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Wilson: Leeds Won't Underestimate Us

19 December 2013

Danny Wilson met with the press ahead of his first match back in charge of the Reds with Leeds United preparing to host Barnsley on Saturday.

Starting with team news Danny revealed that Chris O’Grady has trained this afternoon, but a late decision will be made as to whether the club’s top scorer will play a part in the weekend’s action.

“He’s trained a bit this morning, which is a bit of a surprise for us all,” said Danny of O’Grady. “Whether or not we can risk him, we’ll assess him again tomorrow. 

“It’s good news that he’s actually back on the training ground.

“We’re hoping he’ll be available and if he is it’ll be a massive bonus going into a big game like this.”

Only two days into the job, Wilson is preparing his side for a Yorkshire derby at Elland Road against a Leeds side that have lost just twice on home soil this term.

“We’ve got to go to Leeds and come away with a very good result,” added Danny. “We’ll go in very positively, and with a real ambition to win the game. There’ll be times we have to be resolute and defend by throwing bodies on the line.

“The form’s good for them, their home form’s good and they have a very passionate crowd. If we’re prepared to go toe-to-toe with people and be brave and strong and have ambition, we can cause problems.

“It’ll be a tough game, but you can go through any team in the Championship and you say ‘Crikey, not another one!’

“There’s some very, very good teams in this league and you can’t give an inch to any of them.”

Danny admits that as difficult an opposition the West Yorkshire side may be, the Reds will focus on their own job in hand.

“They’ll have one eye on us,” he continued. “I don’t think for one minute that Brian (McDermott) will underestimate us. The form will not say a great deal about the early exchanges. They’ll be tough and frantic, I would suggest, in a game like this.

“I think there’ll be a lot of respect there. But it’s about focussing about us and going about our business.

“We don’t want to go there and be under 89 minutes of pressure. We want to go there and get our noses in front. 

“The fans going down there, they’ll not be quiet I know that. They’ll give great support to the players and that will be a big bonus for us.”

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