Eddie Gray: It’s time for United to get on a victory roll

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LOSING 2-1 at Rotherham United on Friday night was obviously a disappointing result.

You look at the Championship table now and we are five points away from the top six but five points away from the bottom three so right in mid-table.

It’s probably okay at this stage though obviously you are hoping for better and it will be a lot better for the new coach, Darko Milanic, when he gets his first victory in charge of Leeds.

It will be good for him and it will be good for the players when we actually get that positive result.

It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow night at Norwich City although Norwich themselves lost to Fulham on Saturday and all the games in this division are tough.

And you never know – we might go there and get a good result and surprise people!

What you would say about the Norwich game and the Rotherham game is that people would probably expect us to go to Rotherham and get a result and maybe not get anything at Norwich. But it might work the other way.

I thought we’d get a win at Rotherham, but I also thought we’d get get the points at Brentford, but I don’t think we have performed well enough to justify us being any higher in the league than we are at the moment.

We’re in the position in the league that we deserve to be – and that’s why the quicker we get on a roll the better.

It’s two points out of 12 now under Darko Milanic and of course he’ll be concerned.

He’ll want to start building a winning sequence and you can only build confidence up in the team when you are winning games.

You can be playing reasonably well and still losing games but it doesn’t do morale much good and the quicker he can get a victory under his belt the better.

The play-offs are still possible of course, as we are not even at Christmas yet, but we are coming up to quite a critical period now in November and December and the last thing you want is to be falling further behind the leading pack.

But if you are only four or five points away from the top six coming into the new year then you’d be quite happy if you can then go on a decent run.

We’ve also got to remember that this is a new side and a new team that we have playing and you have to give Milanic a chance too.

You’ve got to think of that as well and you’ve got to give the new coach a chance.

He’s working with a group of players that he didn’t know and a lot of the players didn’t know each other either, never mind the coach,

After tomorrow night’s trip to Norwich we’ve got Wolves coming to Elland Road on Saturday and the thing about Wolves is they are scoring goals.

They have had a decent start to the campaign and they will be tough opponents.

In fact, when you look at all of the teams that have come up from last year, they are all doing okay.

Brentford are tenth in the table and Rotherham are level on points with us now and with the same goal difference as well.

It’s a big game against Wolves and your home games are always important, anyway.

If you are going to do anything then you have to win your home games and that’s a fact.

It also gets the crowd behind you as well if you are winning at home, especially at Elland Road where it makes the atmosphere build up.

You hope that we can get a win at Norwich and then we can be looking forward to the home game.

But if we don’t get a result at Norwich then it takes on a little bit more significance as you are then thinking ‘well we have got to win this game against Wolves.’ And it won’t be an easy game.

Obviously Adryan came on as a sub at Rotherham but I still don’t know much about him.

Coming on as a sub is a bit different to starting games, but having said that, if the boy is good enough then he should get an opportunity.

Hopefully he will progress and give us that something that we’ve been missing this season – a touch of flair in the final third of the field.

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson.

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