Leeds United: Whites set for exciting start to season - Ormsby

Luciano Becchio celebrates his equaliser on the opening day of last season against Derby County with Sanchez Watt and Jonny Howson.
Luciano Becchio celebrates his equaliser on the opening day of last season against Derby County with Sanchez Watt and Jonny Howson.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hello Brendan.

What’s your take on the fixture list? Southampton away, Middlesbrough at home and Hull at home – sounds tough to me! And then West Ham away!

Gaz, Shadwell

It is a tough start and in Southampton, Middlesbrough and Hull, you have three clubs who not so long ago were in the Premiership.

Southampton had a good season last time, winning promotion while Middlesbrough will be a tough side in a game that is classed like a derby.

Then we have got Hull and that is also a big derby, but one way to look at it is that it is three big games and an exciting start.

Hopefully we can get something at Southampton and that will give us confidence for the next two home games but there’s going to be a lot of chopping and changing before the season kicks off with all the clubs in the division.

It’s a good start but a tough start though I think Leeds wanted to start the season with an away game.

There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes at Elland Road and I think they want to get that completed as soon as possible.

last season our first game of the campaign was at home to Derby and there were big expectations from the crowd.

But we lost 2-1 and that disappointed people right from the off – we had to get over that straight away.

Now hopefully they can go and get at least a point at Southampton and look forward to Middlesbrough at home on the Saturday and Hull at home on the Tuesday, but they are all big games and this division is getting tougher with the quality of teams coming down from the Premiership and the ones coming up from League One.

After the first three games we’ve then got West Ham away. I was disappointed that the Hammers went down because I like them as a football club.

I’ve always liked them over the years, I played against then a few times when I was at Villa and I played against some of the great teams they had with players like Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds. they have always been known for playing their football.

It will be a big game when we play them. Leeds will definitely be looking forward to playing the likes of West Ham and Birmingham City.

I’m also looking forward to the Blackpool game as I don’t think Ian Holloway will change the attractive way they play if he is still in the job which, hopefully, he will be.

I’m looking forward to seeing them play because they are entertaining and I like Holloway – I think he is straight to the point, he doesn’t mess about, he tells it like it is and his sides play some good football.

There’s some good games to look forward to.

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