Leeds United v Birmingham City: All about beating the Blues - Gray

Luke Murphy in match action
Luke Murphy in match action
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WHITES legend Eddie Gray says another pleasing performance will count for nothing if Leeds United don’t beat Birmingham at Elland Road on Saturday.

United produced what Gray called “one of the best performances I’ve seen from them in a while” in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Bolton who had been almost unstoppable at home of late under new boss Neil Lennon.

However, that outing also extended Leeds’ winless run to six Championship games and Gray knows wins are needed by hook or by crook with the Whites fourth-bottom and just two points above the drop zone.

The former Whites winger admits Gary Rowett’s improving Birmingham present a similar profile to Bolton but the Scotsman says the onus is on Leeds to turn on the style at home.

Gray warned: “If we play like we did at Bolton you wouldn’t think we would go down but you’ve still got to turn those performances into wins.

“They played well at Bolton but if they play as well against Birmingham but don’t pick the three points up then it doesn’t really mean much.

“Birmingham are flying along and Gary Rowett has got them playing with a lot of confidence.

“You look at their league position now compared to where they were when he took over and it’s a bit like the Bolton scenario where a team picks up because a new manager has come in.

“Normally when a new manager comes in, things pick up for a week or so but they’ve kept it going Birmingham and they are a team to be reckoned with now.

“It will be a tough game but we’ve got to look at it from the point of view that we’re playing at home, we played well against Bolton and there’s no reason why we can’t go out and beat Birmingham at Elland Road.”