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Jermaine Beckford shocked by Leeds' home form, discusses missing Elland Road return

Jermaine Beckford

Jermaine Beckford is stunned by Leeds' poor home form in 2015.

Preston North End striker Jermaine Beckford has told BBC Radio Lancashire that returning to Leeds United always gives him goosebumps.

Preston head to Elland Road on Sunday afternoon to take on Leeds, who will be full of confidence after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 on Thursday night.

The game sees Preston manager Simon Grayson, defender Paul Huntington and midfielder Neil Kilkenny all head back to face their former club Leeds, but one player who won't get that reunion is striker Beckford.

The 32-year-old made his name with Leeds during a sensational spell, firing 84 goals in 152 games for Leeds, including memorable goals such as the one to beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford and the goal which sealed promotion from League One for Leeds back in 2010.

Now a Preston player having reunited with his former Leeds boss Grayson last season, Beckford will miss a return to Elland Road this weekend with a knee injury.

He has though been looking back on his time at Leeds, and admitted to BBC Radio Lancashire that every time he goes back to Elland Road, he gets goosebumps, even though he will miss the game this weekend.

Beckford also stated that it looks like Leeds are beginning to stabilise under manager Steve Evans, before admitting his shock that Leeds have only won twice at home since March 4th of this year.

“It's the history, it's the passion of the fans, it's the stadium itself – it's everything about the club that makes it an amazing place to go back and play against them," said Beckford. “I've played there a couple of times since I left, and every time I've been back there, it's always given me goosebumps.”

“It's a shame that it's happening now. It was surprising that it was so long, especially knowing that the fans there are almost like a 12th player. I've got every confidence that they're going to do well, but I've also got more than enough confidence that we're going to do really well as well this season,” he added.

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