Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has said that the change of tactics for the match against Blackpool has paid dividends after his team arrested a run of several consecutive defeats on the bounce to get a win. Leeds came into the match on the back of run, which had seen them suffer by consecutive losses.
This has pushed them closer to the relegation zone with only a couple of mentions left in the campaign. Even though they had a sizeable advantage over the teams in the drop zone, there was nervousness from the Leeds United camp ahead of this match.
McDermott, whose own future at the club has come under increasing doubt in the last few weeks after the takeover from a new Italian owner is set to happen, decided to go with the new tactics after working on it in the training ground. This along with great performance from players like Stephen Warnock helped them get a victory according to the manager. The win has taken them to 50 points with four matches remaining. Due to the 10 point advantage over teams in the drop zone, they are almost certain to avoid relegation this season.
McDermott will be hoping that a good run in the final few matches will help them challenge for promotion next season.
“We went a different way and the players did what they had to do. Ross’ set-up for the first goal was a lovely pass. We worked in training on the way we played on Thursday. At Watford we never looked like scoring and that was really disappointing so we went back to basics and said ‘how do we score?’ I thought (Michael) Brown in midfield was excellent, Stephen Warnock too. The experienced players have come up for us,” said the manager after the match.