Leeds United manager Simon Grayson looks set to persist with the selection of Bradley Johnson at Burnley despite the criticism aimed at the midfielder by the club's supporters.
Johnson came under fire during last Saturday's 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Elland Road – the target of widespread dissent over his decision to reject a new contract with Leeds – but Grayson shows no sign of bowing to pressure to drop him from United's line-up.
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Johnson has started the club's last five fixtures and has contributed heavily to the run of seven matches without defeat which lifted the club into the Championship's play-off positions last weekend.
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The midfielder embroiled himself in a frank exchange of views with club chairman Ken Bates on Wednesday, hitting back at claims that he had shown the club a lack of respect during his contract negotiations, but
Grayson is expected to keep faith with a largely unchanged side at Turf Moor.
Grayson said: "If he's playing well then he'll stay in the team. I've said that from day one and that's no different because of the reaction of the crowd last weekend.
"It's based on football reasons.
"No player likes to have negativity or criticism aimed at them but I make the decisions."
Grayson could make a change to his defence with right-back Paul Connolly available after a one-match suspension.
Connolly missed United's win against Palace and was replaced by Andrew Hughes, whose reliable display has given his manager a dilemma.
Grayson said: "Paul's one of those players who slips under the radar.
"He's a seven out of 10 man every week and he's done very well.
"But Hughesy always comes into the team and does a job.
"It gives me a decision to make."