Leeds United winger Pablo Hernandez says the side have “recovered the spirit” and revealed that although he is “not happy” on the bench, he is always ready to give 100%.
The Whites face fourth-placed Aston Villa in Championship action at Elland Road tonight, in the first of six Championship matches before the transfer window opens in January.
Thomas Christiansen’s side made a brilliant start to the season but a poor run has seen them lose seven of their last 10 league matches and fall outside of the play-off places.
However, the recent victories over highly-flying Middlesbrough and Yorkshire rivals Barnsley last week have seen the club climb back up to eighth place in the table, ahead of tonight’s showdown with Villa.
Hernandez, who has played a key role for Leeds this season, says the side have turned a corner and will go into this crucial festive period full of confidence.
“Against Middlesbrough I helped the team with one goal and one assist and in the last game the team played very good against Barnsley,” said the 32-year-old, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We’ve recovered the spirit and we’re in a good way. Now this is a big test.”
Hernandez also admitted that it’s hard not starting, but that he’s always ready to give 100%.
““When you are on the bench you need to be ready. You need to be ready to give the team other things when they need them. When I’m on the bench, yes I’m frustrated and not happy, but when I go on the pitch I have to give 100 per cent and change the game.”
Leeds head into tonight’s clash with Villa six points behind their rivals in this season’s promotion race and will be looking to increase the pressure on the league’s top-six.
They face a difficult opponent in Steve Bruce’s side, who have won their last three Championship games. Wolves currently lead the table and are four points ahead second-placed Cardiff.
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