LUFC Grayson - Cold atmosphere not helping players
Leeds United boss Simon Grayson is wanting to turn Elland Road a fortress again and he is asking the fans to get behind the side, saying the atmosphere inside Elland Road is a bit cold at the moment.
Leeds have won their last two home games, the first time since beating Bristol City and Portsmouth in September and October.
The crowds are down at Elland Road this season on average by 3635 fans and the fans discontent with club chairman Ken Bates is transmitting a negative atmosphere inside the ground, something Grayson would like to change.
Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Grayson said, "We are one point from off the play-offs and we want to try to get all the positives back into the players, into the fans and create Elland Road as a real positive atmosphere.
"We want to make it difficult for the opposition. Over the past few years, it has been a difficult place to play for the opposition. We have had a real good home record and played some entertaining stuff because the players have felt the confidence, warmth and hospitality of the crowd is transmitted into the players who produce performances.
"It is a little bit cold at this moment in time, in the terms of the atmosphere but we want to make sure we can concentrate on everything we can do, as a club, players, supporters, management and everyone to fulfil the ambition of getting into the Premiership."
The whites have struggled at home this season and have already lost as many at home this season (four) as they did the whole of last season.
Leeds lost just home game between October 2010 and October 2011 but they finished 2011 with just one home win from their last six, including three defeats and a record equalling heaviest home defeat to Blackpool 5-0.
The defensive record at Elland Road is also poor having conceded seventeen goals at home this season. Leeds have the worst defensive record in the top half of the championship and they have managed just two clean sheets from their thirteen home games so far.
Leeds home form could be crucial if Leeds are to be around the promotion shake up at the end of the season.
West Ham, Southampton and Birmingham, who are all currently in the top six in the division, all still have to come to Elland Road this season, with Birmingham next up on Tuesday night.
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