Leeds United captain Liam Cooper says his side will go into Friday’s Championship clash with Aston Villa full of confidence, after taking six points from a possible nine this week.
Wins against high-flying Middlesbrough and Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, either side of a midweek defeat to leaders Wolves, have seen the Whites move up to eighth in the league table.
Thomas Christiansen’s side now face another difficult opponent in fellow play-off hopefuls Villa, who are fourth in the Championship table after winning their last three matches.
Cooper called for his side to quickly switch their focus to the “massive” game at Elland Road.
“We’ve just got to keep going. It’s a massive game on Friday against Villa and we’ll be looking to get another big three points,” said the 26-year-old, in an interview with the club’s official website.
Cooper is expecting another tough game against Villa on Friday but says his side may have turned the corner after a poor run and insists they will be up for the challenge.
“I know it’s a cliché but it’s the Championship, sometimes things go against you but we were definitely worthy of the three points today and we will take a lot of confidence into the game next Friday.
“I think any of the boys will tell you we love the games under the lights, it’s going to be a big game, there’ll be a big crowd there.”
Leeds responded brilliantly to their 4-1 defeat at Molineux on Wednesday with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Barnsley at Oakwell in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Samuel Saiz put the Whites ahead midway through the first half with a low shot into the corner of the next before Ezgjan Alioski doubled their lead with a brilliant curled finish on the stroke of half-time.
Leeds will go into the game six points behind the Villans in this season’s promotion race and will be hoping to continue their momentum.
Meanwhile, Villa beat Ipswich Town 2-0 at Villa Park and will also fancy their chances in Friday’s Championship clash.
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