Jack Harrison is confident Leeds United can rectify recent form and pick up three points away to Newcastle.
However, he said that his side would have to be more efficient in attack and would need to prevent Newcastle scoring twice, as they did in the last game out.
The Whites are looking to get back to winning ways at St James Park, following a barren run of three successive defeats.
Speaking with leedsunited.com, Harrison stated his side can turn fortunes around against a side who’re themselves struggling for form.
“In preparation leading up to the Newcastle game, we see it as a game we can definitely win and we want to do everything we can to get those three points and get back on track,” Harrison said.
“We had a good result against them last time, but we can’t get too complacent and they were able to score a couple of goals and we have to look at ways to prevent that.
“We can’t have the mentality that we assume we are going to win. We need to do everything we can and all the preparation to make sure we are ready in order to make a statement and get back on track.”
Season going stale for Bielsa ball?
Since their emphatic 5-0 win at the Hawthorns in December, Leeds United have failed to score a goal in all competitions.
Back to back 3-0 defeats away to Spurs and Crawley, accompanied by the 1-0 loss at home to Brighton make for grim reading on paper.
However, over the past three games the effort levels don’t appear to have dropped from Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Leeds managed 11 shots on goal against West Brom. They actually took more against Spurs (16) and Crawley (13) in which they lost both games without scoring.
The Whites also managed to maintain a passing average above 80% in the three games they lost. They saw 63%, 69%, and 64% of possession overall in those matches [Wyscout].
This shows that the players do still buy into the philosophy that worked so well for them in the Championship and that they are still doing what Bielsa asks of them.
Defeating Newcastle 5-2 earlier in the season will be a good psychological boost. But Steve Bruce’s men are winless since December 12th, and will also see this as a must-win game.
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