Leeds United: Resolving takeover situation is critical - Gray

Brian McDermott
Brian McDermott
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The most important thing for us is sorting out the off-the-field situation at the football club and the quicker it happens, the better.

It needs to be sorted out as quickly as possible so that everyone knows what direction the club are going in, so that Brian McDermott can get to work and hopefully get a bit more quality to the football club.

Brian will be waiting to see what happens and hopefully something will get tied up this week in terms of taking the club forward.

There is no doubt that the club needs an injection of cash to sort things out and it looks as if the prospective new owner (Massimo Cellino) is determined to do that if the takeover goes through. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Looking at our division, there’s still a fair few teams between us and the top six and we will have to climb above those first.

There are plenty of teams in the same boat as us, such as Wigan and Watford, and they will be thinking they can get into the top-six.

Quite simply, we’ve just got to be more consistent. That’s something we haven’t shown yet this season where we have been in mid-table for most of it.

We are where we are in the league because we haven’t been good enough, without being disrespectful.

We have done fairly well against teams in the bottom half. But against teams who keep possession of the ball, such as Nottingham Forest, Blackburn and Brighton – who have 61 per cent possession of the ball against us while we had 39 per cent – we haven’t done as well against.

Whether we have the players at the football club to do that remains to be seen. They have not shown it yet, we’ve got to be honest about that and Brian has been as well.

If we can step up, you’d like to think we will have a chance because the league is so close and tight. Even teams like Huddersfield will still be thinking they might even have a sniff of the play-offs now after they won on Saturday.

Our next game is at Middlesbrough on Saturday, with the Riverside having been a great ground for us over the years.

Looking at the three away games beforehand against Brighton, Boro and QPR, you would say the Boro one is the best opportunity to pick up a win and I still see it that way.

A win up there would give us that bit of confidence going into the QPR one.

For me, a haul of five points from the three games would have been a pretty good return and now we have to try and win two of them. Boro are not conceding many, but are really struggling to score goals.

While looking at us, if Ross McCormack doesn’t score, you wonder where our goals are coming from and that’s something that we need to rectify if we want to be successful this season

You cannot keep relying on Ross all the time such as in the Yeovil game, which was a funny match really.

The thing about the team is they work hard and dig in and don’t give up. But whether they have enough quality to get into the top six remains to be seen.

It’s about consistency. Earlier this season, Burnley had a spell where they won about seven on the trot to be right up there. That sort of thing hasn’t happened for us and we’ve just really had back-to-back victories and then a setback. Like at Brighton after wins over Yeovil and Huddersfield.

After Boro, we go to QPR have got to pick themselves up a bit because Burnley are lasting the course.

Many thought they would fall away, but their front two of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have been on fire this season. They also have Ashley Barnes as a back-up and look quite strong.

It isn’t just one of their strikers scoring goals. They have several options and aren’t just relying on the one man.

Back to us and it was a disappointing result last time out at Brighton and we never really got going or played.

There wasn’t much in the game, but they controlled possession for long periods and even though they weren’t creating too much, if you have that much possession, you are going to get a chance sooner or later. (Kazenga) Lua-Lua caused us problems with his pace when he came on and (Leonardo) Ulloa took his goal well.

Kemar Roofe celebrates his equaliser against Newport with team-mates. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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