Filed: Friday, 16th March 2012
By: Staff Writer
Neil Warnock has called upon Leeds United fans to made Elland Road a 'hostile and intimidating' environment for West Ham's visit this weekend.
Sam Allardyce's side will no doubt be slightly relieved at playing away from having having failed to win any of their last four games at the Boleyn Ground - a sequence that has seen United drop to third in the Championship.
And Warnock, who was in charge of Sheffield United when the Blades were relegated at the end of the 2006/07 season has asked Leeds fans to give the Hammers a welcome they won't forget.
"I don't want any negativity. Let's all get together and have a real positive atmosphere," he told the club's website. "It makes a statement when Leeds United gets a crowd of 30,000 and it can be hostile and intimidating.
"With West Ham bringing 3,000 fans and a good support, I wanted our fans that hadn't been recently for whatever reason to get out of the armchair and maybe bring someone else from another armchair.
"It's a great stadium when it's nearly full like this and what a great opportunity for us to try and beat a West Ham team, who have the best away record in the division. We'll certainly be looking for the win."
Warnock, who was fired by Queens Park Rangers in January despite leading them back to the Premier League has been in charge at Elland Road since mid-February.
However he has failed to find his magic touch so far, leading his new club to just one win in his first four games in charge - although they are yet to concede more than a single goal since he succeeded Simon Grayson.
Meanwhile Sam Allardyce has told his team that it is time to stand up and be counted.
"We are undefeated in seven and our position at this stage of the season is very good," he told reporters at his pre-match press conference. "We know we have missed a chance in improving that but we can't have the negativity that is going around at the moment.
"We have to deal with [that] negativity and turn it into positive energy."
* Who's Colin? 'Colin W***er' - an anagram of 'Neil Warnock'.
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by MW LUFC
11:11AM 16th Mar 2012
''Hmm, not done your homework really, have you? Not worked his magic touch? That's ok, you're in for a shock if you think that.
We might have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 1 from his 4 games, but he certainly has worked his magic. All of a sudden we have gone from a team not organised, with no self belief to a team who looks full of confidence and very hard to break down.
We battered Southampton and were very unlucky not to win that. Had it not been for their keeper then we'd have won 4 or 5-1! Portsmouth given a reprieve when McCormack's shot came off the bar and was a yard over the line and not given, though in fairness they should have had a pen.
Then there was Middlesborough. A form team on their own turf who we made to look very ordinary.
I am looking forward to a really good game and a great atmosphere on Saturday, and I can see your mob going home empty handed!''
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