McDermott expecting positive response from Leeds United

Brian McDermott
Brian McDermott

Brian McDermott is confident that fans will see Leeds United getting back to their best when they resume after the international break with a televised home match against Birmingham City tomorrow.

The Whites boss expects his players to show a reaction from defeat in their last game at Derby and put their recent dip in form behind them.

Birmingham provide tricky opposition and won a league game at Elland Road last season as well as drawing an FA Cup tie, but they will be facing a wounded side desperate to recover after a slide into the bottom half of the Sky Bet Championship.

“Whatever people think about the way we’ve played in some of our games, they shouldn’t think that any of us aren’t hurting,” said McDermott.

“I’m expecting every one of us to respond on Sunday and get a result.

“I’m looking at Birmingham as a game we’re going to win.

“We’ve lost a few games and we need a result, I know that and the players know that. They’ll come out fighting.

“We’ve had tough results and bad results. We could have taken a point against QPR and we could have won at Reading. Maybe we deserved more. But when you look back on Derby, you have to say that we never gave ourselves a chance. We can’t afford to be like that.

“If we do what we did at Derby then we’re going to have a problem but we’ve shown that we can play much better. At home, live on TV, I’d expect us to show that.”