Leeds United boss Christiansen backing players to produce against Sheffield Wednesday

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THOMAS CHRISTIANSEN gave his side a vote of confidence and backed them to take three points from Sunday’s Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday after slipping off the top of the Championship.

United’s head coach insisted his side were capable of coping with the attritional games they faced at Cardiff City and Millwall in the past fortnight, despite losing both fixtures, and said he was confident that Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat in Wales would prove to be a short blip in form.

Leeds lost their place at the top of the table after Neil Warnock’s side inflicted their second loss of the season, helped by a red card shown to United captain Liam Cooper late in the first half.

Christiansen’s side, who travel to Hillsborough this weekend, were outfought in a 1-0 Championship defeat at Millwall 10 days earlier but Christiansen denied that his side were unsuited to robust contests, saying: “We are ready for everything.

“I believe that the team responded in the proper way from our defeat in Millwall. We’re going to do the same against Sheffield Wednesday.”

Midfielder Eunan O’Kane is expected to be back in contention for the trip to an under-pressure Wednesday team after missing the defeat at Cardiff through illness.

Thomas Christiansen

Thomas Christiansen

Anita was rested having limped out of Saturday’s win over Ipswich Town but should also return to the squad in Sheffield.

Cooper, meanwhile, is set to serve a one-match ban after the second dismissal of his United career.

I believe that the team responded in the proper way from our defeat in Millwall. We’re going to do the same against Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen
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