To Elland back
Over 30,000 are expected to be at Elland Road tomorrow, with Charlton only having failed to sell a few unrestricted corner yellow seats
. It's to early for the game to be billed as a promotion decider but certainly it has been a while since we have been involved in a top of the table clash of this significance. Leeds meanwhile have had two years of pitting their wits against promotion rivals only to fall in the last furlong.
We come off a heavy midweek defeat which will either dent our confidence immeasurably or allow the players to breathe again, put things right and plan to start another good run of results. Parkinson's tactical ability has been questioned, and by me as well but we forget that it was he that put the foundations, formation and players in place during pre-season that sees us 2nd after 10 games at the start of October. The squad is tiny, we know that and particularly when it's compared to Leeds', who by all accounts have an injury crisis
For me our injury crisis revolves around Semedo, still a doubt for tomorrow and a player the team and deployed system really miss. Tim Breacker talked after the Exeter game about how easy it was to replace one player in a system but I don't reckon in Spring as a defensive midfielder and I would rather Parky play Bailey in Semedo's position and put Wagstaff on the left side or revert to a midfield four with Bailey moving inside and Shelvey playing on the left.
What we do need to do is play to our strengths tomorrow, attacking quickly and neatly with Shelvey playing higher up the field to support Burton and Racon's partner, whoever that maybe doing all the mucking in to allow Racon to shine. Defensively I think it will be time for Llera and his cap to sit it out and play the ex-Leeds loanee Sodje alongside Dailly.
It is a big game.... remember Peter Shirtliff.