Former Leeds United striker Matt Smith is ready for a high-octane clash between Queens Park Rangers and his old club this weekend, saying the season was at a “defining stage” with Christmas approaching.
Leeds will travel to Loftus Road on Saturday with the aim of cutting a five-point gap to the Championship play-offs and piling further pressure on a QPR side who are without a win in five games.
The West London club have claimed just one point during that run and registered their last victory at home to Sheffield United on October 31 but a solid record at Loftus Road has kept Rangers clear of the relegation zone and Smith said Ian Holloway’s side had been denied the “rub of the green” in the past month.
Leeds were themselves in the thick of a poor patch of form before last month’s international break but recent wins over Middlesbrough and Barnsley and a spirited 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Friday left the club in eighth position, five points behind Derby in sixth.
Smith, who scored 13 times in his one season at Elland Road in 2013-14, told the YEP: “It’s going to be lively. This is usually quite a defining period in the season and everyone wants to get momentum around Christmas.
“It’s been quite an unpredictable league so far with a few exceptions but it feels like it’s starting to take a bit of shape.
“We’re very confident at home but Leeds have shown what they can do. Neither team’s going to hold back.”