Uwe Rosler urged Leeds United to exploit their form and “back up” a strong start to the season as his squad prepared for consecutive home games against Brentford and Ipswich Town.
Rosler said the fixtures were a chance to redress United’s poor results at Elland Road last season and an opportunity to make the most of their current momentum, admitting: “Every club will have a spell where it’s not going well.”
Leeds are one of only four unbeaten clubs in the Championship and Rosler stressed the need to gather “as many points as we can” during a period when his players’ confidence was up.
This afternoon’s clash with Brentford leads into Ipswich’s visit to Elland Road on Tuesday and Rosler insisted he was more concerned with seeing an upturn in Leeds’ home form than holding a prominent position in the league.
United recorded eight wins at Elland Road last season and have not beaten anyone at their own ground since early March – when Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich suffered a 2-1 defeat.
Rosler said: “For me it’s irrelevant where we are in the table. It’s important where we are in May. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. But there are certain games where you have to pick up points and one of my main aims was to improve our home form from last year’s. That’s crucial.
“We have two home games now and we have to start winning them. That’s
the question for the next two games, not where we are (in the league) after Tuesday.”
Asked if it was better to stay near the head of the field from the outset, Rosler said: “Definitely. It’s better to be in and around where we want to be.
“I know that each team will have at least one period where it’s not going so well or maybe two. We have to be prepared for that. When we have our good runs, we have to get as many points as we can. I see us now as being on a good run.”
Leeds drew four times last month before a late goal from Chris Wood snatched a deserved win at Derby County prior to the international break.
United are 10th in the Championship, a point behind the top six.
“We put ourselves in a good position with the win against Derby and hopefully we can back that up against Brentford,” Rosler said. “Then our draws will get more and more important.
“The public and the media maybe see it differently but the way I saw it was that we were on track. You have to back it up eventually with wins because draws are not enough but I work with the players every day and I’m not a fool.
“I see when we’re on track and when we’re not. In all of the games, no-one outplayed us. When you go five games unbeaten in a brutal league like the Championship, that can only be positive.”