By Alex Stevens

Noel Whelan believes that Leeds have the second worst home record in the Championship because the players struggle to deal with the pressures of playing at Elland Road.

The division’s best supported club have just 23 points from 20 home matches this season, a record that puts them 23rd of the 24 teams, ahead of only relegated Bolton.

Away from home, Steve Evans’ side are far more successful, accumulating 28 points from 21 games to put them eighth of the 24 sides.

Leeds won 2-1 at Birmingham on Tuesday night to secure their first victory in five matches and cement their position of 15th in the Championship table, four clear of 16th-placed Blackburn.

Ex-Elland Road striker Whelan is convinced that the players are inhibited by Elland Road.

“There’s less pressure away from home which I think is why Leeds do better, said Whelan after the win at Birmingham, as quoted by BBC Radio Leeds. “You have to channel that pressure though and you should enjoy playing at home.

“They need to absorb that energy. Maybe they can’t deal with what’s in front of them when they’re at Elland Road.”

Two goals from winger Stuart Dallas, one in either half, secured the three points for Leeds at St Andrews as they produced one of their best displays of the season.

In other Leeds news, Evans has explained why he thinks Cook is better than Moussa Dembele.