Simon Grayson wants Leeds United to be “coupon-busters” after admitting West Ham United will be heavy favourites to win their encounter at Upton Park.
Grayson vowed to make a genuine attempt to seal a precious victory against the Championship’s title favourites but he will look to avoid a “basketball match” on the back of Tuesday’s open and aggressive 4-1 victory over Hull City.
West Ham’s line-up is likely to be laden with several players who turned out for them in the Premier League last season, and Sam Allardyce’s side came into form during a 4-0 hammering of Watford at Vicarage Road earlier this week.
Grayson said: “You would always put a team relegated from the Premier League and playing at home as favourites. West Ham will be favourites for every home game they play because of the squad they’ve got and the targets they’ve set themselves. But you’ve seen several coupon-busters already and hopefully we can do that.
“They’ve made their intentions clear but we know we’re capable of beating anybody on our day. That could be the case tomorrow.”
Grayson used a two-man strikeforce against Hull City, pairing new signing Andy Keogh with Ross McCormack, but he could switch from that formation at Upton Park with Max Gradel and Jonathan Howson, inset left, back in contention after suspension.
“We’ve got to make sure we have discipline and shape,” Grayson said. “We don’t want a basketball game where it’s going from end to end. If we go there, bore them and nick a late winner then we’d take that.
“We need to be hard to beat and maybe not so aggressive in terms of going forward but I won’t take that mentality away from my players because one or two of them don’t know any differently.”