Eddie Gray: Canaries clash a welcome tonic for Leeds United

Kalvin Phillips celebrates scoring on his home debut against Cardiff City. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Kalvin Phillips celebrates scoring on his home debut against Cardiff City. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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WHITES legend Eddie Gray believes the challenge of promotion-chasing Norwich City could actually be a welcome tonic for Leeds United at Elland Road.

United approach the Championship fixture out of sorts following three defeats in a row with Neil Redfearn’s 15th-placed Whites booed off following Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Cardiff.

On the contrary, second-placed Norwich have won four in a row and have lost just one of their last 14 games - 11 of which have resulted in victory.

It all adds up to Leeds being as big as 13-2 to record a home win this evening but Gray can see United raising their game though he admits his former side will certainly have to.

Gray is also heartened by the fact that Norwich’s former Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson is suspended and said: “If we play like we did against Cardiff we’ll get beat but I don’t think we will and I don’t think it’s a bad game for us to have.

“We go into the game knowing that we are playing against a side pushing for promotion who will be firing on all cylinders but that will pep our boys up.

“Norwich are flying and they are going well.

“They had a late winner at the weekend but that’s what teams at the top do - they dig in and they scrap for results.

“But I think the good thing for us is that Bradley Johnson cannot play because he has been doing well for them. I think he’s scored 12 or 13 goals.

“He’s suspended but they will still be a formidable outfit and they will know themselves that the other teams at the top are still fighting away.

“Bournemouth won away from home at the weekend and Watford won away from home at the weekend so they will be coming here thinking ‘if we don’t get a result we were will slip back in the league’, or, ‘if we get a result we could be top.’

“They will be coming looking to pick the three points up but that’s quite good from our point of view because there’s less expectation level on the players.

“It gives them an opportunity to go out and put things right after the game against Cardiff.”

Rob Green.

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