Hernandez hopeful Leeds United will put crushing Burton blow ‘in the past’

SICKENER: The pain is clear to see for Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez, left, and Kalvin Phillips after April's hugely damaging 2-1 loss at Burton Albion. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
SICKENER: The pain is clear to see for Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez, left, and Kalvin Phillips after April's hugely damaging 2-1 loss at Burton Albion. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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PABLO HERNANDEZ is calling on his Leeds United side to forget April’s crushing loss at Burton Albion and move on by achieving a fifth victory of the season in Saturday’s Championship clash with the Brewers at Elland Road.

United’s chances of finishing in last season’s Championship play-offs under former boss Garry Monk fell out of their hands with a 2-1 loss at the Pirelli in April, after which Hernandez and co looked visibly shattered.

Hernandez admits the defeat remains fresh in the memory but the Spaniard hopes his men will prove they have moved on from that dejection by further enhancing this season’s promotion claims by continuing their fine start to the season on Saturday at Elland Road.

Leeds approach the clash still unbeaten under new head coach Thomas Christiansen with the Whites sat in third and just one point behind second-placed Ipswich Town.

“Of course I think we remember this,” said Hernandez, asked if the hammer blow of April’s defeat to Burton is still in United’s minds.

“We played against Burton and we needed the three points to give us the play-offs position and we lost.

“But this is the past.

“I think what’s more important now is to forget this and only focus in the future, only focus on this game.

“We know that if we put 100 per cent on the pitch then we have a lot of chance to win the game.”

Kalvin Phillips

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