Head coach Thomas Christiansen says his Leeds United side will be a different proposition to the one that lost 1-0 at Millwall in September when the Whites and Lions renew rivalries at Elland Road today.
United travelled to the New Den in mid-September sat top of the Championship after five wins and two draws from their first seven games but Aiden O’Brien’s second-half strike condemned Leeds to their first defeat of the season.
Leeds went on to lose six of their next eight league games as the Whites tumbled down the table and out of the play-off places and skipper Liam Cooper has admitted that his men will be targeting revenge stating “we owe them one” when recalling the 1-0 loss
Christiansen admits that his first defeat as Whites head coach hurt but he says his side are now better equipped to deal with this season’s second test against the Lions four months on.
“That defeat hurt but at the same time it also put our feet on the ground, knowing where we were,” said the Dane.
“We had to reflect on that game, knowing what we could have done better and I believe with the experience that we have now we will look different in this game. Of course we want to bring the three points back on Saturday so we will give our best to do that.”
Millwall are yet to win away and sit 16th, seven points above the dropzone but 12 points behind seventh-placed Leeds who are only outside of the play-offs on goal difference – despite taking just one point out of nine.
United, though, were dominating last weekend’s clash at Ipswich Town until Eunan O’Kane was sent off for headbutting Jonas Knudsen.
“We have to come back and I believe that the last games have not been so bad,” he said.
“We didn’t take the result that we wanted against Ipswich but we made the performance that we expected and deserved better.
“But when you play with one less in this competition in the Championship it’s very difficult to play with 10.”