'It feels wrong' - Exclusive: Leeds pundit makes big Huddersfield-West Brom admission
Noel Whelan admits it feels wrong as a Leeds United fan to be supporting Huddersfield ahead of Friday’s clash against West Brom.
The former Leeds striker and boyhood fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he would love to see the Terriers help their West Yorkshire rivals get promoted to the Premier League.
Leeds know that anything other than a victory for West Brom will see them promoted after they beat Barnsley 1-0 on Thursday evening.
Even if the Baggies do pick up three points, a draw or a defeat for Brentford against Stoke City on Saturday would also send Leeds back up to the top flight.
However, Whelan admits he will be backing Danny Cowley and his men at the John Smiths Stadium on Friday regardless of the mixed feelings he has as a Leeds fan.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It feels wrong, a bit wrong but look, if it’s Huddersfield we’re cheering on tonight then I’m sure every Leeds United fan will be doing that.
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“They’re fighting for their lives, I’d say a point goes a long way to them staying in the Championship. Defensively they’ve got a lot better over the last month – they’re not scoring that many goals but defensively they’re not conceding that many either.
“I’m hoping they can do us a turn – all we need to do is get a draw out of them, if they can do that then they’ve helped their West Yorkshire rivals get into the Premier League and that would be lovely.”
West Brom beat Huddersfield 4-2 in the reverse fixture, with Matt Phillips scoring twice and Darnell Furlong and Semi Ajayi joining him on the scoresheet.
The Baggies need a win to stay in control of their own promotion hopes, with Brentford just one point behind with two games to play.
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