Mirco Antenucci praises Leeds United's fans ahead of Rotherham clash

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The Leeds United forward is appreciative of the club's passionate supporters.

Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds ahead of his side’s clash with Rotherham United this weekend.

The Italian forward fell out of favour last season – yet still ended the campaign as the club’s top scorer – but this season he is back playing regularly alongside summer signing Chris Wood and Antenucci has five goals and three assists to date.

He will be hoping to add to that tally this weekend when the Championship’s bottom club Rotherham United come to town, and the Leeds fans will no doubt be pleased with comments he made in his most recent interview.

Speaking about the club’s famously loyal supporters, Antenucci told BBC Radio Leeds, “We feel the fans away from home are the 12th man for us because away (there are) four (or) five thousand people; a lot for the Championship.”

When asked if this was the happiest he had felt since he came to Leeds, Antenucci said, "Yes, when you play it is better, you can do a lot of things differently because you have more time. You have the opportunity to show the quality for the team. Now is better."

After a disappointing start to the season things are now looking up for Leeds, with back-to-back victories against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town lifting the club up to 15th in the table.

A win against Rotherham on Saturday and Leeds could even climb into the top half of the table, and Antenucci could be the man to fire them there, but will it be enough to ultimately earn him a contract extension with his current deal expiring this summer?

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