Stuart Dallas highlights importance of balanced approach as Leeds United visit Fulham
STUART DALLAS says Leeds United will travel to Fulham confident but importantly not over-confident as the Whites look to strengthen their automatic promotion push.
United are approaching Saturday's Championship clash at Craven Cottage unbeaten in their last 11 games, albeit after squandering a 3-0 lead in last Saturday's hosting of Cardiff City to draw 3-3.
Dallas admits the failure to take all three points was disappointing but the Northern Ireland international feels there has been something of an over reaction to United conceding three goals in the last half hour.
Ahead of Saturday's clash at promotion rivals Fulham, the full-back says it has been business as usual at training this weekend with the 27-year-old looking for the right balance of confidence ahead of Saturday's clash in London.
Twelve points separate the two sides with Fulham sixth following three consecutive losses and Leeds ten points clear in the automatic promotion places in second.
"It will be a good game," said Dallas, sizing what he expected from Saturday's clash at Craven Cottage.
"They are up there, they are a very good side, they have a great young manager in there as well and a lot of good players and on their day they can beat anyone.
"But we will go there and we will have confidence of course but it's important that we don't go there over confident and we just take care of business ourselves."
Reflecting on the mood in camp this week following Saturday's dramatic draw, Dallas said: "Obviously it was disappointing but I think it's important that we don't get caught up too much in that.
"Obviously 3-0 up and throwing that away is disappointing but we are still in a good position.
"The mood in the camp is good, it's always been good but I think a lot pf people maybe read into it too much at the weekend.
"We have been on an incredible run but these things happen in football and we are still in a very very good position.
"I know it's an old cliche but we have got to just take one game at a time and that's a massive game this weekend against Fulham.
"Obviously there is that gap of the points there and Fulham have to try and bridge that gap.
"They will be looking forward to it, it's a massive game for both of us but it's important we don't play it up too much.
"We are not even at Christmas yet so I don't think it's make or break for any team really.
"There's still a lot of games to go and you can see as we have seen last season how easy it is or how quick a gap can bridge.
"We have just got to prepare this week as best we can and make sure we are fully focused going into the weekend."