Former Leeds United star Eddie Gray has explained in the Yorkshire Evening Post the ‘good thing’ for his old club about facing Bournemouth this evening.
Leeds take on Eddie Howe’s side with the teams in completely different positions in the Championship table; Leeds just above the bottom three and Bournemouth top of the pile and looking up to the Premier League.
Not many will give Leeds a chance this evening, but Gray is hopeful of a positive result, which will get his old side moving in the right direction.
“We’ve got to try and take something out of the game – three points ideally – but the good thing is that we’ve already beaten them,” wrote Gray.
“That will be in the back of their minds and our players can go into the game in the knowledge that we can beat them because we defeated them down there.”
“That just gives us little bit of a psychological boost as their players might be thinking ‘they beat us at our place, it’s going to be a tough game’.”
Leeds will also need a bit of luck if they’re to get a win this evening because the Cherries have a better record in terms of their defence and going forward in attack.
Some big sides have gone to Elland Road and got results this season, but manager Neil Redfearn has to stress the positives to his team ahead of the game.
He has to try and keep everyone positive and confident of getting a result, because it’s easy to see how some Leeds players could go into this game against the league leaders, thinking a negative result is most likely.
The current atmosphere at Leeds right now will be difficult after confirmation from the BBC and other sources that owner Massimo Cellino has lost his appeal against a decision to disqualify him from owning the club.
A win this evening will certainly help.