Leeds United: Will the Whites benefit from the international break?

Mirco Antenucci scores against Brentford after the last international break
Mirco Antenucci scores against Brentford after the last international break
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As a Championship side, an international break could have a telling effect on Leeds United’s season.

Although the Whites sent first team players Stuart Dallas, Jordan Botaka and Lewis Cook to join their respective national teams, Uwe Rosler had a relatively full complement of players to work with.

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That means that, unlike Premier League sides with a larger array of international players, Rosler can implement changes.

Previous Leeds managers have used international breaks to make a real impact on their season.

Brian McDermott altered the Elland Road club’s tactical outlook prior to the Birmingham City match in 2013, switching to a 5-3-2 formation. His team won the game 4-0 before going on a run that saw them sitting in fifth place at Christmas.

On the other hand, Leeds have not won any of their last fives games following an international break.

Will head coach Rosler’s methods have had a positive or negative impact for the Brighton game?

Here’s Leeds’s last ten games following an international break:

2015-16

September 12, 2015: DRAW. Leeds United 1 (Antenucci) Brentford 1.

Leeds went a goal behind to a strike from Marco Djuricin.

However, Mirco Antenucci came off the bench to give Leeds a point at home.

2014-15

April 4, 2015: LOST. Leeds United 0 Blackburn Rovers 3.

Leeds had Rudy Austin sent off in the first half before conceding three in the second-half.

Tom Cairney, Jordan Rhodes and Jay Spearing scored one apiece to give the Lancashire side.

November 22, 2014: LOST. Blackburn Rovers 2 Leeds United 1 (Doukara).

Souleymane Doukara put Leeds in front from close range.

However, a defensive mix-up between Liam Cooper and Marco Silvestri gave Jordan Rhodes an opportunity to equalise.

The prolific goalscorer then wrapped the game up in the 88th minute with a penalty.

October 17, 2014: LOST. Rotherham United 2 Leeds United 1 (Antenucci).

Mirco Antenucci finished neatly after being put clean through on goal in the first half of the tie.

However, Leeds sat back in the second half and conceded two - first to Alex Revell and secondly to Jonson Clarke-Harris - to give Rotherham the win.

September 13, 2014: DRAW. Birmingham City 1 Leeds United 1 (Mowatt).

Alex Mowatt rescued a point for the Whites after Birmingham went ahead in the first-half.

Wes Thomas opened the scoring for the Midlands side in what was Neil Redfearn’s first game of his four match interim spell in charge.

2013-14

November 23, 2013: WON. Leeds United 2 (McCormack, Pearce) Middlesbrough 1.

A win thanks to Jason Pearce’s header moved Leeds into the Championship play-off places.

Ross McCormack put United ahead before they were pegged back by Mustapha Carayol, but Pearce’s header gave Leeds the victory.

October 20, 2013: WON. Leeds United 4 (McCormack, Austin, Smith 2) Birmingham City 0.

Leeds approached the game with a brand new tactical outlook, lining up in a 5-3-2 formation.

They blew away City, Ross McCormack opening the scoring before Rudy Austin headed home to double Leeds’ lead.

Matt Smith wrapped up the win for Leeds, bagging once either side of half-time.

September 14, 2014: WON. Bolton Wanderers 0 Leeds United 1 (Varney).

Leeds condemned Bolton to a fourth successive league defeat thanks to Luke Varney’s leaping header.

It put Leeds into sixth in the Championship after six games played.

2012-13

April 30, 2013: LOST. Ipswich Town 3 Leeds United 0.

Tom Lees was sent off early on for a tackle on Jay Tabb.

David McGoldrick opened the scoring for the Tractor Boys before adding another shortly after half-time. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored Town’s third.

October 19, 2012: DRAW. Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds United 1 (Tonge).

Michael Tonge scored a stunning volley to rescue a point for Leeds at Hillsborough.

However, the game is infamous not for the goals, but the incident involving a Leeds fan and Chris Kirkland.

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