Eddie Gray: Leeds United have got to get a win against Bournemouth

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Leeds United played well against Birmingham City on Saturday and they deserved their point.

It was also my birthday and Luke Murphy’s late equaliser made it a bit happier as it was important we got a result when you look at the Championship league table.

A point is not ideal but it’s better than nothing.

And I thought Murphy played well as he has done for the last few games.

He took his goal well though funnily enough he had a better chance just after he scored when he hit it straight at the goalkeeper.

The second effort could have then been the winner, but either way it was reward for how he has played since returning to the side.

Murphy has been getting on the ball and shown a lot of confidence and that’s good for him because the boy has had a bit of a lean spell at Leeds, so it is good to see him bounce back a bit.

We played a 4-4-2 formation on Saturday with Lewis Cook out on the left and he did okay but it’s not his ideal position.

Neil Redfearn said they were working on him coming inside and on to his right foot but sometimes it just clogs it up a bit in the middle and he’s running into players.

But Cook did all right and I think Neil will probably stick with the system for the game against Bournemouth.

All in all, they did well against City – I just wish Steve Morison would have scored. He was unlucky with his header that hit the post and he had a good chance in the first half.

Players get a little bit anxious when they don’t score goals. I thought Morison did well, it’s just that finishing and he’s not scored for the club in a while.

The goals have dried up all over at the moment and that’s another game we have played where we have scored one goal, though out of all the chances we created, I felt the best chance of the game was Giuseppe Bellusci’s effort.

We’ve got to be more clinical in the final third of the pitch and that’s a problem for us – finishing, the final pass and balls into the box. But I just thought Leeds deserved what they got and we were a little bit unlucky not to win the game.

We’re in a relegation battle, there’s no doubt about that, and that’s why these home games are so important and the game tomorrow night against Bournemouth is vital.

We’ve got to try and take something out of the game – three points ideally – but the good thing is that we’ve already beaten them.

That will be in the back of their minds and our players can go into the game in the knowledge that we can beat them because we defeated them down there.

That just gives us little bit of a psychological boost as their players might be thinking ‘they beat us at our place, it’s going to be a tough game’ though Bournemouth are playing some good football.

They are a free-flowing football team, they like to knock the ball around and it will be a difficult game because they are top of the league.

They had a good win at the weekend at Rotherham but if we can go out and play with the same confidence and conviction as the Bolton game and on Saturday, I don’t see any reason why they can’t pick the points up. Leeds have not won in eight games now and that’s a problem because the one thing that breeds confidence is winning matches.

The quicker they can get a couple of wins under their belt the better because there are some tough games coming up with Huddersfield away a week on Saturday. We’ve got to try and win these home games and it’s proving difficult.

We have also got Massimo Cellino’s appeal going on and we don’t know what is going to happen with that.

But we had a decent crowd there again at the weekend – 24,000 – and our club will be okay.