LEEDS UNITED great Eddie Gray is urging Whites players to cast aside all talk about the club’s record-equalling run without a home league win ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Championship leaders Brighton.
United drew level with an unwanted statistic after their 2-0 home loss to Birmingham City immediately prior to the international break – taking their run without a league victory at Elland Road to 10 matches.
That equalled the club record set at the end of 1981-82, with that sequence ironically broken by a victory over tomorrow’s opponents Brighton.
But Gray says that those statistics should be rendered meaningless when tomorrow’s action gets underway.
Gray said: “Forget about the past and how long it is since we have won at home. We should approach the game as if we are going to win it and get at them and put them under pressure, especially at Elland Road.”
Calling for mental toughness from the players, he added: “You have got to expect at home, especially if you are playing for Leeds United, that if you are not on top and playing well, you are going to be under pressure. “But that is something that the players have got to get over themselves. It’s a confidence thing and having the courage to go out there regardless of how you are playing yourself.
“We are playing against a Brighton side full of confidence, so must go out there in a positive frame of mind.”
If Leeds need any incentive gains the leaders it comes in the form of saving their best at Elland Road last season for the leading lights such as Bournemouth, Ipswich and Derby.
And Gray concurs. He said: “Those sort of wins act as inspiration, of course they do. Myself, I don’t know if Brighton will last the season.
“The Championship is like that. I’m not saying Brighton won’t, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Brighton had a bad run.
“Teams in this league all lose games. It will be interesting to see how we approach the game. Uwe was speaking after the last game about maybe having a different approach at home and maybe changing the system.
“He may decide at home to go with two wide players and two up front.”