STUART DALLAS admitted that Leeds United were under pressure to bounce back from a first defeat of the season as he prepared for Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup tie at Burnley, saying: “We want a reaction and we owe a reaction.”
Stuart Dallas admitted that Leeds United were under pressure to bounce back from a first defeat of the season as he prepared for tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup tie at Burnley, saying: “We want a reaction and we owe a reaction.”
Dallas insisted that attention at Elland Road was not straying towards Saturday’s league game against Ipswich Town, despite the loss of United’s unbeaten record at Millwall over the weekend, and said a possible reunion with Charlie Taylor and Chris Wood would provide additional motivation at Turf Moor.
Leeds head to Lancashire for the League Cup’s third round on the back of a unflattering 1-0 defeat at the New Den, a result which ended a fine run of seven games without defeat and six clean sheets in the Championship.
The club remain at the top of the table, ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City on goal difference, and head coach Thomas Christiansen will make sweeping changes for tomorrow’s tie with one eye on Ipswich’s forthcoming visit to Elland Road.
Dallas is among those players who are likely to start this evening as Leeds attempt to reach the League Cup’s last 16 and the Northern Ireland international said there was no temptation among Christiansen’s squad to pay more attention to the clash with Ipswich.
“The manager doesn’t allow us to do that and we know we’re not allowed to do that,” Dallas said. “We want a reaction and we owe a reaction.
“We want to win every game we’re involved in and this is no different. It gives us something to set ourselves against, to see where we are against a Premier League team.
“We want a reaction and the players know we have to give a reaction. Everybody expects it.”
Burnley are seventh in the Premier League after five games, helped by goals from Wood which earned a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.
Manager Sean Dyche paid £15m to take Wood, Leeds’ reigning player-of-the-year, from Elland Road last month. The Lancashire club had previously done a deal to sign left-back Taylor for a compensation fee of around £6m after Taylor’s contract with United expired.
Taylor has played just once for Burnley so far, during a 2-0 win over neighbours Blackburn Rovers in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
Dallas, who made numerous alongside Wood and Taylor at Leeds, said: “That’s football. Players come and go. It’ll be good to come up against them and I’m sure it’ll give us extra motivation as it will do them as well. They’ll want to get one over on us.
“We’ve got to show them that they left here and they’ve gone to the Premier League but maybe made the wrong choice.
That’s football. Players come and go. It’ll be good to come up against them and I’m sure it’ll give us extra motivation as it will do them as well.Stuart Dallas on former Leeds players, Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor
“If we play the way we have been playing then we’ll give Burnley a good game. Their home record speaks for itself and they’re very good there but we’re full of confidence, even though we had a defeat at the weekend.”
Christiansen made multiple alterations to his side in both previous rounds of the League Cup and confirmed that he would revise his line-up again tonight. Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan is looking to replace first-choice Felix Wiedwald and make his first appearance since rejoining United from Wolves.
But Christiansen said: “All the games should be taken seriously. There are no small games. Of course there are some priorities but in this case I want to pass to the next round, trying to do our best.
“This is the good thing in football. After one game comes another and we have the chance to face a very good team only a few days after our first defeat. It’s good and we look forward.
“Now that we have this situation (being top of the league) we have to stay there and work very hard to be in that position. There’s nothing you get for free and we cannot, with one or two performances, lose all that we’ve done up until now.”
Dyche was honest about his plans to prioritise Burnley’s league campaign, saying: “It’s about the reality for Burnley Football Club, which is our continued journey in the Premier League.
“That doesn’t mean to do the League Cup down, just that as the Premier League has gotten stronger over the years it becomes the more powerful thing to become involved in. But the big clubs are still fighting for it (the League Cup) whether they change their teams or not.”