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Phil Parkinson calls on the Wanderers faithful to be the twelfth man against Leeds United

29 March 2018

Phil Parkinson is calling on Wanderers’ sell-out away following to be loud and proud as they get behind the team in Good Friday’s clash with Leeds United.

The Whites will be backed by 2,500 fans at Elland Road and the manager is counting on the club's supporters to cheer the team on to a positive result in our latest league clash with our Yorkshire counterparts.

“We’re looking forward to getting back into action,” Parkinson said ahead of the match. “We’ve enjoyed the break, especially going into it with the victory over Aston Villa, but we’re now ready for the Leeds game.

“Elland Road is a great stage to play at and it will be a great atmosphere there.

“The away following is great. We had great backing from our supporters in the Sheffield Wednesday game, and that backing will be important in the Leeds game.

“We know that the Elland Road atmosphere can be a really vibrant one but we’re looking forward to being involved in that.”

Eleven points separate Wanderers and Leeds, who currently sit 14th with 50 points taken from their 38 games to date.

And the gaffer is calling on his players to follow up their victory over Aston Villa prior to the international break with another impressive performance against United.

“We’ve got to go there and make sure we start the game well first and foremost and get a real foothold in the game,” he explained.

“We need to continue our level of performance that we’ve played in the last few weeks. It’s crucial that we pick up points away from home and keep the points tally ticking over.

“We’ve been stressing to the lads this week that being six points clear is terrific but the job isn’t done yet. There’s a lot of work left to do.

“We’ve got to be ready to keep maintaining standards at the training ground and each time we cross the white line.”

And reflecting on injuries meanwhile, Parkinson said, “Jan Kirchhoff has had a good week’s training, so we’re pleased with that.

“Darren Pratley had an injection in his shin on Wednesday which we’re hoping has done the trick.

“Karl Henry has got a bit of tightness in his hamstring. It’s frustrating, but we’ve got plenty of players ready to step in."

“The squad is ready to really push on in these last eight games and the Easter period is going to be pivotal in that.”


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