'Nothing to fear' - Gary Rowett delivers bold verdict ahead of Leeds' clash v Derby
By Russell Edge
Derby County manager Gary Rowett says he will be expecting to come up against a Leeds United side desperate to secure victory when his team visit Elland Road on Tuesday night.
The Whites have endured a spell of poor form which has seen them go from league leaders to hanging on in the play off spots, currently sitting fifth.
The fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United on Friday night, thanks to a late David Brooks goal, meaning that they have suffered four defeats in five matches and are now seven points off the Blades who moved to the top of the table with victory.
As a result of their recent results, Rowett insists Leeds will be looking to bounce back against his side, although insists he will not be overwhelmed by the Elland Road atmosphere after having appeared there as both player and manager during his career.
Speaking to the press ahead of Tuesday’s clash, he was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying: “I’ve had some good results there as a manager, so there is nothing to fear but you respect the place and the atmosphere.
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“They will be highly motivated to turn things around. You see what a few wins can do. That’s why you can’t panic too much if you lose a game or two.
“I think we’ll see a league that’s as close as it’s ever been this season.”
Derby sit just one point and two places behind Leeds in the Championship table, and will be coming into the match off the back of a 2-1 win away to Norwich City on Saturday.
In other Leeds United news, former owner Massimo Cellino has been handed a serious punishment for a breach of rules while with the Whites.