Elland Road

Next Game

Leeds v Derby

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Ewood Park

Last Game

Blackburn 2 - 1 Leeds

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

McDermott wary of Bolton

Brian McDermott is not reading much into Bolton's poor start to the season as he prepares to take Leeds to the Reebok Stadium.

Last Updated: 14/09/13 at 14:25 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: Takes Leeds to Reading after Bolton trip

Brian McDermott: Takes Leeds to Reading after Bolton trip

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Dougie Freedman's Wanderers find themselves bottom of the Championship table after five games, having drawn with Burnley and Reading, and suffered defeats by Nottingham Forest, QPR and Blackburn.

McDermott's men are six points better off at this early stage and travel across the Pennines on Saturday looking to prolong the hosts' wait for a first league win of the campaign.

But the Leeds boss is wary of Bolton, who he feels are in a false position having only just missed out on the play-offs on goal difference last season.

When asked about the Trotters' winless start, McDermott told Sky Sports: "That's not really relevant to me.

"The most important thing to me is that we go to Bolton and put on a performance. You know that when you go there, you're going to get a tough game.

"I saw the game against QPR recently. Rangers nicked the game 1-0, but it could have gone either way. They've got good players and a good manager - they'll do alright this season, there's no doubt about that in my opinion."

Return to Reading

It has been five months since McDermott signed a three-year deal at Elland Road, having been sacked by Reading in March.

On Wednesday, he takes his Leeds team back to the Madejski for what he admits could be an emotional occasion.

"It will be strange," added the 52-year-old. "I've been in that home dugout many times. I'm looking forward to going back, I had great times and fantastic memories there and to see some people that I never got chance to say goodbye to.

"But we're working - we have to go there and try and get the right result. I have a lot of attachment to that football club. They were right by me as far as the many years I spent there, and I think I did right by them too.

"I had 13 great years there - three-and-a-half as a manager - and enjoyed every single moment of my time. We had success, and we got the team into the Premier League.

"Now we're trying to do as well as we possibly can at Leeds. This is a fantastic club as well, great people, and we want the fans to get success."

Leeds are now experiencing their 10th season outside of the top-flight and have not come close to a return since losing the 2006 play-off final to Watford in Cardiff.

Although the top six is a realistic ambition again, McDermott will not be setting targets for the supporters.

"I don't think about where we're going to finish," he said. "There's no point wishing your life away. We work to the best of our ability, day in and day out. That's what we do, and that's what we will do."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

want to spend more time with my tit-for-tat Autobiographies . He probably didn't say.

megabrow (cufc)
Keane leaves Aston Villa

B

elieve in the dream Ashley. I have a hot tub, I still think I can get all The Saturdays in there for nekkid sexyfuntime. Failing that, Adele.

hump3.
Young: Man United target title

C

onclusions...we are truely living the dream now

dead yeti
Take Your Marks In The Premier League Sack Race

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says Sergio Aguero as important as Messi and Ronaldo

Manuel Pellegrini says Sergio Aguero is as important to Man City as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to their clubs.

Premier League: Leicester's Nigel Pearson not letting pressure get to him

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is determined not to let the pressure affect him as his side's wait for a win continues.

Ligue 1: Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier describes Brandao's prison sentence as 'an aberration'

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has described the prison sentence imposed on Brandao as "an aberration".

Mail Box

Don't Write Arsenal Off Yet (For Third)

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox, which also suggests Manchester City should look to bin Manuel Pellegrini. Can he take them any further?

Sanchez: A Sliding Doors Moment For Pool

One Liverpool fan regrets the club's failure to sign Alexis Sanchez and thinks Brendan Rodgers and Co should now target the domestic cups. A lot has changed in 12 months...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property