Leeds United: Hornets are back in their stride says Austin

Leeds United striker Steve Morison is challenged by Millwall's Alan Dunne. Picture: Simon Hulme
Leeds United striker Steve Morison is challenged by Millwall's Alan Dunne. Picture: Simon Hulme
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Watford assistant coach Dean Austin says he is wary of Leeds United’s “tidy run” of league form – but claims the Hornets are back in their stride after a heavy loss to Norwich City last weekend.

A 3-0 rout of Rotherham United on Tuesday helped Watford recover from a bad afternoon at Carrow Road and set Slavisa Jokanovic’s side up for tomorrow’s visit to Elland Road.

The club have been in the running for promotion throughout this season and they sit four points off the Championship’s top two, despite lying sixth in the table.

Leeds, however, turned in a sequence of five wins from six matches before losing at Brighton on Tuesday and Austin said: “They’ve had a tidy run lately. They’re bringing through some good young players.

“That’s the beauty of this division. A side going really well can be knocked out of its stride because the next result is never predictable.

“Our job on Tuesday was to put Saturday to bed and we did that. It probably wasn’t one for the purists – more one for those into their tactics – but three points was the aim.

“I can tell you though that by 10pm that night the result was forgotten and we’d already started to focus on the weekend’s match.”

Watford routed nine-man Leeds 4-1 at Vicarage Road in August – David Hockaday’s last league game as head coach of United – and they have scored 17 times in the last five meetings between the clubs.

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo is leading their charge with 17 goals, 14 of them scored since Christmas.

But Jokanovic said: “Ighalo is just doing his job – he is in a good moment. They (the public) will see his name first but behind are many others.”

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