By Dan Carter

4th Oct, 2023 | 12:10pm

Garth Ainsworth insists pressure is on Leeds United as everyone expects 'trouncing of QPR'

Gareth Ainsworth has insisted that the pressure is on Leeds United for their clash with Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday 4 October, as everyone is expecting a “trouncing.”

The Whites face Ainsworth’s side at Elland Road as they look to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday (30 September) and rediscover the form that had seen them go unbeaten in their previous six league matches.

QPR have struggled so far this season and currently sit in the bottom three of the Championship having only won twice and Ainsworth believes that his team’s recent struggles make the clash at Elland Road a free-hit.

As quoted by Leeds Live (4 October) the former Wycombe manager said: “We’ve got Leeds, with no pressure. Everyone expects that to be a trouncing of QPR because they’re an ex-Premier League side.

“I still believe in this team. I still believe in what we’ve got.”


If Leeds have genuine ambitions of returning to the Premier League this season, they are going to have to embrace the pressure that comes with being one of the biggest sides in the Championship and the level of expectation that partners it.

Part of that will be getting the job done against the so-called weaker teams in the division, especially in games at home and QPR falls into that category. It is unlikely that any side that gets promoted from England’s second tier this season will lose their home clash against Ainsworth’s side.

But the important thing for Leeds United now is to not become complacent and it is more than likely that the Whites’ defeat to Southampton will have ensured that they are not coming into their clash with QPR expecting to win.

Farke is probably one of the most level-headed managers in the Championship and even if there are plenty of people expecting Leeds to trounce their opponents on Wednesday evening, that thought more than likely wouldn’t have even passed the German’s mind. He wants his side to win and play good football and that is the most important thing.

Leeds have shown they can play teams off of the park this season during wins over Millwall and Watford and if they get anywhere near that level against QPR, Ainsworth’s prediction may just come true.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has revealed that Farke was surprised by one player’s transfer this summer after talks