Leeds United will once again be the attention of the Sky Sports cameras as they welcome league leaders Wolves to Elland Road on Wednesday.
Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom said on Friday he “would not brush the performance under the carpet” following his side’s lackluster effort at Middlesbrough. Heckingbottom added to those comments in his pre Wolves press conference today by saying he expects a response and if one doesn’t come it’ll answer “a lot of questions” for him going forward.
Commenting on Wolves, PH acknowledges that they are the best side in the league, especially on the counter attack, but sees no reason why any player in the Leeds squad wouldn’t be 100% up for Wednesday’s clash.
Pablo Hernandez is back training and will be available for selection boosting United’s front line. However Kemar Roofe and Andy Lonergan are still to return to training and won’t be available. The latter adding to the current goalkeeping dilemma. Heckingbottom admits that Lonergan’s injury has come at a bad time for the club due to him performing very well in training, however, backs under fire Felix Weidwald to come through this patch of bad form.
Opposition Fact file
Wolves come into Wednesday’s game without a win in three, and picking up two points from a possible nine. Amazingly this is Wolves’ joint longest run without a win this season and they will see Wednesday’s game as the perfect opportunity to get back on track.
Head Coach – Nuno Espirito Santo
Top scorer – Diego Jota (13)
Last 5 Away (League) – L – D – W – D – W
Some light relief for Leeds is the suspension of key player Ruben Neves, who picked up his 10th yellow cards of the season during the 2-2 draw with Norwich City on 21st February. The Portuguese playmaker, 20, was meant to be available for Wednesday’s game but due to Wolves’ weekend fixture with Reading falling to the Beast from the East, he will now miss the trip to Leeds instead.
Last Time we met at Elland Road…
Mon 17 Apr 17 – Leeds United 0 – 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Dicko ’38)
A solo Nouha Dicko goal on Easter Monday, inflicted a third defeat in five on Garry Monk’s side, taking United’s Play-Off hopes out of their own hands.