Strong start key for Whites Guest July 3, 2013 Leeds United 7 Comments While Leeds United boss Brian McDermott has been forced to assemble his squad for the 2013-14 season at a frustrating pace, the first fixture is looming much quicker. The Whites take on Brighton at Elland Road on August 3rd in a repeat of the final home game of last season, a spicy encounter which ended with only 19 players on the pitch. The match is an ideal start for McDermott in his first full season in charge – at home in front of a good-sized crowd against one of last term’s better Championship sides, with the added ingredient of a bit of needle. It is the kind of game Leeds fans tend to relish. McDermott will be keen to see passion both on the field and in the stands. The opener, likely to be a popular fixture with football betting fans, could set the tone for the season. The Brighton clash is the first in a tough run of fixtures at the start of the campaign, three of which have been chosen for Sky. Trips to Leicester and Ipswich come either side of a Yorkshire derby at home to Sheffield Wednesday, with an August bank holiday match against QPR at Elland Road completing the opening month. Away days at Bolton and Reading follow the international break. You would like to think McDermott will have at least a handful of new players at his disposal for the game against Brighton. Wingers should be at the top of his wish list. McDermott will be fully aware of the importance of a strong start. He will look to get the fans on side early and create the united front and positive environment he has demanded in his short time as Leeds manager. A few early defeats could jeopardise that. It has been another trying summer so far but recent events suggest real change is afoot and McDermott will do his utmost to ensure United hit the ground running. Allan Three days into the newly opened transfer window and BmcD has already acquired three of his targets. Not a bad start so far in that respect. Loaning out a not very interested Morison was another good move and he can’t play against us to prove a point. If things continue in this way then I can see a very strong start once the season begins. NottsWhite The Championship is such a competitive league that all fixtures are tough. I thought in the games against Brighton at the end of last seasons we were more than competitive and it could be argued that we were the better side. Our form away last season was a concern however we have a more tactically astute manager who will preach retaining the ball therefore I expect us to be more competitive in away fixtures Old Goat The season BMD took Reading up didn’t they start the season rather poorly? Seem to recall they were near the bottom after 10-12 games and then picked up from there. Would be nice to get off to a flyer but if we don’t then cool heads may be required markman Not sure it has been that frustrating a summer for BM.He seems to have got the players he asked for so far. I think NW suffered more this time last year. henrymouni Just read this from the YEP. ‘Speaking to the YEP, Haigh said: “Leeds United is an historic club with huge potential and I’m honoured to take up the position of managing director. “Together with Salah, the senior management team, Brian McDermott and my colleagues at Leeds United and GFH Capital, I will work to get Leeds United back to a position where it can compete both on and off the pitch at the top end of the Championship and beyond. “A lot of the work is already underway. We have a fantastic manager in Brian McDermott on board and we’ll be investing in the squad this summer. “That coupled with an attention on driving attendances and interacting more effectively with our supporters is a focus that will ensure the long-term stability of Leeds United.” nick I just hope we have depth and quality, and l believe we do if we are bringing in young hungry leaders like murphy (fingers crossed for Rowe). Last year we had about 13 capable players, half of them 30 or over who were overplayed by January! Remember playing Hull, might as well have told me to put my boots on. This year will be different, we’ll have a young energetic squad who are ALL capable playing as a team. Definitely top six! MOT spellz Strong start needed and I think we will get it, it is always great to kick off the season at home and with a bit of luck we will score a few and keep a clean sheet, whatever happens, I just cant wait for it to kick off this is the only season so far with the club in the championship from the start I fancy us to go up. M.O.T as always.