Match preview: Blackpool v Leeds

Leeds United manager Neil Warnock
Leeds United manager Neil Warnock
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LEEDS are waiting for the season to end.

Neil Warnock hasn’t made the impact many expected since replacing Simon Grayson in February. At that point, Leeds were three points off the play-offs. Now they leg eight points behind and are out of the picture.

Warnock has won just three games out of 11 and suffered some horrible results, not least a 7-3 home hammering by Nottingham Forest.

No doubt he can’t wait to get the campaign over and done with and then set about revamping his squad.

The 63-year-old said: “The end of the season can’t come quickly enough.

“After Derby beat us at our place last week, I said to Nigel Clough, ‘Enjoy this, Nigel, because you’ll never see another Leeds United team or Neil Warnock team like this’.

“We have a lot of players who know they won’t be here next season. We’ve not got enough Leeds United-type players.

“We don’t revel in the atmosphere at Elland Road and that’s what we will do next year.

“I haven’t got a clue who is going to be involved next season. I don’t think anyone can say, not even the lads under contract.”

Those he will want to keep include highly-rated skipper Robert Snodgrass. However, the 13-goal winger has yet to sign the new contract on offer.

Another is striker Ross McCormack, far and away Leeds’ star man this term. His 19 goals include a brace in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Peterborough.

Former Preston keeper Andy Lonergan will start in goal tonight. Paul Rachubka, who had that nightmare against the Seasiders in the 5-0 defeat at Elland Road, is on loan at Leyton Orient but not in the team.

Darren O’Dea is one to watch out for. The defender has caught the eye during a season-long loan switch from Celtic.

A word of warning: Leeds have won eight games on their travels – more than Blackpool, Birmingham and Cardiff. Kick off at Bloomfield Road tonight is at 8pm.