By Will Butcher

Garry Monk believes that the defensive mindset of his new-look Leeds side is the secret weapon to their recent return to form.

The Yorkshire giants have won four out of their last five league and cup encounters, keeping three clean sheets along the way thanks to the likes of Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Rob Green.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Monk revealed that “clean sheets” and the “defensive mind” of the team was the key to Leeds’ success as they surged up the Championship table.

“I think in terms of offensively, we are going to get better,” Monk told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“And I think that is one of the hardest things to give. But all in all, clean sheets and the defensive mind of the team has been excellent.”

Monk’s side had won just one Championship encounter before embarking on a four-game winning streak that saw the former Swansea boss orchestrate victories against the likes of Ipswich, Cardiff and Blackburn.

Tuesday night’s loss to Bristol City halted Leeds in their tracks, pushing Monk’s side back into the bottom half of the table.

However, a win against Yorkshire rivals and newly promoted Barnsley on Saturday would see them go to within just one point of the playoffs, if results go their way.

Leeds are without captain Liam Bridcutt after he was told he had fractured a metatarsal, while they wait to find out if Sweden international Jansson is available after picking up a knock on Tuesday night.

In other Leeds news, Garry Monk has sent this message to Leeds fans ahead of Saturday’s clash.