
The side can’t go into matches against the biggest teams showing them too much respect and starting games in a very cagey fashion, because they will get picked off.
If Redfearn can get the side to replicate the four positive qualities Gray talks about, while rotating his squad to keep everyone fresh, Leeds should be in a much more positive position than they currently are by the start of the summer.