That game came with the Whites under the management of Darko Milanic, who failed to win a single game in charge. He was preceded by Neil Redfearn in caretaker charge, who was then given the job on a full-time basis following Milanic’s dismissal. Although the former Academy Director has not enjoyed a fantastic spell in permanent charge of the Yorkshire-based club, performances and results have improved in recent weeks, and they head into the tie with Brentford at Elland Road on the back of four games without defeat.
However, the Bees will offer a big challenge, with the recently promoted team fighting for a second straight promotion this term. Having made the step up from League One in impressive style, the West London club are sitting in the play-offs, with 49 points from 28 games, and, although the game is at Elland Road, they will surely be favourites to pick up all three points.
However, Warburton is expecting a much tougher tie than the last game with Leeds, claiming that Redfearn has brought ‘energy and confidence’ to the Whites - two strengths that were lacking under Milanic.
Speaking to Get West London, Warburton said: “They've got a different manager since then [the 2-0 win]. All testament to Neil, he knows the club inside out and has done an outstanding job.
“After lots of upheaval and turmoil they have come through it. They've had two good victories against Huddersfield and Bournemouth. They are playing with energy and confidence at the moment.”
A victory for Brentford would keep them in the top six of the Championship table, and would continue their fantastic season searching for promotion.