Leeds United: Turning around away form is key to promotion push - Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs.
Nigel Gibbs.
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Nigel Gibbs wants Leeds United to take their “Elland Road mentality” to Doncaster Rovers this weekend after admitting that the club’s results away from home still require attention.

United’s assistant manager said performances on the road remained a barrier between Leeds and a top-six Championship finish following a strong spell at Elland Road.

A 3-3 draw with Watford last Saturday extended United’s run without defeat at home to six games but the club have lost five times away from Elland Road and will take that mediocre record to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Gibbs said: “We still need to improve our away form and get some results.

“In the last eight results we are second in the form guide.

“If we can improve the away form we’ll be pushing for the top six and that’s what we want to do.

“We need to start with the same mentality that we do at Elland Road and take the game to the opposition a little more than we have done.

“We’ve got to find a way but these players are more than capable of doing that.”

United inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Doncaster when the clubs met at the Keepmoat Stadium in the second round of the Capital One Cup in August. Scott Wootton, Matt Smith and Ross McCormack scored for Leeds in a lively derby.

Boss Brian McDermott has doubts over Wootton and Tom Lees ahead of Saturday’s return, both of whom missed the clash with Watford due to ankle and knee injuries respectively.

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