LEEDS United head coach Garry Monk insists the recent poor form of Wolverhampton Wanderers makes no difference to the size of the task facing his Whites at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.
Walter Zenga’s side have slipped to 16th in the Championship table after Tuesday night’s 1-0 loss at Brighton became the club’s third defeat in their last four games.
Wolves returned from the international break with last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, but ended September with a 2-1 loss at Wigan which was followed by a 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich City on October 1.
But Monk is reading little into Wolves’ recent frustrating run, highlighting Huddersfield Town’s 3-1 loss at Preston North End on Wednesday as a result typical of the unpredictable nature of English football’s second tier.
Asked if this weekend presented a decent time to take on Wolves, Monk reasoned: “Not from what we have seen I don’t think.
“Winning games and momentum is good because it builds that feeling of when you go on to the pitch you are in a probably more confident state than you are when you are not winning games one after another.
“But I think in this league it’s if you turn up on the day.
“You have seen it a million times and you look at the Huddersfield result from Wednesday night.
“They have been winning games and been in form and then all of a sudden, bang, one game you can be hit very hard and beaten. That’s the nature of this league.
“What we have to do is be prepared and be competitive in every single game and you have to go in there believing you can win it and I think we have that – we for sure have that as a group as a mentality.
“But what we have to do is be better, we have to get better, we have to keep improving but we understand the ups and downs.
“We don’t want to have them but they will come and if we can stay competitive then I am sure those small margins that are against us a little bit right now, we will come out on the right side of them.”
Monk’s men are looking to get back on the winning trail after last Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Derby County was followed by Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at home to second-bottom Wigan Athletic who grabbed a 91st-minute leveller through Shaun MacDonald.
Wolves were sunk 1-0 by Sam Baldock’s 14th-minute strike at third-placed Brighton the same night but Wanderers are rated even-money favourites to bounce back with a victory against Leeds.
“It will be very tough,” warned Monk.
“You have seen on Tuesday – everyone looks at a league table and naturally they look at where a team is and they think that some games are easier than others – they’re not.
“They are all the same, they are are so competitive and there are very close margins to deciding all games in the Championship.
“You have seen it across all games and every team is fluctuating in results pretty much throughout the league.
“Wolves have spent a lot of money, they have got a big squad and it’s always a difficult place to go to but we have to be focused on ourselves.
“We really have to keep focusing on our game, keep staying competitive, go down there determined and put a good performance on.
“We did what I felt was a good away performance against Derby that deserved something and we want to try and do something similar but for sure maybe add a couple more bits to that performance and come away with a good result.
“That’s our determination and that’s our focus.
“We have to respect their strengths which they have got but really try and put our game on the pitch – that’s what I focus on with my team every game.”