By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has urged Leeds fans to create a cauldron of intimidation ahead of Leeds’ clash against Ipswich on Saturday.
The Yorkshire giants are aiming to secure a fourth consecutive win for the first time in more than six years when they take on Mick McCarthy’s side in the Championship encounter at Elland Road.
United’s successes in the league came against Cardiff City and Blackburn, two teams who are in the division’s relegation zone, but Monk is preparing his side for a “different type of test” against an Ipswich side that have one of the meanest defences in the Championship.
Leeds as a club have not pieced together a four-match winning run since an impressive sequence under former Simon Grayson when they were in League One in 2009-10.
Monk is convinced that Leeds’ players can benefit on Saturday from one one of the biggest and most raucous fan bases outside of the Premier League.
“When you’re winning games everyone expects you to keep the roll going and of course we want to do that. We’d love to keep this run going and that’s our fight and motivation,” Monk said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “But we’re in for a big test – a different type of test to what we’ve had so far.
“Mick’s a very experienced manager and his team have a very clear idea of how they want to play. We have to be ready and I’ve already highlighted that with the players.
“We need an atmosphere that will really intimidate the opposition and make us push on. If we do that all together, you can see the success we’ve already had growing.”
A win for Leeds on Saturday could take them into the top half of the Championship table for the first time this season and would solidify the position of Monk, whose job was reportedly under considerable threat earlier this month.
In other Leeds news, Monk has claimed this striker is playing very well despite criticism.