Head coach looks ahead to Millwall's Elland Road visit...
Neil Redfearn is expecting a tight game when Millwall visit Elland Road on Saturday but insists the fixture is no more important that any of the other remaining fixtures.
Ian Holloway’s side currently occupy 22nd place in the Championship table – five points below Redfearn’s men – and a home win for United would put some clear breathing space between themselves and the bottom three.
But the head coach is reluctant to place any added emphasis on the importance of this game and expects Millwall to arrive at Elland Road fighting for their lives.
"I think they’ll come and keep it tight and will try to nick something," said Redfearn.
"It’ll be a tough game. We’ll have to lock horns with them and we’ll have to tough it out, but we’re scrapping.
"The importance is that it’s our next home game. You want to win at home because you want to please your supporters.
"Millwall are a side that are in the relegation places so you can put that to bed.
"If you look at the bigger picture, there are 16 games left. There would be no point in us beating Millwall and then losing the next five.
"The whole 16 games are important and we can’t disrespect that fact. We’ve got 16 tough games and Millwall is one of them.
"If can beat Millwall on Saturday then that’s great, but it doesn’t stop the fact that we’ve then got to go to Middlesbrough and get a result."
Redfearn is now hoping his side can build on the impressive midweek win down at Reading and says the squad is full of belief after making it back-to-back victories on the road.
"The confidence is up," he said. "It was a very hard-working performance and typical of the Championship.
"We look like a Championship side now – we have that toughness about us and we’re in games.
"It perhaps wasn’t a great spectacle for a football game in general but I think the pitch leant to that.
"The pitch was quite lively but we looked organised and we looked dangerous on the break.
"As the game wore on, it was us who looked the side who were going to go and score the goals. As a performance, it was really pleasing."