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16th Sep, 2016 | 10:25am

Rob Green identifies five minutes that can ignite Leeds season

By Will Butcher

Ex-England international Rob Green has revealed that Leeds’ fortunes can hinge on a five-minute “nugget”.

The Yorkshire giants have made a poor start to the season under former Swansea boss Garry Monk, but the veteran goalkeeper believes that it could only take five minutes for that all to change.

In an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Green revealed that he has seen a club’s fortunes change in minutes, and believes Leeds holding out against Blackburn during injury time could be one of those moments.

“Those moments, those little five-minute nuggets, they can turn seasons around,” Green told Yorkshire Evening Post. “I’ve seen it before in my career. But I’d still say that Cardiff on Saturday is the game that would really cement that.”

Leeds have won just two of their seven domestic encounters this season, as pressure begins to mount on young manager Garry Monk.

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However, the former West Ham goalkeeper is optimistic that the Championship outfit can generate some momentum with a win against Cardiff.

The 36-year-old believes that Leeds can show fans that they have improved by going above QPR in the league if they beat Cardiff, despite losing 3-0 on the opening day to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side.

“If we win on Saturday then we could go above QPR,” Monk told Yorkshire Evening Post. “That kind of says something. The result down there would seem further behind us. All of a sudden you’ve got a fighting chance and you start looking up.”

A win for Leeds would move them into mid-table obscurity and away from the dangers of the Championship drop zone, but a loss could just as easily see them fall back into the bottom three.

In other Leeds news, Massimo Cellino would be making a huge mistake if he decided to sack Garry Monk and here is why.