Garry Monk expresses his annoyance ahead of Leeds clash with Derby
By Amir Mir
Garry Monk has reacted with annoyance at the TV scheduling ahead of Leeds’ clash against Derby on Friday night.
The Whites are set to take on the Rams at Elland Road live on Sky Sports, having previously played their FA Cup tie against Cambridge United on BT Sport on Monday evening.
The FA Cup fixture, which they won 2-1, was rescheduled from Saturday afternoon to the Monday, despite knowing that Sky had decided to televise the Derby match the following Friday.
It means since the turn of the year, Monk’ s side will have played three matches in ten days, including the Derby match.
Ahead of that crucial Championship encounter, Monk provided an honest view on the televised matches.
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“I understand that it makes money for companies and that Leeds are a big attraction outside the Premier League but it’s to our detriment in terms of recovery and congestion in the fixtures,” said Monk, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“It’s not an excuse. We’ll meet it head on and we’ll do what we have to do but I don’t think it’s very fair the amount of times we’ve been moved. Other teams who are in or around us or in this league aren’t getting moved anywhere near what we are.
“But it is what it is and we have to deal with it.”
Steve McClaren’s side beat Leeds 1-0 during their reverse fixture at Pride Park in October.
They now meet in Yorkshire as the duo aim to stamp their authority in the race for promotion to the Premier League this season.
Monk’s side are sitting in a play-off spot, five points ahead of the seventh-placed Rams who are two points behind Sheffield Wednesday in sixth.
The duo won their FA Cup matches, including Derby who pulled off an impressive win at Premier League side West Brom last Saturday.
But, McClaren’s side were beaten 3-0 against Norwich at Carrow Road during their last league fixture.
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