By Tom Blackburn
Leeds manager Garry Monk has bemoaned QPR for only allocating them 3,000 tickets for Sundays match.
Monk claims the Leeds fans could have sold out the entire 18,000-capacity QPR stadium for the Championship opener.
The new Whites manager said the support can be daunting but backed his players to rise to the challenge.
“To have that big a support and that many people willing you to do well and wanting you to achieve something is a motivation,” said Monk, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “That’s when we will be able to get to somewhere where we can be successful.
“I think what probably sums it up is that had QPR given us the whole ground we probably would have sold it to be honest – it’s that type of support you have. And that’s not even a joke to be honest, I think we would have.
“It can be very difficult at big clubs with big support like that to perform, especially with young players.
“Sometimes it can work in the other way and it can be a negative. But I think if we use it in the right way and if the fans support through the ups and downs of the Championship then I think that will be what benefits everyone the most.”
Monk makes his competitive debut as Leeds manager on Sunday as the Whites travel to London to face Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s QPR.
The former Swansea manager has been very active in the market this summer and is looking to continue his Elland Road revolution, as he aims to return the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.
Monk has made seven senior signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.
Leeds are hopeful of signing Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt although it is unlikely that that deal will be done in team for the Championship opener.