Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has given an insight into how the club will approach the second leg of their play-off semi-final against Derby County, reports Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Whites take a 1-0 lead to Elland Road on Wednesday evening but Cooper says that they will not be going out to defend.
“We’ve got to approach this like we do any other game,” he told his pre-match press conference on Monday.
“If we go into it thinking we’ve got to protect a lead we’ll be our own worst enemy.”
After a closely thought first half at Pride Park, Leeds took the lead just before the hour mark when Jack Harrison’s excellent pass was slotted home by Kemar Roofe.
The visitors survived immense pressure, some penalty controversy and got away with a red-card decision before the final whistle finally blew.
In the other semi-final it was Aston Villa who took the advantage into their second-leg against West Brom after triumphing 2-1 at Villa Park.
I think Cooper is spot on here.
Leeds have shown that when they go into a match having put a lot of pressure on themselves, they tend to struggle: The end of season collapses to Wigan, Brentford and Ipswich show that.
If they can go out at Elland Road and pin Derby back straight away and get an early goal then it could be a very comfortable night for them.