By Mike Courtney
Following a great week for Leeds having won our last three games on the trot and good news (we hope) on the takeover front putting the smiles back on fans faces, we head across the Pennines tonight to a Bolton side who are finding life in the Championship a bit of a challenge, lying 18th in the table on 10 points following a home defeat to Palace last weekend.
So three handy points then for Warnock's Warriors... You'd think!!! But let's not forget our woeful midweek league form and especially our Tuesday Blues. It's hard to believe but the last time we won a league match on a Tuesday night was on 29th November last year when we trounced Forest 4-0 at the City Ground (let's not mention the return fixture), in fact we only won two midweek games last season in the league, the other being a 4-1 demolition of Hull in August.
So far this season our Tuesday night league form has continued in the same vein with defeats to Blackpool and Hull. So what is it with Tuesday nights? We don't seem to have the same problem with midweek cup fixtures as last week's mighty performance against high flying Everton proved, but when it comes to the bread and butter battle for three league points we just can't seem to shake off this midweek hoodoo. Even two seasons ago we only managed to win one Tuesday night league match, at Preston.
So what can be done to improve this miserable statistic? Is it a mental thing at this stage? Does it go through the player's heads? The last two seasons form shouldn't have a bearing as we have an almost completely different set of players yet, as our two Tuesday defeats have shown this season, there does seem to be a stumbling block to winning midweek.
With four Tuesday matches coming up before the end of November, starting with tonight's game at Bolton, then Charlton at home, Burnley away and Leicester at home on 27th of next month, getting points on the board in these matches is vital for sustaining our challenge for promotion. Maybe Warnock should try and convince the players it's Saturday and not Tuesday or that its a cup match.
I honestly don't know, but as I get ready tonight to tune into the match coverage on Yorkshire Radio it will be with hope rather than expectation of a victory. The form guide would suggest a Leeds win as we return to the Reebok for the 1st time since that fateful day in 2004 when our relegation from the Premier League was all but confirmed. But form seems to go out the window on Tuesday's when Leeds are in town and the midweek hoodoo kicks in.
I don't expect Warnock to make any changes from the side that played at Bristol on Saturday so let's hope we can keep the momentum going from that win, break the hex and celebrate our 4th victory in the space of 10 days.
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