Leeds United manager Garry Monk has been speaking to LUTV (Leeds United TV) at his press conference today before the Whites entertain Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon, in front of a sell-out crowd at Elland Road.
This is the first time that Elland Road has been sold out since the FA Cup replay against Arsenal back in January 2011, which Arsenal won 3-1.
Rafa Benitez is due to give his press conference at 1:00pm today on nufcTV, which we see has been revamped and is going to be free of charge to all supporters – a great move by the club.
Garry Monk – Leeds United manager
Here’s some of what Garry Monk said to LUTV starting with the Leeds injury situation and then assessing what will be a tough test against the best team so far in the Championship:
“The group is good in terms of injuries, Liam Bridcutt is still out, but looking to be back on the pitches in the next 2 weeks.”
“A negative was Pablo Hernandez straining his hamstring at Norwich, he is unlikely to make the weekend which is disappointing.”
“Pablo was performing extremely well, against Norwich he was excellent, but everyone else is raring to go.”
“On paper this will be the toughest test of the season, Newcastle are top of the league, they have been the best team so far.”
“They have a high-caliber manager in Rafa Benitez and the most expensive team in the league, so you would expect them to be where they are.”
“Our approach is the same, we will give 100%, try and put our best football on the pitch, when we do that we get results.”
“We have a capacity crowd ready to support us, we want to send people home happy, we are going out determined to win the game.”
We’ve always thought that Garry was a very good coach and he did so well at Swansea City before surprisingly being fired last December.
So this will be a big test for Newcastle and we will need to be at our very best if we want to extend the win streak to 9 games.
That will be the goal, but in all honesty we’ll be happy enough if we can come out with a draw on Sunday.
But yes we know – Rafa will want to win this game – and he will see it as a very good challenge for his new Newcastle side.