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LUFC O'Brien hoping to retain place

Leeds United defender Andy O`Brien is hoping to keep his place in the side after a good performance at Leicester City last time out.

O`Brien partnered Patrick Kisnorbo at the heart of the Leeds defence with regular partners Darren O`Dea and Tom Lees missing.

The experienced duo put in a great performance in a solid Leeds defensive display as they came away from the King Power Stadium with all three points in a 1-0 win.

The 32 year old was making his first start in the championship since the opening day defeat to Southampton and he is hoping he has done enough to retain his place with O`Dea and Lees back in contention for today`s game at Burnley.

Speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post , O`Brien said, "I like to think I`m in the manager`s reckoning again.

"That performance and result (at Leicester) has wiped away the past 11 weeks."

O`Brien was dropped following the second game of the season against Bradford City in the Carling Cup and he now admits that he wasn`t fit enough to start the season having missed most of preseason. "If I do the maths, I wasn`t fit against Southampton and they`ve torn other teams apart this season. They`re at the top of the league. People aren`t interested in that, but I was interested in that. I worked hard and told myself that if an opportunity came, I`d make sure I was in a position to do my best.
"When the chips are down, there`s still a bigger picture and I`ve got a duty to perform and do my best for the team. As an individual I want to achieve things and prove I can still play", he continued.

Patrick Kisnorbo will also be hoping he has done enough to retain his place having only just got back in the side.

Kisnorbo replaced O`Dea in the draw with Cardiff and apart from the debacle against Blackpool, when much of the blame can be pointed in goalkeeper Paul Rachubka`s direction the Australian international has also done well.

O`Dea is now back in contention following his head injury and Lees is back following his one match suspension.

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Date:Saturday November 19 2011
Time: 8:00AM

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