Leeds United: Feast or famine for Whites after international breaks

Leeds United's Stuart Dallas (right) celebrates helping Northern Ireland reach Euro 2016 by taking a selfie with boxer Carl Frampton.(Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire)
Leeds United's Stuart Dallas (right) celebrates helping Northern Ireland reach Euro 2016 by taking a selfie with boxer Carl Frampton.(Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire)
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INTERNATIONAL breaks - love ‘em or loathe ‘em, we are stuck with them.

Sometimes, they are a good thing. A chance to regroup, recharge batteries and refresh tired minds and do some work away from prying eyes on the training ground in an attempt to engineer a renaissance.

Given the way Leeds United finished before the international hiatus with a wretched 2-0 home loss to Birmingham last weekend, a 14-day break between games and the chance to close ranks and take stock and hopefully come up with some answers will probably represent a good thing.

Although if you are flying and full of confidence heading into the break, it can be a momentum killer, for sure.

The statistics over the past few seasons reveal that Leeds have experienced the polar opposites on their return to league action following international business.

Last season, United failed to record a win on the four occasions that they played in their first game back after a break, losing to Blackburn Rovers twice as well as a televised derby at Rotherham United, while drawing 1-1 with Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

The flip side of the coin arrived in 2013-14 when rejuvenated Leeds beat Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Bolton Wanderers in their first games back after the international fortnight.

No wins were accrued in three matches post breaks in 2012-13, but it was a different tale in 2011-12, when United claimed a maximum with three points against Burnley, Doncaster Rovers and Crystal Palace.

A full house was also recorded in 2010-11 when Leeds disposed of Nottingham Forest, Boro and Swansea City.

Here are United’s vital statistics in games immediately after international breaks during their time back in the Championship.

2015-16

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

2014-15

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

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

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

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

2013-14

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

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

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

2012-13

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

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

September 15, 2012: LOST: Cardiff City 2 Leeds United 1 (Austin).

2011-12

November 19, 2011: WON. Burnley 1 Leeds United 2 (Snodgrass 2).

October 14, 2011: WON. Doncaster Rovers 0 Leeds United 3 (Pugh, McCormack, Lees).

September 10, 2011: WON. Leeds United 3 Crystal Palace 2 (McCormack 2, Beechio).

2010-11

April 2, 2011: WON. Leeds United 4 (Howson, Becchio, Gradel 2) Nottingham Forest 1.

October 16, 2010: WON. Middlesbrough 1 Leeds United 2 (Somma, Becchio).

September 11, 2010: WON. Leeds United (Johnson, Becchio) 2 Swansea City 1.

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