NEIL Redfearn has urged Leeds United’s aching fans to keep the faith, insisting a change in fortunes could be imminent ahead of Saturday’s visit of leaders Derby County.
United sit 16th in the Championship table and just two points above the dropzone after picking up just one victory from their last ten league games.
However, Redfearn knows his Whites side were mightily unlucky to lose 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers last weekend with the head coach insisting the United tide will turn if performances such as last Saturday’s are matched on a continued basis.
The Whites head coach also believes United’s fans recognise his side’s recent improvement - with the 49-year-old believing a passionate home crowd could be integral in dealing with the division’s leaders on Saturday afternoon.
Redfearn said: “Our crowd is a massive advantage - anywhere really as we take numbers wherever we go but particularly at home at Elland Road when it’s a full house.
“And I think to be fair to the the fans, even looking back to the Blackburn game - I know they were disappointed with what happened at the end but they got behind the lads for most of the game and they could see we were trying to do the right things.
“They could see we were trying to play football the right way.
“It’s frustrating that we don’t get the right result - I understand that - but I know full well from experience in my own career that successful sides are built on the performance being right.
“After that the results usually follow and I think we’re going down that road.
“We’re only a few games into this process after the caretaker role and I think we are are going in the right direction.
“Playing Derby is the toughest fixture in the division at the moment - it has to be because they are top of the league.
“But it’s a good game for us. We’re an unknown quantity to them but we know we’re playing well.”